Both junior B lacrosse teams that call the SLS Centre home played their home openers last weekend after being on the road for several games.
The Jr. B tier 1 Rocky View Silvertips and the Fort Saskatchewan Rebels were deadlocked at 14-14 with 2:01 remaining before the Rebels grabbed the lead and added an assurance goal with 41 seconds remaining to win 16-14.
The Jr. B tier II Rockyview Rage ran into a hot goalie and lost to the Calgary Wranglers, 11-1, scoring their lone goal late in the second period.
With success on the road, the Silvertips have a 2-1 record and the Rage are 2-2.
Silvertips head coach Tyler Waycott says they lost seven veteran players from last season who aged out. They were able to make a number of trades late last season to bring in some emerging players and acquire additional draft picks.
"We're really thrilled with the players that we were able to get in those spots and we're thrilled with the young group that we were able to bring in. It's a strong, young group, and we're looking forward to seeing them grow with our organization."
Second-round draft pick rookie Brody Tweit was named the Tips player of the game. He was credited with playing well on both ends of the floor and along the way scored his first two goals of the second.
From Langdon, Tweit played last season with the Glenlake Hawks before being drafted by the Tips.
"I think it's awesome, fast-paced. fun, aggressive, and competitive."
"We're very thrilled to have been able to draft him in the second round," said Coach Waycott post-game. "He's a great young man, who works extremely hard. It's good to see an individual like that be rewarded with a goal and the hat. He played fantastic tonight."
The Silvertips face the J Mounties on Thursday night and then head to Lethbridge to take on the Barracudas on May 27, before returning home to play the Marauders the next day.
Reece Sellwood is the new head coach of the Rage after wrapping up his Jr. B career last season and is joined by other former players behind the bench. He stepped forward to take the helm when last season's coach stepped down.
He likes what he sees from their full roster of 27 players.
"The season's off to a good start. Last weekend wasn't so great but the weekend before was some of the best lacrosse I've seen ever played. I think for sure this will be the best season this team has ever had."
"We've got a lot of guys that came down from tier one this year. They're a good asset to have because they take control and they need a little bit less coaching, so it's pretty easy for them to help us out."
Because their home opener coincided with Mother's Day, flowers were given to moms attending the game and there was a draw for a Mother's Day gift basket.
The Rage are off for the May long weekend and return to the floor on Friday in Didsbury.
Their next home game is on June 3 against the Strathmore Venom