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Big Dogs involved in close games

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David Willberg

The Estevan Impact faced the Regina Heat in games on June 7 and 8.

The Estevan Tarpon Energy Big Dogs juvenile lacrosse team recently loss and tied games at home. They lost 12-10 to the Yorkton Bulldogs on June 7, and played the Regina Riot to a 14-14 draw. .

In the game against the Bulldogs Rhett Handley, had three goals and two assists and Ty Currie also scored three times. Micheal Bittmen scored two goals, Marshall Holzer had a goal and three assists, and Kolby Fleury also scored. Mark Moriarty contributed four helpers.

Coach Evan Handley said that Big Dogs didn’t play overly well in the first and second periods, so they were trailing 10-2. But in the third they had an offensive outburst.

“The third period we stormed back, scored eight goals, but it was a little too late,” said coach Handley.

The game was called with 35 seconds left in the third, as the Yorkton team was behaving poorly towards the ref, according to coach Handley.

“It would’ve been real tough to score two goals in 35 seconds, but he made the right decision on his part,” said coach Handley.

In the game against the Riot, the coach was pleased with the offensive effort from his team.

“I felt like we played a lot better offensively; we also did a lot of things well defensively,” he said.

The draw ended an eight-game losing streak.

Rhett Handley had seven goals and two assists. Holzer scored two goals and three assists. Bittmen and Cole MacCuish added two goals each, and Brady Long contributed a goal.

The Big Dogs moved the ball really well throughout the game, which led to a couple of shorthanded goals, according to the coach. But the Big Dogs took to many penalties, which led to scoring opportunities for the Riot.

Throughout the weekend, coach Handley was impressed with the resiliency his team showed.

“It was nice to see they didn’t quit; they showed a lot of resilience and I’m proud of my guys for that,” he said.

The Big Dogs only have one game remaining in the regular season, and coach Handley said that he wants to see his team spend less time in the penalty box. He also wants to see them reduce their goals against.

Estevan's record is 1-9-1. They'll close out the regular season on the road June 27 against the Riot.

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The Estevan Harris Oilfield Senior Impact recently dropped two games at home against the Regina Heat.

On June 7 the Impact lost 25-2, and they fell 22-3 the following game.

Lucas Smyth scored a hat trick in the second game.

Throughout both games, coach Jody Harris was impressed with how the team improved each period.

She said that during the second game, the Impact held the Riot scoreless for the last six minutes.

Harris was also thrilled with the play of goalie Blain Byers, as she said he played phenomenally while facing a lot of shots each game.

“When they score it’s because they’re making him move and cross that goal crease, so he gives us a hundred per cent every game,” said Harris.

Harris reiterated her philosophy that she's not concerned with wins or losses. She wants to see the Impact improve.

“With these guys, you set out goals for them and they’ll work hard to achieve them, they’re not quitters,” said Harris.

But she would like to see them continue to improve offensively.

The Impact will play the Saskatoon Brewers June 21 and 22 at Affinity Place. Games start at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. 


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