Mounties Go Down Swinging

Posted: August 15, 2014 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, Junior A Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse

downloadThe Minto Cup will begin tomorrow featuring the Six Nations Arrows Express and the Coquitlam Adanacs.  The Adanacs won the right to be at the Minto Cup after beating the Calgary Mountaineers 3 games to 1 in their best of five series.  Let it be known that the Mounties did not go down quietly.  They battled hard each and every night, taking an early lead in each game.  They won game three and were in it to the end in game four.  In the first two games they were beat by large margins, but even in those games the score did not get out of hand until later in the games.  I was impressed by their compete level.

In the end the depth of the Adanacs proved to be too much.  Wes Berg, arguably the best player for the Adanacs, only played the first game.  The Adanacs were able to move players in and out of the lineup without a significant decrease in their effectiveness.  The Mounties, who destroyed Alberta teams with their transition game, were not able to generate those same transition goals against the Adanacs.  The Adanacs ball possession was strong, eliminating those turnovers that would allow the Mounties to transition the ball.  The Adanacs defence was very good at picking up loose balls and not giving the Mounties additional possessions.  The Mounties only lost one game all season in Alberta and then lost three of four to the Adanacs.  I would be prepared to argue that the Mounties lack of success against the Adanacs has as much to do with the rest of the Alberta league as it does with their own team.  Other teams in the league, including the Titans, were not able to push the Mounties all season long to make them a better team.  The Mounties did not face stiff enough competition to challenge them to get better during the season.  Add also to this equation that the Adanacs were able to add numerous players at the deadline from other BC teams and it quickly turns to an uneven match up.  We just are not in this position in Alberta.  The lack of depth and small number of teams in the league does not allow for a lot of options at the trade deadline.  The Mounties were able to add one  strong player at the deadline, Connor Goodwin, from the BC league.  To be blunt about the situation, we just do not have enough talent in the province.

But at the end of the day you have to play the games and the Mounties went out and did that.  My congratulations to Captain Dan Taylor and the rest of the Mounties.  Dan had an exceptional junior career and in the Western Final led his team in points.  The entire team played incredibly hard and represented Alberta well.  I watched every game and from what I saw the Mounties should hold their heads high.  Good on them.


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