P.A. Fury set to host midget lacrosse provincials

Todd Pruner
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The Prince Albert Fury will have home advantage when they go for gold in Saskatchewan's box lacrosse midget provincial championship this weekend.


The Prince Albert Fury will have home advantage when they go for gold in Saskatchewan's box lacrosse midget provincial championship this weekend.

All tournament games will be played at Kinsmen Arena, beginning with a Friday evening match between the Fury and Saskatoon's Go With the Flow.

Prince Albert went through the regular season with two midget teams. However, because 17-year-olds can't play in midget provincials, there aren't enough players for two teams so Prince Albert is represented by the unified Fury.

The team has 15 runners and two goalies.

"We've got three kids who are second-years," said coach Dave Werrett. "All the rest are first-years, so we're a pretty young team, but I think we're going to do well."

Provincials will be the second time the players have all played together on the Fury, after the Canada Day tournament in Calgary. The Fury finished fourth out of 10 teams in the B division, falling 7-2 to a Czech Republic team in the bronze-medal match.

"They took us out there, but it was good," Werrett said. "It was OK. We ran into penalty problems.

"It was a really good experience."

The team will be led by three players who, besides playing midget, spent the entire season with the junior B Prince Albert Predators: Matt Anholt, Sawyer Lange and Taylor Wilcox.

Anholt finished third on the Predators and 19th in the league in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists in 10 games.

"The three boys that played up, they'll bring that leadership," Werrett said. "It'll be good. And it showed in Calgary. They brought their leadership and experience with them."

Another one of the team's strengths lies in their familiarity with each other.

"These are guys that have been together right from day one in tyke," Werrett said. "I think they're really gung-ho kids. They love to play."

According to Werrett, the Regina Fish should be the favourites entering in the tournament.

"I'm really hoping we can take home a bronze medal," Werrett said. "I'd like to get the silver. It's possible, but the Regina Fish are going to be tough."

Werrett added that Melfort might not have enough players, so they could combine with Estevan, which would reduce the number of teams to six and force some schedule adjustments to be made.

tpruner@paherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Calgary, Saskatoon Czech Republic Melfort

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