Sunday, July 5, 2015

John Grant Jr not returning to Peterborough Lakers this year

John Grant Jr will not be playing for Peterborough this summer.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
Peterborough Lakers press release:

John Grant Jr. has made one of the toughest decisions of his lacrosse life and will not be playing with the Century 21 Lakers as he steps away for an excellent opportunity in his new home of Denver, Colorado.

‘Junior’ as he has become known to so many in Peterborough is one of the best box and field lacrosse players in the world. He has been playing lacrosse for a Lakers’ team in his native Peterborough since
he was five years old but the 40 year old has accepted a full time coaching position at a local private high school, Valor Christian High School, where he will be in charge of the lacrosse program.

“I’m devastated that I won’t be playing for the Lakers this season. I’ve stayed in touch through my Dad and the internet and the changes in the executive and coaching staff have been incredible. I have
nothing but respect for all of these people. I’ve won a championship with that coaching staff in the NLL and several with Tracey and grew up on Hamilton Street with Paul Day so I would have really liked to have been part of that team. But I had to look at the long term and what was best for my family. They have sacrificed a lot for me and this is too good of an opportunity. Denver is our home now. My wife Raygen has started her real estate career and our daughter (five-year- old Gabby) is going into kingergarten. I really am devastated not to be a Laker, I know they will do well.”

Lakers survive comeback attempt to beat Chiefs 14-13

Adam Jones had 3 goals and 5 assists to help the Lakers hold off the Chiefs
for a 14-13 win Thursday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
It couldn't have kept going the way it was. The Six Nations Chiefs are just too good. For quite a while, though, it really looked like the Peterborough Lakers were going to run away and hide on the Major Series Lacrosse league leaders. Peterborough led 6-2 after one period, extended their lead to 9-3 when Chad Culp scored his fourth goal of the game at 14:31 of the second and led 10-4 heading into the final 20 minutes.

The Chiefs roared back in the third and it took a huge Evan Kirk save against a Dhane Smith naked look in the dying seconds to preserve a 14-13 Lakers win that pulled Peterborough within two points of Six Nations atop the standings and kept the Lakers' hunt for first place overall alive.

It looked good for Six Nations forcing overtime when Smith stripped the ball from Curtis Dickson as the clock wound down. He'd already scored 5 goals in the game, including 3 in the third period alone, so it was a particularly sensational foot save that maintained Peterborough's lead and allowed them to avoid falling victim to a spectacular comeback.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chiefs/Lakers tilt is a battle for first place: see it live via JVI Sports Network

The Six Nations Chiefs and Peterborough Lakers renew their rivalry tonight.
You can see the game live via JVI Sports Network. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs invade the Memorial Centre Thursday night to play the Peterborough Lakers hoping to solidify their hold on first place in Major Series Lacrosse. The Chiefs sit at 9-1 while the Lakers are 7-2 midway through the 18-game season.

Six Nations has won the first two games between the clubs this summer after beating Peterborough in seven games in last year's MSL championship series and the Chiefs are the two-time defending Mann Cup champs.

The game features the first-, second-, third- and fifth-leading scorers in MSL: Dhane Smith, Shawn Evans, Ryan Benesch and Curtis Dickson. It's also a matchup of two of the best goalies in the league in Dillon Ward and Evan Kirk, although Matt Vinc may just get the nod for the Lakers.

Dickson, Benesch and Smith are the top three goal scorers. Throw in Cory Vitarelli, Craig Point and Randy Staats and you have the top half dozen in that category as well.

There are some tickets left for the game but not many, mostly singles and some seats in the restaurant. Camp Moshava will be in attendance and that always makes for the most exciting atmosphere at a regular season game as the camps attendees bring tons of energy and enthusiasm with them.

If you don't have tickets and can't make it to the game, you can watch it live via JVI Sports Network's webcast thanks to new sponsor Nexicom, who have installed a dedicated line in the arena so JVI can stream Lakers home games. Just click the JVI link in the right hand column of this site to watch the game. And please consider making a contribution to the webcasting GoFundMe account so that JVI will be able to keep bringing you MSL action.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chiefs down Redmen 17-8 behind 7-1 first period

Apparently, the Six Nations Chiefs didn't like not having control of Major Series Lacrosse's top spots in several categories. Six Nations dumped the Brooklin Redmen 17-8 to regain sole possession of first place ahead of the Peterborough Lakers.

Dhane Smith's 3 goals and 5 assists returned him to the top of the scoring chart and the flood of goals put them back on top of the team scoring race with 107, seven more than the second-place Peterborough Lakers. The Chiefs also retained their lead for fewest goals allowed; their 55 leads the Lakers by 10.

Ryan Benesch's first game back from an injury looked much like his other games for Six Nations: he had 4 goals and 2 assists. 

Six Naitons will look to hold on to their overall lead Thursday when they head to the Peterborough Memorial Centre to take on the Lakers, who trail them by two points atop the standings. 

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.