Brutes contest Border City battle

By Jamie Harkins

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

DRIVE TO THE NET Lloydminster novice Border Brutes Green lacrosse player Teige Brown dekes through a couple of Border Brutes Red defenders. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The season long battle between the Lloydminster Border Brutes Red and Green novice lacrosse teams took a familiar turn at the Servus Sports Centre’s Rusway Arena on Monday.
The Brutes Red beat the Brutes Green 7-1 to solidify their first place standing in the Wheatland Lacrosse Association.
Each of the clubs started the game on even footing with the Red capturing a 1-0 lead 5:07 into the first period on a Carson Tourand marker before Green offensive catalyst Davin Bajema notched the equalizer with two seconds remaining in the frame.
“I ran hard and beat the other players,” said Bajema, 9, noting his sweet spot includes the bottom left or top right corners and he hit the latter on this occasion.
Brutes Red player Ryken Endicott restored the lead 1:08 into the second period by scooping up the ball off an end-wall bounce and depositing it past Green goalie Rowdy Marshall. Koen Fendelet, with two, and Brady Donald brought the score to 5-1 by the end of the middle frame.
“We were passing good,” said Brutes Red centre Brady Gamble, 10. “We were scoring lots of goals and some of us were doing picks.”
Gamble said they excelled through a set play off faceoffs where he hit the ball between his legs to a waiting teammate allowing them to generate high offensive zone time, lots of shots and quick breaks to the net.
The Brutes Green staged a third-period pushback in an attempt to tie the game, but Red netminder Donavon Swanky proved equal to the task. Endicott and Alex Hill added insurance markers to keep the game out of reach.
Gamble said win or lose the game of lacrosse is a pleasure to play. He said it’s good exercise plus you get to score goals and make nice assists.
“It’s a really fun sport,” added Bajema. “It’s team building and you get to run hard. You get to have fun.”

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