Calgary Axemen John Mark Nicolet cross checks Red Deer Renegades Nicolas Scott during playoff action at the Kinex on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Renegades move on after wild lacrosse playoff Saturday

The Red Deer Renegades had their backs against the wall Saturday, but found just enough energy to advance in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Junior B tier two playoffs.

Red Deer dropped game one of the best-of-three series with the Calgary Axemen on Friday night.

To win the series Red Deer needed two straight victories on Saturday and finished in dramatic fashion.

The Renegades evened the series with a 15-9 victory in Game 2 to start the afternoon. After a 1-1 tie in a 10-minute mini-game, the series was decided in sudden death overtime.

The home side started the extra frame shorthanded, but after a loose ball was scooped up by Curtis Hallman he raced the length of the floor, deked a defender and fired a shot past the Axemen goalie and elation ensued.

“Being shorthanded, that’s where my team excels. Almost a hidden blessing. The guys know what to do. We had the right line out and it worked out. It’s a tough team to go against and to score in sudden death is just an amazing thing,” head coach Mike Martel said. “It was explosive. We were ecstatic, nothing in comparison. It was a surreal experience.”

Hallman also scored the lone goal of the mini-game for Red Deer on the power play with 3:34 left, after the Axemen opened the scoring 5:01.

“That mini-game, you have to look at it like you guys are dead even and it’s a brand new game. Just put yourself all out there. Everything you’ve got. Can’t stop. You might be exhausted and tired but you’ve got to give it everything and that’s sports,” Martel said.

“For the mini-game, it’s all about ball control. To control it is everything and that’s we stressed to the kids is ‘get the ball’.”

In the win that sent the series to a third and deciding game Red Deer jumped out a 6-2 lead and added six more in the second period to open up a 12-8 lead over Calgary. Those two dominant periods were just enough to snag the victory.

“Usually my team doesn’t do so well in the second period but they really stepped it up,” Martel said.

Seven of the Renegades 15 goals were on the power play in their first win of the afternoon.

Nicolas Scott had a hat trick while Tristan Clark, Brandon Heidinger, Hallman, Devin Saunders and Shayden Brinton all added a pair. Brodie Glaude and Brayden Laturnus also each added a goal.

With their second win of the day, the Renegades move on to face the Olds Mavericks next weekend in a best-of-three series to determine the South Conference champion.

“We’re ready to take it to Olds. They have looked at us as a tough competitor this year and they are a force to be reckoned with,” Martel said. “They beat us both times in the regular season so we’re looking forward to redemption and proving ourselves.”

Just Posted

Huge RV resort proposed for Buffalo Lake

Some residents feel 800-lot RV resort too big for area

Updated: Red Deer gets WHL Bantam Draft and Awards Banquet

WHL will holds its draft and awards ceremony in Red Deer for next three years

Land wanted for Central Alberta Foodgrains project

23rd year for Lacombe area charity

Stolen vehicle found thanks to tip from motorist

Charges laid against Red Deer man and Leduc County woman

City prepares for legal marijuana

Legalized recreational marijuana expected to have impact on many city policies

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life… Continue reading

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies see opportunity

LONDON — Public awareness of the problem of plastic waste is swelling… Continue reading

Ambulance’s slow response time angers family

Woman suffers stroke, waits nearly an hour for ambulance

Over-burdened refugee tribunal ditches legislated timelines for hearings

OTTAWA — The Immigration and Refugee Board is giving up on following… Continue reading

Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off profile: Troy Gillard

** Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off takes place on April 14 at the Sheraton Red Deer

New mobile paramedic program starts in Red Deer

Paramedics provide on-site care to those with chronic conditions

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month