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Lakers tie series

 

August 2, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – If the rest of the Lakers’ first-round series against the Brooklin Redmen is anything like the first two games, fans are going to need to keep a close eye on their blood pressure.

 

The Lakers tied their MSL semi-final series at one game apiece on Wednesday night with a 6-5 win over the Redmen at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby. About half of the 650 fans in attendance were cheering for the Lakers.

 

The game marks the third meeting in a row between the teams that ended in a one-goal differential.

 

“The (first three) games that we played Brooklin they didn’t have a full lineup,” said winning goaltender Matt Vinc. “They’re well-coached; they play good systems and disciplined lacrosse. We knew it was going to be a battle. It is a hot rink and favours their style of play. We knew it was going to be a grind.”

 

 

IPSC is known for its cement floor and lack of air conditioning, so it was a hot, sweaty night in Durham Region but the Lakers adapted quickly to the inhospitable conditions. Although the Redmen scored first, as they did in game one, Shawn Evans quickly tied the game. Curtis Dickson gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead at 4:52 but that was erased just 16 seconds later by Ryan Keenan. Holden Cattoni put the Lakers up 3-2 but Curtis Knight tied the game at three with three seconds left in the period after the Redmen pulled starter Zach Higgins for an extra attacker.

 

Ian Llord put the Lakers up 4-3 in the third period with a bounce-shot on a fast-break.

 

“It ended up in my stick. I went down and saw something and shot at it, simple as that,” the defenseman described.

 

We don’t give player of the game awards during road games, but if we did, Llord would be the winner. He was all over the defensive end, helping out Vinc.

 

“Vinc definitely held us in that game,” Llord said. “I thought we played a lot better on defense tonight than we did the first game but Vinc was definitely the star of this game for sure.”

 

Austin Shanks and Kyle Buchanan traded goals for a 5-4 Lakers lead after the second period.

 

Evans gave the Lakers a two-goal cushion at 11:28. Dan Lintner scored at 13:49 to cut the lead to one but Vinc and the defense shut the door, holding off a couple of good chances in the last minute and a half.

 

 

Vinc made 36 saves, none bigger than two stops on fast-breaks from Ryan McSpadyen in the third period.

 

“We played better from the start,” Vinc recognized. “We didn’t get behind early and didn’t let them get runs. That’s more our style of play, with the exception of them holding us to six, but overall that was a better team game for us.”

 

It was the Lakers’ lowest-scoring game of the season. Evans led the team with two goals and two assists.

 

The Lakers return home to the Memorial Centre next Tuesday, August 8 to host game three of the series. Playoff packages as well as single-game tickets for round one are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online athttp://www.memorialcentre.ca.

 

Notes:

-       Both teams switched up their game one starters. The Lakers have rotated Vinc and Evan Kirk all season, so that was no surprise. But Mike Poulin backed up Zach Higgins on the Brooklin side.

-       Brock Sorensen made his 2017 debut for the Lakers after missing all of 2016 with a knee injury. Thomas Hoggarth continues to be sidelined with an ankle injury. Joel Matthews was scratched to make room for Sorensen.

 

 

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Shawn Evans (2-2)

Kyle Buchanan (1-1)

Ian Llord (1-0)

Curtis Dickson (1-0)

Holden Cattoni (1-0)

Adam Jones (0-2)

Turner Evans (0-1)

Mark Steenhuis (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

Lakers falter in opener

 

August 1, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – It’s rare for a team in the MSL to face as little adversity as the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers did in the regular season, so it’s not surprising that it has finally come.

 

An 11-10 loss to the Brooklin Redmen on Tuesday night has the Lakers in a 1-0 hole as they open the 2017 MSL playoffs. Their last (and only) loss this season came on June 29 to the Cobourg Kodiaks. 

 

“We didn’t show up for the first and second and Brooklin came ready to play,” captain Robert Hope said. “We can’t expect to just turn it on in the third and expect to win. We have to show up for 60 minutes every single game. Playoffs are a brand new season each and every time you play.”

 

Curtis Dickson and Mike Hasen echoed Hope’s “new season” sentiment. The Lakers have wiped out the regular season and are solely focused on the future.

 

“We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy series,” Dickson acknowledged. “Come playoff time, it’s a whole new season. We knew they would be looking to play well off the bat.”

 

Dickson was all over the floor during the game. In addition to scoring two third-period goals, he drew a penalty with six seconds left to give the Lakers a chance, plus he knocked the ball free of Graeme Hossack on a first-period fast-break. That defensive play drew the loudest cheer of the night from the 2445 fans in attendance.

