Outlaws end season on high note

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald James Halliday of the Prince Albert Predators attempts to swipe a loose ball away from Chris Secundiak of the Saskatoon SWAT at the Kinmen Arena last season.

Although the final outcome wasn’t what they were hoping for, the Prince Albert Outlaws were able to finish off their season with the taste of victory.

In a tightly contested game at the Kinsmen Arena Saturday night, the Outlaws picked up an 11-8 win over the Saskatoon SWAT to win the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League’s B-side final in the senior division.

“At the start of the year, the only game that you want to win is the last one,” Outlaws forward Brody Holizki said.

“This gives us a good feeling coming into next season and this was a great way to wrap up our year.”

Saturday’s affair had a number of momentum swings throughout the evening, which was easily apparent by the fact that both squads mustered 43 shots on net.

“There was a lot of back and forth action, but I think we got a lot of lucky bounces,” Holizki said.

“In a game like this one, it pretty much comes down to who gets that last bounce that decides who comes out with the win. That happens quite a lot when we are playing against the SWAT, as they are a really great team.”

Holizki led the way on offence for the Outlaws with four goals and an assist Saturday.

Kyle Sawchuk, Jordan McDougal and Cody Corrideau all potted a pair of goals each for the hosts, while Brennan Bourch rounded out the scoring.

With a final record of 8-7-1 in their second season in the PGLL, Holizki believes there’s nowhere to go but up for the Outlaws as they prepare for the 2019 campaign.

“We struggled once in a while to get numbers out, but our team gave it everything we had every time we played,” Holizki said.

“We’re going to be losing a couple of guys, but I expect that we’ll have everyone else back for next year, along with a couple of players that are moving up from the Predators. That should make us a stronger team.”

The Saskatoon Brewers won the PGLL senior title for third straight season after a convincing 21-7 triumph over the Regina Heat Sunday.