Monday, August 12, 2013

Lakers tie series thanks to MacIntosh goal with 3 seconds left

Jordan MacIntosh scored with 3 seconds to play to lift the Peterborough Lakers to a thrilling 12-11 win over the Brooklin Redmen in Game 4 of the Major Series Lacrosse semifinals, evening the series at 2-2 and returning home floor advantage to Peterborough.

“It's probably the biggest [goal of my career],” Macintosh said. “I've never really scored a late goal like that in a game so it's pretty cool. The play was basically just to get it over to John [Grant, Jr.] for a shot or a good look. He usually makes the right play there and I just kind of kept my stick in an area where he could get it to. I was fortunate enough that he got it there and I put it in.”

Grant made the pass from near the boards, across the crease and high enough that MacIntosh had to jump to get to the ball, but no Redmen defenders had an opportunity to intercept or knock it away. MacIntosh caught the ball at the peak of his jump and released it before he came down. Redmen goalie Zach Higgins caught the ball with his arm and knocked it away, but it was behind the goal line in the net when it made contact with him.

The play couldn't have been much closer. The same could be said of Game 4 and now of the series, which continues Monday night in Peterborough. For those who can't make it to the game, it is available via pay per view live webcast. Just click on the Webcast Sports link at the right of this page to be directed to the portal for the game.

Brooklin scored the final 3 goals of the first period to take a 5-4 lead into the intermission. The Lakers, who struggled mightily in the second period of the first two games of the series (giving up 8 goals in each), had another strong second frame this time around, outscoring Brooklin 6-3 as they stepped up their defensive pressure and got their transition game rolling.

It looked like Grant had given the Lakers a lead they'd be able to hold on to when he scored the first goal of the third period at the 7:58 mark while Peterborough was limiting Brooklin's scoring chances. There was no scoring at all for almost eight minutes until Kiel Matisz connected at 15:40 to pull Brooklin within 11-9.

Gavin Prout set up that Matisz goal, then he set up a pair from Scott Campbell and Matisz just 17 seconds apart—the first coming at the 18-minute mark—and just like that, the game was tied. The large crowd, which had at least as many Lakers fans as Redmen fans, was struck largely quiet by the development. They got back into, though, as the teams battled back and forth trying to create a game winning goal.

Peterborough got a second-chance possession when a shot rebounded the length of the floor; they waited until there were less than 30 seconds to play so they could take a time out and set up a last shot opportunity. That turned out to be the play on which Grant made his brilliant pass and MacIntosh climbed the ladder to make the catch and shoot that evened the series.

Campbell said his team was disappointed to lose but they weren't down about where they stand. “That's playoffs, right?,” he said. “It could have gone either way. I had a shot right at the last second and Carlson made a decent save, I mean, I'm not much of a shooter. But's that's the breaks, right?” Campbell was understating his skill level as he had a hat trick for the game and added an assist. Prout had a goal and 7 assists to lead all scorers. Mike Melnychenko, Kevin Brownell and Matisz each scored twice for Brooklin.

Scott Evans had a hat trick for Peterborough and Josh Gillam chipped in 5 assists. Tyler Carlson got the win in goal for Peterborough. Steve Fryer started for Brooklin but was pulled after allowing 4 goals and Higgins played the rest of the way.