The Estevan Tarpon Energy Juvenile Big Dogs lacrosse team dropped games on the road against the Regina Rifles on May 10 and at home the following day against the Saskatoon Steelers.
In a 25-6 loss against the Rifles, the leading scorer for the Big Dogs was Rhett Handley, as he had four goals. Tanner Froese had a goal and two assists, and Cole MacCuish scored once.
The Big Dogs took a lot of penalties, and didn't have a full roster, with only 12 runners, which contributed to the loss, according to coach Evan Handley.
The following day, Estevan suffered an 18-11 loss to Saskatoon Steelers. Rhett Handley again led the scoring with six goals and an assist, while Spencer Strand added two goals, and Froese had a goal and two assists.
MacCuish and Mark Moriarty each had one goal, while Marshall Holzer contributed with four helpers.
The score was tied 4-4 after one period, but the Steelers scored three unanswered goals in the beginning of the period to pull ahead 7-4. They lead from that point forward.
“They played that long bomb offence where they kept one guy back, and they did the really slow change,” said coach Handley.
Also, the Big Dogs were without their starting goaltender, Thomas Davis. Bobby Krahn stepped up and played in net, and it was the first time he played the position, according to coach Handley.
The main positive, he said, was the team's work ethic.
“We worked hard right till the last second of both games; as a coach that’s all you can ask for, that your kids play hard,” said coach Handley.
He believes the Big Dogs need to play better defensively, and eliminate the small mistakes that lead to easy shots for the other team.
The Big Dogs are scheduled to play the Regina Rifles on May 24 and the Saskatoon Smash on May 25. Both games will be at 1 p.m. at Affinity Place.
The Estevan Harris Oilfield Senior Impact team played their first home games of the season on May 10 and 11 against the Moose Jaw Chiefs, and lost both of them.
The Impact fell 25-2 to the Chiefs in the first game, and 19-0 in the second. Lucas Smyth had both goals in the first game.
Blaine Byers was in goal for both games.
Despite the results on the scoreboard, coach Jody Harris said the team had a positive attitude and determination, and they did not quit in both games.
“Even though the bench is a little short cause of some players who couldn’t make it or had injuries, those guys didn’t complain; there was zero negativity on the bench,” said Harris.
One thing that she noticed the team improved on from the first two games of the season is that they are forcing the opponent to use the 30-second shot clock. They are also forcing turnovers.
The team is now on a two-week break, and Harris said that they are going to work on the basic fundamental skills, and improve as a team.
“We played two … pretty strong games, and we’re looking forward to the two weeks off to rest our bodies and get back out there,” said Harris.
She believes that with the positive attitude of the team, they are going to get better as they are improving every period.
“We’re going to be a good strong team, we’re going to be respected amongst co players,” she said.
The Impact is slated to play May 24 and 25. Both games are on the road against the Saskatoon Brewers.