 

That transition attempt was stopped, but others weren’t. The Redmen took off running every chance they got and made the Lakers pay.

“They moved the ball very well. They’re a well-coached team,” said Hope. “They tried some different things out there… They were able to get up the floor, score some transition goals and then their goalie (Mike Poulin) played well.”

 

The Redmen shocked the Lakers just 20 seconds into the first period. Kyle Rubisch got in alone on Evan Kirk after the Redmen won the face-off and threw a fake to the right side before going over Kirk’s shoulder. Matt Hossack scored on a power play at 5:44. Brad Self put a quick-stick goal past Mike Poulin and Joel Matthews scored on transition to tie the game at two, but three in a row from the Redmen put them up 5-2 after the first.

 

The Lakers came out flat, and they fully admitted so after the game.

 

“You really have to give a lot of credit to Brooklin tonight,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “They came out fast and put us on our heels and it was just catch-up mode from there.”

 

The Lakers didn’t look anything like their fans are used to. They got caught making bad line changes, going over-and-back and allowed easy shots.  

 

“We got our signals crossed on some things and we allowed them a lot of easy goals at the start,” said Hope. The Lakers were unable to recover from that first-period deficit.

Shewell and Llord

The Redmen increased their lead to 7-2 in the second which prompted Hasen to relieve Kirk in favour of Matt Vinc. The switch initially worked – Kyle Buchanan, Josh Currier and Turner Evans scored in succession to cut the lead to 7-5. The Redmen replied with a three-goal run of their own, however. A late goal by Adam Jones had the Lakers down 10-6 after two.

 

The Lakers outscored the Redmen 4-1 in the final frame. Dickson got the Lakers within a goal at 17:05 but even with the last shot of the game, the Lakers couldn’t tie the it before time ran out. 

 

“We came out with a purpose in the third,” said Hasen. “If we can play that way I like our chances but that first period was the exact opposite… We need to keep it as simple as we possibly can. We just have to keep it one shift at a time and build from there.”

 

There’s no cause for panic. The Lakers were down by five goals and were one shot away from sending the game to overtime. This is a resilient group, and they’re eager to get right back at it tonight.

 

“We’re lucky to get a quick turn-around,” said Dickson. “We don’t want to have to stew on that one for a week so it’s nice to get right back out there and get a second shot at them.”

 

“Every game in playoffs is huge, especially on the road,” said Hope. “We want to play well… The scoreboard takes care of itself as long as we put the effort in.”

 

Game two goes tonight at 8 p.m. from Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby. There will be no TV broadcast of the game, so fans are encouraged to make the drive up the 115 to cheer on their Lakers.

 

Game three is next Tuesday, August 8 back at the Memorial Centre.

 

Notes:

-       Prior to the game, the Lakers honoured Bob Gainey and Bob Allan with a standing ovation. The pair will be inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

-       Bryce Sweeting wore jersey #6 tonight. His regular #33 jersey has been ripped too many times to repair.

Lakers win in double OT nailbiter

 

August 8, 2017

 

by Marla Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - It isn’t everybody who gets to score the game winning goal in a sudden-death double-overtime period as Josh Currier did at the Memorial Centre on Tuesday August 8. Doing so pulled the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers ahead of the Brooklin Redmen with a two games to one series lead in the best-of-seven semi-final. Thursday evening, they reassemble in Whitby to increase that lead to three games. 


For now, Currier is “feeling pretty good,” as he told the Lakers’ post-game media scrum. Though he removed a “monkey from his back” by scoring so handily, he gave all due credit to his teammates. “It’s a team win," he declared.


Currier missed the first 13 games of the 2017 season as he rehabbed a knee injury. He exploded for three goals and two assists in his season debut, but was held to just two more goals and seven assists after that. He has contributed two goals so far in the post-season.


“I don’t know how I got wide open, but somehow I was wide open in the middle and Bucky (Kyle Buchanan) hit me and I just put it in the net,” Currier described. It seemed like a golden opportunity, right before his eyes, but, as he said about his ability to fake out goaltenders in close, “I think that’s my bread and butter out there, so I was glad that’s where I got to shoot from.”


The Redmen cried foul, trying to convince the referees that Currier was in the crease, but he made sure to be light on his feet as he stretched toward Mike Poulin - feet outside the whole time - and the goal stood. The Lakers now have home-floor advantage back.


