Brothers clash on lacrosse floor

Lacrosse: Freams meet at Pason Centennial Arena

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 11:08 am

St. Albert Miner Tom Fream, left, covers his brother, Okotoks Raider Ben Fream, in a Rocky Mountain Jr. A Lacrosse League game Sunday at the Pason Centennial Arena.
St. Albert Miner Tom Fream, left, covers his brother, Okotoks Raider Ben Fream, in a Rocky Mountain Jr. A Lacrosse League game Sunday at the Pason Centennial Arena.
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If your brother crosses you, just slap him with a stick.

At least that’s the case on the lacrosse floor.

St. Albert Miner Tom Fream had to hit his older brother, Okotoks Raider Ben Fream, more than once when their paths crossed at a Junior A Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League game at the Pason Centennial Arena on Sunday afternoon.

“Yeah, I was aware of him — I took a couple of chip shots at him,” the 17-year-old Tom said with a laugh.

It’s also a challenge for Ben, who wouldn’t mind “dangling” one on Tom — beating him for a spectacular goal.

“It’s kind of a fantasy of mine to skin him during a game,” said the 20-year-old Ben. “It was a little tough today actually, he was in really good position.”

Ben was kept off the scoreboard, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Raiders’ from winning 9-7 in a hard-fought battle.

It meant talk at the DeWinton home was kept to a minimum.

“It’s always fun to talk about it after the game — a little table talk,” Ben said. “But, tonight it was too close for comfort. They played really well.”

Tom, a student at Foothills Composite, estimated he has played five games with the Miners this year as an affiliate player. He usually helps defend the back-end with the Okotoks Jr. B Tier 1 Marauders.

He knew he had his work cut out for him in covering big brother.

“He’s definitely a threat on offence — he is always open for the outside shot,” Tom said.

The Miners have struggled this season, but the team gave the Raiders fits on Sunday. They were down 8-7 with 3:10 left to go when Ben took a penalty. Ben admitted it wasn’t the smartest play on the planet.

However, he wasn’t getting any sympathy from his younger bro.

“I kind of got a chuckle out of it actually,” a smiling Tom said. “Our bench got real excited, it gave us a chance to tie the game.”

Ben is entering his fourth year with the Raiders. And while it would have been easier for Ma and Pa Fream if the Raiders had drafted Tom, it didn’t work out that way.

Tom was chosen by the Calgary Mountaineers in the sixth round of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League draft in February. He was dealt to the Miners for the 2014 season only in order to give the young Fream valuable Junior A floor time.

“I’m happy I ended up on the Miners,” Tom said. “I am playing against such good teams and I am getting a lot of time out there.”

Tom wasn’t the only Marauders affiliate out there for the Miners. Taylor McNeill also suited up for the Miners.

Tom will be back in action next week when the Marauders hit the floor.

Big loss

The Raiders find themselves battling for home-floor advantage for the opening round of the playoffs after losing 8-7 to the Edmonton Titans on Saturday at the Pason.

“I thought we got out-worked — we made some bonehead decisions which shouldn’t be done at the Junior A level,” Raiders coach Andrew McBride said. “We took a lot of penalties.”

The Raiders bounced back to narrowly down the Miners 9-7 Sunday. An important win, but not impressive against the rebuilding 1-15 Miners.

“Our best players were 16- and 17-years-old, Eric Dowie and Colton Bymak,” McBride said. “When your best players are young guys on a team of veteran guys, that is not a good thing.”

Bymak had two goals — one of them on a penalty shot in the last seconds of the game — and two assists. Dowie contributed a goal.

The victory left the second-place Raiders with an 8-7-1 record while the Titans are 8-8. The two teams square off Friday in Edmonton on the final weekend of regular season play. The Raiders will then take on the Miners on Sunday. The Titans come up against the first-place 15-1 Calgary Mountaineers on Sunday.

The Titans and the Raiders will meet in a best-of-five games playoff to determine who will meet the Mountaineers in the league final.


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