With the playoffs looming, the Mission Cedar Kings have one final weekend to jockey for position in the West Central Senior C Lacrosse League.
Mission sits tied for fifth overall in the league, and will be receiving a first-round playoff bye as the bottom four teams battle it out for the seventh and eighth seeds on Saturday.
This past weekend saw mixed results for the club, as they fell 9-1 to the Port Moody Express on Saturday, but then bounced back with a 6-2 win over the Burnaby Lakers on Sunday.
Saturday’s game against the first-place Express proved to be the worst loss of the season for Mission, as a small roster of just 10 players struggled against the top team in the WCSCLL. New signee Mark Forlin scored the lone goal for the Cedar Kings, with Branden Bloom and goalie Jeff Lissimore drawing the assists.
Lissimore was under attack for much of the game against Port Moody, but still managed 63 saves in a losing cause.
Sunday saw Mission control the majority of the game, taking a 2-0 lead after the first period and cruising to the 6-2 victory.
Brenton Graham (two goals, one assist) was the top performer in the win. Other goal scorers were: Cody Thompson (two), Gavan Sand and Forlin. Russ Heard collected three assists, while Wylan Malowany added two.
The Cedar Kings wrapped up the regular season on Wednesday night against the Ladner Pioneers, but results were not available at press time.
A win means Mission takes on the Ridge Attack in round one of the playoffs. A loss matches the Cedar Kings with the Coquitlam Cobras. Mission’s best-of-three playoff series starts on either Sunday or Monday.
Read next week’s edition of the Mission City Record for more on how the team fares.