Titans Junior A vs Mounties Game 2

Posted: May 26, 2013 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, Junior A Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse
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Today the boys earned the first ever win for the Sherwood Park Titans Junior A team and it came against the defending provincial champions, Calgary Mounties.  We knew it was going to be a very tough game with the Mounties as they have two players, Cam Gardner and Dan Taylor, with extensive NCAA college experience.  Gardner just finished his junior season with Bellarmine and Taylor just completed his sophomore season with Lehigh.  Both players are offensive threats and the Mounties were coming into the game undefeated with a 3-0 record.  The Mounties have a wealth of experience and were the Alberta Minto Cup representatives last season.  Stopping their offense was going to be critical for the team as we looked to ramp up our offensive play.

Again it was a defensive battle as both teams scrapped it out for offensive opportunities.   The Titans were led for the second straight day by the backend that featured Mike DeGirolamo in net and some key veteran play by fifth year player Rodney Beleznay.  With some timely goals by Matt Kristiansen up front the team was able to earn its first win.  It was not easy and even with some extended power play time the team struggled to find the back of the net.  The Mounties played a high pressure defensive system that caused significant problems for our offense.  It upset our timing and it was difficult to break.  It is early in the season and we expect to get better.  Having to play each team 6 times during the year will ensure each team knows the others intimately.  I can only expect the battles to get harder and more intense as the season goes on.

Nice to get the win, but the weekend only confirms that the road ahead for the Titans is going to be full of bumps.  How we handle those bumps will be the true test.  Good start for the season and now that we are started there will be little time to catch our breath.  The upcoming week brings practices, a home game on Wednesday against the St. Albert Miners and travel to Calgary on the weekend to play the Raiders and Mounties again.  One thing that is certain in the Alberta Junior A League is that you see the same teams so many times that the animosity can only build.

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