Dates have been set for the Brooklin Redmen vs Six Nations Chiefs MSL semifinals. The series opens this Sunday at Brooklin's Iroquois Park Sports Centre at 7pm and continues at Six Nations' Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Tuesday at 8pm. The full schedule is below.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tonight's game (Thursday July 31) between the Brampton Excelsiors and the Peterborough Lakers will be played at Brampton's Memorial Arena, not at Century Gardens as it had been scheduled. Game time is still 8 pm.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Playoff positioning taking shape; Wednesday game will determine order of final two spots and semifinal pairings
|Brandon Miller and the Six Nations Chiefs assured themselves of a post-season berth when they downed the Rock 8-7|
in Oakville Monday night. The Chiefs will now face the KW Kodiaks for third Wednesday. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
Oakville led 3-1 after the first period Monday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre and were up 5-2 past the midway point of the second. Then the Chiefs went on a four-goal run to take the lead for the first time in the game. Danny Lomas' second goal of the game for Oakville evened things up at 6-6 heading into the final 20 minutes. The Rock kept the momentum going when they got the first goal of the third, from Mike Mawdsley just 53 seconds in. That would prove to be their last goal of the night, though, as Brandon Miller shut the door from there out.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The push to the Major Series Lacrosse playoffs continued for the Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs.
In front of a good crowd at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, the defending Mann Cup champs came away with a 7-6 win over the Oakville Rock.
With the Rock ahead for much of the game, Kasey Beirnes tied things up for the fifth time, seven minutes into the third period, before Cody Jamieson scored his third goal of the game with just over six minutes remaining to give the Chiefs the victory. For photos from the game CLICK HERE
With the win, the Chiefs improve to 8-8 and sit in a two-way tie for third with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks.
"Every game is like a playoff game now," Chiefs coach Rich Kilgour said before the game. "We thought we'd be battling for top spot at this time of year. Right now we're battling to get in."
Danny Lomas led the Rock in the first period, scoring three times. Colin Doyle and Jamieson responded for the Chiefs.
Jamieson continued to heat up in the second period, while Randy Staats added one, and St. Catharines junior A call-up Eric Fanell netted his first MSL goal.
Patrick Corbett, Rob Hellyer and Brenden Thenhaus scored for the Rock.
Brandon Miller was at times outstanding between the Chiefs pipes, stopping 32 shots, while his Toronto Rock teammate, Nick Rose was tagged with the loss in a 29-save effort.
The Chiefs' playoff push continues Monday, when they go to Oakville, before wrapping things up Wednesday at the ILA, when they host the Kodiaks. Both games are at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
|Zack Higgins and the Redmen, here facing Peterborough,|
won a pair of games with late goals this week.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
|Steve Fryer, here against Oakville, won both games as KW|
swept a home and home with Brampton. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
On Tuesday, things were much closer in Brampton. KW led just 5-4 after two periods and, while they again scored the first two goals of the third, the Excelsiors refused to go away. Brampton fought back to within a goal thanks to four third-period goals from Joe Resetarits, who also had an assist for a 5-point night. Defender and captain Chris Corbeil helped on the offensive end with two goals and an assist. Benesch led the Kodiaks again with three goals and two assists. Jamie Rooney chipped in with two and two as the Kodiaks passed the Six Nations Chiefs for third and moved closer to clinching a playoff spot. Steve Fryer earned both wins in goal for KW.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
|Dillon Ward, of the KW Kodiaks, was the all-star goalie and|
MVP as Canada won the world field lacrosse championships.
The MSL players who were part of Team Canada's win were Matt Vinc, Adam Jones and John Grant Jr. (Peterborough Lakers), Cam Holding (Brooklin Redmen), Dillon Ward (Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks), Dan Coates and Jesse Gamble (Six Nations Chiefs), Jeremy Noble, Jason Noble and Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville Rock) and Kyle Rubisch (Brampton Excelsiors). Ward was named the tournament's all-star goalie and the Most Valuable Player.
The Iroquois players, all coming from the Six Nations Chiefs, were Craig Point, Roger Vyse, Cody Jamieson, Vaughan Harris, Sid Smith, Jeff Shattler and Randy Staats.
Friday, July 18, 2014
|Craig England (left), here against Oakville, had 2 goals Thursday as KW|
downed Peterborough 11-8. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks made a statement Thursday night: that they can play with anybody in Major Series Lacrosse. The Kodiaks went into Peterborough, the home of the Lakers who were rated first in the latest IL Indoor MSL Power Rankings, and won 11-8 to keep their playoff hopes moving forward. The win allowed KW to keep pace with Oakville at 6-8. The Rock downed Brampton 12-5 in Thursday night's other game.
