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2015 season wrap up

 

October 1, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

It’s been a few weeks since the Mann Cup ended, and the sting of the loss is still with the team - it will be for a long time. However, they have also had time to reflect on the season as a whole and see the positives that came from their experience.

 

Progress was made this season. In 2013, the Lakers didn’t advance past the first round. In 2014, they lost in game seven to the Six Nations Chiefs. This year, we beat those same Chiefs and competed for the Mann Cup. There’s a whole new executive and coaching staff in place, and effective players like Curtis Dickson, Chad Tutton, and Evan Kirk were added to complement the strong nucleus of returning players. Next year the Mann Cup will be hosted by the Major Series Lacrosse champion. The Lakers will only be stronger next year and are already looking forward to welcoming the Western Lacrosse Association champion to the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

players' bench

First year general manager Paul Day is proud of what his team accomplished and is already looking ahead to what they will accomplish next year.

 

“People weren’t expecting us to be [at the Mann Cup] but that was our goal from day one,” Day said. “That’ll always be our goal, to be here. Nobody in the province thought we would be here but we got better every night and the boys left everything out there and that’s all we can ask. This group will be back together and we’ll have three or four guys that are hurt, Andrew Suitor, Ian Llord, some other additions that we’ll plan to add and and be bigger, stronger, faster, with lots of experience under our belts. I’m looking forward to a good offseason.”

Paul Day

 

Day was emotional when speaking of his first season with the Lakers. “Everybody’s disappointed, but nobody’s more disappointed than the guys with the ice packs in [the dressing room],” he said. “It was a great learning experience, we went through so much to get here. We beat Oakville in five games but that series was probably even more physical than the Six Nations series.”

 

Many players recognized that by the time the Six Nations series was over, a lot of players were injured and there wasn’t much left in the tank. “We had a great run, beat Six Nations in a tough series and just kind of ran out of gas here at the end,” Dickson said.

 

“They’re very different teams, both very good teams,” captain Scott Self said when comparing Six Nations and Victoria. “Both were tough. The Mann Cup’s tough, especially playing on the road. Every game’s a road game. At least with the Six Nations series you can count on three games at home. It took a lot out of us. But definitely the Mann Cup is hardest.”

 

“In this league every game’s tough, every game’s a battle,” Scott Evans said. “You just put everything out on the line and hopefully it comes out your way, and [game six] it didn’t.”

 

Adding Dickson to the roster was the best move Day made. Dickson made an immediate impact with the fans and on the floor with his ridiculous moves that resulted in awe-inspiring goals. He came in with the nickname Superman, and he didn’t disappoint. Fans felt like they were watching a young John Grant Jr. out there sometimes.

 

Curtis Dickson

Dickson will return to the Calgary Roughnecks for the NLL season but beyond that his future is up in the air. It’s time for him to find a career, one that he’ll still have once his playing days are over, so to that end, may have to make some sacrifices when it comes to summer lacrosse.

 

“I’m hoping to be back in Peterborough,” Dickson says. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the real world with work and what not, but [this is] a first class organization all the way through and I’d be more than happy to be back next summer depending on how things go.”

 

Day told The Peterborough Examiner that the team will do whatever it takes to have Dickson on the roster in 2016, whether that means flying him in for games or helping him find work closer to Peterborough.

 

Dickson loved his summer here, and we can’t see him not returning when the Lakers hold such a high chance of competing for a Mann Cup on home floor.

 

“It’s second to none, best place to play in Canada. I learned that this summer, and it was a blast,” he said. “There’s nothing like going to the Memorial Centre and playing a game there in front of close to 4000 people. It was a lot of fun and definitely enticed me to want to come back again.”

 

The Lakers' staff is looking forward to next summer already.

 

“We weren't supposed to be here so I think that’s a great thing,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “We have a lot of young kids here, a lot of kids learned a valuable lessons for the future and even for now and that’s great. This organization’s in a great spot. We’ll use this, we’ll remember this, and next year we’ll be better for it.” Mike Hasen

 

“Just to piece this together, I really couldn't be more proud of the guys,” Day said. “They emptied the tanks every night. Could have won game one, probably should have won game one, and with a little more experience I think we’d be able to take that game and maybe not have a third period like that. Give them credit, [the Shamrocks] were very good [in game six]. I think we gave them all they could handle. This is their third Mann Cup, that’s the reason they won. Next year the coaches and management have a full year to prepare, not just two months. I think that means we’ll be better. We’re going in the right direction. Disappointed, but proud.”

 

The Lakers may not have won the Mann Cup this year, but they brought pride to the city of Peterborough with their skilled, exciting plays. They won the MSL, their own league, beating the five other teams they competed against every week. They faltered against a rested Shamrocks team which they had never played before, but we can’t fault them for that. They gave everything they had. They beat one of the best offences and defences in the world in the Six Nations Chiefs and represented the east with the best they could offer in a national tournament. As fans, we have a lot to be proud of and excited about.

Brad Self Joins Team Canada

 

September 15, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers transition player and Peterborough native Brad Self will join five fellow Lakers on Team Canada as they head to the world lacrosse championships in Syracuse starting Sunday.


Self joins Shawn Evans, Matt Vinc, Adam Jones, Curtis Dickson, and Lakers' GM Paul Day who is an assistant coach.


"We are so thrilled to see one of the hardest working, dedicated and loyal Lakers be chosen for Team Canada and know adding his talent and speed will help the team bring home gold," said Lakers' president Ted Higgins. It is amazing to have five of the players on Canada's national team.


Brad and his Lakers teammates just finished a grueling month of playoff lacrosse arriving home on the weekend. They leave Thursday for this tournament.


Self joined Canada’s lineup for the world indoor lacrosse championship following the withdrawal of Brodie Merrill due to injury.


A Team Canada press release issued today states the following:

 

“Although we are disappointed we will not have Brodie with us at the WILC, we are pleased that we can add Brad Self to our roster,” says head coach Ed Comeau. “Brad’s game has really developed over the last few years playing for the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and the MSL’s Peterborough Lakers. We are not asking Brad to fill the shoes of Brodie Merrill but rather to bring his unique skills in transition and defence to the team.”


Players leave for Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday and play their first game in the 13-country tournament at 5 p.m. ET Sunday against the host Iroquois Nationals. The FIL event is held every four years. Canada won the first three tournaments and goes into this one with an all-time record of 17-0.


Self, 34, helped the Knighthawks win the NLL championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He gathered in a career-best 133 loose balls last season. He also was on the Lakers summer teams that won the Canadian championship for the Mann Cup in 2004 and 2012 and was MSL transition player of the year in 2012. He played Jr. A hockey with the Peterborough Petes and then pro hockey in Germany from 2006 to 2011. He has never previously represented Canada in lacrosse.


“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” he says. “Growing up a hockey and lacrosse player it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Since finishing hockey, it’s been a goal of mine. It will be an honour to play for Team Canada. I am looking forward to putting on that jersey.”


He says he hopes to contribute “a lot of energy on D first then add as much as I can in transition to push the ball up the floor and get it into all of those great offensive sticks we’ll have.”

 

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Victoria Shamrocks win Mann Cup

 

September 11, 2015

 

VICTORIA - The boys are coming home.

 

The Century 21 Lakers are on their way back to Peterborough today after a disappointing end to the 2015 Mann Cup. The host Victoria Shamrocks won the prize Friday night, defeating the Lakers 12-6 in game six, to win the series 4-2.

 

Chad Culp

The Lakers were booked on the 1:15 p.m. flight from Vancouver and will arrive back in Peterborough around 10:30 p.m. It was a quick turnaround and didn’t give the players much time to reflect on their season before having to pack up and jump on a plane. Mann Cup series have rarely gone seven games so MSL commissioner Jim Brady booked the team to come back the same day game seven would have been played. The players left their hotel at 7:15 a.m., most not even having gone to bed. The Lakers' fans out west will follow the players a day later and arrive back in Peterborough late Sunday night.

 

Mark Farthing

Adam Jones, who had to miss games 3-6 for work commitments, was on a plane to BC while the game was going on. He landed to the news that there would be no game seven. He was able to commiserate with his teammates before they all went back to Peterborough this morning.

 

The teams split the first four games of the series with the Shamrocks taking the last two. Most people expected another close game, but the Lakers just didn’t have enough left in their tanks to hold on. The seven game series with Six Nations took a lot out of them and many were playing injured and could be seen limping after the game. They put everything they had onto the floor Friday night, but a fresher Victoria team took it to them early and often.

 

Wenster Green

 

 

“It was an unbelievable effort,” captain Scott Self said. “Go in our room right now and every guy’s tank is empty. We gave it our best effort. At the end we just didn't have enough left in the tank, we just fought too hard to get to this point. We couldn’t get over the hump.”

 

The Shamrocks opened up a 4-0 lead in the first period. Corey Small, named the Mike Kelly award winner as Mann Cup MVP, opened the scoring. Karsen Leung had two and Rhys Duch the fourth.

 

The Lakers fought back in the second period, with Curtis Dickson scoring on a delayed penalty. Bradley Kri got one back for Victoria before Chad Tutton and Scott Evans replied. Small made it 6-3 but Mark Farthing ran end to end and beat Aaron Bold at 18:33 to put the Lakers in a good position for the third period, only down 6-4.

 

However, Jesse King opened the third period with two goals. Scott Ranger made it 9-4 to deflate the Lakers' fans in attendance, before Turner Evans got one back. Tyler Hass and Small made it 11-5, but Brad Self scored at 15:57 on transition and it was 11-6. Unfortunately, even with Matt Vinc out of the net for the last few minutes, the Lakers were unable to mount a comeback. Daryl Veltman put the exclamation point on the win at 16:26.

 

The Shamrocks were 2/6 on the power play, while the Lakers had no power play opportunities. Of the eight penalties in the game (six minors and two misconducts), they all went to the Lakers. Both referees on Friday night were from the WLA. Head referee Greg Pepper is a Shamrocks alumni.

 

Stephen Hoar

 

“These guys gave it everything they could,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “Difficult circumstances in this arena here tonight; we tried to overcome it, but they just had a little extra jump and a lot of extra help.”

 

Did the Shamrocks really play a perfect game? That question will weigh on the minds of the players over the winter.

 

“I thought we played hard the whole game,” Scott Evans said. “A few bounces went their way, a few calls went their way, and you know what, we get those calls, we get those bounces, and it’s a whole new game. It’s over and done with now, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but we have 25 guys that battled their asses off for six games. We came out on the short end of the stick this year, but we’ll get the hunger next year, we saw them hoisting the cup and we’ll remember that feeling and hopefully come back stronger next year.”

 

Evans brothers

Victoria’s defense was relentless. Even with the loss of Rory Smith to injury, the Shamrocks kept whacking away keeping the Lakers from getting many inside shots.

 

Shamrocks head coach Bob Heyes praised Peterborough’s play while also crediting his defense with shutting down Curtis Dickson, who had 10 goals and eight assists in the series, but was held to only two points in game six. The Lakers had a fair number of shots in the period, but many were easy ones that Bold had no trouble seeing.

 

“Peterborough was an outstanding team and you know that,” Heyes said. “They ran out of gas and that’s what happens when you play in a good league back there, sometimes you just can’t recover from a seven game series with such a short turnaround. It was a great start for us tonight, 4-0, and you guys came back and it was 6-4. We just kept playing physical defence and shutting Curtis down. That was the key for sure, Curtis gives you guys life. You look at the few games in the series where he was a star and the team feeds off him. That’s tough for one guy to carry a team. I was so proud of our defence and how they just continued to pound and pound and pound. Hats off to my defence and to Peterborough. There’s no doubt about it that these two teams are the best in Canada. The last two games really showed some great lacrosse for sure.”

 

Lakers

Although the outcome wasn’t what anyone wanted, GM Paul Day said the team had a good week in Victoria.

 

“It’s been unbelievable. As an organization we made sure the players were comfortable and we made sure that they were treated first class and they can show it,” he said. “We competed. We had physio from Victoria, trainers from Victoria, chiropractors from Victoria and they went above and beyond, they were unbelievable.”

 

Mann Cup

Brad Self was named Peterborough’s player of the game, while Dan Dawson got the nod for Victoria.

 

Brad Self

 

 

 

Congratulations from the whole Lakers' organization to the Victoria Shamrocks, 2015 Mann Cup Champions.

 

Mann Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic overtime defensive battle

 

September 9, 2015

 

VICTORIA - The Century 21 Lakers will dig themselves out of a hole again.

 

The Lakers went down 7-5 in overtime Wednesday to the Victoria Shamrocks in game five of the best of seven Mann Cup series and now trail the WLA champions three games to two.

 

“It’s far from over, that’s our mindset moving forward,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “We’re going to take tomorrow to recover and get refocused and do some preparation and we’ll be ready to go Friday night.”

 

Vinc

Tied at five heading into the extra frame, the Shamrocks had two goal attempts called back due to crease violations before Corey Small beat Matt Vinc at 5:15. Dan Dawson scored an insurance marker at 9:25 of the ten minute overtime period.

 

“It’s definitely a good feeling right now, but you have to have a short memory whether you win or lose,” Dawson said. “We haven’t done anything yet, it’s just a 3-2 lead. “We’re going to have to be better. I think that was defensive battle, 5-5 heading to overtime. The goaltenders have been putting on a show all series. We know there’s a lot of character in [the Peterborough] dressing room, they showed it in Six Nations. We’re going to have to be better to win the game. Our control goals are what we do in our dressing room, and the referees, we have to accept those calls, we can't control and we have to accept that and we have to move on and focus on what’s next. And that’s got to be our mindset. If you focus on that you’re living in the past and they’re going to bury you.”

 

BSelf

Shots ended 46-37 Victoria, but despite the high shot count it was a low scoring game by lacrosse standards. Both teams were sacrificing their bodies to block shots and help their goaltenders. Had the Lakers won, the play of the game would have gone to Nick Weiss as he raced to bodycheck Tyler Hass on a breakaway late in the third period.

 

Matt Vinc was exceptional once again. All the players recognize how key his play has been in this series despite the three losses. His counterpart in the Shamrocks net, Aaron Bold, has been just as outstanding.

 

“They have one of the best in Aaron Bold down there and we have probably the best in Matt Vinc,” said Scott Evans. “Goals are going to be tough to come by and hopefully we get a few more bounces next game and it goes our way.”

 

Although rivals right now, Dawson agreed with Evans on Vinc’s goaltending.

 

“You talk about what Matt’s done this series and it’s something spectacular,” Dawson said. “Usually he’s on my end of those and I’ve seen it for a long time in Rochester and on Team Canada, and what Aaron Bold’s doing is matching every step of the way. We know that we’re going to have to hit those corners and get some luck to beat Vno.”

 

Steve Priolo put the Shamrocks up 1-0 at 3:37 of the first period. Cory Conway and Mitch Jones extended the lead to 3-0 before Mark Steenhuis got one back for the Lakers late in the period.

 

Hoar

Rhys Duch put the Shamrocks up 4-1 in the second but the Lakers rattled off three in a row starting at 6:23 to pull them even. Cory Vitarelli and Curtis Dickson beat Bold from in close and Turner Evans scored shorthanded, his first Mann Cup goal. Victoria captain Scott Ranger put the Shamrocks back on top 5-4 at 17:41.

 

The third period was all defense. Only Shawn Evans scored, the game tying goal, at 6:36. The Lakers battled a slippery cement floor but held on for overtime. Players on both sides were falling down and the game was stopped several times to mop up the floor.

 

“You have to keep your eye on that, but it’s just the way of the game,” Brock Sorensen said in regards to the slippery floor. “You take smaller steps and open up when you’re not pressuring the ball as much, you keep your attention to it a bit more.”

 

The Lakers have faced elimination before, and recently. They were on the brink to Six Nations in the MSL final before roaring back and winning games six and seven, so it’s entirely plausible they’ll be able to do so again. This time, even more is on the line.

 

Hope

“We’re not too worried about it,” Sorensen said. “We trailed in the Six Nations series 3-2. Much like this here, they were a great team, offensively, defensively, great goalkeeping, so we’re not worried.”

 

“It’s a little different circumstance,s but we’re in the same position we were just over a week ago and we know that and we know what it took for us to get over that hump then, and we’ll prepare and be ready for this one,” said Hasen.

 

“We’re just looking at our last series, we were down 3-2,” Vinc said. “We had to win Friday night regardless, so that’s our focus, so hopefully we’ll come out with the same type of effort and the ball will find the back of the net a couple more times and we’ll force a game seven. We have to stay up, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. That was a great lacrosse game. Both teams left it all on the floor and hopefully we get another game like that.”

 

Game six is on Friday at The Q Centre at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET.

 

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Dickson and "D"; series tied at 2

 

September 8, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

VICTORIA - The Mann Cup will now be decided by a best of three series as the Century 21 Lakers stole an 8-6 win over the Victoria Shamrocks in game four to tie the best of seven series at two games each. Curtis Dickson was back in top form and the Lakers defense played their best game of the series. Matt Vinc was instrumental in the win, stopping 34 good Shamrocks shots.

 

“A win’s a win, we’ll take them however we can get them,” Brad Self said. “It was nice obviously after last night being that bad and showing back up tonight and battling the way we did and we have to do it again tomorrow.”

 

After a disappointing effort in game three, the Lakers rebounded with solid defense and a much more controlled game plan.

 

“You can’t dwell, especially in a series when you have three games back to back to back,” said Dickson. “You can’t be poking around too much about the last game, you have to look forward at what’s next. You don’t want to go down three games to one to these guys.”

 

Dickson led the Lakers with four goals and an assist.

 

Rhys Duch opened the scoring 1:55 into the first period. Dickson replied with his first at 11:16 and it looked like the game would remain tied heading into the second period, but Jesse King gave the Shamrocks a 2-1 lead with 34 seconds to play.

 

Scoring opened up in the second period with the Lakers outscoring the Shamrocks 5-3 for a slim 6-5 lead after two periods. The teams traded goals until Brad Self and Mark Steenhuis potted goals 1:05 apart to take the lead, after Cory Vitarelli had a goal called back for being in the crease. Laker fans in attendance didn’t quite agree with that call.

 

Steenhuis is enjoying being back with the Lakers after missing most of the season with an injury. Although he was wearing a large block of ice after the game, he said that his knee is feeling better every game.

 

Steenhuis

 

“It’s holding up, it’s coming along, every game it’s getting strong and stronger and I’m starting to get more confidence in it, hopefully a bit more energy every game and try to help the team out, “ he said. “That’s a character win for us, for our team. We kinda got a goal, they got a goal. They always have seemed to answer these last three games when we scored, so breaking through there, getting the lead, keeping the lead. Obviously I took a pretty dumb penalty there at the end but what a fantastic third period by us, defense, Vno, tip our hats off to them. We’re working our tail off on offense trying to scratch and claw for whatever we can, we have a good team we’re playing against and we have to take advantage of every one of their mistakes and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

 

Dickson had two goals in the second period, one shorthanded as he soared over the crease, and Scott Evans one. Evans rejoined the lineup after sitting in games two and three.

 

Dickson

 

“Fresh legs, a big body to clear some space and he did a very good job, chipped in with a goal as well,” said Mike Hasen on putting Evans back in.

 

“He’s a big body out there, he creates space for me and Shawny and Steiner out there,” said Dickson. “It’s just an extra body to have, we’re getting tired, it’s a grind playing in back to back games like this. It’s nice to have him out there.”

 

Dan Macrae of the Shamrocks said Dickson is a concern for their defense every time he’s on the floor. If Dickson decides he’s going to score, there’s not much the Shamrocks can do about it.

 

“He’s a focus every night for us,” MacRae said. “Right now there’s a little bit of back and forth. One game he’s on, one game our defensive unit’s doing a good job. It’s not one guy back there, it takes everyone to slow him down, so when he’s on the floor that’s what we all have to be aware of.”

 

The Lakers held on to their lead, scoring first in the third period to bump their lead to 7-5. King got one back for Victoria at 11:55 with Steenhuis in the penalty box, but the Lakers defence kicked into high gear and Brad Self scored an eventual empty net goal to secure the win.

 

Vinc played his best game of the series, putting himself square to all Victoria shots. He made a number of key saves, one of his best a toe save off Duch in the first period.

 

Vinc

“We expected a great Peterborough team coming in here and that’s what we’re getting,” MacRae expressed. “Nobody thought it was going to be any of those first two rounds that we saw in the WLA. Nobody expected a sweep so we’re going to take every game as it comes, learn from our mistakes and keep building, and we think we have the group to do it. We played a pretty solid game. Couple breakdowns defensively, couple bounces didn’t go our way offensively. We’re going to come right back tomorrow night, go to the grindstone and we’re confident that we’re going to get the job done.”

 

After some silliness in games two and three, both teams settled down and played a good, hard-nosed lacrosse game. Hacking and slashing was kept to a minimum and penalties were manageable.

 

Victoria coach Bob Heyes was glad to see the teams settle down and play lacrosse without distractions.

 

“There’s a lot of gamesmanship going on,” Heyes said. “Between the east and the west there’s always a ton of that. The east loves playing the little games and the mind games and that’s totally fine, that’s probably why they’ve won nine Mann Cups in a row, because they know how to play those little games. We’re not going to play into that stuff and I think neither team can afford to do anything goofy. It’s playing lacrosse and that’s what the game deserves right now."

 

Green


People are writing online that these games are a black eye on the game; they’re not. This is the Mann Cup. This is what Canadian senior lacrosse championships are all about, is that it’s all part of a process. The next three games are going to be the best lacrosse you’re going to see this year in the world. You’re going to see guys who are playing for the love of the game. Not getting paid, playing for the love of the game. That’s what it all comes down to, the fans in Peterborough and Victoria are going to love this.”

 

Game five is Wednesday night at The Q Centre. Game time is 7:00 p.m. PT or 10:00 p.m. ET.

 

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Shamrocks return favour; up 2-1 in series

 

September 7, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

VICTORIA -A complete reversal of fortunes has the Victoria Shamrocks up 2-1 on the Century 21 Lakers in the Mann Cup. The Shamrocks stole a 14-8 win from the Lakers on Monday night at the Q Centre. Everything that went right for the Lakers in their game two win went wrong in game three. Victoria stepped up their offense and a tired looking Lakers defense wasn’t able to stop the onslaught. Likewise, after the silliness of game two, the Shamrocks defense played a solid game that even the Lakers sharpest shooters weren’t able to beat.

