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Rocky View Silvertips players believe team showing signs of life despite slow start

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:33 am

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 trifeckta 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 number one 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 compete 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 team matched its opponents 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.”

Following two road games in Calgary on May 8, where the team came away with a 17-9 loss to the Calgary Chill, and May 9 against the Calgary Shamrocks (after press time), the Silvertips will return to it’s regular home arena on May 23, when it will play host to the Okotoks Maruaders 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.”

“We’re the underdogs right now compared to the other teams in our league,” he added. “But we are working hard to get things better, and I think we will be a tough team to play against when we return to Cochrane.”


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