Friday, July 18, 2014

Kodiaks beat Lakers 11-8, Rock take out Excelsiors 12-5

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.”

KW trailed 3-1 but scored the last three goals of the first period to take a 4-3 lead and they never trailed again. Every time Peterborough scored a goal after that, KW responded with the next marker. Dylan Goddard and Craig England each scored twice to lead the Kodiaks, while Ryan Benesch had a goal and 4 assists. Scott Evans was the only multiple-goal scorer for the Lakers with a pair. Josh Gillam had 4 assists for Peterborough.

Lakers head coach Joe Sullivan said his team needed to work harder and smarter if they wanted to overcome KW's effort. Sullivan said it looked like his team expected it might be another easy game after the Lakers blew the Kodiaks out last week in KW. “The boys always come to battle and they work hard but there's a big difference between working hard and working smart and tonight they didn't work hard enough and they definitely didn't work smart,” Sullivan said. “So a young team comes in here with hopes of playoffs still gleaming for them and they took advantage of it. They ran and took advantage of every mistake that we made.”

In Brampton, Oakville scored 4 goals in each period to down the Excelsiors. Brendan Thenhaus led the Rock with a hat trick. Damon Edwards, Dave Lomas and Patrick Corbett each scored twice for Oakville, with Corbett adding a pair of assists. Pat Saunders scored a goal and 3 assists to lead Brampton, who fall to 4-10 and see their playoff hopes become more remote.

The next MSL action is Sunday night when Brampton visits KW in the first half of a home-and-home series that will play a big role in determining who garners the fourth and final playoff spot in the league. Oakville plays host to Brooklin Monday night. The Rock and Kodiaks still have a chance to catch the defending Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs, who are at 7-7. The Chiefs don't play again until next Wednesday at Brooklin, after they have nine players return from playing at the world field lacrosse championships.