Xtreme score win despite uneven effort

By Jamie Harkins

June 12, 2017 8:59 AM

Xtreme player Brad Gorrigan tries to move the ball toward the Wizards net. Jamie Harkins/Meridian Booster

The Lloydminster junior B Xtreme may have gotten back into the winning column, but more improvement still needs to be made.

The Xtreme (4-4) used a dominant opening 20 minutes to best the lowly Edmonton Wizards 12-5 at the Centennial Civic Centre on Saturday.

The home side jumped ahead of the Wizards 6-0 during a seven-minute span midway through the first period, only to settle back into a liberal style of play with little offensive push for the rest of the game.

“The boys just kind of fell apart,” said Xtreme forward Jaden Bouvier, who notched one goal and three assists in the game.

“Our offence wasn’t really doing what we can do all the time. Our picks and rolls and cuts to the net really works, and we showed it off in the first period. The last two we just kind of gave up and started taking outside shots.”

Graham Murray, head coach of the Xtreme, said the players got a bit complacent after picking up the big lead.

He said they hit a 25-minute offensive dry spell against the Wizards (0-7-1) during the second and third periods, and that can’t happen against the better clubs in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League if they hope to be successful.

“We got to keep a constant attack going,” said Murray. “Our defence played well all game, but offensively, we took our foot off the gas a little bit and we can’t have that.”

The win marked the Xtreme’s second in a row at the Civic, following a 13-5 victory against the Edmonton Warriors seven days prior, with a 9-4 defeat to the Lakeland Heat at Cold Lake last Wednesday linking the games.

It also highlighted the club’s inability to string consecutive 60-minute efforts together this season, as they’ve almost continually followed up a win with a loss and vice versa.

“I think there are some issues with consistency, but we have a little home stretch (now),” said Murray.

“The next two games are at home, both against teams that have beat us this year. The guys should be coming out hungry to avenge those losses. Wednesday is a rivalry game for us. Vermilion is our closest rival, so I hope the boys come to play. There is no reason why we can’t beat that team.”

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