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Saskatoon Brewers PGLL Season Rolls On With Wins

The Saskatoon Brewers of the Canadian PGLL Senior B Box Lacrosse, squared off against the Meewasin Valley Plainsmen on May 23rd; game one of a three game weekend for the Brewers. The Plainsmen came into the match up with zero wins and only 11 goals for the season; Brewers came in off two wins, amassing 41 points in those two matchups. All three periods of play were very one sided, the Brewers scored 29 goals through 60 minutes of runtime play, to the Plainsmen zero.  12 goals in the first, 10 goals in the second, and 7 goals in the third – goal scorers of that game were:

Adam Saunders- 8
Casey MacIntyre- 7
Brady Fetch- 3
Brandon Murphy- 2
Jack Okanee- 2
Drew Dziadyk- 2
Wyatt Goldade- 2
Baeley Malkoske- 1
Cody Corriveau- 1
Chris Sokalofsky- 1

It was a game for the Brewers to really work on their plays and get the defense some shots on goal. The Plainsmen lost some key players both on offense and defense this year which was apparent in the match up, unfortunately it looks to be a building year for them. The game was entertaining for the sheer amount of goals that were being scored- the Brewers were trying their hand at some behind the back shots, a few of which landed in the net. Spencer Murphy, Adam Saunders, and Jack Okanee got to work on their face-offs often during the game, winning about 50% which is to be expected. Cody Corriveau earned player of the game for the goal he scored and his outstanding defense and hustle- despite the score. This game is the only game this season the Brewers face off against the Plainsmen.

Game two on May 24th of the Brewers weekend had them traveling to Regina, SK to face the Regina Heat, only about a 2.5 hour drive from Saskatoon the team made it up just in time for the 8:00pm start. Period one was a hard adjustment to the reffing style that was being introduced. The game was energetic from the start and got rough fast, the Brewers took four individual penalties in the first period, with the Heat taking one. The penalty kill team was efficient in keeping the ball away from the Heat, and Hunter Wongstedt in goal was coming up with big saves and blocks when the team needed them. First goal of the game went to assistant captain Baeley Malkoske at the 14:52 mark, followed shortly after by Jack Okanee at 12:06. Spencer Murphy and Okanee would score shorthanded goals again before the Heat got on the board with a breakaway goal at 7:34.

Most of the points were scored during the second period once the Brewers settled and the game got into a groove, seeing nine goals to the Heat’s two. The Heat took 18 minutes of penalties this period and the Brewers defense was getting out and contesting shots which further derailed the Heat’s offense. After period one adjustment the Heat couldn’t handle the Brewers defense five on five.

The Brewers offense was getting phenomenal looks on net this period which set them up to spread out the goals over four players;

Brandon Murphy-4
Baeley Malkoske-2
Adam Saunders-2
Jack Okanee-1

Period three was the come down from the rush of the game, only seeing a few shoves, 6 minutes for the Heat and 4 minutes for the Brewers. There were two goals from the Brewers this period that came from Cody Corriveau and Adam Saunders, the latter would earn player of the game for his performance on the offense. Overall coach Marcus Fischer was happy with the performance of both the offense and the defense with a shorthanded bench, and looked forward to game three in Estevan.

The final game on May 25th of the weekend had the Brewers traveling another 2.5 hours from Regina, SK to Estevan, SK to play the Estevan Impact with only ten players and one goalie. That one goalie happened to be assistant coach Shawn Saunders, who stepped up to the challenge in his debut game as goalie for the team. The offense moved the ball, was snagging rebounds, and used the clock extremely well; spreading the wealth seeing six different players with goals:

Baeley Malkoske- 6
Brady Fetch- 5
Brandon Murphy-4
Adam Saunders- 3
Spencer Murphy- 2
Jack Okanee-1

The defense played sound and was getting out contesting every shot, ball control was key with most players battling through some bruises as the other two games had taken their toll on all players. The Brewers did well in staying out of the penalty box to help keep the remaining players with a line change. Goalie Shawn Saunders was exceptional for any standards with an outstanding performance, which earned him undoubtedly the player of the game.

The Impact were unable to get a hold on the Brewers sufficing only three goals for 60 minutes of play also amassing 22 minutes of penalties on a full bench of players. Overall the Brewers held control of the game right from the first faceoff as Greg Simpson, Jordan Tornato, Wyatt Goldade, and assistant captain Chris Sokalofsky stole the show on defense. The Brewers headed home with sore bodies but an undefeated record for the season, something they hope to maintain the rest of the season.

Canadian PGLL Senior B Box Lacrosse standings:

Saskatoon Brewers: 5-0
Regina Heat: 4-1
Moose Jaw Chiefs: 3-1-1
Saskatoon SWAT: 2-1
Saskatoon Steelers: 1-1-1
Estevan Impact: 1-6
Prince Albert Outlaws: 1-2
Saskatoon Plainsmen: 0-5

On May 24th the Brewers finalized a trade with the Saskatoon Steelers for player Jason Price. Price played at the Junior A level in the RMLL with the Saskatoon SWAT as a captain on the defense. GM Gerald Tornato and Coach Marcus Fischer have nothing but good things to say about the latest addition to the team, hoping he finds his place in the lineup and becomes a difference maker.

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