“We've got a good team here. Everyone thinks that we're cellar dwellars and everything else, but we can compete with anybody and be in any game,” said Kodiaks assistant coach Jamie Dubrick. “We had a rough week last week with the two losses against Oakville, two games we should have won, I think. Our guys just didn't show up to play. This is a big game for us, to come up here and beat a team like this that has won a couple of games the last little bit. [Peterborough's] a strong squad, that's a Mann Cup contending team right there. So I think we can compete with anyone. I think this is going to be good for the week coming up. We've got two big games Sunday and Tuesday [against Brampton] and we'll see what happens.”
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Scott Evans had a hat trick to lead
Peterborough over Brooklin.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
In a battle between the top two teams in Major Series Lacrosse Wednesday night, the Peterborough Lakers had to overcome a slow start to take away a 12-9 win over the Brooklin Redmen. Brooklin jumped out to a 5-1 lead, largely because they outworked the Lakers and won pretty much every loose ball battle all over the floor in the first half of the first period. After John Lafontaine scored back to back transition goals for Brooklin, the second at 11:40, Peterborough pulled starter Tyler Carlson and put in Davide DiRuscio. The change seemed to awaken the Lakers, who played much better defence and worked harder in both ends in front of the replacement.
Redmen captain Shawn Williams, who led all scorers with a goal and 5 assists, acknowledged that it wasn't the goalie's fault that Brooklin took an early lead, but making the change made a big difference. “I think once we got Carlson out of the game they woke up and said 'That's on us, that's not on him.' Good teams battle back through that and they did,” Williams said.
Kiel Matisz scored 3 goals and 2 assists for Brooklin. Scott Evans led the Lakers with a hat trick and an assist. Mark Steenhuis had 2 goals for Peterborough, which got 2 or more points from 11 different players. The Lakers turned the momentum around after falling behind thanks to some hard work from Robert Hope, Nick Weiss and Chad Culp, all of whom led the charge. The whole team seemed to respond in the second half of the first period and throughout the rest of the game. Peterborough was particularly strong in the third period, in which they outscored the Redmen 5-1 to pull away for the win.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
|Mike Mawdsley and the Oakville Rock beat KW 9-7, pulling into a tie with the Kodiaks for fourth in MSL.|
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Oakville Rock stepped to the plate and hit big double, taking a 9-7 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks Monday night to finish off a home-and-home sweep of the Kodiaks on consecutive nights. Rob Hellyer's hat trick and Stephan Leblanc's 4 assists were key components as the Rock's offensive leaders stepped up to help the team pull into a tie with KW for the fourth and final playoff spot in Major Series Lacrosse.
Oakville Head Coach Phil Sanderson was happy with his team's teams efforts all over the floor. “Both ends. Robbie was our leader out there on offence along with Steph. I thought Ethan O'Connor had a hell of a game for us, too. I thought he took control for us in the back end. Brad Gillies has been really good for us too lately. Those guys have been stepping up for us big time.”
Monday, July 14, 2014
|Nick Rose, here against Peterborough, allowed only six goals|
as the Rock edged KW 7-6 Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period then KW outscored the Rock 5-3 in the second period to take a 6-4 lead into the third. Nick Rose shut the door on the Kodiaks in the third, allowing his Oakville teammates to pull out the win, which pulls the Rock within a game of KW for fourth place and the final playoff spot. Another Oakville win in tonight's game at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre would move the teams into a tie, while a KW win in the rematch would put them back to two games ahead. If the Rock win and Brampton can beat Peterborough for their third straight win, there would be a three-way tie at 5-8 for the fourth spot.
You can watch tonight's game in Oakville live via JVI Video webcast. Just click on the Webcast Sports link in the right hand column of this web site. The broadcast starts at about 7:55.
The Brampton Excelsiors had plenty of new faces in the lineup for their Saturday night game against the Six Nations Chiefs, but they didn't let that stop them from pulling out a 4-3 win thanks to a phenomenal performance by goalie Tye Belanger. He made 53 saves to lead the Excels to their fourth win of the season and a game ahead of the Oakville Rock in the win column for fifth place. Brampton scored three times in the first period, added a goal in the second then held on to earn the victory over a Six Nations team whose lineup was also featuring several different players than usual. Nine Chiefs players are currently taking part in the world field lacrosse championships.
One player who was on the floor for the Chiefs was Colin Doyle, the veteran leader who had missed the entire season so far because of an injury. Doyle was thrilled to be back on the floor. “It felt awesome. I missed it. It's what I love to do,” Doyle said. “Obviously my timing was off. My shooting was poor. But I got involved in the game. It was a good game. I didn't feel like I played great but I got involved and that was all I really expected from tonight. It was disappointing we didn't win but felt great to be out there.”