Brooklin drew first blood with Dan Lintner scoring from the side of the crease on a power play at 6:32 of the first period. Though high-shooting, the game was not high-scoring, and it took the Lakers until 17:42 to draw even. Adam Jones scored, followed by Curtis Dickson at 19:19. Jones found that Mike Poulin covered practically every square centimeter in the net (hence the name The Poulin Wall) so he aimed a shot at the far back corner and by luck and some genius too, it went in, tying the game at one apiece. Dickson’s shot was taken from way out past the dotted shooting circle and though a long way, it went right where Dickson wanted it. It was a very big shot.

 

Mark Steenhuis was in the thick of the crowd that surrounded Dickson as he was winding up to score. Number Nine was headed to the sin bin, leaving the team to see to the goals as he policed the ruffians from Brooklin. Steenhuis’ helmet was wrenched from his head and next thing you knew, he was on top of Dan Ball on the floor, pummeling him and both receiving five minute Roughing penalties. They were very fortunate that they weren’t assigned five minute fighting majors. That would have completed their night very early. End of period one: 2-1 Lakers


Brooklin took very little time (2:11) in tying up the score. Ryan MacSpadyen took advantage of Evan Kirk’s right foot being lodged behind the goal line. Several times. By the end of the second, the score was 5-5. There were all kinds of goals. Holden Cattoni scored on a sidearm shot, making it 4-3 Lakers. Previously, Dan Lintner had found daylight at the back of Kirk's net and buried one deep in the depths of the net. MacSpadyen and Ryan Keenan both spied Kirk’s right foot lodged behind the goal line, and sent shots that were eventually stopped by that foot. However, both counted as goals because the foot was stopping the shots in behind the goal line. This was pointed out by Scott Arnold and Pete Dalliday on their Cogeco TV broadcast. 


Where the first period was Domination-Nation, and the fight to establish possession, the second was all about goals. Seven goals were scored in the period, but ending tied, there was no clear Dominator.

 

The third included a fast back and forth running game. Shots on goal were continuously fired in at both ends, keeping the goalies very zoned in to the action. Cattoni shot to Shawn Evans who backhanded it to Steenhuis who lobbed a deceptively slow overhand shot that took wings and flew past Poulin. Brad Self got himself a goal, increasing the score to 7-5.

 

The next two goals were all Brooklin. Had to be as the game ended tied 7-7. Ryan Keenan scored a bomb on Kirk, which went over his shoulder. Dan Lintner made it 7-7 with 52 seconds to go.  He quick-sticked a shot from beside the crease (again).

 

Overtime. Well. A ten minute break after the third, and a ten minute period in which teams could score all the goals they could, if they felt inclined. Best to do it in that period because after the ten minute OT period, if a tie still existed, a sudden death period looms dangerously as a possibility. 


Call-up Tanner Cook scored for Brooklin with 4:20 left in the OT period. 8-7 Brooklin. Was this how it was going to end? In the last minute of timed OT, Shawn Evans sent an innocent overhand, slowly dropping at first but gathering intensity and it scored. Shawn Evans had tied the score!


After a five minute break, and no one left the floor or sat down, with some of the players lining up early, hoping to start; what was the sense of standing around wasting time when we could be playing and maybe scoring that all-important goal; come on refs start the game. Then they did and the crowd began yelling Lets Go Lakers! The players ran furiously back and forth, end to end. They hardly took a breath; they just kept running and shooting.

 

And then it happened. As we began the story, Bucky Buchanan passed a shot to Josh Currier who put on a fake-out-the-goalie clinic; really faked out Poulin and became the hero of game three. Century 21 Lakers 9; Brooklin Redmen 8.


In the post-game media scrum, Evan Kirk had a little laugh when he was reminded he faced over 60 shots in the game. “It felt like a hundred to be honest! It was fast-paced; there was lots of movement and lots of good shots.”


He had to be reflective in answering the next inquiry, reaching deeply inward for truth and honesty. Did he feel he had a pretty shaky game in game one, and because he made some excellent stops early on in Tuesday’s game, did they help to ease the results of the first game in the series?  It was “a shaky game for sure; I had a lot going on. I was traded in the NLL, so it was pretty tough to get focused on the game.” Kirk was glad to report he looked and felt more comfortable during Tuesday’s game. “I always call it the golfer’s bounce. If you have a bad game prior, you can’t do any worse than that.” 


In support of his teammates, Kirk remarked that “it was a tough win,” (9-8; many shots; two OT periods) but it’s a team win that brings you together in a tough series like this, but it’s also a tough loss for them (Brooklin).”

 

Currier was named the Wiser's player of the game. Kirk was named the 180 Hunter defensive player of the game.


