A Devil does his best to get it over the defense and into the net on Thursday’s  14-4 loss for the Crossfire.

A Devil does his best to get it over the defense and into the net on Thursday’s 14-4 loss for the Crossfire.

Defensive progression

The Crossfire grow as they gain experience in the PGSLA.

A more controlled Crossfire hit the box last Thursday for their second home game of the season, against the Prince George Shooter’s Pub Devils.

The team showed growth, but still fell short of beating the more experienced Devils, with a 15-4 final score in favour of the Devils.

The Crossfire stumbled in the first,letting the Devils run over them to the tune of eight points, resulting in a five point spread after 20 minutes.

After the first the Crossfire tightened up, halving the Devils’ ability to put the ball in behind the ‘tenders. The Crossfire allowed only four points in the second and cut that to three in the third.

The defense stayed tight until the end of the game, but the offense was unable to rally, netting only one goal in the last 40 minutes of play.

James Reid managed two points for the Crossfire, which Mitch McLean matched while also providing an assist. Alek Gibbs also had an assist on the game. Goalie Bob Mills managed 36 stops over 60 minutes.

The team has grown since its first game against the Bandits. Against the Devils, the team had 21 players, which is nearly double the number of players they started out with.

“The defense is getting better. We’re getting more players. Things are looking up,” coach and team captain, Pat Gibbs, said.

Gibbs is still looking for more players, however, as many of the players are brand new to the game.

There’s a lot of room for development according to Gibbs, with plenty of brand new players on the team and some 16 year olds who already show lots of promise.

“Our 16–year–olds are looking really good,” said Gibbs

The Crossfire head out on the road next week with a game against the Twisted Cork/Regional Security Stylers on Thursday at the Prince George Coliseum.