Friday, July 11, 2014
|Joe Resetarits had a 6-point night to help Brampton upset|
Brooklin 14-12 in overtime Thursday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Brooklin led 3-2 after one period and 8-5 after two, then stretched their lead to 9-5 when Steve Priolo scored an unassisted marker two minutes into the third. Brampton got a couple of goals back through Ross and Brady Heseltine 25 seconds apart. Just a few minutes later, though, Knight and Hossack connected 35 seconds apart to restore the 4-goal margin. Corbeil struck for his second of the game at 8:59. Then, starting at 14:59, Brampton got goals from Mike Burke, Mark White and Ross in less than two minutes. Neither team could score in the final three minutes, setting up the extra period.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
|Kiel Matisz, here against Brampton, had a shorty and 4 assists|
as Brooklin downed KW 12-7.
Mitch Wilde scored KW's only goal of the first period as the Redmen took a 5-1 lead into the intermission. The game was closer the rest of the way; Brooklin outscored KW 7-6 in the second and third periods. Mat McLeod scored twice for the Kodiaks. Steve Fryer, who was one of the players going the other way in the Poulin trade, made 42 saves in taking the loss.
MSL action resumes tonight when the Oakville Rock visit the Peterborough Lakers for an 8pm start.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
With the lost appeal, the Lakers remain at 6-6 in the standings, rather than the 9-3 they would be had the three wins been returned to them on appeal. Brampton, Oakville and Brooklin each received one win for games they had lost to the Lakers.
Monday, July 7, 2014
|Tyler Carlson and the Lakers allowed only 7 goals in upending the Kodiaks|
on Sunday evening. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers enjoyed a pair of 5-goal runs as they dominated the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks en route to a 15-7 win in Major Series Lacrosse action Sunday night at the Waterloo Recreation Complex. Cory Vitarelli had a hat trick and five other players scored twice each for the Lakers, while Mark Steenhuis led all scorers with a goal and 5 assists for 6 points.
Jay Thorimbert opened the scoring for the Kodiaks six minutes into the game, then the Lakers ran off five straight goals before the period ended. KW battled back into the game, drawing within 6-4. Then the Lakers got rolling again and ran off five more goals in a five-minute span to take thorough control. The outcome was never really in doubt after that.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
In last night's other game, Brooklin staged a successful comeback to beat the Brampton Excelsiors 9-7. The Redmen trailed 7-5 after Mike Burke opened the third period with a goal for Brampton, but they rebounded with the final 4 goals of the game, including an empty netter, to improve their league-leading record to 10-1. Junior callup Austin Shanks led the Redmen with 2 goals and 1 assist, the same stat line produced by his former Whitby Warriors teammate and current Brooklin rookie Curtis Knight. Kyle Perreira had a hat trick for the Excelsiors and Burke led all scorers with his goal and 3 assists.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Brooklin downs Peterborough 11-9 to extend lead atop MSL standings, Chiefs keep pace with 7-4 win over Brampton
In Brampton, Six Nations got a hat trick from Kasey Beirnes and 5 assists from Cody Jamieson to beat the Excelsiors 7-4. The Chiefs led 3-1 after the first period and 5-2 after the second en route to their seventh win of the season against five losses.
Peterborough jumped out to a 3-0 lead that could have been more, thoroughly controlling play and outshooting the Redmen, but Zach Higgins was excellent in the Brooklin net and the Redmen responded well to Peterborough pushes. Four times in the game Brooklin scored within a minute of a Peterborough goal, including after the third Lakers marker. That goal by Cockerton at the exact mid-point of the first period took a bit of the wind out of the 3,170 fans at the arena and started the Redmen on their way back into the game.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
|Mike Poulin heads from KW to Brooklin, where he will try to help the|
Redmen reach the Mann Cup for the first time since 2000.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Poulin involved several players. Brooklin also received Mike Teeter. Going the other way is a haul made up of Joel Matthews, Mike Melnychenko and Steve Fryer. As part of the trade, Poulin retains the right to go back to KW next summer at the trade deadline. If he chooses to do so, then Fryer will return to the Redmen along with a second-round draft pick in 2015. Merrill goes to the Chiefs in exchange for second- and third-round draft picks in 2017 and other considerations. He hadn't played in Brampton for the past couple of seasons.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
|Mark Steenhuis leads all MSL scorers with 23 goals and 21|
assists for 44 points. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Oakville led 1-0 after a first period that saw some chances but both goalies were almost unbeatable. Nick Rose turned aside everything that came his way through the first. Matt Vinc gave up just one goal in each of the first and third periods.
The Lakers pull within one win of Six Nations for second place while the Rock drop to 2-7 and sit in last place in Major Series Lacrosse. Oakville is off till next Monday when they play host to Brampton in a battle for fifth place. Peterborough plays host to Brooklin on Thursday.