Winning isn't everything

By Jamie Harkins

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Ball Hockey League game between the peewee Gophers and Badgers at the Servus Sports Centre on Monday wasn’t NHL calibre in terms of officiating prowess and score-clock management, but the kids who took on the task have to be commended for their efforts none the less.
The play by each of the club’s athletes also should be rewarded. The kids and referees gave their all for 40 game-time minutes running back, forth and sideways across the court just because they had an opportunity to do so.
The score quickly favoured one club over the other, but any animosity or disinterest in the game by both teams failed to come about.
Ball hockey is very similar to its winter cousin and, like all good sporting events, this game featured great plays and camaraderie among its participants.
A big reason for the Gophers win was the play of its goaltender, Jace Zidar, who continually stoned Badgers top playmakers Jaxson Schlosser, Mitchell Dennett and Tyler Mcmillan.
Badgers goalie Peyton Maier also made a number of key stops on the Gophers offensive talent of Tristan Lewis and Matthew Woodbury, among others.
The referees did the right thing during the match and put away their whistles, which let the kids play.
The stripes may have found themselves out of position at times, resulting in a couple of close jumps out of the way of oncoming rushes, but they can’t be scolded for not trying their best.
The Gophers-Badgers game was the first ball hockey match I’ve had the pleasure of covering as a sports reporter.
It was a lot of fun.

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