Knights players hoping not to repeat last year's early playoff exit
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am
After the 2013 season came to an early end in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Senior B playoffs for the Rockyview Knights, the team is hoping its 2014 campaign goes a lot longer.
The Knights, which plays its games out of the Plainsman Arena in Airdrie, has a 3-3 record so far this season following a convincing 16-5 win over the Calgary Senior Mountaineers at the Stu Peppard Arena in Calgary on May 31.
“I think we are just getting warmed up,” Knights Captain and Airdrie resident Ron Moorish said. “We have an extremely talented team this year, and I think we are going to become even stronger as the season goes along.”
“Our older guys, such as myself, and our younger players have been meshing together nicely so far,” he added.
“Plus we have been getting better with our passing of the ball and our shot attempts.”
One of the things that has impressed Knights Head Coach Gareth Barley about the team’s performance so far is its offensive output, as it has scored 69 goals in six games.
“We were a team that was able to win the close games last year, but we seem to have that extra step to our offence so far this season,” Barley said. “We seem to have our foot on the gas pedal, and it allows us to pull away from our opponents.”
“We can still play those one- or two-goal-type of games if we have to, and I think being in those types of contests is a good thing, especially when you head closer to the playoffs,” he added.
The Knights was the top team in the Senior B division last season with a 13-3 record, but its season came to a quick end in the opening round of the playoffs, as the Edmonton Outlaws swept the team aside in three straight games.
“Edmonton was really hungry in that series against us, and to be swept out of the playoffs in three straight games was really frustrating for us,” Morash said. “That made us even more determined to try and win the title this season.”
“However, this league gets (more difficult) every season,” he added.
“The teams are getting stronger and the players are getting better, which makes it a challenge to try and be the best team.”
The Knights will look to continue its march to the top of the RMLL Senior B ranks in Okotoks on June 8, when it will take on the Okotoks Raiders.
The two teams will square off once again in Airdrie on June 14 in an 8:30 p.m. game at the Plainsman Arena.