Image submitted: The Lakeland Heat novice lacrosse team celebrates winning Provincial Gold.
The Lakeland Heat novice and bantam teams won gold at provincials after undefeated runs in Calgary last weekend.
Through the round-robin bracket the novice Heat won each game, and got a bye to the gold medal game. They beat St. Albert in the final 10-4 to claim provincial gold.
“It’s the beginning of a very dominant lacrosse over the last few years,” said coach Bruce Bordeleau.
The novices created a “superteam” for provincials since they had three teams of players to choose from.
“The whole plan was to get to this point and make a superteam and keep them together as they go through novice, peewee, and up to bantam, to keep them together so we always have a provincial team that goes to play in provincials, and basically light it up,” said Bordeleau.
Bordeleau says there’s between 12-15 kids who really shine at this level, something that most teams don’t have.
The bantam Heat also refused to drop a contest during the tournament, eventually beating Lethbridge 8-5 for the “C” division gold.
Lethbridge was also undefeated heading into that game.
The Junior B Heat (15-1-1) play the Lloydminster Xtreme (12-5) in the Tier II semi-final. They play in Bonnyville tonight at 9pm and in Cold Lake at 2pm on Saturday. If the Heat win the best of 2 series (total goals) they will advance to provincials.
The last time these two teams met the Heat beat the Xtreme in a narrow 9-8 victory. The Xtreme gave the Heat their only loss this season.