Excelsiors Post Fifteen Goals Against the Calgary Mountaineers
CALGARY, Alberta – The Brampton Excelsiors entered the game coming off a victory against the other RMLL team in the tournament. Their first game featured an impressive offensive output of twenty-five goals, a total that still appeared on the scoreboard prior to gameday. Conversely, the Calgary Mountaineers came off a disappointing opening night performance that saw them lose to the Coquitlam Adanacs by a score of 16-1. A single win could mean the difference between advancing in the tournament and heading home early. Brampton sought to improve and move to be the first two-win team in the tournament, while the Mountaineers sought to stifle the Excelsior’s offense output and earn their first win.
Brampton’s offense showed no signs of slowing down, scoring five unanswered goals in the first period. Jeff Teat, the tournament point leader, aided in scoring two goals, while adding one assist in the opening twenty minutes. Clarke Petterson, Brendan Welsh, and Tyler MacKay would add goals in the period as well. Conversely, the Mountaineer’s offense was unable to generate much offensive output and find the back of the net. The Excelsiors defense limited Calgary’s shot selection by keeping them to the outside and forcing several low angle shots. The Excelsiors Steven Orleman, who put together a stellar performance in net, consistently stopped the open shots the Mountaineers mustered from both the outside and the inside. The Excelsiors would exit the period with a modest 5-0 advantage after twenty minutes of play.
With a 5-0 advantage heading into the second, the Excelsiors continued to add four more goals before the Mountaineers Jake Foster stopped the Excelsiors run of consecutive goals. Prior to Foster’s goal, the Mountaineer’s went scoreless for over three periods, over this game and the one prior, a strategy not conducive to playing an Excelsiors team with an abundance of weapons. Foster’s goal was short-lived as the Excelsiors would score three more goals to close out the period with a 12-1 lead.
Both teams found themselves in an almost identical position entering the third period as their opening night game. The Excelsiors held a more than comfortable lead, while the Mountaineers faced once again, a seemingly insurmountable deficit. If there are any silver linings for the Mountaineers in the game, and specifically the third period, it has to be in their defensive play that made consistent stops, only allowing three Excelsior goals. In addition to a slight improvement on defense, their offense finally started to generate high-chance scoring opportunities. However, despite their chances, the Calgary team continued struggled to score the ball from both the outside and the inside. The slight improvement would produce two Mountaineers goals in the period, However, it was still less than the three goals the Excelsiors offense scored, as the OJALL Championed walked away with their second win by a score of 15-3
The Excelsiors (2-0) will play the Coquitlam Adanacs (2-0) tomorrow at 4:30 pm MST, while the Mountaineers (0-2) will look forward to a primetime match-up against their Alberta rivals, the Okotoks Raiders (0-2) at 8:00 pm MST in a rematch of the RMLL Finals.
Jeff Teat (3 Goals, 3 Assists)
Austin Hasen (1 Goal, 5 Assists)
Clarke Petterson (2 Goals, 4 Assists)
Steve Orleman (25 Saves)
Jake Foster (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
Laine Hruska (46 Saves)
BY DALLAS SMITH
Alberta Lacrosse Association