 

“Truth be told, we can't play any worse,” said head coach Mike Hasen after the game. “That’s one thing that we know to a man that everyone in that room needs to be better and we will be better. Even in this series we had a good bounce back in game two. We don’t expect anything different, we’ll prepare and we’ll be ready for tomorrow.”

 

Weiss

 

 

“We came out and played our game, plain and simple,” Bob Heyes said of the Shamrocks win.

 

Corey Small led the Shamrocks with five goals and three assists. Rhys Duch contributed three goals and two assists, while Dan Dawson had a goal and four assists.

 

“I was frustrated last game,” Small said. “Vno (Matt Vinc) played phenomenal the first two games of this series, it’s hard to keep that sustainability throughout a seven game series and play that well. Stuff that was hitting his elbows or his toes or post were going in tonight. For me, just trying not to be frustrated, maybe taking that split second longer to pick my shots and pick corners was huge. Hopefully I can maintain that pace but I’m sure we’ll have more guys contributing. [I had] five goals tonight but the way our offense is, it could be anybody, we’re so balanced that I’m just the guy with the final shot in the thirty and fortunately they were going in tonight. We were kind of back into what works for us all season, Boldy and our defense were stellar tonight. Hopefully we can keep it up and make the adjustments we need to make.”Vinc

 

Vinc made some key saves in the second period but was unable to maintain momentum through the third and was lifted in favour of Evan Kirk after the Rocks 12th goal.

 

After a quiet game one, Curtis Dickson had seven points in game two. The Shamrocks adjusted for game three and shut him down once again, holding him to one assist. Late in the third Dickson was called for a cross checking penalty, the only one of many similar plays in that timeframe the referee chose to call. Dickson argued, a lot, and was handed two ten minute misconducts and an early shower.

 

Although Dickson has been arguably the team’s best player in the playoffs, Hasen wasn’t worried about him. In a closer game his loss would have made a difference but by that time things were getting out of hand for the Lakers.

 

“Dickson’s a big part of our team, but he’s just a part of our team,” he said. “It takes the 18 guys on the floor and the two goalies and the seven guys who aren’t even playing tonight. It takes all of us to play.”

 

Vitarelli

Holden Cattoni flew in from Baltimore to join the Lakers after the departure of Adam Jones. The recent junior graduate made an immediate impact in the lineup with two goals.

 

“One of the focuses for me coming into the game was getting my touches to see what I can do to help the team win tonight,” he said. “I’m not going to play a major role here like I did in junior and I’m just looking to fill a role for them and do everything I can to help the team. I don’t think they want me to be Adam Jones and they don’t expect that from me. They just want me to play my game like I do back in junior and now that I’m graduating, kind of fill a role and be an auxiliary player for the big guns that we have on offense.”

 

Penalties cost the Lakers in the second period as the Shamrocks scored a pair of power play goals to put them up 9-4. The Shamrocks had a 13-4 lead in the third before the Lakers rattled off three in a row with Evan Kirk on the bench for an extra attacker.

 

Mark Steenhuis had two goals for the Lakers. Shawn Evans had a goal and two assists. Single goals were scored by Brad Self, Cory Vitarelli, and Chad Culp.

 

MKirk

 

Small and Robert Hope were named their respective team’s players of the game. Hope has had four assists in the three games and appears to be playing the best lacrosse of his MSL career. He is bolstered by the fact that five family members made the trip west to cheer him on.

 

“You play for your family and friends,” Hope said. “I’ve had a great opportunity to be able to play for the Lakers and Colorado in the NLL also so I just try to continue to work hard and get better.


I take pride in my family being here and working hard for them. You always want to show your best effort out there and make sure you’re working your hardest because you never know who’s watching.”

 

Hope

 

Following game two, the Lakers received a very special gift from the lacrosse gods. Four wooden sticks were delivered to the Lakers from some lacrosse fans who weren’t happy with the way Victoria took advantage of the woodies in game two and used them to incite things with the Lakers.

 

Steenhuis

 

“We got a present,” Hasen smiled. “We were told we wouldn't be able to find any wooden sticks and we found some. Not sure exactly how they got there but they’re there.”

 

“I don’t know where they came from,” Hope said. “But they were on the bench in case we needed to use them.”

 

The Lakers did not use the wooden sticks - for one, the players aren’t used to them, and two, that’s not their style - but they kept them on the bench for inspiration.

Ironically, when asked about the wooden sticks on the Lakers bench, Small spoke of the sticks diminishing the true talents of some lacrosse players, although no mention was made of the Shamrocks usage of them in game two.

 

“Those of us in the east have grown up playing against the wooden sticks,” he said, “and playing Six Nations last year… I think we’re kind of adjusted to that so that doesn't intimidate us. Bring those sticks out and then you lose some of the talent and some of the stick skills that those guys have.”

 

Game four is on Tuesday night at the Q-Centre at 7:00 p.m. PDT or 10:00 p.m. EDT and can we watched online via pay per view at http://www.wlalacrosse.com/webcasts.

 

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Lakers offense explodes; series tied

 

September 5, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

VICTORIA - It sure didn’t take long for the Century 21 Lakers and Victoria Shamrock to hate each other. A penalty-filled 14-7 win by the Lakers in game two of the Mann Cup showed that each team is devoted 100% to winning a championship.

 

Finally shaking off their six goal curse, the Lakers exploded for 13 goals on Aaron Bold, who was replaced by Matt Roik late in the third period. The Shamrocks, only able to muster seven goals, looked like a shell of what they were on night one, with the visitors playing a more complete game and shaking off Victoria defenders like they were flies. Matt Vinc was spectacular in goal for the Lakers and the defense played as one.

 

Captain

 

Curtis Dickson was back in his MSL playoff MVP form, leading the team with four goals and three assists. Adam Jones, who will miss the rest of the series due to work commitments, chipped in three goals and three assists. Shawn Evans had four assists, and Mark Steenhuis two goals and two assists. Robert Hope had three assists.

 

“We played a better game tonight offensively, I thought we swung the ball more and got their defense and goalie moving,” Dickson said. “We buried our chances when we had them. Defensively we were rock solid as usual out there.”

 

Cory Vitarelli, back from a minor injury that kept him out of game one, had two goals (although one was credited to Chad Culp). Culp himself had one goal and was a thorn in the side of the Shamrocks defense all evening, although he was quick to focus more on the team than his individual efforts.

 

“It’s just whoever’s open, try to get your shots and if they go in they go in,” Culp said. “We’re all trying to work hard and work for each other, and whoever scores the goals scores the goals, as long as we win at the end of the game.”ShEvans

 

It was a one goal game until the 6:45 mark of the second period when Scott Self, with the goal of the game, went end to end and beat Bold in alone. That sparked a four goal run for the Lakers that put them up 10-5. They were up 12-7 when fan favourite Rory Smith lost his cool.

 

Shawn Evans misfired a ball that hit Smith, who immediately went after Evans, dropping him to the ground, and then picking him up and dropping him several more times, holding him by the under armour. Turner Evans stepped in for his cousin, receiving a third man in penalty while taking blows from Smith that sent him to the ground as well. Finished with Turner, Smith went back to Shawn and threw him down again before the refs could step in. When all was said and done, Shawn was given a five minute spearing penalty and two for unsportsmanlike conduct. Turner received a game misconduct, and Smith was given only a fighting major and game misconduct.

 

Shamrocks head coach Bob Heyes said that Smith reached his boiling point in game two after being targeted by Lakers players.

 

“Rory has been outstanding this season,” Heyes praised. “Every team in this league knows that they want to target him, and he has not had a fight this year. He has played because he wants to play lacrosse. But sometimes when things like today happen and guys are getting targeted… Rory had enough of it and took to it. Right from the first face off, first game coming down and Chad Culp’s giving him a shot to the head or Curtis Dickson’s giving him a shot to the head they’re targeting him and it just gets frustrating, so that was the boiling point that we’re not getting things called out there when we ask for it. We asked for it in our own league and they didn’t do anything about it. So it’s a point of frustration but it’s over and done with and we’re here to play lacrosse. If we were to worry about all the extraneous things then it’s not going to be very good lacrosse to watch and we’re not here for that. The fans are here, Lakers fans are here, you guys are a great team, and we want to showcase the best lacrosse there is out there.”

Steenhuis

 

The Lakers transition picked up the pace in game two. Brad Self picked up a goal, the lone Laker to beat Roik after he took over for Bold. Nick Weiss was stoned on two consecutive breakaway attempts. Brock Sorensen was also stopped on a transition attempt.

 

Fourteen minor penalties were called before the third period even started, and two double minors. It was hard for either team to get a flow going, but the Lakers have been used to working in that kind of situation and took advantage.TEvans

 

“We knew that was coming,” Dickson said. “They were going to try to whack and hit us and set a tone for the next game, but we set a bigger tone. That’s our game, that’s what we’re capable of so we have to come out and do that every night.”

 

Of note, and something the Lakers will keep an eye for the rest of the series, was a controversy over Victoria’s use of wooden sticks. According to MSL commissioner Jim Brady, players may not switch sticks in the last ten minutes of a game. After Smith was tossed at the 12:10 mark of the third, Tyler Hass began using Smith’s stick. Steve Priolo also came out with a wooden stick later in the game.

 

Culp took a lot of abuse from the wooden sticks.

 

“It got a little rough there, it may have looked like I was having fun, but…” he trailed off and chuckled. “Especially when they bring out the wooden sticks, and they’re taking liberties, it’s not fun to get whacked, I’ll tell you that but you cant let it bother you. You just hope the ref makes a call but you just keep playing I guess. You just try to spread it and keep moving the ball so they can’t take liberties on you… It’s hard to play when they do bring out that many woodies.”

 

Heyes said he’ll keep a closer eye on the sticks from now.

 

“To be honest, that’s not what I wanted,” he said. “Those are things that aren't going to happen again. I think we were frustrated after the Evans and Rory incident, and that was just a little bit of the frustration out there. I didn’t realize it with everything that was happening out there but that’s still my responsibility as a coach, sometimes I’ve got to be aware of that, but I had a good talk with Paul Day after the game and said we don’t want to play that way, and that goes for them too, we don’t want to put guys at risk out there.”

Dickson

 

Karsen Leung and Rhys Duch led the Shamrocks with a goal and two assists each. Jesse King had two goals, with singles to Daryl Veltman, Greg Harnett, and Matt Yager.

 

Scott Evans sat out game two with the return of Vitarelli. Zach Currier was scratched on defense to make room for Mike Kirk. Eric Shewell dressed for a second consecutive game.

 

Dickson and Leung were named the players of the game for their respective teams.

 

Sunday is a day off for the teams, and the Lakers are taking the opportunity to rest and get their minds off lacrosse and refresh themselves. Scoreboard

 

“You never want to go down 2-0 especially on the road,” Dickson said. “It was a big game for us tonight. We have the day off tomorrow which is nice and we’ll come out and hopefully grab that 2-1 lead going into Monday.”

 

The series resumes on Monday with game three at 7:00 p.m.

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Shamrocks take game one 8-6

 

September 4, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

VICTORIA - Make no mistake, the Century 21 Lakers are not just happy to be participating in the Mann Cup. They want to win.

 

The Lakers opened the 2015 Mann Cup with an 8-6 loss to the host Victoria Shamrocks, which is not sitting well with the players.

 

“I think we handed them that game,” said Shawn Evans, who had a goal and three assists. “We had the game. I think we played well overall. We had opportunities that we needed to capitalize on and we didn’t capitalize on them and they went down and scored on a couple of their chances late.”

 

Curtis Dickson agreed with Evans.

 

“It was a defensive battle, what we expected coming in,” he said. “As bad as our offense played we still only lost by one goal and an empty netter. We know we gotta be better than that, we gotta bury our chances. We had a few we thought could have gone in tonight but Boldy (Aaron Bold) played well. We have to watch a little film, find out what we did right, what we did wrong, and come out ready tomorrow.”

 

Bold, a former junior Lakers goaltender, stopped 40 shots for the win.

 

Steenhuis and Hoar

 

If nothing else, the game proved to the Lakers and their fans that they deserve to be there. The Shamrocks swept their way through the playoffs as the top team and are now three time defending WLA champions, having lost the Mann Cup in 2013 and 2014 to the Six Nations Chiefs.

 

The game could not have been any closer. The largest lead of the night was only two goals, held once by the Lakers and once by the Shamrocks. The Lakers had a 6-5 lead in the third period but watched it slip away.

 

“The first time you see a team, it’s tough coming out and getting into the groove right off the bat,” Dickson said. “We don’t want to make any excuses, we know we can be better than we were tonight.“

 

Corey Small opened the scoring for Victoria but the Lakers replied with two goals in the first period from Adam Jones and Eric Shewell to take a 2-1 lead.

Dickson

 

Dan MacRae tied the game at two with a shorthanded marker 42 seconds into the second period and took the lead several minutes later with Rhys Duch tallying. The Lakers had the next three, Jones getting his second, on the power play, and Mark Steenhis and Shawn Evans, also on the power play. Daryl Veltman brought the Shamrocks to within one at the end of two periods.

 

The Lakers were two for five on the power play and the Shamrocks zero for two.

 

The Lakers were outscored 4-1 in the final frame. Duch tied the game with his second 1:33 in before Chad Culp restored the Lakers lead. Jesse King again tied the game at 9:34 before Dan Dawson scored the game winning goal at 12:15. Cory Conway scored into an empty net in the last minute of play.

 

Matt Vinc, who suffered the loss for the Lakers, is familiar with the Shamrocks offense, as he is a former Shamrock himself.

Hoar

 

“They have a star stuffed offense, much like our team and the team we just played,” he said. “Great shooters are going to change it up and they found the back of the net a couple of times. Hopefully we can get down on their hands and force them to take some different types of shots.”

 

As tough as the Six Nations defense was, an argument could be made the Shamrocks defense is even tougher. Their defenders played wholly as a unit in game one, creating havoc for the Lakers shooters. Curtis Dickson was triple-teamed much of the game and although he fired off 11 shots, he wasn't able to find the back of the net, an uncommon occurrence. He finished with one assist. Mark Steenhuis was similarly checked, being thrown the floor on several occasions.

 

The Lakers are facing old foe Rory Smith again, and the agitator made his presence known in the first few minutes of the game, hacking and slashing at both the Evans brothers and Dickson. The harassment didn’t stop, and likely won’t all series.

 

Evans didn’t mince words when asked about playing against Smith.

 

“It’s nothing,” he said. “Rory Smith’s an okay defender. He’s got a job to do, he likes to throw the stick out there. Like I said, he’s just an okay defender.”

 

Dickson has faced Smith before, although not as a member of the Lakers. He said the two do have a history together on the floor but did not elaborate on any incidents between the two.

Steenhuis

 

“He’s a good defender and obviously he has the wooden stick but you can’t get too worried about stuff like that you just have to play your game. It’s always tough going up against a guy like that and a defence like that, so you can’t really focus too much on one guy.”

 

Surprisingly, Vinc was much more optimistic than his teammates about the loss.

 

“It was a good first step,” he acknowledged. “We came out and played hard. We had a tough series against Six Nations and we knew it was going to be a battle and hopefully we can continue to play hard and give ourselves a chance to take game two. I liked the effort from our boys and hopefully we’ll come out with a similar type of game tomorrow.”

 

While Evans was not happy about the loss, he is looking forward to getting back on the floor on Saturday.

 

“It’s a game of inches,” he said. “It’s going to be a long series. It’s a best of seven series and it’s not going to be won in game one.”

 

Both Vinc and Bold were named their respective teams game MVP.

 

Game two goes tonight at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)

 

 

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Lakers win MSL title; next stop Victoria and the Mann Cup

 

August 31, 2105

 

by Anna Taylor

 

It was a nail-biting, low-scoring, thrill-ride of a game seven, that the Century 21 Lakers took 6-5 to win the MSL’s Everett Coates trophy as league champions. The team will leave on Wednesday for British Columbia with the first Mann Cup game set to take place on Friday, September 4th.

 

Tied at three games apiece, perhaps two teams were never more closely matched than the Lakers and the Six Nations Chiefs. Monday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, both teams put everything they had on the floor. They tied at two, then three, then five. It was back and forth all the way. Some nervous fans could hardly watch the third period.

 

Trailing 5-4 in the final frame, Shawn Evans tied the game at 2:46. Cousin Turner Evans, and likely the Lakers rookie of the year, scored the go ahead goal at 12:03. The Lakers defense shut out the Chiefs, one of, if not the most, high powered offences in the world, for the entire second half of the game.

Turner Evans

 

“I was in the corner, had a one on one with my guy,” Evans described. “I actually thought I was going to get stripped, but then I rolled out of it, and it was just me and the goalie so I just faked short and put it far and it went in. This feels great, I’m just happy that we’re getting the chance to get to the Mann Cup this year.”

 

“This is unbelievable,” Curtis Dickson said after the win. “I’m exhausted. It was a battle and we knew it was going to be a long series, and it came down to a one goal game in game seven. Kudos and hats off to the defences tonight, they were both phenomenal. Vno stood on his head tonight, any time you can hold that team to five goals gives us a chance to win. We scored the timely goals when we needed them and we’re off to the Mann Cup.”

 

Dickson, who had 27 goals in the playoffs, was awarded the Johnny “Shooter” Davis trophy as the MSL’s playoff MVP. Although he was held goal-less in game seven, he had three huge assists. Nicknamed Superman, Dickson was a huge asset for the Lakers this season and made a difference in every game he played.

Dickson

 

“This is my first ever game seven so I’ve never really been part of anything like this before, but I knew what to expect coming in,” he said. “Even when we were up 2-0 we knew the series was not even close to being over. Hats off to them battling back winning three straight. It’s a testament to our depth and our defence to battle back there and win those last two games to close the series out. This was our goal from day one, to make it to the Mann Cup. We still have four wins left but we’re going to enjoy this one while it lasts. I know these guys were on the other side of this game last year so it means a heck of a lot to them and a heck of a lot of me to play in my first Mann Cup.”

Dickson

 

Being from the west, Dickson is familiar with the Shamrocks. He spent the past five seasons with the Maple Ridge Burrards of the WLA.

 

“I played against [the Shamrocks] in the Western finals last year and I grew up playing against them, I’ve played against most of those guys the last few years,” he said. “They’re a good team. They swept through the west and they’ve had some time off so we know they’re going to be rested and ready to go. We have a few days here we can take off and we’ll be ready to go Friday in Victoria.”

 

As had become tradition in the series, the Chiefs opened the scoring early in the game, with Craig Point beating Matt Vinc at 35 seconds. The Chiefs went up 2-0 at 9:54 of the first before the Lakers got one back 30 seconds later from Brad Self. Then Mark Steenhuis tied the game at 14:05 on a crisp pass from Dickson. Steenhuis put the Lakers ahead 3-2 on a power play with 32 seconds left in the first.

 

Six Nations went on a three goal run to start the second period to put them up 5-3. Goals came from Benesch, Dhane Smith, and Point. After Point’s goal at 9:44 the Lakers defense kicked into high gear and did not allow another goal. Chad Tutton got one back for the Lakers in the second period putting the score at 5-4.

 

Defenseman Mark Farthing was happy with the win and is looking forward to getting back to the Mann Cup.

Farthing

 

“It feels good,” he smiled. “I think a lot of guys on this team, even when we got down a couple games, had a good feeling. There’s a lot of talent in that room, but maybe even a little bit more willpower like we showed tonight. There’s a little bit more work left to do and we’ll be happy to get on that plane Wednesday.”

 

There was singing on at least one fan bus on the way home. Three full buses went to cheer on the Lakers, not to mention the tonnes of fans who drove up on their own, for which the team is thankful if not just a bit in awe. Head coach Mike Hasen visited the fan bus after the game to thank the fans who made the trip, noting that some of the players were battling bruises, but pushed through because they knew they had so many fans on their side, cheering them on to victory.

 

Hope to see you all in Victoria.

 

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Lakers tie series; game 7 Monday

 

August 27, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - It all comes down to one more game.

 

The Century 21 Lakers are back in the same position they were a year ago versus the Six Nations Chiefs. One more game left to decide who will represent the MSL at the Mann Cup.

 

With a 13-10 win Thursday night at the Memorial Centre, the Lakers defeated the Chiefs in game six in front of 3472 fans.

 

Leo

“It’s game seven, anything can happen,” Curtis Dickson said. “That was our mentality coming in here tonight, just win tonight and get to game seven. It’s going to be a battle. Every game in this series has been so far and we’re excited to get up there and play.”

 

Dickson’s five goals were the difference for the Lakers, who chased Chiefs starter Brandon Miller for a spell from the second period. Dickson exploded for four second period goals and Matt Vinc made 36 saves in the win.

 

“For how well [Miller’s] played it’s nice to know that we can put the ball behind him consistently,” Brad Self said. “But nothing changes going into game seven. We know what he’s capable of and we just have to continue to push forward and find different ways to score goals.”

 

It started just like every other game, with the Chiefs scoring in the first minute of the game to take the wind out of the Lakers sails. Chad Culp tied the game before Dhane Smith replied 23 seconds later. Brad Self scored on the breakaway before Kasey Biernes replied just 59 seconds later to put the score at 3-2.

 

Curtis Dickson and Adam Jones had the next two goals for a Lakers one goal lead before Smith picked up his second and third of the night, sandwiching a second goal from Culp, tying the score at five after the first.

 

“We gave up a couple shots early and that’s not the way we wanted to start,” Matt Vinc said. “But I think we settled in and the big difference today was how well our offense responded, Dickson got us going. The momentum’s a little contagious and you just try as a goalie to make one save at a time. We were lucky to come away with a good team win.”

 

Dickson

 

A great face-off win by Stephen Hoar to start the second period allowed the Lakers to take the lead at 0:29 of the second period. Dickson tossed a sharp cross crease pass to Cory Vitarelli who quick-sticked the ball past Miller. Jeff Shattler evened the score at six at 8:26, but the Lakers then went on a four goal run to lead 10-6, three coming from Dickson and one from newly returned Mark Steenhuis. Dave Brock got one back for the Chiefs but Dickson scored his fifth of the night, making the score after two periods 11-7.Hoar

 

Miller was pulled after the Lakers 10th goal in favour of Dillon Ward, who let in the game winning goal and was credited officially with the loss, despite only playing 2:11 of the game. Miller returned for the third period.

 

Dickson said Miller wasn’t on his A game.

 

“We were finding those holes,” he said. “We’ve been getting these chances all series, but he’s just been making those saves. Kudos to him, he’s played great the last two games and we found him on his off night. Kudos to our offense too, we buried our chances and that’s what we’ve got to do coming into game seven.”

