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Prince George senior lacrosse weekend roundup

BHL Bandits move into first place with weekend win in Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association douleheader
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Drew Doig of the BHL Bandits (left), shown in action last Wednesday against the the Quesnel Crossfire in the Prince George Senior Lacrosse League season opener, will be back with his team to face the Northland Nissan Assault Monday at 8 p.m. at the Prince George Coliseum. Citizen file photo

You’ve got to feel for the Quesnel Crossfire.

They were taking on a wounded bear when they met the Canadian Brewhouse Devils Sunday morning on the Prince George Senior Lacrosse floor at the Prince George Coliseum.

The two-time defending champion Devils were still smarting from a 10-9 loss the night before to their archrivals, the BHL Bandits, and they took out their frustrations on the Crossfire, outscoring them 20-2.

The Devils scored 10 goals in the first period and eight in the second and led 18-0 after 40 minutes. Andrew Schwab, with five goals and six assists, and Jake McIntosh, with a four-goal four-assist night, led the way offensively for the Brewhouse gang. Nathanael McFayden also got in on the scoring action with five goals and one assist. Hunter McSeveney produced both Crossfire goals.

Steven Brizan picked up the win in goal for the Devils, stopping 20 of 22 shots.

THe win evened the Devils’ record t 1-1, while he Crossfire dropped to 0-2.

In the late game of a Saturday night doubleheader, the Bandits (2-0) moved atop the five-team PGSLA standings with their win over the Devils. Cole Paciejewski drove the Bandits’ bus with five goals and one assist, backed by two-goal efforts from Brett Barwise and Damon Calfa. For the Devils, McIntosh had a four-point game with three goals and an assist, Schwab put up two goals and two assists and Josh Mantler also scored twice.

Liam Miller made 31 saves in net for the Bandits.

In the early game Saturday, the visiting Mackenzie Conifex Power Lumberjacks won their season-opener, topping the Northland Nissan Assault 8-5.

Matt Rochon had three goals to spice the Lumberjacks offence, while Chad Gratton and Robin Waughtal each fired a pair. Grayson Pement picked up three goals and an assist for the Assault, who suffered their first loss of the season to fall to 1-1.

Northland Nissan (1-1) will be back in action at the Coliseum Monday at 8 p.m. against the Bandits.