Seeing improvement

Prince Albert Outlaws player Javan Bexson makes his way into the Regina end during P.A.’s 21-7 loss to the Heat at Kinsmen Arena on Saturday night. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

Outlaws tie Saskatoon Steelers 9-9, fall to Regina Heat 21-7 in weekend match-ups

The Prince Albert Outlaws have earned the first point of their inaugural season.

The Senior ‘B’ lacrosse team played twice over the weekend, tying the Steelers 9-9 in Saskatoon on Friday night before falling to the Regina Heat 21-7 at home on Saturday.

“From the first weekend to the second weekend we’ve improved quite a bit. I’m very happy with the way things have progressed.” Player-coach Lawrence Holizki said.

“We’ve got a few more guys that are high-end players that have come out now as well, so that helps us in the long run. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll be able to get all our high-end guys in the line-up at the same time so we should be able to rival any of the Top 2, 3 teams.”

The Outlaws started strong in Saskatoon, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes of play. They would go on to finish the first period up 4-1. By the end of the second they managed to extend their lead to 7-3, but the Steelers wouldn’t sit back much longer.

“We were winning but six penalties in the third period cost us six goals, which allowed them to tie it up. So discipline was an issue Friday night,” Holizki said.

He added that earning the lone point against Saskatoon was important for the first-year Outlaws club.

“For us, that’s big. We got a single point out of that game, proved that we could play with those guys even though we’re a brand-new team,” he said.

“We proved that we can play with the Steelers, which then gives us that little added boost going forward.”

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Predators win season opener

The Prince Albert Junior ‘B’ Predators began their 2017 season on a positive note with an 8-6 win over the Mustangs in Moose Jaw.

P.A,’s Connor Corrigal, Brody Low and Dillan Cochrane each had two-goal outings and the Predators outshot the Mustangs 41-33 in the victory.

Head coach Tyson Fetch said he was happy with the outcome, but added that there’s still room for improvement.

“I always appreciate a win, but when you look at the way we played, I saw a lot of tings that we can work on,” said Fetch, including shot clock awareness and defensive adaptability.

“Practices are for me and the games are for them. I always say that to them, ‘Remember, let’s work hard at practise because it’s for me and the games, you work as hard as you want because that’s for you.”

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