Local lacrosse squad holds onto last playoff spot

There is one game left in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League regular season for Red Deer’s Sword Transport Revenge, who are currently holding down the final playoff spot in South Division after two big wins at home this past weekend.

Going into the weekend in sixth place, the Junior B Tier II squad got a hat trick from Adam Boven in opening the home stand Friday with an 18-6 win over the seventh place Strathmore Venom.

Captain Troy Klaus, Adam Boven, Brock Forbes, Ryan Krips and Braeden Krips each scored twice in the win.

Mitchell Giele, Karsten Banack, Alex Randall, Skylar Sargeant, Kane Weik and Jordan Hemstad also hit the score sheet with one goal each, while Darian Banack and Sam Simenson each got some time in the Revenge net.

On Saturday afternoon the second ranked Lethbridge Barracudas visited the Kinex with Red Deer needing both points if it wanted to hold onto the fourth and final playoff spot.

It was a back and forth affair that wasn’t decided until Klaus notched his third goal of the game, early in overtime as Red Deer kept its playoff hopes alive, beating Lethbridge 10-9.

The rookie Hemstad was the big story of the contest, leading all Red Deer scorers with five goals.

Banack and Giele added singles, while Simenson went the distance in the net.

The Revenge will close out their regular season Friday night in Calgary with a must win game against the SabreCats.