Monday, June 29, 2015

Oakville Rock win third straight game, down Brooklin Redmen 7-4

Mike Poulin, here against Peterborough, continued to play well, shutting out
the Oakville Rock in the third period. Unfortunately for Brooklin, they
couldn't score after the second either as they fell 7-4. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
In a rarity, the Oakville Rock and Brooklin Redmen played a scoreless third period Monday night as the Rock prevailed 7-4. With the Rock winding up prevailing by the score after 40 minutes, their four goals in the final 4:26 of the second period--including two in the frame's final six seconds--wound up making all the difference.

Oakville scored the first three goals of the game but Brooklin responded with three in the last 4:21 of the first period to tie it up heading to the intermission. Neither team scored for the first half of the second period. Kiel Matisz broke the dry spell and the tie with his second of the game (Michael Teeter also had a pair for Brooklin) at 10:40.

Rob Hellyer connected shorthanded at 15:34 to even things back up at 4-4. Glen Bryan became the second Rock defender to get on the scoresheet (Billy Hostrawser had scored in the first) with what would prove to be the winning goal at 17:43.

With time winding down and the final result very much in doubt, Hellyer got his second of the game with six seconds to play. Jeremy Noble took the faceoff down the floor to add the final goal with just a second to play.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lakers sweep home and home with KW, taking 13-8 road win Sunday

The Peterborough Lakers improved to 7-2 with a 13-8 road win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks Sunday. Rookie Josh Currier had a hat trick and added an assist to pace the Lakers. Adam Jones had his second straight high-scoring game for Peterborough, scoring a goal and 5 assists. Shawn Evans also had  a 6-point game with 2 goals and 4 helpers.

Peterborough led 5-2 after one period and were up 10-6 after the second on the Kodiaks, who were led by Joey Cupido's hat trick and an assist. KW falls to 3-6-1 and remains tied with the Brooklin Redmen for third place in MSL.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Redmen down Excelsiors 14-8 to move into third place tie

The race for the playoffs tightened up even more as the Brooklin Redmen downed the Brampton Excelsiors 14-8 Thursday night in Brampton to move into a tie for second place. Brooklin now has seven points with the same 3-5-1 record as the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks while Brampton sits a point back at 3-5. The Oakville Rock are in last place at 2-7 but have won their last two games.

Kyle Whitlow had a hat trick and Shawn Williams 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the Redmen, who went up 3-2 after the first period and blew the game open with a 6-0 second frame. Mike Burke had 2 goals and 5 assists and Joe Resetarits a goal and 4 assists for Brampton.

Brampton came to life offensively in the third period, scoring five times. Unfortunately for the Excelsiors, Brooklin responded every time Brampton scored except for Burke's extra attacker goal with 44 seconds to play.

Brooklin had a decided edge in shots on goal, outshooting Brampton 62-48. They chased starter Tyler Carlson with their fifth goal of the second period, although he stopped 34 of the 42 shots he faced for a solid .805 save percentage. Replacement Grant Crawley wasn't able to provide the spark Brampton was hoping for, giving up 6 goals on 20 shots and taking the loss.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Lakers down Kodiaks 10-6 to solidify hold on second place

The Peterborough Lakers and KW Kodiaks battled hard Thursday after Peterborough jumped out to a 5-0 lead. They held
on to win 10-6. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers aren't used to losing a lot of games; they've dropped just over four per season for the past five summers. So a two-game losing streak is plenty to make them come out ready to play, even if the two losses were to the mighty Six Nations Chiefs. Peterborough jumped all over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks early Thursday night, taking a 5-0 first period lead en route to a 10-6 win that reinforced their hold on second place in the MSL standings.

Adam Jones had his biggest night as a Laker, scoring 3 goals and adding 2 assists while Cory Vitarelli also had a 5-point night including 2 goals. Evan Kirk made 30 saves to improve to 4-1 on the season. Affiliated player Mat McLeod led the way for the Kodiaks with 2 goals and an assist from his transition position.

“At the beginning of the game, I had the feeling that our defence was going to shut them down. Any time you have your defence doing that, it gives your offence a bit of confidence and some more time with the ball,” Jones said. “We got a couple early and were rolling there for a bit then in the second period we had that little lull.”

That lull allowed the Kodiaks to fight their way to an even remainder of the game, although they were never able to get closer than four goals back. Three times the Lakers answered within a minute and a half of a KW goal to keep the Kodiaks at bay.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chiefs down Redmen 8-5 to improve to 8-1

It wasn't easy, but the Six Nations Chiefs stretched their winning streak to eight games with an 8-5 win over the Brooklin Redmen in Whitby Wednesday. Mike Poulin was sensational in net for the Redmen but couldn't deliver a win under an onslaught of 59 shots from the Chiefs.

Seven different players scored for Six Nations with Craig Point the only Chief to get a pair of goals. Shawn Williams scored twice and added an assist to lead Brooklin.

Brooklin is right back in action Thursday, heading to Brampton to face the Excelsiors. Six Nations' next game is next Tuesday at home when Brooklin comes to town.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chiefs acquire Brodie Merrill and Andrew Watt

Brodie Merrill (right, checking Scott Evans) is siting up in Sr A lacrosse for the first time since 2010.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs may finally have put the finishing touches on their 2015 roster, acquiring transition players Andrew Watt and Brodie Merrill from the KW Kodiaks and Oakville Rock, respectively.

The Chiefs completed the deal for Watt late Tuesday afternoon, allowing him to dress for their 11-9 win over the Peterborough Lakers. In return, they sent KW second and third round picks in the 2018 MSL draft and other considerations.

While Watt is a solid addition to the back end, though, the coup de grace is the acquisition of Merrill, still a star player as evidenced by his nomination as one of three finalists for this year's National Lacrosse League transition player of the year award. Six Nations sent tough guy Tory Gardner and a player to be named in 2016 to the Kodiaks in the three-team deal that netted them Merrill.

To Oakville, Six Nations gives a pair of players to be named in 2016 plus other considerations. The Rock also receive a first-round draft pick from KW that the Kodiaks had gotten from Six Nations in an earlier trade. 
Merrill will debut with the Chiefs Wednesday night in Whitby when they face the Brooklin Redmen. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Oakville Rock take second straight win with 10-7 decision over Brampton

The Oakville Rock took eight games to earn their first win of the season, but they didn't wait nearly as long to get their second. Just one night after beating KW 14-8 to break their 0-7 run to start the year, the Rock downed Brampton 10-7 behind a 4-goal, 2-assist performance from Kevin Ross to improve to 2-7. And just like that, in the tight Major Series Lacrosse standings, they're three points out of third place and looking much better in the race for playoff positions.

Oakville took advantage of a sluggish Brampton start to jump on the Excelsiors and lead 5-1 after 15 minutes. Brampton tried to fight back and got a pair in the final 1:12 of the first period to draw within a pair but were never able to get closer than that.

Ross had a big night, doubling his point total for the season in his third game, and the best play of them all was an around-the-world shot that he whipped into the far corner past Tyler Carlson as he was getting too deep along the side of the crease for a regular shot. “Yeah, that was the last resort desperation shot and I just kind of threw it and it went in,” Ross said. “It's nothing that I think I'd want to try to repeat too often but it was a fun game when things like that are working.”