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Impact conclude regular season

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David Willberg

The Estevan Impact faced the Saskatoon Brewers on June 21 and 22.

The Estevan Harris Oilfield Senior Impact lacrosse team had two productive offensive outings in losing efforts against the Saskatoon Brewers at Affinity Place.

They lost 25-11 on June 21, and 25-10 the following day.

Juvenile Big Dogs players were called up to play in both games.

“It gave us some offence and some extra bodies on the bench,” said coach Jody Harris.

In the first game, call-ups Ty Currie led the scoring with four goals and three assists and Rhett Handley scored three goals and had two helpers.

Micheal Bittman and Colin Fogarty both had two goals.

Harris said that both Handley and Currie showed leadership throughout the game, which contributed towards the offensive output.

In the second game, Handley scored four goals, and fellow affiliated player Kolby Fleury had three goals and three assists.

Lucas Smyth had two goals and an assist, and Jessie Babiarz contributed a goal.

Even though the Impact were outplayed in the first two periods, the third frame was different.

“We won that period, we outscored the opponent 8-3 that period,” said Harris. “So it was a great way to finish off the season’s regular play.”

Harris said that she did notice some negativity from the team between the first and second periods, but they were able to overcome that to finish the game strong.

“I think when there is trouble amongst players on their own team, it’s difficult to get through, but our team got though that,” said Harris.

Harris really enjoyed how well the Impact played as a team and generated offence throughout the two games.

“The guys realized this weekend just how important a job people have, even though they don’t have the ball,” she said. “Positioning and helping out, even though you don’t have the ball, is huge in lacrosse.”

The offence output generated a positive attitude among the Impact players, and that is what Harris has been stressing all season.

“What I like to see is the team coming together and all of the smiles, they knew they have done very well, and that’s what matters at the end of the day,” she said.

The Impact have concluded regular season play, and will compete in the playoffs in Regina during the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Festival Provincial Championship Weekend from July 4 to 6.

They open the playoffs against the first place Saskatoon Brewers.


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