CALGARY, Alberta - Nova Scotia’s opening game of the tournament came against a desperate Alberta team looking to get their first win in the tournament after tough opening night loss to Ontario. The first period resembled much of their first outing, albeit at a much slower pace against the Nova Scotia team. Nova Scotia’s tightly packed defense forced the Albertans to shoot from the outside early and often, while only allowing two goals from Moon in the first period. Nova Scotia would add a goal of their own and exit the period trailing 2-1.
Penalties forced Nova Scotia to play several minutes of man-down defense to start the second period, Alberta was able to establish themselves in the middle of the floor, as Mattias Flammenspeck was able to score on the extra-man opportunity. Alberta would add to their lead with an additional breakaway goal to push their lead to 4-1. The second period saw Alberta separate from the Nova Scotia team as they continued to score on even-strength, fast-break, and extra-man opportunities. At the end of the second, Alberta found themselves ahead 8-1.
The final period saw limited action, as Alberta scored twice early in the period to extend their lead to 10-1. Nova Scotia would score two late goals, but they were insufficient to close the lead and Alberta would move to 1-1 in the tournament with a 10-3 win.
Alberta will take on First Nations tonight at 6:00 pm MST, while Nova Scotia will take on Saskatchewan tomorrow at 10:30 am MST. All games can be watched live on AlbertaLacrosseTV!
BY DALLAS SMITH
Alberta Lacrosse Association