Crossfire pick up first win after slow start

Although the Quesnel Crossfire have had a rocky start to the season, they’ve finally begun to get positive results.

Brody Lawlor of the Quesnel Crossfire calls for the ball during Quesnel’s home opener on April 28.

RYAN GRAHAM

Observer Reporter

Although the Quesnel Crossfire have had a rocky start to the season, they’ve finally begun to get positive results.

Quesnel’s first game of the season saw them lose 11-9 to the Cowboy Ranch Stylers in a nail biter.

The Crossfire came out firing as they scored the first two goals of the game, courtesy of Brody Lawlor.

The physicality would pick up at the end of the first period, as the Stylers began their push after a slow start.

The second would be much of the same as Quesnel would again draw first blood with their offensive star Lawlor, scoring his third of the game.

Quesnel would strike again minutes later as Owen Burris scored a beautiful goal, going around the defense and deeking the goaltender to increase their lead.

The Stylers would finally pull it together at the end of the period, scoring four goals to close the gap on Quesnel.

Prince George carried their momentum into the third, scoring four straight to take the lead, but the Crossfire would answer back getting two of their own. It would be too late though, as the Stylers would get three more to finish the game ruining the home opener for Quesnel.

Head coach Hugh Whalen says the team has a number of strengths, but the main one will be their speed.

He added the first game was an ok performance.

“It was an alright game but we need to practice more,” Whalen said.

“We have a bunch of young guys, but it will come together before the end of the season.”

Quesnel’s second game saw them travel to Prince George to take on the Westwood Pub Devils, which resulted in another loss for the Crossfire.

Their third game saw the Crossfire again end up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, losing 13-6 to the Stylers.

Prince George would jump all over Quesnel, as they took an early lead putting Quesnel in a hole.

The Crossfire would strike back minutes later to even the score, but it would not last long as the Stylers would score six consecutive goals taking a commanding lead.

The second would be much of the same as the Stylers would pot three more goals to increase their lead by a wide margin.

The third would finally see Quesnel show some signs of life, but the Stylers would be too much as they added another putting the game out of reach. Quesnel’s fourth game saw them travel to Prince George to take on the Mackenzie Lumberjacks in a close contest with the Crossfire finally getting into the win column, with a 13-8 victory. It was a close contest but Quesnel managed to put together a complete 60 minute effort, giving them their first win of the season.

 

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