 

Jones had two more goals for the Lakers in the third. Stephen Keogh, Smith, and Powless had goals for the Chiefs in the third.

 

Dickson’s teammates were thrilled with his play and a little bit in awe, too, as he muscled his way through Chiefs defenders all evening for several highlight reel goals.

 

“That’s unbelievable isn’t it?” asked Brad Self. “When he decides he’s going to get to the net, I don’t think there’s anybody in the world who could stop him. He did decide again tonight and he’s been unbelievable all year.”

 

Matt Vinc agreed.

 

“Our coaches all along have been saying nobody has to be spectacular, we just have to be good as a team,” he said. “Today, with the exception of Dickson, who was spectacular, everybody was really good.”

 

“We had our backs against the walls and we knew we had to come out and play our best game individually and as a team,” Self summarized. “It was nice to see everyone show up with that life and energy and we knew we had to win tonight and we did what we had to do to get to game seven.”

 

The Lakers only took one penalty in the game compared to the Chiefs six. Dickson cashed in on two power play opportunities.

 

 

Regardless of the outcome of the series, Thursday was the last home game of the season for the Lakers. Game seven will be in Hagersville on Monday, and the Mann Cup will be hosted in Victoria, BC.

 

The Lakers will have three busloads of fans cheering them on Monday night!

 

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Steenhuis making home return tonight

 

August 27, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers will feature the home debut of Mark Steenhuis Thursday night, returning from an injury that was expected to keep him out for the entire season. Steenhuis played Monday night in Six Nations for the first time since the first of the season. A fan favourite he is wearing a brace on his injured knee, but wanted to show support for the team in their battle with Six Nations Chiefs who lead the best of seven series 3-2.

 

Steenhuis


The Lakers have gone 12-2 at home this year thanks to fan support and there were plenty of tickets remaining Wednesday. They have been held to six goals in four of the five games in what has been a defensive battle.


The team will recognize gold medalist Cody Caldwell at the start of the game.

 

Cody Caldwell
Tickets are available at the Memorial Centre and online.


The team is planning a fan bus for the seventh game in Six Nations, sign up will be at tomorrow night's game. The date has not been determined because the Minto Cup is being played at Six Nations but is likely for Sunday or Monday night.

 

 

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Last home game for 2015; be the 'seventh' man!

 

August 25, 2015

 

Thursday night will be the last home game of the 2015 Century 21 Lakers’ season, your last chance to see them at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.


Tickets went on sale Monday and will continue at the box office and online until Thursday game time of 8 p.m.


It will be the sixth game of the best of seven series to decide who wins the Ontario championship and the right to play Victoria in British Columbia for the national championship, the Mann Cup. The date of the seventh game in Six Nations is not known because of the Minto Cup tournament taking place there which may require the rink Saturday and Sunday. The seventh game could take place Sunday or Monday.


The Lakers are 12-2 (one loss to Six Nations in the playoffs and another in the regular season) at home this season and the crowd support has been credited with the players’ improved play at home, says GM Paul Day.


Cody Caldwell a gold medalist at the Para Pan Am Games held in Toronto will be the Lakers’ special guest. Caldwell won a gold medal with his wheelchair rugby team. It will be Peterborough’s first chance to congratulate this gold medalist.

 

 

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Lakers on brink after 11-6 loss

 

August 24, 2015

 

HAGERSVILLE - The Century 21 Lakers went down to the Six Nations Chiefs 11-5 Monday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in game five of the best of seven MSL final series and now face elimination. The Chiefs lead the series 3-2.

 

Curtis Dickson led the Lakers with a hat trick, while Dhane Smith had a hat trick for the Chiefs.

 

Mark Steenhuis made his playoff debut for the Lakers after returning from injury. Matt Vinc took the loss for the Lakers while Brandon Miller picked up the win for the Chiefs.

 

Full scoring details were not immediately available. Laker goals were scored by:

 

Curtis Dickson - x3
Turner Evans
Chad Tutton
Brad Self

 

The Lakers return home this coming Thursday, August 27 to host game six of the series at 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial Centre. Game seven, if necessary, is still to be determined based on the Minto Cup schedule, but will either be Sunday or Monday at the ILA.

 

 

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Six Nations takes game three

 

August 21, 2015

 

HAGERSVILLE - In a reversal of last night's offensive onslaught, the emphasis was on defense tonight at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, with the Six Nations Chiefs prevailing 7-6.

 

Curtis Dickson led the Lakers in scoring with two shorthanded goals, one another hightlight-reel effort.

 

Dickson

 

Shawn Evans scored twice with Chad Culp and Adam Jones claiming a goal apiece.

 

Evan Kirk played with the same intensity he has shown all season and was very solid in goal despite the loss.

 

Evan Kirk

 

The Lakers trailed 3-2 after the first and 5-4 after the second. They tied it briefly halfway through the third period 6-6, but Six Nations took the lead 75 seconds later and held on for the win.

 

Peterborough was outshot 40-35. Attendance at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena was 750.

 

Lakers now lead the series 2-1 with the next game on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

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Lakers falter; series tied at 2

 

August 23, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH – The Century 21 Lakers are trying to make it to the Mann Cup the hard way.

 

A 2-0 series lead dissolved this weekend and the series is now tied at two games apiece after the Six Nations Chiefs followed up their 7-6 win Friday with an 8-6 win Sunday night at the Memorial Centre.

 

The series is now a best two out of three. Lakers GM Paul Day was on the bench providing an extra set of eyes and despite the loss, liked what he saw from the team he helped build.

 

“I’ve been on the bench the whole series,” he said. “It was good, lot of opportunities. Every time we scored, they seemed to score right away. Balls weren't going in for us tonight. I thought it was a hell of a lacrosse game. We had some chances there that we just didn’t turn, and it’s a best two of three now.”Kirk

 

A pair of goals by Ryan Benesch in the third period, his fourth and fifth of the night, were the difference as the Lakers were unable to muster any offense for the last 17:40 of the period. Adam Jones had the only goal of the period for the Lakers. Brandon Miller, the hero of last year’s game seven, shut the Lakers down, making 49 saves, including several huge ones in the last two minutes.

 

“We knew based on last year and previous years we’d probably see [Miller] at some point this series and he's a great goalie,” captain Scott Self said. “We have great goalies too. We have to find a way like we did in game two when he came in to throw a couple past him, preferably early just to get our confidence and maybe shake him a little bit.”

 

Benesch opened the scoring in the first period just 1:50 in; the Chiefs have scored first in every game so far. Randy Staats made it 2-0 before Turner Evans and Scott Evans scored 1:22 apart to even the score. Benesch scored his second to make it 3-2 Chiefs after one.

 

“It was tight,” Self said. “A couple bounces here and there, couple shots here and there. Benesch shot the ball really well, we’ve done a good job for three games holding him in check, he led the league in goals. Tonight he was able to score five and he's definitely a guy we need to key on.”

 

Chad Tutton tied the game early in the second with his first MSL playoff goal, an unassisted effort on a two on one. Curtis Dickson put the Lakers ahead, jumping over the crease to slip the ball past Miller. That lead lasted 41 seconds before Staats potted his second of the game, and Dhane Smith beat Kirk to restore the Chiefs lead.

 

“They’re a very good team,” Self acknowledged. “They’re very disciplined in the sense that they take away our transition, and when things did break down, we had a lot of opportunities tonight. Brandon Miller was sensational, he stopped I don't know how many odd man rushes tonight and even their short man has been very good so they get some power play looks and we’re not able to build momentum that way, it’s tough.”

 

Cory Vitarelli and Benesch traded late period for goals for a 6-5 Chiefs lead after the second.

 

Special teams were a non-factor in the game with only one power play opportunity in the whole 60 minutes, that opportunity coming for the Lakers with 3:05 left and Benesch in the box for high sticking Chad Culp. Fans roared for a major penalty as Culp was tended to by the training staff, but only two minutes was called. Culp

 

While the game was a low scoring, defensive effort, it was not without some exciting, intense moments, the first of which came when Dhane Smith body checked Kirk in the second period. Tutton went right after Smith, knocking him to the ground, but in the ensuing scrum, Eric Shewell came out fighting Staats. Both received game misconducts for their actions.

 

The game was paused in the third period as arena staff, with the help of Leo the Laker Lion, tended to broken glass behind the Lakers bench.Shewell

 

“One of the guys bounced against it and it broke,” said Day, refuting rumours that the glass was broken out of frustration. “Someone was running off hard and bounced into it. It happens.”

 

Late in the third period, while on a power play, Lakers' goaltender Evan Kirk body slammed Stephen Keogh behind the Lakers' net in a bid for a loose ball, earning a huge roar of approval from the crowd. Kirk added a huge slash to the back of Keogh’s legs for good measure which allowed Nick Weiss to recover the ball.

 

“That was awesome,” Self said. “Me and Weisser were chasing him. Stephen’s a hard guy to get the ball from, he’s a strong kid, he’s got a giant bag in his stick and the ball just doesn't want to come out. I think by that time we were both pretty tired and Kirky caught Stephen off guard and it was a huge play for us.”

 

For his part, Kirk said the bodycheck on Keogh was not revenge for Smith’s hit on him earlier in the game.

 

“No, to be honest I don't even recall that hit, I’m just trying to get the ball back. Keogh’s probably one of the best raggers in the world, that’s his forté so I was yelling at guys to turn him and get the third man on there to help to maybe get the ball. It’s two franchise teams here together playing well. We got the short stick again for the second night, but it’s a best two of three series now.”

 

Kirk said the Lakers have become unfocused in the last two games.

 

“I think [it’s our] composure,” he said. “The first couple games we were just sticking to lacrosse. We’ve gotten away from that and we’ve been on the refs a bit. We’re not going to get any calls. We just have to bear down and play lacrosse.”

 

Day said the team will be ready to be get back on the winning track on Monday.

 

“I think we all know that this wasn't going to be four and out series for either team,” he said. “It’s actually great lacrosse, it’s entertaining for guys and we just have to make sure that we’re more prepared than they are tomorrow, we’ll spend some time with the video and take it from there.”

 

The Lakers play game five at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on Monday night. Game six will be back in Peterborough on Thursday. Game seven, if necessary, is still yet to be determined based on the Minto Cup schedule, which is being played between the Six Nations Arrows and Coquitlam Adanacs at the ILA. It will either be on Sunday the 30th or Monday the 31st.

 

 

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Lakers' notes

 

August 21, 2015

 

Peterborough fans are the number one ingredient in the Century 21 Lakers’ quest for the Ontario championship. All the players and coaches agree that they are the ‘seventh man’ in their battle to win it. Lakerland was alive Thursday night and the team is hoping to have the same support Sunday.

 

This year they are 12-1 at home with the crowd behind them all the way and GM Paul Day knows how important the voice of the crowd is.

 

There are still plenty of seats left for Sunday’s home game which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at the box office today until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. , this weekend or online. Fans are reminded they can rent the Skybox through the Memorial Centre.

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Goalie Matt Vinc is not expected to be in the lineup Friday night in Six Nations which was no surprise to any of the coaches, but he will be back for Sunday's fourth game at home. Matt had let staff know about his participation in a friend’s wedding ahead of this game’s date. Some Six Nations players are also expected to miss the game for the wedding. The Lakers other goalie Evan Kirk, who has come up big in his games this season going 9 and 2 is expected play against his former team. As many Lakers fans will remember he came in from the cold last year to help Six Nations defeat the Lakers in the Ontario championship.

 

"He's a great goalie, that's why we traded for him and we wouldn't be where we are today without him. He's been great all year and we have complete confidence in him with no hesitation in using him. We have an excellent two goalie tandem," said GM Paul Day.

 

Other notes:

 

Former National Lacrosse League player Tom Ryan was in the house Thursday night doing another lacrosse documentary. He and the two others traveling with him were treated royally in the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame Thursday morning, and by John Grant Sr. Wednesday night at his home. Ryan is trying to traveling to various lacrosse communities in North America for the film. He did one a few years ago about the spirit of lacrosse. He certainly got the spirit of Peterborough's lacrosse fans Thursday night with everything from the Ontario champion Junior Cs players going around the floor with the Meredith Cup before the game to the excitement and togetherness of close to 3,300 home town fans. The documentary is being completed in the United States and will likely be ready for next year.

 

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Lakers take game one 6-4

 

August 18, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers took the first game of their Ontario Championship finals Tuesday night in Six Nations with a big road victory 6-4 in the best of seven series that continues Thursday night at the Memorial Centre. The Lakers allowed only one goal in the second and third with two in the first.


The first game lived up to the billing in a tight battle all the way with both sides trading goals throughout and both teams sticking to the game with few penalties and a defensive war.

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The big guns from both teams led the scoring.


Curtis Dickson had three goals, two assists, Shawn Evans a goal and four assists while Cory Vitarelli and Scott Evans got the others.


Matt Vinc and Dillon Ward were outstanding in nets with Vinc winning the duel on this night between two of the best goalies in lacrosse.


Cory Vitarelli from Dickson and Shawn Evans got a Lakers powerplay goal early in the third when Dhane Smith was called for illegal equipment and the Lakers took it’s first two goal lead of the game at 5-3. Then Curtis Dickson got another from Evans and Adam Jones to take a three goal lead with seventeen minutes to play in the third. But with 9:32 left Ryan Benesch scored to inch closer at 6-4.Vinc


That’s the way the score stood.


There were only seven minor penalties in the game, Six Nations taking four.

 

GM Paul Day points out the Lakers can't wait to get their home floor Thursday night and the Peterborough community behind its team. He says with a big crowd this season The Lakers have an 11-1 record but the whole team knows the road to victory is not going to be smooth.


“When we hear that crowd we never give up, so we can’t wait to get back to the Memorial Centre, but we have alot of work still to get done."


Here is what happened in the first two periods.

 

Second period

 

It took Scott Evans only 1:04 in to grab a 3-2 lead with assists from Brock Sorensen and goalie Matt Vinc. Curtis Dickson scored seven minutes in from Shawn and Scott Evans, but Dhane Smith on a powerplay with Stephen Hoar in the box, got that back less than a minute later from Jeff Shattler and Ryan Benesch.Dickson

 

The Lakers were outshooting Six Nations. The powerplay was 0 and 3 while Six Nations was 1 and 2.

 

First period

 

The first period was everything promised in that first 20 minutes.

 

Six Nations’ Shattler from Smith and Craig Point got the first marker in the first minute of play. Dickson from Shawn Evans and Chad Culp tied it up almost 10 minutes later, but only 14 seconds later Point scored from Colin Doyle. Not to be outdone Shawn Evans popped one 47 seconds later from Dickson and Adam Jones.

 

There were only two minor penalties one for each team in the first.

 

 

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MSL awards presented

Dhane Smith

 

A couple of MSL awards were handed out prior to the game. The league scoring title was won by Dhane Smith.

 

Dillon Ward and Brandon Miller won the goaltending award for the fewest goals allowed.

 

Goalies

The Lakers congratulate Dhane, Dillon and Brandon on outstanding seasons.

 

 

Shawn Evans wins fan favourite award

 

August 17, 2015

 

Voting for the fan favourite award has just closed and the winner this year is Shawn Evans. Newcomer Curtis Dickson placed 2nd in the poll.

 

 

Scott Evans in 29th place

 

Century 21 Lakers forward Scott Evans jumped into 29th place in all time Canadian Senior Lacrosse total goals with another one Tuesday night. He surpassed former Peterborough Lakers star Jim Wasson. Scott now has 620 goals in regular season and playoff goals.

 

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Fan appreciation night on Thursday

 

August 18, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers’ players and coaches know how important their fans are in leading them to victory.

 

Thursday will be Fan Appreciation Night when the Lakers’ team will give special Lakers’ decals to all fans at the game.

 

This season’s attendance is up and the home record has reversed with an 11-1 team record (includes playoffs), the best home record in the league. The team only won four home games in last year’s regular season and four in the playoffs.

 

GM Paul Day knows the importance of the fans, the team’s ‘seventh man’ cheering the players on and hopes the community will once again support the players in their quest to win the Ontario championship.

 

The finals starts against rivals Six Nations Chiefs Tuesday night in their home arena moving back to the Peterborough Memorial Centre at 8 p.m. Thursday. The series goes back to Six Nations on Friday and back to Peterborough at 7 p.m. Sunday.

 

Three game bundle tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre or online at the arena’s website while single game tickets go on sale Thursday morning.

 

The Lakers and Chiefs went to a seven game final last year with Six Nations winning and going on to the national championship. The taste of that loss lingers with the Lakers’ team and they have been waiting for the opportunity to face them again.

 

Both teams added valuable players to their rosters this season. The Lakers have faced adversity with key injuries to star players Mark Steenhuis and Andrew Suitor. Steenhuis is still working out and getting ready to see if he can join the team for the finals but Suitor is definitely out.

 

The Lakers will also recognize The Peterborough Lakers provincial Junior C champions before the game. The team defeated Six Nations Junior Cs this month to win the title for the first time.

 

Thursday night’s anthem singer for the second game against Six Nations will be 14 year old Raina McCue from Curve Lake who has been singing since the age of 7. At Raina's local Fall fair she has taken 1st place for vocals two years in a row. Raina auditioned with Mohawk Princess Pictures and earned a documentary episode called Dream Big airing in the Fall on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. In September, Raina looks forward to singing again for the Family day event in Curve Lake.

 

There is also a film crew doing a documentary on lacrosse attending Thursday night's game to film the lacrosse excitement at a Lakers' game.

 

 

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Lakers take game one 6-4

 

August 18, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers took the first game of their Ontario Championship finals Tuesday night in Six Nations with a big road victory 6-4 in the best of seven series that continues Thursday night at the Memorial Centre. The Lakers allowed only one goal in the second and third with two in the first.


The first game lived up to the billing in a tight battle all the way with both sides trading goals throughout and both teams sticking to the game with few penalties and a defensive war.

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The big guns from both teams led the scoring.


Curtis Dickson had three goals, two assists, Shawn Evans a goal and four assists while Cory Vitarelli and Scott Evans got the others.


Matt Vinc and Dillon Ward were outstanding in nets with Vinc winning the duel on this night between two of the best goalies in lacrosse.


Cory Vitarelli from Dickson and Shawn Evans got a Lakers powerplay goal early in the third when Dhane Smith was called for illegal equipment and the Lakers took it’s first two goal lead of the game at 5-3. Then Curtis Dickson got another from Evans and Adam Jones to take a three goal lead with seventeen minutes to play in the third. But with 9:32 left Ryan Benesch scored to inch closer at 6-4.Vinc


That’s the way the score stood.


There were only seven minor penalties in the game, Six Nations taking four.

 

GM Paul Day points out the Lakers can't wait to get their home floor Thursday night and the Peterborough community behind its team. He says with a big crowd this season The Lakers have an 11-1 record but the whole team knows the road to victory is not going to be smooth.


“When we hear that crowd we never give up, so we can’t wait to get back to the Memorial Centre, but we have alot of work still to get done."


Here is what happened in the first two periods.

 

Second period

 

It took Scott Evans only 1:04 in to grab a 3-2 lead with assists from Brock Sorensen and goalie Matt Vinc. Curtis Dickson scored seven minutes in from Shawn and Scott Evans, but Dhane Smith on a powerplay with Stephen Hoar in the box, got that back less than a minute later from Jeff Shattler and Ryan Benesch.Dickson

 

The Lakers were outshooting Six Nations. The powerplay was 0 and 3 while Six Nations was 1 and 2.

 

First period

 

The first period was everything promised in that first 20 minutes.

 

Six Nations’ Shattler from Smith and Craig Point got the first marker in the first minute of play. Dickson from Shawn Evans and Chad Culp tied it up almost 10 minutes later, but only 14 seconds later Point scored from Colin Doyle. Not to be outdone Shawn Evans popped one 47 seconds later from Dickson and Adam Jones.

 

There were only two minor penalties one for each team in the first.

 

 

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MSL awards presented

Dhane Smith

 

A couple of MSL awards were handed out prior to the game. The league scoring title was won by Dhane Smith.

 

Dillon Ward and Brandon Miller won the goaltending award for the fewest goals allowed.

 

Goalies

The Lakers congratulate Dhane, Dillon and Brandon on outstanding seasons.

 

 

Shawn Evans wins fan favourite award

 

August 17, 2015

 

Voting for the fan favourite award has just closed and the winner this year is Shawn Evans. Newcomer Curtis Dickson placed 2nd in the poll.

 

 

Scott Evans in 29th place

 

Century 21 Lakers forward Scott Evans jumped into 29th place in all time Canadian Senior Lacrosse total goals with another one Tuesday night. He surpassed former Peterborough Lakers star Jim Wasson. Scott now has 620 goals in regular season and playoff goals.

 

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Lakers' notes

 

August 21, 2015

 

Peterborough fans are the number one ingredient in the Century 21 Lakers’ quest for the Ontario championship. All the players and coaches agree that they are the ‘seventh man’ in their battle to win it. Lakerland was alive Thursday night and the team is hoping to have the same support Sunday.

 

This year they are 12-1 at home with the crowd behind them all the way and GM Paul Day knows how important the voice of the crowd is.

 

There are still plenty of seats left for Sunday’s home game which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at the box office today until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. , this weekend or online. Fans are reminded they can rent the Skybox through the Memorial Centre.

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Goalie Matt Vinc is not expected to be in the lineup Friday night in Six Nations which was no surprise to any of the coaches, but he will be back for Sunday's fourth game at home. Matt had let staff know about his participation in a friend’s wedding ahead of this game’s date. Some Six Nations players are also expected to miss the game for the wedding. The Lakers other goalie Evan Kirk, who has come up big in his games this season going 9 and 2 is expected play against his former team. As many Lakers fans will remember he came in from the cold last year to help Six Nations defeat the Lakers in the Ontario championship.

 

"He's a great goalie, that's why we traded for him and we wouldn't be where we are today without him. He's been great all year and we have complete confidence in him with no hesitation in using him. We have an excellent two goalie tandem," said GM Paul Day.

 

Other notes:

 

Former National Lacrosse League player Tom Ryan was in the house Thursday night doing another lacrosse documentary. He and the two others traveling with him were treated royally in the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame Thursday morning, and by John Grant Sr. Wednesday night at his home. Ryan is trying to traveling to various lacrosse communities in North America for the film. He did one a few years ago about the spirit of lacrosse. He certainly got the spirit of Peterborough's lacrosse fans Thursday night with everything from the Ontario champion Junior Cs players going around the floor with the Meredith Cup before the game to the excitement and togetherness of close to 3,300 home town fans. The documentary is being completed in the United States and will likely be ready for next year.

