There was a lot of gamesmanship shown at Mosaic Place over the weekend.
© Katie Brickman
Cale Adams from the Estevan Spectra Cannons tries to check Atley Calvert of the Moose Jaw Mustangs during the bronze medal game at the Christopher Sauder Pee Wee lacrosse tournament at Mosaic Place on Sunday. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Winnipeg Gryphons proved how a small gesture can have a major effect on a team.
“They heard that we had a short bench and their coach approached me before a game and said they brought an AP player,” explained Colin Fogarty, head coach for the Estevan Spectra Cannons. “They said he could play for us and I wasn’t going to tell him that he couldn’t come up and play.”
What is really telling is that the Gryphons loaned their players out in a game when they were playing the Cannons at the Christopher Sauder Memorial Pee Wee lacrosse tournament.
“Our guys were still short benched, so the coach offered us a couple of players to make things a little more even and move the ball around better,” said Fogarty. “It was really sportsmanlike of them and they are a really classy team.”
After the game, the two teams took a picture together to remember the event.
“They call it the healing game for a reason. It brings everyone together in a way,” he said. “It was just really classy by them.”
It could have just stopped there, but the Winnipeg players came to the rink early enough to watch the Cannons play the Regina Stealth in the semifinal game as well.
“Even during our game this morning, the entire team from Winnipeg were in the stands cheering us on,” said Fogarty. “They really liked that and it pumped us up.”
The Cannons do not play in a league and the only experience they get during the season is at tournaments.
Despite not winning a game in the tournament, the Cannons are happy with how they play this weekend.
“They are walking out with their heads held high,” said Fogarty. “It was a really good experience for all of them. Win, lose or tie — we are here to have a good time.”
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