Outlaws capture second straight PGLL Tier II senior division title

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald Josh Hopkins controls the ball for the Prince Albert Outlaws while being guarded by Jayden Nystuen of the Saskatoon Steelers at the Kinsmen Arena Sunday night.

Although they missed out on their goal of making it to the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League’s senior division Tier I playoffs, the Prince Albert Outlaws were able to end their campaign on a winning note.

After finishing the regular season in fifth place, the Outlaws captured the Tier II title for the second straight year as they cruised to a 14-7 victory over the Saskatoon Steelers at the Kinsmen Arena Sunday night.

“Not many guys can say that they’ve ended their last two seasons with victories, so it’s a nice feeling,” Predators coach Lawrence Holizki said.

“We had one of our guys (Brody Holizki) in the hospital today so it was great to get a win for him. It’s been an emotional day but it was a good one for the team.”

It was a dominating performance for the Outlaws on offence as they fired 57 shots at the Steelers net in their final game of the campaign.

Brendin Currie led the way for the hosts with two goals and five assists, while Jordan McDougall had three goals and two assists.

“Our offensive players were motivated for this one,” Holizki said. “They came out of the gates firing and left nothing to chance

“You could just go down the entire lineup to talk about the players that stood out there. Jordan had three goals on the transition, Cody Schwan quarterbacked the offence and our goalie Lucas Wells had a couple of assists to go along with some big saves.”

Drew Dziadyk had four goals and Brad Schnitzler dished out for helpers for the Steelers, who were coming off of a 17-7 home win a night earlier over the Meewasin Valley Plainsmen in a semifinal game in Saskatoon.

Although there’s still almost a year until the 2020 campaign begins, the Outlaws do know already that they’ll be welcoming a new player to their lineup as Prince Albert Predators captain Carson Remy will be moving up to the senior ranks after aging out of the PGLL’s junior division.

“That should only make our team stronger,” Holizki said.

“In our losses this year, I think that came from having a short bench. It’s always tough to have a full squad due to work commitments and things like that, but we’ve shown that we are a good team when we can have everyone come out.”

The Saskatoon Brewers took home their fourth straight senior division Tier I championship on Sunday as they routed the Regina Heat in a 23-4 affair.