 

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Fan appreciation night on Thursday

 

August 18, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers’ players and coaches know how important their fans are in leading them to victory.

 

Thursday will be Fan Appreciation Night when the Lakers’ team will give special Lakers’ decals to all fans at the game.

 

This season’s attendance is up and the home record has reversed with an 11-1 team record (includes playoffs), the best home record in the league. The team only won four home games in last year’s regular season and four in the playoffs.

 

GM Paul Day knows the importance of the fans, the team’s ‘seventh man’ cheering the players on and hopes the community will once again support the players in their quest to win the Ontario championship.

 

The finals starts against rivals Six Nations Chiefs Tuesday night in their home arena moving back to the Peterborough Memorial Centre at 8 p.m. Thursday. The series goes back to Six Nations on Friday and back to Peterborough at 7 p.m. Sunday.

 

Three game bundle tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre or online at the arena’s website while single game tickets go on sale Thursday morning.

 

The Lakers and Chiefs went to a seven game final last year with Six Nations winning and going on to the national championship. The taste of that loss lingers with the Lakers’ team and they have been waiting for the opportunity to face them again.

 

Both teams added valuable players to their rosters this season. The Lakers have faced adversity with key injuries to star players Mark Steenhuis and Andrew Suitor. Steenhuis is still working out and getting ready to see if he can join the team for the finals but Suitor is definitely out.

 

The Lakers will also recognize The Peterborough Lakers provincial Junior C champions before the game. The team defeated Six Nations Junior Cs this month to win the title for the first time.

 

Thursday night’s anthem singer for the second game against Six Nations will be 14 year old Raina McCue from Curve Lake who has been singing since the age of 7. At Raina's local Fall fair she has taken 1st place for vocals two years in a row. Raina auditioned with Mohawk Princess Pictures and earned a documentary episode called Dream Big airing in the Fall on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. In September, Raina looks forward to singing again for the Family day event in Curve Lake.

 

There is also a film crew doing a documentary on lacrosse attending Thursday night's game to film the lacrosse excitement at a Lakers' game.

 

 

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Lakers win series; will face Chiefs in final

 

August 14, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH – Here we go again.

 

With a 10-3 win over the Oakville Rock on Tuesday night at the Memorial Centre, the Century 21 Lakers have a date with the Six Nations Chiefs for the MSL final and the right to represent the East at the Mann Cup. The Lakers defeated the Rock four games to one in the MSL semi-final. The Lakers will face the Chiefs in the final for the second year in a row. Last season the Chiefs won in the final period of the seventh game.

 

While some fans may have thought this matchup a foregone conclusion, the Lakers themselves knew Oakville would be a tough series, not an easy one.

 

“They’re a strong young team and they’re getting better every year,” Nick Weiss said after the win. “They keep adding more personnel that make it a bigger challenge, so no, it wasn’t an easy series by any stretch.”

 

Curtis Dickson, who led the Lakers with a hat trick in the game, echoed that sentiment.

 

“We knew it wasn't going to be easy,” he said. “[Oakville] started off 0-7 and we knew they were a better team than that. They were missing guys to the NLL and they finished strong down the stretch and they have a good team; they have a great goalie in Rosey, and they've got a great offense, they've got some serious firepower in their lineup. Kudos to our defense for holding them to three tonight, that was unbelievable and this is how we want to be playing down the stretch here into the finals.”

 

Dickson

 

Turner Evans opened the scoring just 1:07 into the first period. The Rock tied it up on a goal from agitator Billy Hostrawser who scored on a breakaway after catching Matt Vinc out of his net. Nick Weiss restored the lead just twelve seconds later when he stripped Jason Noble of the ball and ran down the floor to score unassisted, the second consecutive game he has done so.

 

Hostrawser earned the ire of the Lakers faithful after potentially overselling a slash that earned Dickson a trip to penalty box. Hostrawser missed games three and four in the series serving a suspension for penalties taken in game two.

 

Dickson was redeemed as he scored out of the penalty box, dodging out of the way of Hostrawser to increase the lead to 3-1. Moments later, Cory Vitarelli gave Hostrawser a slash on the wrists, while Dickson knocked him to the ground with no call. The fans roared their approval.

 

The Lakers increased their lead to 6-1 in the second period. Adam Jones scored halfway through the period while Dickson and Shawn Evans added power play goals late in the frame. Dickson reached for a pass from Jones and quick sticked the ball from behind the goal line into the net.

 

Oakville scored first and last in the third period, but it was no help as the Lakers added four of their own from Chad Culp, Brad Self, Scott Evans, and Dickson. Self scored into an empty net as the Rock pulled goaltender Nick Rose for an extra attacker early in the period. Evans caught Rose by surprise soon after, and the wind visibly went out of the sails of the Rock.

 

Later in the game Hostrawser attacked Matt Crough in the defensive zone, Croughearning him five for fighting, five for instigating, and two game misconducts. The Lakers ended the game on a ten minute power play as Crough was not penalized.

 

Captain Scott Self chuckled when asked about playing against Hostrawser.

 

“You always kinda know Billy the way he’s been all series,” Self said “It’s typical of their team, they’re very scrappy. You’ve always gotta keep one eye on them because they're pesky, right, they don’t go away. Billy’s been kind of in the thick of things the games he wasn't suspended. He was always kind of in the middle of things, stirring the pot. You can’t get a guy like that or Timmy O’Brien (also suspended in the series) get you off your game. You just know that that stuff is going to be happening and to protect yourself when it does.”

 

Weiss said the team was able to stay disciplined and not take retaliatory penalties.

 

“Collapses happen when guys aren't disciplined and take stupid penalties,” he recognized. “But tonight we were all focused and we had to put all the small stuff behind us and just play for the team.”

 

Weiss has been an important member of the defense this series, with three goals and physical play in every game. He said that he has no extra motivation just because it’s the playoffs, but that in every game he plays “for the guy beside [him].” That is what it means to be a teammate, and the Lakers will take that into the final series and use it to their advantage.

 

Matt Vinc was spectacular in goal in his best game of the series, stopping 42 Oakville shots in front of a solid defense.Vinc

 

“We’re definitely feeling good, confident,” Self said. “I feel like we’re we’re coming into our own, we’re in a groove. Six Nations presents a whole new set of challenges and we are going to have to make adjustments on the fly. They know what we do and they’re going to pull the same stuff so we just have to be on our toes and ready to adapt.”

 

The Lakers will open their series versus the Chiefs on the road on Tuesday August 18. The rest of the schedule is here. Call Bill Joiner (705-875-8347) if you are interested in the fan bus to Six Nations for the Friday August 21 game. $32.00

 

 

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Lakers take 3-1 stranglehold on series

 

August 11, 2015

 

PETERBOROUGH – The Century 21 Lakers took a three games to one series lead over the Oakville Rock on Tuesday night at the Memorial Centre with a 9-7 win. The Lakers were led in the first period by a natural hat trick from Cory Vitarelli, and a spectacular solo effort recovery goal by Nick Weiss, ending the period at 4-1.

 

Vitarelli

 

 

Oakville outscored the Lakers 3-2 in the second period. Despite a herculean effort by the Rock's Wes Berg with five goals, the Lakers and Rock both added three in the third period for the Lakers to maintain their lead.

 

The game was a tightly contested affair with lots of physical play including one fight between Adam Jones and Ian MacKay. An earlier battle between Chad Culp and Jason Noble was worthy of five minutes each for unnecessary roughness. Matt Vinc took the win while Nick Rose suffered the loss for Oakville.Culp

 

Scoring for the Lakers were:


Cory Vitarelli (4-0)
Shawn Evans (2-4)
Curtis Dickson (1-4)
Adam Jones (1-1)
Nick Weiss (1-0)
Turner Evans (0-2)
Scott Evans (0-2)
Stephen Hoar (0-1)
Brock Sorensen (0-1)
Chad Culp (0-1)

 

Anna Taylor caught up with Lakers' Turner Evans after the game and asked him how he was enjoying the playoffs.

 

"It’s exciting playing with a bunch of great guys. I've said this a lot before: I'm blessed to have the opportunity to play with the guys I play with."

 

He was sporting a bright new pair of shoes and was queried if they affected his game (he had two assists) in any way. He didn't think they did, adding, "I just needed a new pair of shoes; the other ones I've been using for four years so I had to get a new pair for tonight.”Turner Evans

 

The Lakers have three more chances to wrap up the series but are looking to do it in one. Evans opined how they would do it Friday.

 

“We’ve just got to keep playing how we’ve been playing right now, swinging the ball on offense and just playing good defense, strong defense."

 

Cory Vitarelli was named the Spanky's Player of the Game.

 

Game five goes this Friday, August 14, at 8:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. The Lakers can wrap up the series with a win on Friday. Game six, if necessary, will be Saturday in Oakville with game seven back in Peterborough on Sunday.

 

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Lakers lose in Oakville

 

August 8, 2015

 

OAKVILLE - The Century 21 Lakers dropped a 12-5 decision to the Oakville Rock on Saturday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre. The Lakers still lead the best of seven playoff series two games to one.

 

The Rock, bolstered by a second consecutive game on their home turf, took it to the Lakers early and often in the first half of the game. They had leads of 7-2 after the first and 10-5 after the second. The third period focused more on penalties than goals and both teams finished the game with short benches.

 

The Rock scored six power play goals and one shorthanded. The Lakers scored four of their five goals on the power play. Matt Vinc and Evan Kirk split time in the Lakers net with Vinc taking the loss. Nick Rose picked up the win for Oakville.


Scoring for the Lakers were:

 

Adam Jones (3-1)
Shawn Evans (1-2)
Turner Evans (1-1)
Curtis Dickson (0-3)
Mike Kirk (0-1)
Cory Vitarelli (0-1)
Evan Kirk (0-1)


The Lakers return home this coming Tuesday, August 11, to host game four of the series at 8:00pm. Game five will be on Friday, August 14 at 8:00pm. If necessary, game six will be on Saturday the 15th in Oakville, with game seven back in Peterborough on Sunday the 16th.

 

 

 

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Lakers take 2-0 lead in MSL semi-final

 

August 5, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers have a two games to none series lead versus the Oakville Rock after a 12-8 win Wednesday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre. Shawn Evans led the Lakers with five goals and three assists while Curtis Dickson added three goals and three assists.

Shawn Evans

Matt Vinc picked up his second win of the post season in goal. Jeremy Noble led Oakville with a hat trick while Steve Fryer and Nick Rose split time in the net. Oakville agitator Billy Hostrawser left his second game early due to penalty trouble.

 

Scoring for the Lakers were:

 

Shawn Evans (5-3)
Curtis Dickson (3-3)
Cory Vitarelli (2-1)
Adam Jones (1-4)
Stephen Hoar (1-0)
Turner Evans (0-3)
Brock Sorensen (0-1)
Matt Crough (0-1)
Scott Evans (0-1)
Chad Culp (0-1)
Brad Self (0-1)
Matt Vinc (0-1)

 

Game three in the series is Saturday evening back in Oakville at 8:00 p.m. The Lakers return home Tuesday, August 11, to host game four.

 

 

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Golden night at Lakers' game Tuesday

 

August 6, 2015

 

Fans will not only be able to cheer for their Century 21 Lakers’ team Tuesday night in the semi finals, but give a big ovation of thanks to our community’s latest national and world lacrosse champions.

 

The two local players from the best under 19 lacrosse team on the planet that won the world championship in Scotland will be introduced before the game as will local members of the Ontario bantam boys’ and girls’ teams that both won the Canadian championship and gold medals in Calgary.

 

Come on out and cheer your community lacrosse players on.

 

And the Lakers are hoping fans will support their team in a close battle with Oakville Rock. They are going to need that 'seventh player' to support them.

 

Be there for the golden moments and welcome our champions back to our community!

 

Peterborough trio amazed by U19 world field lacrosse championship win (Peterborough Examiner)

 

 

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Lakers win defensive battle 7-5

 

August 2, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - Fans who were nervous that the violent storm outside was a bad omen for the Lakers game versus the Oakville Rock on Sunday night needn't have been worried at all. While the storm delayed the game ten minutes, the Lakers emerged victorious 7-5 in game one of the best of seven first round playoff series at the PMC.

 

Fourteen points separated the two in the MSL standings, but what that stat doesn’t show is how much Oakville improved in the second half of the season, nor does it take into account that the Rock are in the playoffs for the first time since moving to Oakville.

 

Their desire for success was evident throughout game one. Tied at three in the third period, the Rock took a 4-3 lead before the Lakers roared back and scored three in a row. Oakville added one more before the Lakers capped the game with a tic tac toe empty net goal from Turner Evans.

Dickson

“It wasn't our best obviously,” said Brad Self. “We were asleep I thought for most of the game, our energy wasn't very good, but it was obviously nice in the third period to pull out a win. Our third period was good, but it definitely wasn't good enough to win a series. Whether or not we weren't prepared individually, or because it’s Sunday, we can’t use excuses. It was a poor effort and like I said it was nice to get the win, but we need to be better from the get-go.”

 

Crowd

The game was delayed ten minutes when the power went out in the arena during the national anthem due to the storm in the city. High winds and heavy rains battered at the fans as they entered the arena. The crowd finished the anthem before staff took a ten minute pre-game intermission to reset the arena lighting. (Click dark image to watch!)

 

The game was a slow, low scoring affair, tied at two after the first period. The teams traded shorthanded goals in the second period for a 3-3 tie heading into the final frame. Cory Vitarelli, Curtis Dickson, and Shawn Evans scored in the first forty for the Lakers. Dickson added two more in the third period for his first MSL playoff hat trick, and Matt Crough scored an incredible goal from a sharp angle, almost behind the net, to the right of Oakville’s goaltender Nick Rose.

 

Alex Crepinsek and Stephan Leblanc each beat Matt Vinc twice with Dan Lomas adding one goal for Oakville.

 

Each team was also robbed of a scoring chance in the third period. Turner Evans had a goal waved off that looked like it went under the bar before bouncing back out, and Matt Vinc stacked the pads and slid to stop Brendan Thenhaus after a race between the two for the ball behind the net.

 

Head coach Mike Hasen admitted that the Lakers did not have a good start.

 

“[Oakville’s] a real good team,” he said. “We got a reminder of what playoff lacrosse is all about and I think in that third period we kind of stepped it up and matched their level which is good. They were ready and we were a step behind for the longest time. Call it what it is I guess, we pulled it out in an ugly fashion on our end.”Vinc

 

The game was intense at points with a lot of physical play. Brad Self took a five minute roughing penalty in the second period after Jason Noble high sticked him on a two on one that led to Evans’ goal. Uncharacteristically, Self tackled Noble to the ground and cross checked him several times before the referees broke them up.

 

“I deserved [the five minutes],” Self said. “That was a bad play by me, that was a selfish play and I can’t let that happen, but it’s over and done with and we’ll move on to game two.”

 

Oakville agitator Billy Hostrawser ended his night after taking five penalties in the game, the last of which was a five minute high sticking major after he caught Curtis Dickson in the neck at the end boards after Dickson had called for timeout. Nick Weiss stepped in and fought Hostrawser, the two tumbling over the back of the net to the floor. Weiss

 

Hasan said the coaching staff takes responsibility for the players' actions.

 

“We have to learn from our mistakes a little bit,” he said. “Like we saw, it was a constant parade. We got on the power play and we’d be parading back to the penalty box. That stuff is on us and we’ll figure it out as we go.”

 

Although the Lakers only managed three goals through the first forty minutes, it's a credit to the well-rounded team that they only allowed three as well.

 

“We’re a veteran team, we’ve been here before,” said Self. “We know we have to be better than we were in the first two periods and it’s nice to know we can win those games, but going forward we can’t continue to do that.”

 

Mark Steenhuis, who is recovering from a knee injury, took the warmup with his teammates although he did not play, and may not return this season.Steenhuis

 

“He felt good, but we’re gonna take this slow,” said Hasen. “He’s been off for 7-8 weeks. It’s going to be on him when he feels ready and strong enough, we’ll judge it from there. Time will tell.”

 

Steenhuis said there’s a 50/50 chance he’ll return later in the playoffs.

 

“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” he said. “It’s just something you don’t want to rush, especially with knees, you’ve got to be really cautious. I got a good little cheer while I was out there (in warmup). I was trying to take a few extra shots… to get the stick a little warm and [the fans] were cheering. I was trying to tell them to be quiet because I knew I wasn't playing, but they thought I was so I apologize to them for that. That’s the reception you get, that’s why I love playing here and you don’t want to play anywhere else.”

 

Game two is Wednesday in Oakville, with game three on Saturday also in Oakville. Game four is back in Peterborough on Tuesday, August 11. Tickets are on sale at the box office or online.

 

 

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Lakers win final regular season game

 

July 30, 2015

 

PETERBOROUGH - Second place stops here.

 

The Century 21 Lakers ended their regular season Thursday night by defeating the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks 12-4. The Lakers finish in second place in the MSL and will face third place Oakville Rock in round one of the playoffs. The Six Nations Chiefs finished first and will face fourth place Brampton Excelsiors.

 

Shawn Evans, the player of the game, finished second in the MSL scoring race to Dhane Smith of the Chiefs. Heading into the game, Evans had 78 points and sat in third place. His 11 points on the night left him with 89, one behind Smith. Evans did miss one game during the regular season and was also ejected early from a game, while Smith played all 18 games.

 

Shawn Evans

 

 

 

“It wasn't something that we thought about,” captain Scott Self said. “We didn’t talk about it before the game, but I think as the game wore on and Shawnie got closer and closer and closer, guys were kinda pulling for him to get it and get him the ball. It was fun and it’s too bad that Shawnie wasn't able to get it but he did play one less game than the leader but he had a great year.”

 

Evans opened the scoring in the first period and collected four goals and one assist through the first frame. Also scoring in the period was Brock Sorensen on a breakaway and Curtis Dickson from the doorstop of the crease.

 

The teams were even in the second period with three goals apiece. Scott Evans had one and Adam Jones scored a pair, with Shawn Evans assisting on all three. KW goals were scored by Jake Pleon (2) and Torrey Van Every, both call ups from Jr. A.

 

The game featured one fight, as Nick Weiss and Chad Cummings clashed early in the second period after slashing and hacking at each other. Cummings lost his helmet early before encouraging Weiss to do the same and the two went buckets off in a spirited bout, thanking each other as a sign of respect when it was over. Weiss

 

The Lakers outscored KW in the third period 3-1, with Evans completing his sock trick and Jones the hat trick. Luke Laszkiewicz scored for KW.

 

For his part, Evans wasn't thinking about the scoring race during the game.

 

“I looked at it but it didn’t even cross my mind,” he said. “But I think my teammates were really talking about it and after I got a couple there early in the game, there was actually a chance for it. It wasn't for a lack of effort because they were all feeding me the ball at the end of the game, but it wasn't meant to be. I had a few chances, had a breakaway at the end but overall we got the win and we have to be ready for playoffs.”

 

Matt Vinc was solid in goal, stopping 35 shots, while the defense limited the chances the Kodiaks had.

 

Self was pleased with the improvement of the defence corp over the season.

 

“We definitely wanted to make sure we had some momentum going into the playoffs.” he said. “We've practiced the last two home games beforehand, it’s a new system for a lot of the guys. A lot of us that play in Rochester are familiar with it but we’re trying to get everybody on the same page. I think we’ve done a better job of that the last two weeks, ironing out the little things that we were messing up on.”

 

Evans is looking forward to the playoffs.

 

“It didn’t matter [whether it was Oakville or Brampton], playoff time’s a different story. Every team going to play their A game and they’re going to be on you and everyones going to be ready to play. We just have to be focused, play our game and I know we can handle things.”

 

The Lakers finished second in the league, and their best player finished second in scoring. But the Lakers don’t want any more of that. Their goal from here on out is to be number one.Robert Hope

 

“Our main goal is to win a Mann Cup,” said Evans. As much as individual accomplishments can mean as time goes by, the more important goal is the team victory.

 

“I love those championships, I love those rings, and I like to win. Our next step is to start with Oakville in game one on Sunday.”

 

Autographs/photos after game


The team had a tremendous turnout for their annual player autograph session after Thursday’s game with hundreds of youngsters getting their favourite’s autographs and photographs.

 

Mark Steenhuis could return

 

Century 21 Lakers' scoring star and last year's scoring champion Mark Steenhuis will take warm up at the semi final game Sunday. GM Paul Day says it is up in the air whether he will play Sunday or in the first round, but the injury is healing well. For Steenhuis the fact it wasn't a torn ACL was comforting news. He has been rehabbing for the last few weeks. The team will let Steenhuis and medical personnel decide when, and if, he is ready to play.


Tickets are available at the Memorial Centre box office and online. Season ticket holders must pick up their tickets by 5:00 p.m. Friday before they are released for sale Saturday morning online.

 

 

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Players' autographs/photos after game Thursday

 

July 28, 2015

 

While the Century 21 Lakers are looking for their all important fan base to become their “seventh man” and support them in their semi finals which open here Sunday at 7, there are plenty of specials for Thursday’s last regular-season game including a players' autograph/photo session following the game.

 

The Lakers are offering special packages, fish and chips coupons and even fan voting. Fans can also buy their semi-final tickets.Ticket

 

The Century 21 Lakers are offering fans a special family package for Thursday night that will save them $17 for their last home regular season game in the fan zone. For $60 two adults and two children get tickets, two slices or pepperoni or cheese pizza, two small popcorn, four 591 ml Cola beverage and a $4 Lakers program.

Special

 

Once fans are inside, Jeff Purvey’s Fish and Chips will be giving all fans coupons. Fans also have a chance to win fish and chips for a year when they sign in and a chance for more coupons every time the Lakers score.


Meanwhile during the game there are some individual fights going on in the league scoring championship. Shawn EvansShawn Evans is in third place with that final game to go, 10 points behind Six Nations Ryan Benesch and 12 behind their Dhane Smith who have finished their seasons. Curtis Dickson is right behind Shawn. The coaching staff will be playing their veterans hoping to keep the team alert and preparing for Sunday night’s opening semi-final game.


The Lakers’ fan favourite poll starts after Thursday’s game. Fans can vote online for their favourite Century 21 player during the regular season.


The team will be on the floor following the game to give fans a chance for photographs and autographs with their favourite players.


Semi-finals Sunday

 

Fans are reminded to get their playoff tickets for the semi-finals and the new season that starts Sunday, August 2, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Centre. Visit the box office Wednesday to Friday or online until Sunday. Children ticket prices have been held to same as regular season at $4 for regular bowl tickets.


