INTERVIEWS: Two lacrosse squads running with confidence ahead of provincials this weekend

By Mitch Bach
July 6, 2017 - 3:35pm Updated: July 6, 2017 - 7:25pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Medicine Hat is becoming a breeding ground for elite minor lacrosse players.

Two local teams, the bantam and peewee Sun Devils, are working on remarkably impressive campaigns and are gearing up for a shot at a provincial championship this weekend.

The Bantam Tier 2 squad cruised through league play with an undefeated 12-0 record, outscoring their opponents 178-29. On top of that, the team crushed Brooks in the South Zone Championship game 14-3, earning their spot in Lethbridge.

We spoke with forward Ethan Machan and head coach Ryan Ertmoed to learn more about their dominating season, and how a previous provincial championship can help prepare them for another run at this years provincial banner.

 

The Peewee Tier 2 squad took a more dramatic route to get to provincials.

After falling behind the Swift Current Rampage 4-1 early in the South Zone Championship final, the local squad battled back to force overtime.

It took nearly two full extra frames before the winning goal was finally scored by assistant captain Houston Eakins, set up by captain Jayden Richards.

Both players, along with head coach Chad Eakins, agree it was surreal to watch the championship winning goal cross the line, and are using that as added motivation ahead of provincials.

 

Both teams begin their trek towards a provincial championship Friday morning.

First up, the Peewee squad takes on the Calgary Sabrecats at 9:30 a.m. from the Labor Club in Lethbridge. Then the Bantam gang clashes with Grande Prairie at 11:00 a.m. at Adams Arena.

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