Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kodiaks and Excelsiors pull off MSL trade just two days after draft

The KW Kodiaks and Brampton Excelsiors swung a deal a couple of days after the 2015 Major Series Lacrosse draft that returns a trio of players to their home centres and gives the Kodiaks a talented lefty forward who was the highest-selected non-Brampton player in the draft.

KW receives Michael MacDonald, the player Brampton took third overall. He put up plenty of points playing Jr B with the Halton Hills Bulldogs and Jr A with the Whitby Warriors. MacDonald's dangerous outside shot helped him put up 30 goals and 39 assists for Halton Hills in 2013 and he scored 57 points in 18 playoff games for the Warriors that year. He should help boost the production of the Kodiaks' offence.

The Kodiaks also receive local product Jay Lindsay, who scored 38 points in 36 career games with the Jr A KW Braves.

Brampton gets the players that KW selected 9th and 12th overall from the Jr A Excelsiors. Connor Campbell, the 9th pick, is a steady defender who suited up in 58 regular season and playoff games for Brampton over the last two years.

Jayson Crawford, taken 12th, is an athletic transition player who spent his junior career with Halton Hills but also played last summer for the Jr A Excelsiors, posting 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 19 games. He was also drafted by the New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League and is currently playing for the Barrie Blizzard in CLax.

Brampton also receives KW's second-round pick in the 2016 MSL draft.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MSL teams select 29 players in 2015 graduating junior draft

Tyler Ferreira was the first player chosen in the 2015 MSL draft, going to his
hometown Brampton Excelsiors. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Major Series Lacrosse held its annual entry draft of graduating junior players Sunday January 25 in Whitby. The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks were the most active team, selecting nine of the 29 players chosen in the draft. At the other end of the spectrum, the two-time defending Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs selected just two players and passed on their fifth-round pick.

Full results of the draft are below. All players come from OLA Jr A teams unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Major Series Lacrosse mourns the loss of Oakville Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson

Statement from MSL Commissioner Jim Brady on the untimely passing of Oakville Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson Thursday afternoon.

"Terry has been a wonderful leader in lacrosse all his years. The Major Series Lacrosse league will miss him so much. He was as frank a person as you could ever meet and he drove himself to be the very best. If you were associated with him in any way you just respected his efforts. His passing hurts all lacrosse people. My deep sympathy to his family and Josh who I know loved his dad as they all did. I am sad!"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chiefs take Game 6 9-4 to capture Mann Cup for second straight year

The Six Nations Chiefs leadership group receive the Mann Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs are Mann Cup champions again. They beat the Victoria Shamrocks 9-4 Friday night to win the best of seven series 4-2 and bring the Mann Cup back to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Brandon Miller was excellent for the Chiefs again, earning first star honours for the game and Mike Kelly Trophy as MVP for the series. Miller stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced.

Colin Boucher picked off a pass and raced down the floor to score an unassisted transition goal that broke a 1-1 tie at 14:19 of the first period and set the Chiefs on the path to victory. Kasey Beirnes followed with a goal—one of his two to go along with two assists in the game—37 seconds later and the Chiefs led 3-1 after one period.

The Shamrocks put up a spirited battle, coming close to scoring on a number of occasions but just not being able to get the ball past Miller with any regularity. At eight minutes of the second period, Colin Doyle took a cross-floor pass from Beirnes and quickly redirected a bounce shot past Cody Hagedorn to make it 4-1.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jamieson's third-period power play goals spark Chiefs to 8-6 win in Game 5 of Mann Cup for 3-2 lead in series

Brandon Miller stood tall once again for the Six Nations Chiefs as they won Game 5 of the Mann Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs took a 3-2 lead in the 2014 Mann Cup with an 8-6 win over the Victoria Shamrocks Wednesday night. Cody Jamieson scored back to back power play goals on a five-minute high-sticking major by Bubba Westwood to break a 5-5 tie in the third period. The Shamrocks had fought back from a 5-2 deficit with a Tyler Hass transition goal late in the second then a pair of outside shot goals from Corey Small to open the third.

With Matt Flindell out for the series with a head injury, Cody Hagedorn was forced into net for the Shamrocks and did an excellent job for them, making 37 saves. He couldn't stop Jamieson's pair of rockets from the high slot, though, and that proved to be the difference in the game. Jamieson had taken his own major penalty when he slashed Hass towards the end of the second period. The Chiefs were able to kill off that penalty, in part because they drew a pair of slashing penalties by Ben McCullough while ragging the ball.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chiefs tie up Mann Cup at two games apiece with 12-6 win over Shamrocks

Johnny Powless scores one of Six Nations' even second period goals en route to a 12-6 win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs rode a 7-3 second period to a 12-6 romp over the Victoria Shamrocks in Game 4 of the 2014 Mann Cup Tuesday night, tying the best of seven series 2-2. The Chiefs, who had lost back to back games in overtime, came out flying and didn't give Victoria a chance to mount another comeback, as they had in Game 3 when they fought back from a trio of four-goal deficits.

Six Nations led 3-0 after the first period, then stretched their lead by scoring the first two goals of the second. After Victoria responded with a pair to give their fans hope, the Chiefs snuffed it out by outscoring the Shamrocks 5-1 the rest of the way in the period. Six Nations' defence was at its smash-mouth best and Brandon Miller was once again excellent in the Chiefs net.

Cody Jamieson led the way for the Chiefs with 4 goals and an assist, Stephen Keogh had 2 goals and 2 helpers and Kasey Beirnes and Jeff Shattler each added a goal and 3 assist. Rhys Duch led the Shamrocks with 2 goals and 1 assist.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shamrocks win second straight overtime game, 12-11, to take 2-1 lead in Mann Cup

Rhys Duch had a hat trick to help the Shamrocks win in overtime for the second straight game. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Victoria Shamrocks won in overtime for the second straight game to take a 2-1 lead in the Mann Cup. Victoria came back from 6-2 and 8-4 deficits to beat the Six Nations Chiefs 12-11 when Scott Ranger scored the only goal of overtime Monday night.

The Chiefs looked like they had taken control of the game when they put up a five-goal run in a 5:06 stretch of the second period to go up 6-2. Tyler Hass broke out of Victoria's defensive zone and raced down the floor for a goal to get the Shamrocks started on their comeback. The team's combined for 12 goals in the second period, more than they had scored combined in either of the first two games.

The Shamrocks kept chipping away at the Six Nations lead and tied things up at 4:52 of the third when Dhane Smith replicated Hass' marker by picking off a pass at the top of the D zone and running away from a pair of Chiefs' players to get an open look and bury the ball to make it 8-8. Cody Jamieson and Colin Doyle scored to create another two-goal lead for Six Nations, but Smith and Corey Small—with one of three power play markers the Shamrocks would get in the game—tied it up again.