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Lacrosse at the Rossland Arena June 1: West Kootenay Timberwolves and the Cranbrook Outlaws

Photo by Steve Martin: Coach Rob Van Beek advises players.

The West Kootenay Timberwolves junior lacrosse players were on the road May 25 and 26, honing skills and teamwork. After a 4-13 loss to Alberta’s Rockyview Rage in Cochrane, AB, the Timberwolves bounced back with a 4-3 win over the Cranbrook Outlaws.  This coming weekend, they will once again play against the Cranbrook Outlaws on June 1, at the Rossland Arena.

There will  be door prizes – Timberwolves T-shirts, donated by Kootenay Savings Credit Union.  The Royal Theatre in Trail, KYR Original, Rossland Beer Company, and Balfour Golf have donated program prizes.  Other community supporters and sponsors include CIMS, the Smokettes, the Flying Steamshovel, Curiosity Clothing & Gifts, Better Life Fitness, and Daroux Law. 

Head coach Peter Youngblut was pleased with the team’s performance. “We knew we had to be our best this weekend playing Saturday against a higher tiered team.  Although we did not get the result we wanted, we finished strong and had many positives to keep the momentum going into Sunday’s game. We are looking forward to facing Cranbrook again this weekend at home in Rossland.”

Eric Reid continued to deliver a strong offensive performance with 5 goals and 1 assist over the weekend. The Timberwolves’ defense, led by a strong goaltending performance by Kyle McIntosh, was effective to minimize scoring opportunities for Cranbrook on Sunday. 

Defensive Technical Coach Rob Van Beek is pleased with the players’ character. “The boys played their hearts out and battled through. They gave us everything they had.  It paid off with a win on Sunday and the coaching staff could not be prouder of what the team has accomplished so far this season.”

The Timberwolves are halfway through the regular season and are heading into 3 weekends of home games between June 1 and June 23 as they battle for position in the standings to earn home advantage for Championships. Their overall league record is 3 wins and 4 losses. The team’s record against the Outlaws is 3 wins and 1 loss.

The game on Saturday, June 1 at Rossland Arena is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm.

Future games:

June 8  ~  Calgary Axemen vs. Timberwolves, 2:00  pm, at the Castlegar Complex

June 8  ~  Axemen vs. Stingers, 8:30 pm, Castlegar Complex

June 9  ~  Olds Stingers vs. Timberwolves, 11:00 am, Castlegar Complex

June 22 ~ Cranbrook Outlaws vs. Timberwolves, 6:30 pm, Castlegar Complex 

June 23 ~ Cranbrook Outlaws vs. Timberwolves, 11:00 am, Rossland Arena