The late league games have been close this year when Brampton and Oakville got all theirBrooklin

BramptonOakville players back from the pro leagues. The Lakers will need all the support they can get from that “seventh player” to get past the first round. Six Nations defeated Oakville Monday night in a close one 9-8 which could bring Oakville and Brampton down to the final game of the season Thursday to determine playoff positioning. Brooklin still has an outside change of making the playoffs if they beat Brampton Wednesday night and Oakville loses Thursday. If Brampton wins Wednesday, the Lakers will play them in a huge traditional rivalry best of seven semi final. The Lakers could play any of these three teams depending on these next two games.


Season ticket holders have until Friday at 5 p.m. to hold their playoff seats. After Friday, they will go on sale online until the box office opens Tuesday.

 

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Lakers take down Excelsiors

 

July 23, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH – The Century 21 Lakers avenged last Sunday’s overtime loss to the Brampton Excelsiors Thursday night, soundly beating the visitors 12-5. Evan Kirk was back in net for the Lakers while former Laker Tyler Carlson took the loss for Brampton.

 

Special teams were a significant factor in the game. The Lakers scored a power play goal and two shorthanded markers, as well as killing off several Brampton power play opportunities. Visions of Mark Steenhuis came to mind as Evans and Dickson led the penalty kill, taking abuse while expertly ragging the ball and at one point killing off the entire two minutes.Crough

 

Lakers defenseman Robert Hope played a strong game on the back end and also chipped in a goal.

 

“We have some great penalty killers back there,” he said. “We have some great defense happening, and Kirk played awesome in net obviously.”

 

The Lakers held a practice prior to the game to work on some problem areas, and Hope said it helped.

 

“We talked about it before the game,” he said. “We all settled in, we all know our roles and our positions, we’re able to get in good shooting lanes and forced them to make some bad passes and when the ball’s on the ground we scooped it up. Our penalty killers did a great job ragging the ball, and all around we did a great job killing the penalties, offense and defense.”

 

The Excelsiors are fighting for not only third place, but also a playoff spot, as the bottom four teams are so close in the standings. Despite the large difference in the final score, they matched the Lakers shot for shot most of the game and came out on top 41-34.Green & Brad Self

 

Shawn Evans had a hat trick for the Lakers, while Curtis Dickson had two goals and five assists. Dickson’s first goal was a thing of beauty, as he accepted a short pass from Evans who pushed his way through the whole Excelsiors team shorthanded. Hope scored on the same shorthanded opportunity right from the face-off.

 

“I tried to not to think too much,” Hope said of his goal. “I just reacted to what [Carlson] was doing and then I was able to tuck it by his hip.”

 

The first period ended 4-3 in favour of the Lakers, who then exploded for five more goals in the second period compared to the Excelsiors one. Peterborough added three in the third period and Brampton added only one more. The third period also became quite chippy, with Chad Culp taking on Jayson Crawford in a short fight. Later, Shawn Evans received a double minor for roughing against Zac Reid, who had cross checked Dickson to the floor.Fight

 

Scott Evans had two goals for the Lakers, while Turner Evans added one. Also scoring were Cory Vitarelli and Matt Crough. Mike Burke led the Excelsiors with two goals and three assists.

 

The Lakers are looking to go into the playoffs on a high note. They are locked into second place in the MSL and cannot move up or down, but that doesn't mean that they will sit back and let the rest of the season pass them by. They want to make a statement to the rest of the league that the Lakers will not take a night off.

 

“[These games are] not meaningless to anybody,” said Josh Gillam, who played his first game of the season Thursday. “Standings are the standings, that’s for fans and people to watch and get excited about but we’re coming out to play hard every single night and there are no nights off even if the standings don’t make a difference going down the stretch.”

 

Gillam has rehabbed an ACL injury that caused him to miss the whole NLL season. He’s very glad to be back playing and said that he had no problem fitting into the Lakers lineup.

 

“It’s a long process,” he said of his rehab. “It starts with not being able to walk for a month to slowly getting your legs back underneath you, building the muscles, getting everything back, but it went really really well. There were no hiccups along the way which is great and it feels stronger than ever. The guys have been great, this is the best team to walk into in terms of guys and players and they really make you feel comfortable in the locker room and on the floor. If I can bring anything to the table, great, but the guys have been playing great all year and the team is dong really well and I think we’re going to go far. With that one under my belt I think I’ll be able to pop a few goals in for us up front on the left side if we need it, add some energy, cuts through the middle, all that stuff that I've done for the last handful of years and I'll stick to that, stick to my game.”

 

The Lakers have one game remaining in the regular season, next Thursday at home versus the KW Kodiaks who are fighting for a playoff spot.

 

 

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Six Nations dominates in 12-5 win

 

July 21, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

HAGARSVILLE -The Century 21 Lakers solidified their second place MSL standing Tuesday after losing to the Six Nations Chiefs 12-5 on the road. While the Lakers could still potentially tie the Chiefs for the first place, the tie breaker would go to the Chiefs who won the season series 3-1. The Chiefs sit four points ahead of the Lakers and each team has two games remaining.

 

Adam Jones led the Lakers with a hat trick, including one power play goal, while Cory Vitarelli had two goals, both on the power play. Shawn Evans had four assists. Jones had one. Five goals is the lowest total the Lakers have scored in a game this season.

 

Ryan Benesch had two goals and four assists for the Chiefs, and Jeff Shattler, Randy Staats, and Johnny Powless all had four points each. The Chiefs scored three shorthanded goals and one power play goal.

 

Penalties were the name of the game, with the Lakers racking up 83 and the Chiefs 77.

 

Down 10-4 with a power play, the Lakers called for an equipment check on Chiefs' goaltender Brandon Miller. The referees determined Miller’s helmet was illegal, and he received a five minute major penalty, but stayed in the game after some fixes to his helmet. The Chiefs had no backup goaltender. Vitarelli scored on the power play.

 

Towards the end of the game, several fights occurred, with Billy Dee Smith tussling with rookie Turner Evans before also throwing Jones down to the carpet. Smith received two major penalties (fighting and aggressor) and a game misconduct, while Evans received a fighting major and game misconduct. Shawn Evans was also given a ten minute misconduct.

 

Later, Scott Evans took on Rob Marshall in a spirited bout that also earned the two early showers.

 

Finally, Chad Tutton goaded Jesse Gamble into a scrap along the end boards in Tutton’s first MSL fight, with just 4.6 seconds to go.

 

Matt Vinc took the loss in goal, after being peppered with 54 shots. The Lakers put 50 on Miller.

 

The Lakers return home this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. to host the Brampton Excelsiors, who currently sit tied with Oakville for third place with a game in hand.

 

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Feature article: Evans enjoys goaltending chance in scrimmage

 

July 18, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

Scott Evans realized a life long dream on Wednesday.

 

During his Peterborough Lakers game versus the Brooklin Redmen at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, members of Canada’s under 19 women’s field lacrosse team were introduced and then played an intra-squad scrimmage at intermission.

 

Team Canada will play in the quadrennial event beginning July 23 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Members of the team are from all over Ontario and British Columbia, and include several Canadians now living in the USA.

 

While the Redmen took their much deserved break at intermission (down 5-0 at that point), many of the Lakers emerged from their dressing room to stand on the sidelines and cheer on the women as they played.

Evans in goal

Two members of Team Canada are from Peterborough – Erica Evans and Jocelyne Lemay – and are familiar to those in the Peterborough lacrosse community. Erica Evans is the cousin of the Lakers’ Scott, Shawn, and Turner.

 

The women were divided into Team White and Team Red, but only had one goaltender between the two. Seeing this, Scott Evans jumped over the boards, sans helmet or gloves, and into the empty net.

 

Chuckling after the game, Evans said the last time he’d played field lacrosse was at the University of Delaware, but that he had played goaltender in hockey all through his youth.

 

“I played in the Peterborough Petes minor system,” he said, “and in house league back in the day I always took a turn playing net – and always in the back yard!”watchers

 

Evans let the first few shots go by as he accustomed himself to the different pace of the women’s field game (played in a box setting for this scrimmage). After he settled in, however, he showed off his quick reflexes that fans see on offense, and that often result in goals going past opposing tenders. One save was a highlight reel diving deflection that made the rounds on social media.

 

Asked whether he was prompted to jump in goal by his teammates, Evans said that it wasn’t anyone else’s idea.

 

“The red team didn’t have a goalie!” he said. “We had to make it even.”

 

The Lakers watching cheered on Evans, although as there tends to be with close knit friends, also some jeering, with some shouts of “Aim for his head, girls!” heard from his teammates.

 

 

“It was fun,” Evans said. “I couldn’t hear much, I was just trying to get the ball to number 11, Erica, see if we could get an Evans from Evans goal.” That phenomenon happens often in the MSL, with three family members in the Lakers offensive unit, although the more rare Evans from Evans and Evans has only happened twice so far.

 

Evans was happy with his play in the scrimmage.

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“I got a pretty good ovation when I made that save so I must have done something right,” he chuckled. Even the Brooklin fans gave him a cheer for his good sportsmanship. While the Lakers and Redmen are no fans of each other on the floor, everyone in attendance was supporting Team Canada.

 

Evans tweeted a thank you to the women after the game – “Thanks women under19 team Canada for realizing my dream to play for team canada @amERICAnEVANS #backupgoalie?”

 

More information on the U-19 championships can be found at http://www.u19wc2015.co.uk.

 

 

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Lakers win 12-8 over Rock

 

July 16, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Lakers are headed to the playoffs!

 

With their 12-8 win over the Oakville Rock Thursday night at the Memorial Centre, the Century 21 Lakers have clinched second place in the MSL. With three games remaining, the Lakers will do their best to gain ground on the league leading Six Nations Chiefs.

 

Sunday, the Lakers lost 16-15 in overtime to the Brampton Excelsiors, before defeating the Brooklin Redmen Wednesday 11-5. Both games were solid offensive efforts but the defense, as has become almost characteristic, let up in the third period in each game.

 

“We lost one in Brampton that we wish we could take back, but we can’t,” defenseman Brock Sorensen said. “We can only control our destiny moving forward. Tonight was a must win for us.”Chase

 

Defenseman Chad Tutton, who scored his first MSL goal on Wednesday, was optimistic after the Lakers defeat of Oakville Thursday.

 

“We’re gunning for that #1 spot,” he said. “I know it’s a bit of a long shot now that we dropped that game to Brampton, but it’s all about us. We don’t care about the noise, we don’t care what’s happening outside - it’s all about the 25 guys in our locker room.”

 

The first fifteen minutes were slow, with each team only tallying once before the Lakers broke open a 5-1 lead. Chances were numerous in the period, with Brad Self and Brock Sorensen both denied on breakaways before Nick Weiss took advantage of a loose ball and put one past Nick Rose. Shawn Evans, Turner Evans, Scott Evans, and Cory Vitarelli also scored in the period.

 

Brett Hickey scored a pair and Jordan Critch a single for Oakville to open the second period before the Lakers added two from Curtis Dickson and Adam Jones to make the score 7-5 after two periods.

 

Sucker punch

The third period was physical, with Weiss taking a five minute high sticking penalty, and Billly Hostrawser mixing it up with more than one Laker. Oakville shot themselves in the foot when veteran Tim OBrien threw punches at both Robert Hope and Weiss, before reaching over the referee and hitting an unsuspecting Weiss in the face. OBrien received 17 minutes in penalties, including a minor, major, and misconduct.

 

Scoring was balanced in the third period, with the Lakers special teams taking over and scoring two power play goals and one shorthanded marker. Vitarelli had two, completing his hat trick, while Dickson, Chad Culp, and Shawn Evans also scored.

 

Although the Lakers allowed four goals in the final frame, they did not allow Oakville to go on any runs. The runs have been the Lakers achilles heel dating back to last season’s Six Nations series. Peterborough was outscored 6-4 in the third period Sunday, and 3-2 in overtime, which led to their loss. They had a solid 11-1 lead over Brooklin before surrendering four in a row. Tightening up the defense is the main goal for the Lakers heading into the playoffs.

 

“With the exclusion of the Brampton game, we have been getting better,” Brock Sorensen said of the defense. “We’ve seen the success in the winter season with Rochester and the way they play is something special. They’ve won three national championships like that and I think that’s one of the reasons why they are so successful, is that strong defense, that tight defense that they play.”Leo

 

Newcomer Tutton has noticed that the Lakers are a tight-knit group, and credits that to how well the team is coming together on the floor.

 

“It was a little bit of an adjustment for me because it’s different than how I’m used to playing, but now I’ve got it down and all the guys are really helpful. It’s like one cohesive unit back there, no one guy ever gets left out to dry.”

 

The Lakers are in Six Nations this coming Tuesday before returning home to face the Brampton Excelsiors next Thursday, and the KW Kodiaks on July 30. They're looking to be a tough opponent to play against in their last three games, in preparation for the playoffs.

 

“We’ve had a few good games against Oakville this year and they’re no pushover,” Adam Jones said after the game. “Looking down the line we think that this could be a potential first round playoff team that we get to play against, so we need to send a message now that we’re not going to be taking any nights off and I think we solidified that tonight.”

 

 

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Lakers cruise to win

 

July 15, 2015

 

WHITBY - A physical evening at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre Wednesday led to an 11-5 Century 21 Lakers victory over the Brooklin Redmen. Adam Jones’ hat trick, two assists, and major roughing penalty stoked the flames between the two long time rivals who spent much of the game nearly coming to blows.

 

The Lakers built a 10-0 lead through nearly 40 minutes with Evan Kirk standing on his head. Turner Evans also had a hat trick. Chad Tutton scored his first goal as a Laker in the third period.

Scoring for the Lakers were:

 

Adam Jones (3-2)
Turner Evans (3-2)
Shawn Evans (1-1)

Brad Self (1-2)
Curtis Dickson (1-1)

Brock Sorensen (1-0)

Chad Tutton (1-0)

Cory Vitarelli (0-2)

Scott Evans (0-1)

Josh Currier (0-1)

 

The Lakers return home Thursday to host the Oakville Rock. Game time is 8:00 p.m. Kawartha Food Share and No Frills will be on hand to collect donations of non-perishable food items.

 

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Kelusky finalist for Hall of Fame

 

July 15, 2015

 

The National Lacrosse League named Century 21 Lakers’ assistant coach Tracey Kelusky today as one of the finalists in its 2015 Hall of Fame Class. There are five finalists on this year’s ballot to become members of the NLL Hall of Fame. Teams, currents members and senior media members do voting.


An NLL press release states Kelusky, a Peterborough born and raised athlete, played 14 NLL seasons with Calgary (2003-2010), where he served as team captain and won two Champion's Cups (2004 & 2009), Columbus (2001), Montreal (2002), Buffalo (2011-2013) and Philadelphia (2014). He retired with the 11th-most goals (383) and points (823) in league history and 13th-most games played (195) along with 886 loose balls. He won the 2001 NLL Rookie of the Year award and 2007 Sportsmanship Award. The five-time All-Pro (2001-2005) forward ranks 10th all-time in NLL career playoff goals (37). He finished second in Roughnecks franchise history in goals, assists and points and had 50 or more points in 10 of his 14 seasons in the league.


The voters may pick three of the five on the ballot for induction into the Hall, but nominees must be selected on at least 75 per cent of the ballots.


The other four candidates are: Terry Sanderson, Gavin Prout (who played a season with the Lakers), Kevin Fenneran and Jake Bergey.


Former Lakers goalie Pat O’Toole was inducted in 2013 and former Peterborough Examiner sports reporter Neil Stevens was honoured in 2008 as a media member.

 

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Lakers lose close one in Brampton

 

July 12, 2015

 

BRAMPTON - The Century 21 Lakers dropped a 16-15 decision to the Brampton Excelsiors Sunday night in overtime the Memorial Arena. The loss puts the Lakers record at 10-3 where they remain in second place. The Lakers built a precarious lead through three periods only to watch it slip away in the third, with Brampton sending the game to overtime with 20 seconds left. Evan Kirk took the loss in goal for the Lakers while Tyler Carlson picked up the win for Brampton, who now sit in third place.

 

Scoring for the Lakers were:

 

Curtis Dickson (5-1)

Shawn Evans (4-4)

Cory Vitarelli (2-1)

Scott Evans (1-2)

Chad Culp (1-2)

Adam Jones (1-1)

Brad Self (1-1)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Evan Kirk (0-2)
Brock Sorensen (0-1)

Matt Crough (0-1)

 

The Lakers are next in action on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. when they visit the Brooklin Redmen at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, a game which will be carried live on TV Cogeco. The Lakers return home on Thursday to host the Oakville Rock.

 

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Scott Evans in elite class

 

July 10, 2015


The next games will add to the points total for long time Lakers’ forward Scott Evans who has joined an elite class of Canadian lacrosse players with his two point a game average this season.


Thursday night he became one of the major senior lacrosse players’ all-time point men with 1,226 points putting him in the top 30 total career points including playoffs and Mann Cup play. He is the only present Lakers’ member in the top 30. Here are some former members in the top 30 all time career senior A scoring: John Tavares, first, John Davis, second, Paul Parnell (Peterborough native played out west), fourth, Larry Ferguson, eighth, Cy Coombes, 10th, John Grant Jr. 11th, J.J. Johnston, 12h, Jim Wasson, 15th, Brian Evans 19th, Terry Davis, 20th, Scott Evans, 30th. He needs 19 points to reach 25th.

 

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Lakers win over Redmen

 

July 9, 2015

 

by Marla Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Century 21 Lakers played two different games Thursday night against the Brooklin Redmen at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, but at the final whistle, prevailed over the visitors with a score of 11-5. Curtis Dickson (4-1), Shawn Evans (3-1) and Turner Evans (0-6) led the way, and Adam Jones was right behind with 2 goals and 3 assists and some of the hardest shots seen on this night.

 

The game, played before some 3100 fans, commenced very slowly and twenty minutes later, was tied 3-3. It began with some obvious impediments. Brooklin’s bench wasn’t very deep, with 14 players and only Zach Higgins in goal. He had no backup, apparently. Nonetheless, the Redmen played well, keeping up with the Lakers. Higgins was the difference, stopping several hard and well-aimed shots by the home team.

 

At the other end, Evan Kirk was tested initially by Kyle Whitlow, scoring the first goal of the game. Mike Teeter and Dan Lintner also scored; Kirk may have been screened as he appeared not to see the shots. His backup was 17-year old Crestwood student Pat Pollock, who backs the Junior A Lakers.

 

There were no penalties in the first frame. Sorensen and Kirk

 

The second period saw a complete change in the tone of the play. Though Whitlow again put the guests ahead 4-3, doing that 50 seconds into the period, that was all they wrote until very late in the third. The Lakers' magic then took over and the next seven goals scored were all theirs. Dickson potted three of his four, and Shawn Evans two of his three. Jones blasted his two rockets at Higgins who was most likely screened on some, and simply beaten on others.

 

The frame became somewhat feisty; possibly the visitors were wornDefenders down from needing a deeper bench. There was a gathering of the clans a couple of times, resulting in penalties all around. Of particular note, was a huge hit Brock Sorensen aimed at Dan Lintner. Sorensen’s height may have figured in the location of where his elbow landed, but it knocked Lintner flat and for that, the Laker was assigned an elbowing major. The crowd expressed its supreme disapproval. 10-4 Peterborough.

 

The third period began with a three on three; four Lakers were in the sin bin while Brooklin was sentenced to three in the box. Sorensen emerged from his time away and intercepted a breakaway, scoring a beauty to increase the score to 11-4. Brooklin managed one more at 18:54-Sanders slipping one quietly by Kirk. 11-5 Peterborough.

 

Two games this week so far and two excellent wins. The Lakers are busy next week with three games. On Sunday, they visit the Brampton Excelsiors. They also play next Wednesday against Brooklin before returning home on Thursday to host the Oakville Rock.

 

Of note: Six Nations Chiefs defeated Brampton this same Thursday night 22-14.

 

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Lakers edge Rock 7 - 5

 

July 6, 2015

 

OAKVILLE - The Century 21 Lakers defeated the Oakville Rock Monday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre 7-5. The Rock, winners of four games in a row, were unable to stop the Lakers, who benefitted from an emotional carryover of their Thursday win over Six Nations. A scoreless first period gave way to a 3-3 tie after two, before the Lakers opened the floodgates on Rock goaltender Steve Fryer for four straight goals in the third, sandwiched by a pair from Jeremy Noble for Oakville, propelling them to the win. Evan Kirk picked up the win in goal.

 

Scoring for the Lakers were:

Josh Currier (2-0)

Curtis Dickson (1-1)

Turner Evans (1-2)

Scott Evans (1-1)

Brad Self (1-0)

Stephen Hoar (1-0)

Adam Jones (0-3)

Chad Culp (0-1)

 

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Lakers edge Six Nations

 

July 2, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - Century 21 Lakers fans breathed a sigh of relief as the buzzer hit 00:00 on Thursday night at the Memorial Centre, revelling in a 14-13 win over the Six Nations Chiefs. A kick save by Evan Kirk in the dying seconds preserved the win and capped an emotional game in front of 3648 fans, some 400 visiting from Camp Moshava in Ennismore.

 

The atmosphere was electric from the get-go, with the campers chanting, cheering, singing, and dancing in the family zone. Their energy provided a spark for the Lakers who had lost their previous two contests against the Chiefs this season.

 

Kirk picked up the win in goal, stopping 44 shots, while Dillon Ward took the loss.

 

“I’ve actually played in front of [the campers] about four times in my career and every time I come here they’re loud the whole time,” Kirk said post game. “It’s a good atmosphere for sure. To be on the other side is way better.”

 

Several Lakers were on fire, including Chad Culp with a career high four goal evening, Curtis Dickson with a goal and eight assists, and Adam Jones with three goals and five assists. Jones scores

 

Culp led the Lakers to a 6-2 lead after the first period with a hat trick. Turner Evans added two goals and Jones scored his first of the night. Dickson had a goal waved off after he tried a spectacular vertical jump through the crease. Vaughn Harris and Dhane Smith scored for Six Nations.

 

“We were sharing the ball a little more than we have been,” Culp said. “Once you swing it, it works their D a little harder, and even Ward maybe going side to side wears him down a bit. We were shooting off quick swings like that and they were going in for us. I don't think we’ve put up more than 10 goals in the last few games, to get 14 was good for us especially against a good defense like that and a good goalie.”

