Rocky View Silvertips lose opening games of season
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 12:23 pm
The opening two games of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) Junior ‘B’ season were not what the Rocky View Silvertips had in mind.
However, midfielder Evan Dressell believes he and the rest of his teammates have a lot to build on, despite two losses at the Plainsman Arena in Airdrie.
“We are a young team that has a lot of heart, and all of us on the team want to do well really badly,” Dressell said.
“We are fighting hard for everything that we want to accomplish, and we are going to build on our strengths to try and have a strong season,” he added.
In the Silvertips opening game of the 2014 season on April 25, the team dropped a 13-10 decision to the Calgary Shamrocks, in which they were outscored by a 7-3 margin in the second period.
“The wheels came off for us during the second period, as it was a pretty even game for the first and third periods,” Silvertips Head Coach Darryl Haynes said. “We got away from our systems and things just started to snowball.”
“We had a really strong first period and we came back to play well in the third, but we just had a bad period in the second,” Dressell added. “They scored two empty net goals late, otherwise the final score would have been just a one-goal margin.”
The second contest of the year for the Silvertips ended up being a lopsided affair on April 27, as it suffered a heavy 19-3 loss to the Edmonton Warriors.
“That team is made up of a lot of older guys, and it showed at times,” Haynes said. “However, I was pleased by how our younger guys stood up for themselves, and we did a lot better as the game went on.”
“When you look at the final stats, I think the goals scored when both teams were at even-strength were 3-1 in Edmonton’s favour, with their other goals coming while we were killing penalties,” he added. “It wasn’t great to be playing a lot of special teams, but the guys did get to play some different positions, which will be big for them later in the year if we have some injury issues.”
After hosting the Red Deer Rampage in Airdrie on May 4 (after press time), the Silvertips will be heading out on the road for its first two games in Calgary this season
It will be paying a visit to the Brentwood Sportsplex on May 8 to take on the Calgary Chill at 9 p.m., and will be back in action on May 9 for an 8:30 p.m. contest with the Shamrocks at the Stu Peppard Arena.
“We will be busy trying to improve some things in our game before those games,” Haynes said. “We are going to be working a lot on our transitional game, our power play, and our penalty kill as we try and get a couple of wins in Calgary.”