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Silvertips team shows signs of life despite slow start

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:28 pm

Rocky View Silvertips goaltender Matt Taylor fished the ball out of the net after his team gave up a goal to the Red Deer Rampage at the Plainsman Arena on May 4.
Rocky View Silvertips goaltender Matt Taylor fished the ball out of the net after his team gave up a goal to the Red Deer Rampage at the Plainsman Arena on May 4.
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A trifecta of losses in a three-game stint at the Plainsman Arena in Airdrie was not what the Rocky View Silvertips lacrosse team had in mind when it started off its season.

However, following the team’s 12-6 loss to the Red Deer Rampage on May 4, Airdrie forward Jordan Erlandson said the team is showing signs of improvement.

“Obviously it’s a work in progress whenever you have a new team, and we weren’t expecting to be the No. 1 team right away,” Erlandson said.

“However, I think at the end of the season, we will be right up there.”

“Our defence has become a lot better, especially in our man-to-man coverage, as we aren’t allowing guys to get open in our zone,” he added.

“Then on offence, we have been moving the ball around a lot better to set up our goal-scoring chances.”

The Silvertips’, which competes in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Tier I South Division, turned in a strong performance during the first half of its game with the Rampage, as the teams where stride-for-stride in the first two periods.

“We were right in there, and it was a one-goal game after 40 minutes,” Erlandson said.

“Then we started to take a number of penalties, and that cost us.”

“In this game, our transition play was a lot better, especially compared to the last time we played,” Silvertips defender Anton Jensen added.

“We were able to complete a lot more passes out there, and that allowed us to get things going.”

The Silvertips’ quest for its first win of the season will take them to Calgary on a two-game road trip on May 8 and 9 against the Calgary Chill and Calgary Shamrock respectively.

“We’re the underdogs right now, and we are going to be working hard to make sure that we can get a win in Calgary to get things rolling,” Jensen said. “It’s always fun to play in other people’s barns, especially when you can pull out a win,” Erlandson added.

“It allows you to build some confidence, and it makes the other team feel bad about themselves after losing a game in their own arena.”

Following those two games, the Silvertips will return to its home arena on May 23, when it will play host to the Okotoks Marauders at the Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre in Cochrane.

“I think everyone is looking forward to that one,” Jensen said. “We like playing in Airdrie, as that gives players and fans a chance to play in a different arena, but we have our practices in Cochrane and I think we are going to have a pretty intense atmosphere for that one.”


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