 

Cory Vitarelli scored two in the second period, with Culp picking up his fourth and Jones his second. Smith replied for the Chiefs with Ryan Benesch adding a power play goal to make the score 10-4 Lakers after two. Evans strangled

 

Third periods versus Six Nations have haunted the Lakers in the past, and tonight was no exception. Benesch and Dickson traded goals in the opening moments before the Chiefs went on a five goal run to bring them within one. Goals by Vitarelli, Evans, and Jones extended the Lakers lead but Jeff Shattler and Smith worked their magic to keep the Chiefs close behind.

 

“It was a nail-biter,” Culp acknowledged. “It came down to the end. You knew they were going to go on a run. They're a good team, they're going to score their goals but I was hoping they weren't going to get that many. It was pretty close. I don’t think it ruins our confidence at all, we know we can score on them and we know they’re a good team and we just have to tighten up in some areas and battle a little harder.”

 

With the score 14-13 with only a minute left in the game, the Lakers defense stepped up and blocked the Chiefs for 30 seconds, recovering the ball. Dickson began the play, making a dash from the Lakers end, but Dan Coates and Dhane Smith chased him down and stripped him of the ball, with Smith taking a shot at Kirk. Kirk was square to the shot and kicked out with his right leg to stop Smith and secure the win.

 

“I didn’t see the ball, I think it was just a lucky save,” Kirk said. “You look at Smith and you look at those guys and he’s a great athlete, he’s got the potential to take the ball off of anyone in the league, and same with Dickson, he’s the one to hold it, it could go either way, half the time he had the ball and half the time he didn’t.”

Kirk retrieves ball

 

Kirk was a warrior in net all evening, facing some of the best shooters in the league, using every part of his body to stop shots, including at least two that went off his face mask.

 

“It was emotional,” Kirk said of the game. “The biggest thing for me, it’s funny and probably you don’t see it a whole lot, but my parents sat in the front row for the first time and kind of got in my head for a bit in the third. We were a little complacent and we sat back (in the third). I wasn't focused right off the get go. [Six Nations is] a good team and they have good shooters so if you’re not focused 100% of the time they’re going to score goals.”

 

The goaltender was relieved to get the win against his former team.Kids on floor

 

“You cant be going 3-0 down to Six Nations, it’s a fight for first for sure, so getting that win no matter what way is huge for us,” he said.

 

Dhane Smith finished the game with five goals, while Jeff Shattler and Ryan Benesch had three each. Chiefs' phenom Johnny Powless was held pointless.

 

The Lakers are next in action Monday when the visit the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville to play the Rock, before returning home to host the Brooklin Redmen on Thursday, July 9.

 

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Grant not returning

 

June 28, 2015

 

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 president Ted Higgins has known John all of his life and realizes how valuable he has been for the Lakers and how difficult the decision must have been.

 

“The Lakers organization is so proud of John and all that he has made of his lacrosse career. We thank him for his considerable and valuable services throughout his wonderful career as a Laker,” said Higgins.Grant

 

“He and Tracey Kelusky were the backbone of our rebuilding years ago. He’s one of the best players to ever put on a Lakers’ uniform.”

 

Grant has given plenty of his time to the Lakers even while living in Denver making flights back and forth to help the team. In fact the traveling has been very difficult. He has been going back and forth from Denver for five years and before that another five years driving from Rochester to play for his hometown team which was not only hard on him but also his family.

 

But he says he wouldn’t have done it for any other city.

 

“Getting to play and visit each summer in the ‘boro’ was the best. I love that place.”

 

Grant will continue to play professional field lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws who are in mid season and the NLL box lacrosse team Colorado Mammoth in January.

 

"John Grant has been synonymous with the Lakers organization since he was a child and grew into one of the world's superstars of lacrosse,” said Lakers’ GM Paul Day who coached him in Rochester for the NLL and on Team Canada.Grant2

 

“He's a Peterborough boy who made us all proud and helped the Lakers to so many Mann Cup victories. Nobody can replace him, but we certainly understand this move for his family and future. I was lucky enough to coach him. I watched a lot of great players in Peterborough and in my opinion he was the best. I know there would be a lot of debate about that, but he could do it all and did it all. From flying across North America to compete for the Lakers, playing in two leagues every summer and taking a brutal beating; he gave it all and he doesn't owe the Lakers or Peterborough anything, that’s for sure.”

 

“I am disappointed he won't be playing for us, however, the chance to start a career coaching and living and playing in Denver is the best for himself and his family.”

 

Grant who wore #24 has held numerous records in the NLL and MSL.

 

He starred for Peterborough’s junior teams from 1990 to 1995 joining the senior Lakers full time in 1996 accumulating an incredible 422 goals, 438 assists for 869 points in only 179 regular season games. In 1996 he was the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s rookie of the year and four years later was its MVP. He won five Mann Cups while with Peterborough and was named MVP in two of those series.

 

In 169 playoff games for his home team he scored 337 goals and 388 assists for 725 points and is considered one of the best players to ever perform for the Lakers. He has become a human highlight reel for sports networks and his YouTube trick shots have been a hit for the last few years.

 

The Lakers hope to hold a John Grant Jr. night during this year’s regular season.

 

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Lakers back in win column

 

June 25, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Century 21 Lakers are back in the win column after defeating the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks Thursday night 10-6 at the Memorial Centre. The Lakers built up a 5-0 lead after the first period, a lead they never relinquished en route to a solid defensive effort that saw the Lakers redeem themselves after losing two in a row to Six Nations.

 

The offensive and defensive units both were lacking versus Six Nations, but they tightened up on Thursday, firing 10 goals on 39 shots on KW goaltender Davide DiRuscio while allowing only 36 shots on Evan Kirk, who made 31 saves.

 

A closed door meeting during the first intermission helped the Kodiaks slightly, as they broke the shutout at the 2:50 minute mark into the second period. However, they were unable to sustain any momentum and the teams traded goals the rest of the way. Tutton

 

Head coach Mike Hasen was pleased with the team’s effort.

 

“We had a real good first period,” he said. “We came out flying, made the most of our opportunities, and the back end was nice and tight and doing the things we wanted them to do that first period. It was a little bit of a slower pace for us tonight, so as we’re learning what we want to do, it’s nice to play against the teams that don’t quite move the ball as quickly as Six Nations has so it’s a good learning curve for us and a chance to get better.”

 

Adam Jones led the Lakers in scoring with a hat trick and two assists. Jones finished ahead of John Grant Jr. this past season in Colorado, but until tonight had not seen the same kind of success at the MSL level.Jones interview

 

“It’s a different group of guys, a different team, the rules are a bit different,” Jones said. “It’s not easy driving four hours for every game, but you can’t make excuses and I think as the year progresses we’re going to get a little more chemistry and as a group we’re going to be a little more gelled and a little more consistent and that’s what makes a good team.”

 

Cory Vitarelli had two goals and three assists for the Lakers, while Scott Evans had two goals. Singles were scored by Brad Self, Chad Culp, and Curtis Dickson. Shawn Evans had three assists, also drawing the ire of KW’s AJ Masson and David Joyce in separate incidents. Mat McLeod led KW with two goals and an assist, while Scott DeFrancesco had two goals and Corey Fowler had three assists. DiRuscio got on the game sheet with a minor penalty earned after taking exception to Dickson’s attempt to score by bouncing the ball off DiRuscio’s back.

 

The Lakers also dominated the face-off circle versus KW, winning 13 of 19 face-offs. Stephen Hoar and Nick Weiss split time in the circle and have been getting better every game in the absence of Andrew Suitor.

 

Hasen is confident in his face-off specialists.

 

“They both do that naturally,” he said. “That’s a strength of theirs on the floor. Hoar’s really good at it and Weisser’s been really good too; they get it out and then it’s on the other four guys to do their job too.”Shawn Evans

 

Weiss is happy to do his part for the Lakers, helping out on face-offs and playing a regular shift on defense.

 

“In junior I was the main face-off guy, but then coming to senior we had a couple other guys, but I still had it in my back pocket just in case they needed me,” he said. “We have a great [defensive] unit this year, we put in a new system so it took a little bit of adjusting but I think guys are starting to get it and we’re starting to come together. After last week, the coaches said we need to buy into the system more. We got a little slack and we weren't putting enough pressure on and putting guys on the run. I think we got back to that tonight and we had some success because they only had six goals.”

 

The Lakers and Kodiaks will play the back end of their home and home series on Sunday evening at the Waterloo Rec Complex, before the Lakers return home Thursday, July 2 to once again face the Six Nations Chiefs.

 

 

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Evans named finalist for NLL MVP award

 

June 25, 2015

 

Shawn Evans was named a finalist today for the National Lacrosse League’s MVP award. He becomes the third Century 21 Lakers member to be named a finalist in the major awards which will be announced in September.

 

Coach Mike Hasen is up for coach of the year and Matt Vinc for best goaltender. Evans and Hasen will be at tonight’s Kitchenter game. Vinc, a teacher, will be busy for the last day of school. Evans smashed the NLL single season record this year, surpassing the old mark set by another Laker, John Grant Jr.

 

 

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Six Nations downs Lakers in barn burner

 

June 23, 2015

 

HAGERSVILLE - Century 21 Lakers, in an incredible back and forth playoff-like game with the first place Six Nations Chiefs, lost their second straight game to the Chiefs 11-9 Tuesday night in Hagersville.


The Lakers, with Evan Kirk splendid in net, had a 2-1 lead with fewer than 30 seconds left in the first period on goals by Shawn Evans (500th MSL point) and Cory Vitarelli, but Six Nations tied it and then took a 3-2 lead early in the second on their second power play goal of the night.

 

Turner Evans tied it up. Then Curtis Dickson scored another highlight reel goal for a 4-3 lead, but Six Nations quickly tied it and then took a 5-4 lead. Dillon Ward was outstanding again in the Chiefs' net stopping a couple of breakaways by Dickson and Turner Evans. The period ended that way.

 

The first two periods were plagued with penalties by both teams and plenty of back and forth, four on four action. The goaltenders were the stars.

 

The third period was an explosion of goals by both teams. The period opened with a Six Nations' delay of game penalty for not getting back on the floor in time, but Ward kept his team ahead on the 5-3 advantage before the Chiefs scored a shorthanded marker and a 6-4 lead. Scott Evans bulled his way past two players to get that one back on a wicked sidearm shot. The goal was from his brother Shawn and cousin Turner (Evans from Evans and Evans), but the Chiefs got it back in less than a minute to retain the two goal lead only to have Nick Weiss get that one back in fewer than 20 seconds on a one hander.


Six Nations restored the two goal lead jumping to 8-6 with 14 minutes left as the teams scored five goals in seven minutes in an action filled period. Matt Crough got one half way through the period to put the Lakers within one yet again but it didn’t last long with the Chiefs getting another quick one. Chad Tutton, playing his first game, was robbed by Ward on a breakaway and shortly after that, the Chiefs jumped into their first three goal lead 10-7. Dickson got one of those back with his second of the game and Shawn Evans scored his second to bring the Lakers within one 10-9, but the Chiefs potted an empty-netter.


Assistant coach Mike Accursi couldn’t make it to the game so general manager Paul Day, who is head coach Mike Hasen’s assistant for the NLL Rochester Knighthawks, filled in.


Next game for the Lakers is against third place Kitchener Thursday night at the Memorial Centre.

 

 

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Hasen nominated for NLL coach of year

 

June 22, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers’ coach Mike Hasen has been nominated for the National Lacrosse League’s coach of the year it was announced today.


Hasen of the Rochester Knighthawks was named along with Edmonton’s Derek Keenan and Toronto’s John Lovell.


Hasen’s team had the league’s third best record this year allowing the lowest number of goals at 173. He won the award in his first season as head coach in 2011 after playing in the league for 13 seasons and being an assistant coach for two. He was runnerup last year after his team won three straight NLL championships. He became head coach of the Lakers this season and has a 5-1 record.


Lakers goalie Matt Vinc has already been announced as one of the goalie finalists.


League rookie of the year finalists will be named Wednesday and MVP candidates on Thursday.


The award winners are announced September 29 in Toronto.

 

Tutton to play against Chiefs Tuesday

 

June 22, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers’ will be adding one of the top young Canadian lacrosse players to its lineup in Six Nations tomorrow night. Chad Tutton, who is expected to be drafted in the National Lacrosse League’s top 10 this year, was Brampton’s first pick and second overall in the Major Lacrosse Series draft last year. He will make his home debut Thursday night.


Tutton was obtained earlier this year by GM Paul Day in a trade for Lakers’ goalie Tyler Carson in which Day also picked up goalie Evan Kirk.


Tutton is a 6’2”, 220-pound Whitby native who lives in nearby Courtice. The 22-year-old Tutton is a defender/transition player who played for the Whitby Warriors in junior. He has played for Team Canada field lacrosse teams and just finished his third year for North Carolina Tar Heel’s university’s field lacrosse team. School has recently finished allowing him to join the Lakers.

 

He was the first Canadian recruited to the University of North Carolina by Tar Heels coaching legend Joe Breschi. Tutton is best known for his consistency scoring at least one point for the university team in a 26-game streak. He has made the second team All ACC and was the team’s fourth leading scorer last season as a midfielder. In 2012 he was named outstanding freshman. He started box lacrosse in 1996, was a member of Whitby’s provincial champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and was chosen Toronto’s Hill Academy’s athlete most likely to succeed.

 

Dickson getting word out

 

June 22, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers is getting its name out around North America. In the past such lacrosse greats as John Grant Jr. and Shawn Evans have been able to get the word out about Peterborough’s summer dream team. Since Curtis Dickson has joined the club he has gained the team much attention especially with a goal he scored at the Peterborough Memorial Centre Thursday.


Such major American mainstream media as ESPN and SBNation have picked up the TVCOGECO replay of Dickson’s behind the back, top corner goal against Six Nations with the call by Pete Dalliday and Scott Arnold.


It’s not new for Dickson whose amazing flying goals have been featured on YouTube in the last several years, but it’s great to bring some of the attention to the team and community.

 

Lakers helped raise $7400 for swings

 

Volunteers who organized the Century 21 Lakers campaign at Thursday’s game to raise funds for wheelchair accessible swings for children at the Riverview Park and Zoo were ecstatic about the response.


Not only did they raise $1,400 in cash but also an anonymous couple donated $1,000. Meanwhile long time Lakers’ season ticket holder Bill and Ruth Russelle donated $2,500 to go along with the Peterborough Pro Hockey Alumni’s $2,500 for a total of $7,400 to go along with the fundraising campaign that began last weekend which now has more than $10,000 including a $500 donation from Stewart Homes, toward buying and installing swings that will cost approximately $15,000 says Peterborough’s James Todd who spearheaded the campaign.


NEXT HOME GAME


Next home game is Thursday against the third place Kitchener Kodiaks in which Shawn Evans is going for his 500th career regular season point. He has 499.


Merrett Home Hardware is game night sponsor.

 

 

 

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News about the defence

 

June 18, 2015 (updated)

 

Century 21 Lakers' goalie Matt Vinc is one of the finalists for this season’s National Lacrosse League’s best goalie award.


The finalists were announced today. Vinc who plays for Rochester Knighthawks was nominated along with Aaron Bold with Edmonton and Brandon Miller in Rochester. Vinc was named the city of Rochester’s pro athlete of 2014 at a ceremony earlier this year.

 

Ian Llord who was picked up a few weeks ago will not be joining the Lakers this season afterall. He sustained an injury during the NLL season which turned out to be more serious than thought.

 

Defender Rory Glaves, picked up in the same trade from Six Nations, made his debut on Thursday June 18.

 

 

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Six Nations ends Lakers' winning streak

 

June 18, 2015

 

by Marla Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - It was billed as the battle for first place, for dominance in the league, and Thursday June 18’s game was everything a lacrosse fan could wish for, except the final score. Unless you’re a Six Nations fan, and there are plenty of them everywhere. However, the Century 21 Lakers came out on the short side, losing 12-8 in a relatively evenly matched affair.

 

Both teams were missing their top players, Mark Steenhuis and Cody Jamieson, both gone for the entire season. The Lakers were resting superstar Shawn Evans, injured last Thursday. It was apparent the team missed him although they were all playing as hard as they could. In the end, the Chiefs were victorious and the Lakers had their first loss of the season. Scott Evans

 

The first period was close, ending 3-2 for the visitors. The first goal was a short-handed affair by the Chiefs. Jesse Gamble was in the box but David Brock passed a quick shot by Matt Vinc and the scoring had begun. Adam Jones gave the hometown team one right back, so no worries there. Then, Ryan Benesch went to work and potted two quick ones by Vinc and the period nearly ended there. In a surprising move, Six Nations pulled goalie Dylan Ward in the final thirty seconds of the frame, because they had the ball! Surprise to them when Brad Self grabbed the missile from them and ran the floor and scored into the empty net! 3-2 Six Nations.

 

The second period saw a barrage of goals by both teams. Nine in all. Some were very memorable and controversial. Turner Evans, Ryan Benesch and Jeff Shattler scored to extend the score to 5-3 Six Nations. Then we witnessed why Curtis Dickson is dubbed “Superman”, as he flew in front of Ward and neatly tucked a goal behind him. It was immediately waved off by the referee who was standing right there. The call was unpopular with some of the fans, who felt that no part of Dickson was in the crease. He was in the air! However, the ref was spot-on. As Scott Arnold of Cogeco Tv explained it, by way of a tweet from Jamie Batley, in the MSL, the perimeter extends vertically, “all the way up”, and when Dickson’s feet crossed the perimeter, he was considered to be in the crease! Still, it was a thing of beauty.

 

Still in the second, Six Nations was called for a penalty right after the Dickson work of art. They assisted the almost goal-scorer in falling down and went to the sin bin for two minutes. Scott Evans, playing in his first home game this season, took his trademark hard shot from the right side shooter side and blew it past Ward, to tighten the score to 5-4. If only Johnny Powless hadn’t scored right after (6-4 Chiefs). Scott Evans wasn’t finished, firing another blast at Ward, knocking the goaltender’s glove right off, and taking the hometown boys to a close 6-5 Six Nations. Benesch and Randy Staats both scored and advanced their side to an 8-5 lead. The period ended 8-6 with another “Superman” exhibition. The Lakers were short-handed, Cory Vitarelli serving time for allegedly holding Tom Montour (actually Cory seemed to haul him down). Though on a power play, Six Nations allowed Robert Hope to intercept a ball and he flipped it to Dickson, standing in front of the goal. Surrounded by three players, what was he going to do? He turned his body away from Ward, and with barely a look, flipped a shot behind his back, fooled the goalie, and scored a most beautiful goal (you have to watch it here!!!). 8-6 Chiefs.Curtis Dickson

 

In the third period, there was some noticeable lethargy on the part of the Lakers. Don’t know why. They had several runs down the floor, with the ball carrier simply shooting on net and missing, and play returning to the Chiefs. Johnny Powless, only 22 and already possessing two Mann Cups, scored two in a row, giving him a hat trick and the Chiefs a 10-6 lead. Dickson wasn’t finished, so the team wasn’t either. Standing all alone at the bottom of the crease, he slipped a quick one past Ward. 10-7 Six Nations. They weren’t done either. Dhane Smith increased the score for the visitors to 11-7. With sheer determination, and a never-quit attitude, Brad Self ran down the floor and unloaded a big shot that went by Ward. 11-8 Six Nations. It ended at 12-8 when the recently-acquired Benesch sent a powerful shot by Vinc, giving the player five goals for the night.

 

Both teams concentrated on the play. They are both adjusting to the loss of their injured stars, working out who will fill in the gaps. It might have been termed a carefully-played tilt, serious work accomplished, lessons learned. There was actually only one small bit of nastiness, and even that was mostly over before it got going. Nick Weiss was knocked off his feet near Ward at the end of the third. No call was made, so Turner and Scott Evans mingled in disagreement with Billy Dee Smith and three others. When the refs noticed, they quickly separated everybody and no blows were exchanged.

 

Interviewed after the game, Scott spoke about it and the night’s opposition. “We outshot them, out-loose balled them, and they’re a good team. In the end, I think that’s whom we’re going to battle with in a seven game series, so we just have to keep working and getting better for August. With our fan support here, we definitely want home floor advantage, so every game against them is going to be a big game; hopefully teams like Brampton or Kitchener can steal a game against them too."

 

Curtis Dickson was named the Spanky’s player of the game.

 

The Lakers are next in action this Tuesday when they travel to Hagersville to face the Chiefs again. They are next at home on Thursday, hosting the KW Kodiaks.

 

 

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Steenhuis out for season

 

June 16, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers and star player Mark Steenhuis received big blows from the medical team today when they were told he has a partial tear of the MCL and ACL and will be out for a minimum of six months, which means the rest of this season.Mark Steenhuis

 

It was not clear whether the injury would require surgery because in some cases the ACL and MCL repairs themselves. For the present the plan is to rest and let the MCL and ACL repair themselves, but the doctor will advise him of the best plan.


Steenhuis of St. Catharines, the Lakers' leading scorer and fan favourite last season, was injured in Thursday’s game against Oakville when another Lakers’ player hit him.


Steenhuis has won two Mann Cups with the Lakers. Last season in 17 regular season games he had 43 goals and 40 assists leading the team with 83 points.


Steenhuis plays for the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League and could be ready for their season in January.


“Mark is a great Laker. He comes to play every night and put it on the line every game which is one of the reasons the Lakers have been successful,” said GM Paul Day.


“He is a fan favourite and will be missed but I know he will be back stronger in 2016. The team will pick up the slack and take care of the season for him.”


Mark is disappointed but says “I should look at it optimistically and get stronger for next season.”


He said the doctors have told him to rest and see how things heal, but surgery or not, he is out for the season.


For now he is hugely disappointed and will miss coming to Peterborough as will his entire family although he says he will try to make it to some games. He said he totally enjoys being part of the Lakers’ family, was looking forward to a great season with the team and still can’t believe he won’t be playing.

 

 

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Lakers remain undefeated

 

June 15, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

The Century 21 Lakers remain the only undefeated team this MSL season with a 5-0 record after edging the Oakville Rock 9-6 on Monday. The Lakers are in first place with 10 points, while the Rock, with an 0-6 record, are last in the league. Vitarelli

 

Cory Vitarelli led the Lakers with three goals, while Curtis Dickson had two goals and one assist. Shawn Evans, who now sits at 499 career MSL points, had five assists. Single goals went to Josh Currier, Brock Sorensen, Adam Jones, and Brad Self, into an empty net. Matt Vinc picked up the win while Cole Murray served as backup. Scott Evans played his first game of the season.

