Late Heat push downs Brutes

By Jamie Harkins

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

BRUTES BATTLE HEAT Brutes player Rhett Knelsen races ahead of Heat defender Greyson Bouthiette during the second period of Lakeland's 5-2 win over Lloydminster at the Centennial Civic Centre on Tuesday. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

A strong start gave way to a poor finish in the Lloydminster peewee Border Brutes final game of the Wheatland Lacrosse Association regular season.
“I think we did pretty okay, but they had a good goalie and a couple of good players who we couldn’t keep up to,” said Brutes defenceman Morgyn Endicott, shortly after his club lost 5-2 to the Lakeland Heat at the Centennial Civic Centre on Tuesday evening. “We lost passes and control of the ball and didn’t shoot too much.”
An early Brutes penalty allowed the Heat to gain the momentum off the start. The Cold Lake club hemmed Lloydminster in their own zone during the first half of the game, but couldn’t beat the home side’s box-out defence and Brutes netminder Blaine Kopeck.
The Heat’s Jared Cadieux broke the goose egg 36 seconds into the second period before adding his second of the evening a little over three minutes later off a steal in the neutral zone and drive to the top of the crease.
Sam Raulick brought the Brutes to within one early in the third period on a shot from the slot that beat Heat goalie Liam Gray far side. Cadieux and Tyson Ballachay, with two, replied shortly after before Lloydminster’s Hunter Knot completed the scoring by wiring the ball low glove side from 10-feet out.
Brutes captain Ian Muir said they played a good game only to get stung by off passes and low attempts on goal. He said they’ll continue to work on those aspects of the game as they prepare for a tournament in Sherwood Park on June 2 and provincial qualifier competition in Vermilion the following weekend.
“We got to make sure our passes are on point and we’re hitting the net more,” said Muir, who lines up on the blueline for the Brutes. “And we got to use our speed because we have a fast team, so we got to use our speed to get around guys.”
Endicott said this season can be called a success no matter the amount of wins and losses they’ve endured so far. He said they’ve all made new friends and come together during the past month, but the hope is the next few weeks will be even better.
“My expectations are pretty high,” said Endicott. “I think we should do really good in these tournaments. We’ve got a lot of games ahead of us and some challenges, but I think we can hang up to it and pull through.”

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