The Prince Albert Predators are on the brink of making history.
After opening up the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League junior final Friday with a 9-4 win over the Regina Rampage, the Predators can win their first title in team history Saturday afternoon in front of their fans in a 4:30 p.m. contest at the Kinsmen Arena.
“It would mean the world to us,” Predators defender Carson Remy said. “Since I started playing box lacrosse, it was my dream to play for the Predators, and to be so close to a title and have it in our grasp is hard to put into words.
“We’re all ready to go for Saturday but we have to stay focussed on what we need to do.”
Remy played a key role in Friday’s triumph as he scored three goals to lead the way for the Predators on offence.
“It’s always good to contribute to the team,” Remy said. “We played well right off the start and it was nice to put the ball in the net.
“Our offensive play was fantastic and our defensive play was strong. It was a great team performance for us.”
While there was a lot to like from the Predators’ play, coach Tyson Fetch wasn’t pleased about an extended five-on-three power play they gave the Rampage in the third period.
“We need to stay out of the penalty box and we can’t be taking five-minute majors for blatant penalties,” Fetch said. “We’re lucky that they didn’t come back on us.
“The guys did a really good job on the penalty kill though, as they were able to move the ball around and they didn’t take any shots. It looked easy, but it certainly wasn’t.”
Another key moment of the game came early in the third period, as Ashton Hall and Remy scored in the opening 79 seconds to give the Predators a 7-3 cushion.
“During the second intermission, the boys were talking about how they needed to get those goals and build up the lead,” Fetch said.
“We have a great group of leaders on our team and they are always ready to step up and do what’s needed.”
Hall had a pair of goals for the Predators in the win, while Nick Chokan, Kurtis Peifer and Brody Low also found the back of net.
The Rampage were led on offence by a pair of goals from Tylor Ludwar and also received markers from Keanu Noon and Ayden Tawayaka.