 

Wes Berg led Oakville with two goals, while singles went to Dan Lomas, Jeremy Noble, Bryan Cole, and Rob Hellyer. Nick Rose took the loss in goal.

 

The Lakers took an early lead after the first, and coasted to the win on the strength of five second period goals. Some late penalties by the Lakers gave the Rock a chance to get back in the game, but the Lakers' defense held off the hopeful Rock for the win.

 

The game was rough, and featured two fights in the second period along with several scrums and 76 penalty minutes handed out. Stephen Hoar took on Billy Hostrawser after Hostrawser cross checked Chad Culp late in a play. Neither exchanged many punches and Hostrawser landed on top as they tumbled to the carpet. Next, Eric Shewell cross checked Jeremy Noble in the neck, and Rob Hellyer came in to defend Noble. The two struggled but only received minors. Shortly after exiting the penalty box, Shewell was challenged by Tim “The Surgeon” O’Brien. It was a spirited fight and the young Shewell held his own against against the veteran O’Brien. Shawn Evans picked up two minutes for exiting the Lakers bench to admonish O’Brien for his choice in combatant.

 

The Lakers had one power play goal and the Rock picked up two.

 

Next for the Lakers is a visit from the Six Nations Chiefs Thursday at the Memorial Centre.

 

Volunteers will be taking a collection before the game to raise funds for wheelchair accessible swings at the Riverview Park and Zoo. The campaign, so far, has raised more than $4,000.

 

 

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Lakers 4-0 start

 

June 12, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

The Century 21 Lakers improved to 4-0 on the season Thursday with an 8-5 win over the Oakville Rock at the Memorial Centre, in front of 2685 fans. Shawn Evans led the team with five points, while Cory Vitarelli and Curtis Dickson had three each. Matt Vinc picked up the win in goal, his first action of the season.

 

“It was good to get back playing in front of the fans here,” Vinc said. “I was a little bit jittery early on, but I think our defense did a great job. We’ve been playing pretty solid defense all year and it was good to continue that against the Rock.”Vinc

 

Vinc missed the Lakers' first game of the season as he was coaching the Denis Morris boys high school lacrosse team to a bronze medal at OFSAA, but he backed up Evan Kirk against KW and Brooklin. Together, the two have allowed the fewest goals in the MSL this season with only 22.

 

“It’s been great, just watching [Kirk] play the last couple games,” Vinc said. “He's won a couple of Mann Cups and he’s a good goalie. I think we have a good balance, we compliment each other well and if one of us is having an off night then the other one’s ready to step in so it’s a great one two punch.”

 

Jason Noble opened the scoring for the Rock early in the first period before Evans tied it. Jeremy Noble, Jason’s twin brother, scored off a face-off to retake the lead, but the period ended even at two on the strength of a Chad Culp goal.

 

Peterborough held the edge in goals 5-2 in the second period on goals from Adam Jones, Vitarelli (2), and Dickson (2). Vitarelli’s second goal, on the power play, was his 200th MSL point and also the game winner. Stephan Leblanc and recent Western import Wes Berg scored for the Rock in the second.Shawn Evans

 

The teams traded goals in the third with Leblanc getting the Rock to within two goals, but Evans capped the game with a behind the back, no look goal to seal the win.

 

Evans also earned the ire of the Rock players more than once, as he racked up 11 penalty minutes (six for roughing, and five for an attempt to knee).

 

Nick Rose took the loss for Oakville, who now hold a record of 0-5. The Rock had high hopes for this season that have not yet been realized, but Vinc says that the Rock cannot be counted out.

 

“We’re starting to get our defensive principles down and I think we look pretty good out there,” he said. “[Oakville has] a lot of offensive NLL players out there so I think that was a great test for us and we responded well. They’re going to be tough. They have a great offense, a good goalie and they have some great young talent and I think they’re going to be looking to make a push. We just gotta play our game and hopefully we’ll be able to stay on top of them, especially when we go there on Monday.”

 

Notes:

It was the home debut of Ohsweken’s Wenster Green a quiet, no nonsense 20-year-old Lakers’ transition player; a defensive specialist who won the national junior championship, the Minto Cup, playing for Six Nations last season. The Vancouver Stealth of the NLL signed him last season.

 

The Lakers pay a return visit to Oakville 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre before hosting the Six Nations Chiefs next Thursday.

 

 

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Three brother acts

 

June 11, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers are adding another brother act to the team, trading a second and third round draft pick to Kitchener for defensive specialist Mike Kirk, older brother of goalie Evan Kirk. Kitchener had just traded for Kirk from Brampton yesterday. That gives the Lakers three sets of brothers: Scott and Brad Self, Shawn and Scott Evans, but more importantly another steady defender for the Lakers. The Kirks will be dressed tonight in what may be the first time the two Kirk brothers have played on the same team.


Mike Kirk was the assistant captain for Lakers’ coach Mike Hasen’s Rochester National Lacrosse team this season.


Kirk, a 6-2, 226 right shot most recently played five years for Brampton. The 32 year old brings another key ingredient to the team GM Paul Day is putting together.

 

 

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Kirk, Steenhuis shine in 8-3 win over Brooklin

 

June 10, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

WHITBY - The Century 21 Lakers defeated the Brooklin Redmen Wednesday night 8-3 at Iroquois Park Sports Centre. The win extends the Lakers streak to 3-0. Mark Steenhuis scored a hat trick while Shawn Evans added a pair of goals. Singles went to Curtis Dickson, Scott Self, and Adam Jones.

 

The team welcomed back Jones, who missed the beginning of the season with a throat infection. Brock Sorensen was also back in the lineup fresh from the NLL Champions Cup final where his Toronto Rock were defeated by the Edmonton Rush. Sorensen had one assist and continued his stellar transition play, jumping on the rush several times. Stephen Hoar also played his first game of the season.

 

Evan Kirk picked up his third straight win in another stellar outing in goal, making 48 saves. His counterpart for the Redmen, Mike Poulin, made 34 saves. Kirk has been outstanding for the Lakers this season, allowing only 17 goals in three appearances. Evan Kirk

 

While Poulin had a strong game, playing square to most shots, the Redmen have yet to find an identity this season with their record now sitting at 1-4; their only win came over a depleted Oakville team to start the season. Brooklin has had an up and down lineup, missing stars like Derek Hopcroft and agitators like Steve Priolo. Shawn Williams, the 40 year-old leader of the team, leads the Redmen in points with 27, adding three assists tonight. Barrie Jr. A standout Kyle Whitlow has been a great surprise for Brooklin, picking up 15 points, seven of which have come in two games against the Lakers. Whitlow had two goals for Brooklin while Mike Triolo scored the third.

 

The Redmen jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before Shawn Evans tied the game on a power play, ending the first period tied at a low score of 1-1. The Lakers took a 5-2 lead by the end of the second period, and shut the door for the last 13 minutesSteenhuis of the game while gaining their 8-3 advantage. Evans’ goal at 18:52 of the third period put an exclamation point on the game as he accepted a pass from Brad Self and twisted through three defenders to beat Poulin. There was no shortage of roughness; Peterborough had four power play goals on six chances. The teams also took two bench minors each for too many men.

 

The Lakers are back at home tomorrow night (Thursday, June 11) as they play host to the Oakville Rock, who now have the core of their team back from the Toronto Rock. Game time is 8:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

 

 

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Jones in lineup, Brock Sorensen could be...

 

June 9, 2015

 

The BIG news out of Century 21 Lakerland for Thursday night is that National Lacrosse League star Adam Jones will be in the lineup and Toronto Rock defense star and Peterborough native Brock Sorensen may be in it as well.Jones


The 5’11”, 175-pound Jones was a scoring star this season for Denver. Last week a throat infection kept him out of the Lakers' lineup two games, but the Owen Sound native is ready to get to work.


Meanwhile 25-year-old Sorenson just got finished a grueling NLL season that saw his team lose the final championship game in Edmonton. The 6’6”, 220-pound Sorenson is trying to recover from the NLL season, but wants to step into the Lakers’ lineup as soon as possible. GM Paul Day says that could be as soon as Wednesday in Brooklin or at home Thursday against Oakville.


Jones’ line mate in Denver is Lakers John Grant Jr. and this season, Jones led the team in points ahead of Grant. The hot 25-year-old left-hander scored 51 goals and 42 assists for 93 points in only 16 games, two ahead of Grant who played 18. That was good enough for an eighth place league tie with the Lakers’ latest star Curtis Dickson and behind two other Lakers, Mark Steenhuis in seventh and Shawn Evans who shattered Grant’s single season points record and won the scoring championship. Grant was in 12th place giving the Lakers five of the top 12 scorers in the NLL. He has yet to decide if he will play for the Lakers this season.BSorensen


Fans are warned not to be mislead by the standings when it comes to Century 21 Lakers’ opponent this Thursday. Oakville will be getting the strength of their team back and have retained from Coquitlam, B.C. top U.S. college ranked forward Wesley Berg a 6’1” 180 pound forward who plays field lacrosse for the University of Denver.

 

The 22-year-old was this year’s most outstanding player in the NCAA on a team he captained that won the national championship in which he was MVP.


He had the second most points in Denver University history with 58 goals and 20 assists, breaking his goals for a season record. He scored five of the 10 team’s goals in the national championship last month. He played for Coquitlam’s junior team last season which was runner up in the junior Minto Cup championship and helped the team win the Minto Cup in 2010.


The Oakville Rock confirmed the deal earlier in the week. Berg was the first pick of Coquitlam in the Western Lacrosse Association draft, but Rock GM Josh Sanderson was able to get him to come east this summer.


The Oakville team has had a poor start, but now that the NCAA and NLL seasons are over such stars as Rob Hellyer, Jeremy Noble, Stephan Leblanc, Kevin Rose and goalie Nick Rose are expected to be in the lineup. The Rock also have the rights for Brodie Merrill, a NLL and MSL defense star.Dickson passes from a lying position

 

Other notes: Curtis Dickson has scored nine goals in just two games since joining the Lakers from out west. Kerry McMaster will sing Thursday night’s national anthem. Game time is 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

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Big opening night win 17 - 10

 

June 4, 2015

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Century 21 Lakers opened the 2015 MSL season with a convincing 17-10 win over the Brooklin Redmen. Curtis Dickson’s highly anticipated debut did not disappoint, as “Superman” picked up five points. 2014 fan favourite Mark Steenhuis also picked up five points, while Shawn Evans had seven and Cory Vitarelli had six points. Evan Kirk got the win in goal. Salute to fans

 

Scoring for the Lakers were:

 

Mark Steenhuis (3-2)
Curtis Dickson (3-2)
Shawn Evans (2-5)

Cory Vitarelli (2-4)

Josh Currier (2-0)

Matt Crough (1-2)

Chad Culp (1-2)

Robert Hope (1-1) Turner Evans

Brad Self (1-1)

Nick Weiss (1-1)

Turner Evans (0-1)

Scott Self (0-1)

Eric Shewell (0-1)

 

Shawn Evans was the player of the game.

 

The Lakers are next in action on Saturday when they visit the Cobourg Community Centre where they will play the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. The Lakers also visit Brooklin next Wednesday, June 10, before returning home to face the Oakville Rock on Thursday, June 11.

 

 

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Lakers' trade beefs up defence

 

June 3, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers have shored up their defense corps with a huge trade today that will bring the veteran defense tandem of Rory Glaves and Ian Llord to Peterborough. Both have won NLL championships, have played for Lakers’ coach Mike Hasen and both have won Mann Cups. Llord has won the last two Mann Cups playing for Six Nations and Glaves has won one.


Glaves, 33, a Niagara Falls native is 6’, 195-pound right shooter while Llord is 6’3”, 220 pound left shooter.


Llord, 29, grew up playing minor lacrosse and winning Minto Cups with teammate and Lakers’ goalie Matt Vinc in St. Catharines, while also winning an NLL championship with Buffalo. Both have won NLL championships with Rochester.


The Lakers traded Andrew Watt to Kitchener and David Joyce as well as a Lakers’ player in 2016 acceptable to Kitchener. Glaves and Llord were moved to Kitchener from Six Nations yesterday in a trade for high scoring forward Ryan Benesch as several teams have loaded up for the MSL season.


GM Paul Day said, “This is an important day with the introduction of Curtis Dickson (taking place today, 1:30 at the Memorial Centre), but also the trade that will add some veteran depth on the defensive side."

 

“Ian Llord, an anchor in Rochester is a 6 foot 3, 220 pound defenseman and known for his physical play and is a rare shot blocker as well as a great teammate and a glue type of player that will do anything to win. He has won the last two Mann Cups, the last two NLL titles and also a Presidents Cup in 2013, accomplishing a rare three-championship season winning all of them in a single year."

 

“Rory Glaves is another stay at home type of defenseman known for his shut down, quiet positional play, and was a #1 draft pick, second overall in the NLL draft. He won the 2012 and 2013 NLL championship with the Knighthawks. He has taken a break from the game due to school and work commitments and will be with the Lakers in a few weeks. He will help protect the defensive end."

 

“These two players will help with the physical game and add some stay at home presence."

 

“These are glue guys that help teams win.”


Llord is expected to be in the lineup when the Lakers open their season at home Thursday, 7:50 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

(MSL News)

 

Curtis Dickson introduced

 

June 3, 2015

 

Curtis Dickson

Curtis Dickson receives jersey #71 from Tracey Kelusky

 

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Laker an All American


May 22, 2015

 

One of Century 21 Lakers’ newest members will receive major recognition in American university lacrosse this Sunday.


Chad Tutton, obtained by Lakers’ GM Paul Day earlier this year, was named to the 2015 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's All-America first team and will be honoured at award ceremonies this Sunday in Philadelphia.

 

Chad Tutton


Tutton of nearby Courtice, Ontario plays midfield for the University of North Carolina’s lacrosse team and was named to the first team. He had been named All-Atlantic Coast Conference earlier in the year.


He scored 33 goals and eight assists this season, North Carolina’s fourth leading scorer finishing his career with the university as the university’s ninth leading scorer. He had been named to the second all America team twice while playing there.


He played junior lacrosse for Whitby winning a pair of Canadian championships there.


Tutton is a transition player in box lacrosse and was obtained from Brampton. He is expected to be a first round selection in the 2015 National Lacrosse League draft.


He will part of the Lakers’ team that opens its regular season Thursday, June 4 at the Memorial Centre. Season tickets are still available. Subscribers will also received a pass to all Merit Precision Junior Lakers’ home regular season games.

 

 

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Four Lakers make Team Canada

 

May 19, 2015

 

Four Century 21 Lakers have been named to Canada's national team roster of the FIL World Indoor Championship this fall to play for a fourth consecutive gold. One of the team's coach's is also Lakers' GM Paul Day. Adam Jones, Shawn Evans, Matt Vinc and Curtis Dickson were named in a press release this afternoon.

 

CLA Press Release

Team Canada

 

 

 

 

Location of competition - Onondaga Nation

 

 

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Final four Century 21 Lakers award winners for 2014

 

May 2015

 

Double award winner was Top Scorer and Fan Favourite Mark Steenhuis.

 

Mark Steenhuis

Steenhuis was switched to offense last season after leading the team to two Mann Cups with his prowess as a transition player. He didn’t disappoint; becoming the team’s top scorer in 2014. In 17 regular-season games last season, he had a well balanced 43 goals and 40 assists to lead the team with 83 points. He was MSL rookie of the year in 2002. Born in St. Catharines, he is 34 years old, but only took up the game when he was 17. He helped the St. Catharines' junior team win the Minto Cup in 2001. He was also voted Fan Favourite player for last season in online voting by the fans. He is a leading Buffalo Bandit player in the NLL

 

 

The Most Valuable Player, The Barry Larock Trophy, goes to Shawn Evans.

 

What adjectives can be used to describe the 5’8” ball of fire who, while playing for Calgary this winter, smashed the National Lacrosse League scoring point total surpassing yet another Peterborough Lakers’ stalwart John Grant Jr.Shawn Evans

 

Shawn, like John Jr., grew up in the Lakers’ system beginning play when he was only three and starring for his teams all the way up. The 29-year-old is considered one of the best offensive indoor lacrosse players in the world. A member of the legendary lacrosse family whose father Paul, five uncles (Brian, Mark, Dave, Kevin and Doug), two brothers (Steve and Scott) have all starred in the game as well as some cousins, Evans’ point totals reflect his passion for winning. He has the same constant bounce as the ball with which he plays. He has been a leading scorer and MVP in every league in which he has played. He has won Minto and Mann Cups, been MVP in both of those championships and last season, in only 12 regular-season Lakers’ games, had 51 points. In 11 playoff games, he led the team with 44 points in 11 games.

 

The Ron Keast Transition Player of the Year goes to Brad Self.


Brad plays every lacrosse game the same way; with everything he has.Brad Self A loyal, dedicated Laker, he grew up in the Peterborough minor lacrosse system playing all the way up with other Lakers such as Scott Evans. He was scoring leader of the Junior Lakers where he was named the league’s most outstanding player. Usually the fastest player on all his teams, Brad has retained that speed and uses it to his advantage as a transition player. The 33 year old played hockey for the Peterborough Petes. His lacrosse career was interrupted when he played pro hockey, but once he returned from a hockey career in Europe, he dedicated his sporting life to lacrosse. Last season he scored 21 points in 16 regular season games, collecting 15 in 11 games in the playoffs. He has won two Mann Cups with the Lakers and three NLL championships playing for Rochester.


The Robert Joseph Most Dedicated Player award goes to back up goalie Davide DiRuscio who drove from out of town for all the games and helped backstop the team into the playoffs. He was later traded, Davide DiRuscio but made his mark here with his dedication and never-complaining attitude.


Other awards announced earlier were Scott Self with the Lou Nickle best defense award; Eric Shewell the most improved player, Aaron Wilson getting the Don Bruce most sportsmanlike award and Nick Weiss getting rookie of the year.


The awards will be presented during the 2015 season which opens Thursday, June 4 at the Memorial Centre against Brooklin. Season tickets, which include a pass into all Merit Precision Jr. Lakers' home games, are still available.

 

 


 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

 

July 26 away game against KW moved to June 6 in Cobourg

 

For avid Lakers' fans, there is an opportunity to see the Lakers in action close to home.

 

On June 6, the team will travel to Cobourg (Cobourg Community Centre 750 D'Arcy St.) to take on the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. This will be the Lakers' first away game of the season. It replaces a game in KW originally scheduled for July 26, 2015.

 

Hope to see you there! Click here to buy tickets.

 

 

Season's tickets sales going well

 

Season ticket sales have been going well, but there are still good club and regular seats to purchase this season which includes a season’s pass to all Merit Precision Junior Lakers regular home games. Season tickets can be obtained at the Peterborough Memorial Centre (705-743-3561).

 

 

 

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Lakers' goalie Matt Vinc honoured

 

May 6, 2014

 

Peterborough’s Century 21 Lakers’ goaltender Matt Vinc received the Democrat and Chronicle 'Pro Athlete of the Year' award this week, a prestigious honour in Rochester, New York. Vinc plays for the Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League for Lakers’ coach Mike Hasen.

Matt Vinc
Vinc lives in St. Catharines where he teaches and is the high school lacrosse coach. He helped take the Lakers to the final game of the Ontario Lacrosse Association finals against Six Nations last season and helped Canada win the gold medal in the world lacrosse championships in Denver. The 32 year old also picked up his NLL team’s MVP award this season where he has lead the team to three consecutive championships. They start the playoffs against Buffalo this Friday night.


The pro athlete award was presented at the Rochester Press-Radio Club dinner an annual event.


He has also been named the 2014 NLL’s best goalie last season, the first goalie in NLL history to win this four times.

 

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Sixteen Lakers in NLL playoffs and more individual award winners

 

May 5, 2015

 

There are more than a dozen Century 21 Lakers’ members going into major competition this week from the National Lacrosse League playoffs to the NCAA tournament.


Shawn Evans with the Calgary Roughnecks led all NLL players breaking the Shawn Evans league’s total points and tying the assist record with 130 points, 83 assists, smashing the old points mark of another Lakers' member John Grant Jr. Grant ended his Colorado regular season with the second most points in history of any NLL player behind former Lakers' star John Tavares.


Evans and a Lakers’ newcomer, Curtis Dickson, second leading points man on Calgary with 94, defeated Vancouver on the weekend to squeak into the one-game playoff this weekend in the west against Colorado to see who will play Edmonton in the western final. Colorado has three Lakers with Grant who was second in team points with 91 points behind Lakers’ Adam Jones with 93. Defenseman Robert Hope, who set a NLL rookie record for caused turnovers in one season and one of the top loose ball men, also plays on the team. In that game alone the two highest point getters on both teams are Lakers.


Meanwhile in the east Rochester Knighthawks, coached by Lakers’ head coachAndrew Watt

Mike Hasen, with help from Lakers' GM Paul Day have Cory Vitarelli, Scott and Brad Self and goalie Matt Vinc playing against Buffalo. The Bandits have Lakers’ Mark Steenhuis Buffalo’s third leading team scorer, Chad Culp fifth on the team, Nick Weiss and Andrew Watt playing to see who goes against Lakers’ Brock Sorensen’s Toronto Rock next week in the East final.


That’s a total of 16 Lakers’ members in the NLL playoffs.


In addition, new Lakers' member Chad Tutton is expected to go high in this year’s NLL draft and will be playing this week for the third ranked U.S. college North Carolina Tar Heels field lacrosse team in the NCAA tourney to decide the best team in the nation. (Watch Tutton score here). Junior graduate Turner Evans, with another Peterborough boy Jake Withers, will be with Ohio State in that tournament.


The Lake Show will have a lot of electricity in pro and amateur lacrosse and ready to turn it on June 4 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre home opener against Brooklin.

 


 

Award winners for 2014 Lakers

 

There was no Lakers banquet last season but certainly plenty of awards to be handed out. Here are two more; the best defenseman and most sportsmanlike players for the Century 21 Lakers last season were:

 

Best Defenceman - Scott Self

 

Scott Self has been a member of the Peterborough Lakers system since he was fiveScott Self years old and a leader on all his minor Lakers' teams working his way up to become captain of the Century 21 Lakers. A strong defensive player, he gives what he has every shift.

 

The 35-year-old Peterborough native has won five Mann Cups with the Lakers, three National Lacrosse League championships, and a Team Canada indoor lacrosse gold medal. Obviously a winner, he has been recognized as one of the best lacrosse defencemen playing the game. Last year he was the MSL's top defensive player. (see trophy here)

 

Most Sportsmanlike - Aaron WilsonAaron Wilson

 

The 5’9” Wilson has been playing major series lacrosse for more than a decade starring in Kitchener, and Brampton before joining Peterborough for his first full Lakers’ season last year.

