After 20 minutes of stop time the Brewers lead 10-2. Quite the spread for the first period of the game. The first goal of the game came quick and went to team captain Brandon Murphy at the 19:12 mark. This goal set the tempo for the offense, who would appear to be in mid-season form. The Brewers’ then saw another assisted goal shortly thereafter by Casey MacIntrye with 18:51 on the clock.
The Brewers would see eight more goals in the first period each about 1-2 minutes apart up until the 7:43 mark. Goals were scored by assistant captain Baeley Malkoske, Jack Okanee, assistant captain Bryton Thorarrinsson, MacIntyre, B. Murphy, Adam Saunders and rookie Wyatt Goldade.
The Prince Albert Outlaws scored two goals fairly early in the period at 17:43 and 15:20. The last seven minutes of play saw hard fought defense with the exchanging of hard hits and nice saves by goalies Hunter Wongstedt of the Brewers, and Tanner Fetch of the Outlaws. There were over 28 shots on net by the end of the first by the Brewers, with a total of 10 shots landing. Coach Marcus Fischer seemed to be grinning with the outcome of the first period, hoping to keep that momentum going into the second.
The second period was the lowest scoring period for both teams — the Brewers scored five to the Outlaws’ one —bringing the score to 15-3 for 20 minutes of runtime play. The Brewers had a quick assisted goal by Malkoske at 19:42 to start the period. A. Saunders found himself with two goals this period — a trend that seemed to be continuing for him — much like last week’s game where he scored two goals in the second period as well. Thorarrinsson scored his second goal of the game, and MacIntrye scored his fourth goal of the game this period as well.
Two rookies Cody Corriveau and Scott Anderson are finding their roles out the back door and starting to become difference makers on the defense with their size, speed, and skill. Okanee and B. Murphy stepped up to take draws this game and performed well in the absence of regular draw man Jordan Tornato, who is away at school.
Goalie Hunter Wongstedt was pulled out of the net this period as the Brewers expanded their lead, putting in rookie goalie Nolan Parker-Ens. Nolan-Ens settled into the net only allowing one breakaway goal in the period, while the offense worked on setting up and play running.
Period two was quiet with the Outlaws taking the only player penalty in the game — a high-sticking call — at the start of the period. The Saskatoon Brewers would have just one penalty this period as well. Those two penalties were the only blemishes in the game, which might be a PGLL Canadian Senior B Box Lacrosse record for the least amount of penalty minutes in a regular season game.
Period three saw the offense come alive again with Levi Dziadyk scoring the first solo goal of the period at 19:37. It was his first of the game. Levi and his brother Drew Dziadyk were essential in most of the goals from the game, as they offered their assistance on 11 of the 23 goals. All seven frontend players performed exceedingly well, with each of them recording at least one goal and two assists.
Assistant captain Chris Sokalofsky would score his first goal of the season at 7:20, also recording two assists on breakaway goals this period. Normally a force on the defense, Sokalofsky was able to work on his transition plays as the score spread.
The Outlaws scored three goals within the last five minutes of the period, giving it their last bit of energy to come up with some stats.
Rookie Wyatt Goldade would earn Player Of The Game for his goal at 7:43 in the first period and his outstanding defense through three periods of play, by causing multiple turnovers and becoming a loose-ball vacuum.
The Brewers look to continue building on the past two games as they head into a three games in three days starting in Saskatoon on May 23 to face the Saskatoon Plainsman in Senior B Box Lacrosse action. They travel to Regina on the 24th to have a rematch of last year’s provincial final against the Regina Heat. Finally they drive to Estevan to play the Impact on May 25 before heading home to Saskatoon.
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