Defensive crackdown

Prince Albert Predators player Ashton Hall scored three goals in his team’s 14-8 win over the Moose Jaw Mustangs at the Kinsmen Arena on Saturday. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

PA Predators beat Moose Jaw Mustangs 14-8 to sweep two-game season series

Ashton Hall scored a hat-trick and three other players had two-goal nights as the Prince Albert Predators defeated the Moose Jaw Mustangs 14-8 at the Kinsmen Arena on Saturday.

Ethan Beaulac kicked off scoring for PA after five minutes of play in the first and Brody Low followed that up with a goal of his own to give the home team a 2-0 lead. The Mustangs would get on the board at that point, but the Predators responded forcefully, scoring three goals in a 36-second span courtesy of Connor Corrigal, Beaulac and Hall to put PA up 5-1. In the last four minutes of play Moose Jaw struck back, scoring three goals to narrow the score to 5-4 at intermission. At one point there was a stoppage of play when a penalty-killing Moose Jaw player hurled the ball to the end of the rink but ended up striking one of the arena’s hanging lamps. The players returned to their benches while staff cleaned debris off the floor.

In the second period PA tightened up to play some of their best defensive lacrosse all season. The Predators restricted the Mustangs to five shots on net and kept the visitors off the board entirely in the fame. The PA offence was still buzzing, as Josh McDougall, Low and Dillan Cochrane found the back of the net and Hall completed the hat-trick to double the PA lead to 10-4 after 40 minutes.

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