 

He has won two Mann Cups, been a top scorer in the National Lacrosse League and last season in 18 regular season games scored 22 goals and 24 assists while only getting four minutes in penalties. (see trophy here)

 

 

 

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Lakers acquire Curtis Dickson

 

April 29, 2015

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Century 21 Lakers of the Major Series Lacrosse league has grabbed one of the world’s top lacrosse players from the west.


In a major acquisition transfer move (pending the expected Canadian Lacrosse Association approval) GM Paul Day acquired Curtis Dickson, presently playing with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks. It's a deal that Day has been working on for awhile. Dickson is a player described by Indoor Lacrosse magazine as one of the top five players in the world.

Curtis Dickson


“He is one of the most dangerous scorers in lacrosse, five on five and special teams. He will be fun to watch; a very dynamic player,” said GM Day. “Curtis is a special player that can turn nothing into a scoring chance every time he is on the floor. He has a great chemistry with Shawn Evans already and he wants to move to Peterborough to enjoy the summer playing in the community.”


Dickson, only 26, has been a star in both field and box lacrosse after growing up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.


“I’m really excited to be coming to Peterborough,” said Dickson who well knows the legend of the Lakers. His father Derek played in the west on two Minto Cup and a Mann Cup Canadian championship teams in the 1970s so he has heard the words Peterborough and lacrosse mixed many times since he started playing organized lacrosse at three.

 

He has never been to a Lakers' game or to Peterborough, but says he can't wait to get here.


“I want to get to Peterborough to help them win one. All I hear are good things and I’m excited to get East to pursue the Mann Cup.”


He is a graduate of the same university John Grant Jr. attended, Delaware University where he was All American for two years and is the all time leader in goal scoring with 162 goals.


The NLL’s 2010 rookie of the year was drafted into that league by Calgary third overall and won the rookie of the year award in 2010 scoring 33 goals, 19 assists. Last year he had 44 goals for third in the league.


A quick, dynamic forward, the 6’2", 205 pound right shooter has earned the nickname Superman for his highlight reel goals flying across the opposition’s crease, but he is also a top play maker. Watch Dickson score from behind the net!


As noted, he grew up in Port Couitlam, a box lacrosse hotbed out west. He played senior for New Westminster Salmonbellies and Maple Ridge Burrards.


In 2014 he was a member of the World Lacrosse Champion Team Canada field team.


Inside Lacrosse magazine last year said this of him when picking its 50 top NLL lacrosse players:


“With dynamic athleticism that includes lightning-quick feet, soft hands and a motor in his chest that doesn't know how to slow down, Curtis Dickson is one of the best in the world and his No. 5 ranking in our list of Top 50 for 2014 likely isn't the highest he'll ever be on this list."

 

That list had Cody Jamieson number one, Lakers' Shawn Evans two, Kyle Rubish three, Garrett Billings four, then Dickson, followed by Lakers' goalie Matt Vinc as sixth with Lakers' John Grant number 10. That gives the Lakers four in its top 10 and 10 in the top 50.


"The rest of the teams have improved and every night is going to be a battle and every game is going to be up for grabs,” said Day.

 

 

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Individual awards announced

 

April 28, 2014

 

Nick Weiss has been announced as last year's Rookie of the Year and Eric Shewell as the Most Improved Player. The Century 21 Lakers are announcing the 2014 individual award winners in the next three weeks in a buildup to the 2015 season. Awards will be presented at games during the season.

 

Rookie of the Year - Nick Weiss

Nick Weiss

 

This 6’2”, 200 pounder proved his worth for the Lakers last season and was a worthy selection for rookie of the year.

 

Born in Port Hope, Nick is a multi-talented athlete and won a Canadian midget hockey championship with the Notre Dame Hounds. He attends Queen’s University where he also participates in sports. Last season with the Lakers, at only 22, he got seven points in 10 playoff games, while in 19 regular season games he had 12 points. Rookie trophy

He is a tough competitor whose aggressive play and passion to win has made him an excellent team player. He plays for the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League.

 

 

Most Improved Player - Eric Shewell

 

Peterborough’s Eric Shewell was an excellent lacrosse and hockey player growing up in the minor Peterborough systems.

 

He joined the Lakers midway through the 2014 season and improved every game. Erick ShewellHe got into eight regular season games gaining two assists after a rugged Junior A season the year before where he had 100 penalty minutes. He listened, learned and worked hard to become a better player.

 

Next week, the best defenseman and most sportsmanlike players will be announced.

 

The Century 21 Lakers’ season begins at home Thursday, June 4, 2015.

 

Most Improved

Last year’s season ticket holders have until the end of of this week to renew at the Peterborough Memorial Centre before those seats are opened up to other ticket buyers. All buyers will also receive tickets to the Merit Precision Junior A Lakers' regular season.

 

Sponsors who want to help the Lakers can call any board member, but the deadline for the program is the end of the week as well.

 

 

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Suitor out for season - ACL

 

April 28, 2015


Century 21 Lakers’ transition player Andrew Suitor has been lost for the Lakers’ season. He was put on the injured reserve list of New England Black Wolves after receiving the bad news that he has torn his left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The injury happened in a National Lacrosse League game on April 17.


He also suffered a right torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2013 while playing in the NLL. These knee injuries can take three to nine months recovery, but are one of the most common injuries to athletes usually requiring surgery to repair.


Suitor is a key ingredient with the Lakers.


GM Paul Day says Suitor’s loss will is a big blow.

 

“There is no timeline for surgery. It is a big hole to fill and one that all teammates will have to replace as a group. He is a heart and sole guy that will be back in even stronger on his return,” said Day.

 

 

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Lakers acquire Tutton and Kirk

 

April 22, 2015

 

Peterborough’s Century 21 Lakers have made two trades obtaining defender Chad Tutton from Brampton for goalie Tyler Carlson and adding Mann Cup champion goalie Evan Kirk in moves GM Paul Day says are the beginning of putting the pieces together for the Lakers’ season starting June 4 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

Tutton is a 6’2” 220 pound Whitby native who lives in nearby Courtice. He was drafted second overall by Brampton Excelsiors in the 2014 major series lacrosse draft and is expected to be among the top five in this year’s National Lacrosse League draft. The 22-year-old defender played for the Whitby Warriors in junior and won two Minto Cups. Chad TuttonHe has played for Team Canada field lacrosse teams and is a senior for North Carolina ‘Tar Heels' university’s field lacrosse team. He was the first Canadian recruited to the University of North Carolina by Tar Heels coaching legend Joe Breschi. Tutton is best known for his consistency, scoring at least one point for the university team in a 26-game streak. He has made the second team All ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and was the team’s fourth leading scorer last season as a midfielder. In 2012 he was named outstanding freshman. He started box lacrosse in 1996, was a member of Whitby’s provincial champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and was chosen Toronto’s Hill Academy’s athlete most likely to succeed before heading to the States.

 

Brampton received Lakers’ back up goalie Carlson as well as a third round pick in 2016, a second round pick in 2017 and future considerations to honour a former agreement with Brampton that didn’t happen before Day was hired as GM.

 

Day said of Tutton: "We are trying to be bigger, faster and add some youth moving forward, Chad is an excellent player who is very athletic and will just improve over the next decade."

 

Meanwhile to replace Carlson the Lakers obtained goalie Evan Kirk, 27, from Evan KirkKitchener for a second round selection in 2016 and a second rounder in 2018 and future considerations. Kirk has played in the NLL for Minnesota, Philadelphia and is presently with New England. He was picked sixth overall by Minnesota in 2011 where he played with Lakers’ Andrew Suitor. He starred in U.S. college lacrosse and was captain of the Hobart team. He was also the Kitchener MSL goalie for three years with a top goals against average before being dealt to Six Nations in 2013. He won two Mann Cups and last season starred in the OLA playoffs with goalie partner Brandon Miller. In March of this year he was dealt back to Kitchener.

 

"He has had 18 wins over the past two regular seasons in the MSL and he has a chip on his shoulder after being traded from Six Nations,” said Day. “He’s a quality goalie at 27 years old, with a great future in the game."

 

“We're excited to add both players to our roster and we hope to continue to improve our team moving forward.”

 

 

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Five Lakers vie for Team Canada

 

April 14, 2015

 

The Century 21 Lakers will have five players trying to make Canada's 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC), the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada Lacrosse announced Monday.

 

Shawn Evans, Brad Self and Cory Vitarelli, Matt Vinc and Adam Jones were named to the 37-member training camp roster.

 

Five players

 

The 37 Canadian players, selected by coach Eddie Comeau and his 2015 Team Canada staff, will make the final selections this summer for a 23-member tournament roster and will look for a competitive opportunity and more training time prior to the start of the Worlds event to be held in Syracuse at the Onondaga First Nations September 18 to 27. It will be the first world sporting even held on Indigenous lands. Thirteen nations will take part.

three coaches

 

Lakers' General Manager Paul Day will be an assistant coach for Canada. Head coach Mike Hasen will be behind England's bench while Tracey Kelusky is an assistant with Finland.

 

 

 

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Coaches introduced at press conference

 

March 24, 2015

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Century 21 Lakers held a press conference Monday night at the Best Western Otonabee Inn to formally introduce their new Higginslacrosse operations team: General Manager Paul Day, Head Coach Mike Hasen, Assistant Coach Tracey Kelusky and Director of Player Development Bobby Keast. Assistant Coach Mike Accursi was unable to attend as he is battling the flu.

 

“What a great board we introduced about a month ago…” President Ted Higgins said, before adding jokingly, “People probably said, wow, they’re a bunch of old farts! They probably have that right but with the old farts they bring a lot of experience. Me, I’m one of them, not quite as old as several.”

 

Higgins introduced Paul Day, the team’s new General Manager, who by day is a sergeant with the Niagara Regional Police in Grimsby, although he grew up in Peterborough and still has family here that he visits often. He is familiar with the Lakers having seen many games in recent years, always keeping tabs on his hometown.board & coaches

 

“I’ve had a fantastic career the last 43 years because of what I learned [in Peterborough],” Day told the crowd, alluding to not just his lacrosse career but life overall.

 

Day wouldn’t identify any players the Lakers are looking at bringing in this season because most of them are under contract with other teams, but he did say that “the guys we want to come here are team-oriented guys, with skill that are intelligent and very gritty. Like any team we want to get bigger, stronger, younger, faster.”

 

Head coach Mike Hasen is excited to get started, although he admits it will be a little strange at first, having had most of his success with the Brampton Excelsiors, as both a player and coach.

 

“I’m a Brampton guy, I’ve had many battles with [the Lakers],” Hasenhe said. “I didn't like coming here [as a member of the Excelsiors] very often but one thing I did know was that you had to be at your best… it’s a real honour to be here. I look forward to working with these guys.”

 

From his team, he’s hoping for a championship. “No matter what challenges we face, we’ll do it together.”

 

The Lakers are adding a new position to their lacrosse staff, that of Director of Player Development, a role that will be filled by Bobby Keast, a long time Lakers player and assistant coach.

 

“Part of our vision here is to work with our junior organization,” explained Day. “Being in the NLL and senior lacrosse the guys coming out of junior are the ones that are maybe forgotten, so Keaster’s going to be working with our young guys maybe 2-3 years out of junior that don’t get as much playing time, plus working with the coaching staff and updating us on what other teams are doing.”

 

Keast is looking forward to the challenge of a new role.

 

“During games I’m going to be identifying opportunities for us as a team, and things the opposition is doing against us to make us better,” he said. “When we’re not playing it’s really about working with players one on one, making them better, so that they have a bigger impact for us earlier and more often.”

 

Several Lakers players were in attendance to greet their new coaches, including team captain Scott Self, Brad Self, Shawn Evans, Cory Vitarelli and Alex Henderson.

 

 

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Lakers and GM Paul Day announce new coaching staff

 

March 18, 2015

 

Century 21 Lakers and general manager Paul Day are excited to Paul Dayannounce the new coaching staff for this season’s senior lacrosse team. The GM, head coach and one of the assistants are presently with the National Lacrosse League’s champion Rochester Knighthawks. The new coaching staff, two of them former Lakers, has 11 Major Series Lacrosse Mann Cup wins and a dozen National Lacrosse League championships among them.

HEAD COACH

Mike Hasen is the head coach of the National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks and former NLL Coach of the Year. He has a long history in lacrosse as player and coach.


He has been the Knighthawks' head coach for the last three championship teams.Mike Hasen


Lakers’ fans will remember him as the 2011 Mann Cup head coach of Lakers’ rival Brampton Excelsiors. He also served as assistant coach with two more Mann Cups in Brampton. He won two Mann Cups as a player with Brampton and two NLL cups as a player with Buffalo and Rochester. He played 12 seasons in the NLL; nine seasons with Rochester in the NLL from 1999-2007 with five of those as team captain. As head coach at Rochester his players have included many in the major series lacrosse loop including Lakers’ Brad and Scott Self, Matt Vinc, Cory Vitarelli and Aaron Wilson. His assistant has been new Lakers GM Day who will step away from the bench this summer to concentrate on Lakers’ GM duties.


This year Hasen is also the head coach of England’s entry in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. He is the brother in law of former Lakers' goalie great Pat O’Toole.

ASSISTANT COACHES

Former Lakers’ Mike Accursi is returning to Peterborough. He ended his playing career in the NLL in 2014 with the Rochester Knighthawks but joined the team in the front office after a five time NLL champion career, four cups with Rochester and one with Buffalo. Mike AccursiHe played 16 seasons in the NLL. Mike, a teacher in St. Catharines, joined the Lakers in 2004 in mid season and helped the Lakers win their first Mann Cup in 20 years. He also won a Mann Cup with Brampton. He has played with Syracuse and Edmonton in the NLL as well as Brooklin and St. Regis in the MSL. He played for the Lakers in 2004, parts of 2005 and 2006. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Junior A St. Catharines offensive coach. He has been an assistant coach with Brock University men’s field lacrosse team and head coach of its women’s field lacrosse team.

Peterborough’s Tracey Kelusky retired from the Peterborough Lakers in 2014 Tracey Keluskyafter an outstanding career. Just like GM Day he is a product of the Peterborough minor lacrosse system. As a player he won four Mann Cups, two NLL championships and two world Indoor championships. Tracey didn’t stay out of lacrosse long becoming an assistant coach in the NLL and with the Peterborough Junior Lakers which he also helped coach while playing for the Senior Lakers. He is helping coach Team Finland in the world championships this fall. He helped found Evolve Elite Lacrosse, an international lacrosse company. He was the 2001 NLL Rookie of the Year and continued his career in the NLL and with the Lakers as a high-flying forward and consummate team player.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Bobby Keast
Peterborough native and long time Lakers’ assistant coach Bob Keast who has also played with the Lakers will stay with the team and take on a new role in player development with Day. Keast has also been an assistant coach in the NLL on several teams. Another product of the Peterborough minor lacrosse system he played on three Minto Cup national junior championships for Peterborough and won numerous Mann Cups while assisting the Lakers.

 

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New season, same prices


March 5, 2015

 

There is a lot of NEWS with the Century 21 Lakers. We have a NEW New logogeneral manager with Paul Day, NEW major sponsor in Century 21 and a NEW logo for our website for the new season. Today we also have the NEW schedule and are delighted that ticket prices will not be NEW.


Season tickets go on sale Monday, March 16 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre with last season ticket buyers and sponsors having until April 30 to guarantee their favourite seats. New season ticket hopefuls can also purchase seats that were not held by last season’s ticket holders. In addition, all Junior Lakers' games are included. After April 30 season ticket buyers can claim any unclaimed seats. We are delighted to announce there will be no increase in ticket prices. PMC


We welcome back so many of our sponsors and advertisers and new ones for what will be an exciting new season as teams throughout the league load up to get to the Mann Cup.

 

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Century 21 Lakers select new general manager

 

February 18, 2015

 

 

PETERBOROUGH - Peterborough born and raised Paul Day has been named the new general manager of the Century 21 Lakers after a unanimous vote by the Lakers’ board Wednesday night.


Day has a long history in Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) as well as the National Lacrosse League (NLL) as a player, coach and general manager. He is a former captain of the Minto Cup champion Peterborough Junior Lakers.


The married father of two is in his 17th year with the National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Knighthawks where he is an assistant coach.


A Kenner graduate, who is in its Hall of Honour, Day lives in Grimsby where he is a sergeant with the Niagara Regional Police Services and has served for 24 years.


Born in 1968, Day has been a head coach and assistant general manager of the Knighthawks and has been on the bench for four NLL league championships including the past three.


He has also been the coach and general manager of the Edmonton Rush. He was named NLL coach of year in 2004 and Inside Lacrosse coach of the year in 2001. He was an assistant GM in 2007 at the Halifax World Championships.


He has been an assistant coach with Team Canada in the World Indoor Championships in the Czech Republic where Canada won gold and will be the defensive coach for the Canadian team this fall in Syracuse at the world championships. Day won three Minto Cups playing Jr. A lacrosse in Peterborough. He is in the Knighthawks Hall of Fame.

For Lakers comment please call chairman Bill Joiner at 705-875-8347

The Century 21 Lakers will have a formal press conference to introduce Paul to the community at a later date.

 

Paul Day's LinkedIn page

 

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New board members and major sponsor announced

 

February 4, 2015

 

by Marla Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - On Wednesday February 4, media gathered in the Peterborough Petes' Alumni Room to meet and greet the new Board of Directors and assistants, and to learn of the new major sponsor for the 2015 Peterborough Lakers' Lacrosse team. Most of the Official Volunteers were also present, so the attendees were an impressive bunch.

 

Pete Dalliday opened the event, welcoming everyone present and mentioned that season ticket sales will begin in mid March. (That always makes the cold weather that much more bearable-Lakerland is coming to life!) He also announced that the first game would probably be Thursday June 4 in Peterborough. The schedules are not completed so there is no indication of the number of regular season games to be played.

 

Pete then introduced Ted Higgins, President of the Lakers. His job during the past few months has been to assemble a new Board of Directors andNew board find a major sponsor. He has excelled in his selections and it's a very impressive group of people now leading the future of the team. Ted summed up his activities with the conclusion that “when you're going to do it, do it right. You take it to that extra level.”

 

Bill Joiner has accepted the role as Chairman of the Board. He was a former sponsor of the Lakers for four years and last year joined the team as an Official Volunteer.

 

Joiner then introduced his new Board. Joining the group with him and Ted, are Mark Vitarelli, Ed Arnold, John Grant Sr., Brian Cowie, and Len Powers. As well, Pat Baker and Bobby Allan are serving as advisers. Lynn Withers and Diane Livingstone will attend Board meetings as administrative assistants. Both also oversee other responsibilities with the team as well.

 

Carl Oake

There's a wealth of experience in this distinctive group. Many of the names are easily recognizable as past Lakers-both Junior and Senior. They also bring several Minto and Mann Cups in their resumes. Some played in the NLL and others have served as coaches of various lacrosse teams. You'll see many of the names in the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame. This is indeed a distinguished group of Directors. Biographies of the Board members will be available in the coming weeks.

 

The next order of business was to introduce the new Major Sponsor. It is Century 21, United Realty Inc, with Carl Oake at the helm. He was accompanied by Doug Lytle, also with the firm, and together they introduced loveable Leo who modeled the Lakers' jersey bearing the new Century 21 logo. It looks great and I'm sure all fans thank Mr. Oake for his major contribution to the team.

 

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Lakers add five at draft

 

January 25, 2015

 

by Anna Taylor

 

WHITBY - The MSL held its annual five-round junior draft on Sunday in Whitby. A week ago, the Lakers held only third and fifth round picks, having dealt the others away in prior deals. On Friday, the Lakers traded the MSL rights of Dane Dobbie to the Oakville Rock for second and fourth round picks. Dobbie typically spends his summers playing in WLA, most recently for the Langley Thunder.

 

Davide DiRuscio’s rights were also formally transferred to the KW Kodiaks to complete the Aaron Wilson trade from last season.

 

At the draft, the Lakers flipped one of their seconds and future considerations to the KW Kodiaks for a first rounder. The Lakers also gave future considerations to Brooklin for another first round pick.

 

With the fifth overall pick (first round), the Lakers selected 6’1, 200 lb. Tyler Albrecht from Oakville, a forward/transition who plays for the Burlington Chiefs. Last season he was second in scoring for the Chiefs with 58 points in 25 games. Albrecht is currently in his junior year at Loyola University (Maryland) where he plays field lacrosse for the Greyhounds.

 

The Lakers chose 5’10, 185 lb. Wenster Green from the Minto Cup Champion Six Nations Arrows with the sixth overall pick (first round). Green is a defensemen who helps out on transition with good stick skills. He was chosen by the Buffalo Bandits in the 2012 NLL entry draft, and most recently signed with the Vancouver Stealth although he did not make the team this season.

 

In the third round, at 17th overall, the Lakers picked Green’s teammate, goaltender Don Alton, who stands at 6’0 and 170 lbs. Last season he had a GAA of 8.84 and was named co-winner of Robert Melville Award for lowest GAA in Jr. A, as well as the Sanderson Memorial Award for most outstanding goaltender.

 

With DiRuscio no longer with the Lakers, Alton has a great chance to step in as Matt Vinc’s backup this season, something which he is looking forward to.

 

“I’m eager to get started and earn my keep with the Lakers,” Alton said. “They are one of the top teams in the country with a lot of local support. It’ll be different being one of the younger guys again, but I look forward to the experience and being part of a great organization.”

 

In the fourth round, at 20th overall, the Lakers selected 6’3, 200 lb. defenseman/transition Alex Brennan from the Clarington Gaels Jr. B. Brennan currently attends UOIT in Oshawa while residing in Courtice.

 

Brennan may have been a surprise pick to some, never having played Jr. A, but he is a strong player with a lot of size that will help the Lakers on the back end.

 

“It’s a real honour to be drafted by the Lakers,” Brennan said. “They’re such a strong team and highly respected. I plan to bring my size, speed, and whatever it takes to make a contribution to helping the team succeed.”

 

With their last pick, in the fifth round the Lakers took defensemen Patrick McCrory from Oshawa 28th overall. McCrory is 5’11, 180 lbs., and attends Western University where he plays midfield for the Mustangs field lacrosse team. The last two seasons he has also suited up for the Whitby Warriors Jr. A team, earning 8 points in 19 games last season.

 

All five players will have a chance to make the squad this season, but decisions on roster spots won’t, of course, be decided until training camp in May.

 

 

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