The Saskatchewan SWAT ended a six-game losing skid as they picked up a 6-6 tie against the Okotoks Raiders on Aug. 1.
Jordan Boyenko got the SWAT on the board first to give Saskatchewan a 1-0 lead after the first period.
After trading goals to open the second, goals from Jeremy Wudrick and Aaron Greyeyes would give the SWAT a 4-2 lead heading into the final frame.
Okotoks would add goals from Ben Lutzko and Ethan Landymore to tie the game up early in the third and the two teams would exchanges goals from there. Scoring for Okotoks was Landymore and Kean Moon, while Wudrick and Dagan Carlson would score for the SWAT. An overtime period would not break the tie.
Shane Friesen got the nod in goal for the SWAT, while Jack Bruzell-Friesz backstopped the Raiders.
The SWAT would open the weekend, however, on July 31 their sixth straight loss by a score of 11-3 to the Raiders.
Boyenko, Keegan White and Troy Gutkowski were the goal scorers for the SWAT. Connor Murphy led the way for the Raiders with two goals and three assists.
On Aug. 2, the SWAT took on the Calgary Mountaineers is a rescheduled game due to COVID-19. The game was played at Spray Lake Sawmills in Cochrane, Alberta and, in lieu of gate admission, collections were taken for the Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Calgary.
For the SWAT, they couldn’t repeat their performance the night before and dropped a 17-5 decision.
Wudrick once again led the SWAT with a four-point night while four others put up two points. Davis Dame just missed out on the sock trick with five goals and two assists for the Mounties. Kyle Playsted added another three goals and three assists.
The SWAT are back in action this weekend as they host the Raiders on Saturday night and Sunday morning to round out the schedule before playoffs start.
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.