Game four of the series is Thursday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby. Fans are encouraged to arrive early due to the annual Ontario Lacrosse Festival on at the venue. Game five returns to the Memorial Centre next Monday, August 14. Playoff packages for both the first and second rounds are now on sale at the Memorial Centre, online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca or by calling (705) 743-3561. Single-game tickets are also on sale for the remainder of the first-round series.


Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Shawn Evans (2-5)

Holden Cattoni (2-2)

Adam Jones (1-1)

Brad Self (1-1)

Mark Steenhuis (1-0)

Josh Currier (1-0)

Curtis Dickson (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-2)

 

 

 

Lakers-Redmen familiar foes

 

August 1, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The road to the Mann Cup begins on Tuesday night as the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers start the MSL playoffs against the Brooklin Redmen in game one of the first-round best-of-seven semi-final series.

 

 

 

The first-place Lakers were scheduled to face the fourth-place Oakville Rock, but a league-wide scheduling adjustment to save on travel costs has them facing the third-place Brooklin Redmen instead. Only one point separated the Rock and Redmen in the standings, and head coach Mike Hasen doesn’t see any difference in their skill levels.

 

“I don’t think it really matters who we’re playing,” Hasen said. “I really do believe that every team is so close."

 

Ian Llord & Nick Weiss

 

Peterborough won the season series 4-0, outscoring the Redmen 55-36. The closest game was the last, on July 19, which the Lakers won 12-11.

 

Evan Kirk played the first game, and Matt Vinc the last three in goal for the Lakers. Zach Higgins played the first two for Brooklin and Mike Poulin the last two after his championship season with the Georgia Swarm ended. Each team has a capable one-two punch in net.

 

The top four league scorers will all play in this series, with the Lakers holding the top three spots.

 

Top three scorers from each team:

 

The Lakers like the matchup with Brooklin.

 

“They like to run,” Hasen described the Redmen. “They have a young group offensively that moves the ball well. Defensively, with Poulin as the goaltender, they’re physical and they put (pressure on us). We have to make sure the ball is hot on our side of things.”

 

Dickson in the crowd

The fans should also like this matchup. Peterborough and Brooklin have a long history. Every game this season was closer than the scores might indicate. The teams combined for 175 penalty minutes in their four games. Neither team is willing to give an inch, and the intensity always steps up in the playoffs.

 

Iroquois Park Sports Centre, with its cement floor and lack of air conditioning, is classic arena to watch a game, and only an hour up the 115/401, so the Lakers are hopeful a lot of fans can make the drive and drown out the Durham crowd for games two, four and six (if necessary).

 

Playoff packages are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca. Season-ticket holders had until 5 p.m. on Monday to claim their seats for the first round. All unclaimed seats will go on sale to the general public at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

 

The second-place Six Nations Chiefs will host the Oakville Rock in the other semi-final series.

 

Full schedule:

 

Game 1: Tuesday, August 1 Peterborough

Game 2: Wednesday, August 2 Whitby

Game 3: Tuesday, August 8 Peterborough

Game 4: Thursday, August 10 Whitby

Game 5: Monday, August 14 Peterborough*

Game 6: Wednesday, August 16 Whitby*

Game 7: Thursday, August 17 Peterborough*

 

All games 8 p.m. starts.

*if necessary

 

 

 

 

Cobourg Kodiaks clobbered

 

July 27, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers clobbered the Cobourg Kodiaks in their last meeting of the season on Thursday night, winning 18-5 in the MSL’s regular-season finale in front of 3228 fans at the Memorial Centre.

 

The Kodiaks were the only team to defeat the Lakers this season, winning 8-7 on June 29, but the Lakers took the season series 3-1. The Lakers finished the regular season in first place with a 17-1 record.

 

They now have four days off before beginning the playoffs on Tuesday at the Memorial Centre versus the Brooklin Redmen.

 

Against the Kodiaks, the Lakers took advantage of the lower-seeded team and used the game to work on their systems and make corrections. It took until mid-July for the Lakers to have their full lineup back, so they’ve taken every opportunity to gel together. Although the game was inconsequential in the standings, everyone played - nobody got to rest.

 

“Our chemistry on offense has been there for the last six or seven games and we need to ride that into playoffs,” said Shawn Evans. “We need to be ready on Tuesday to face Brooklin.”

 

Turner Evans

Head coach Mike Hasen agreed with Evans’ assessment of the game.

 

“The ball was moving real nice,” he said. “Defensively we were sound, getting on their hands and putting them in lanes. Matt Vinc was real good here tonight. We had a good complete game and we have to make sure we’re clicking on all cylinders going into the playoffs. The tough part of the season is what’s coming next.”

 

It was the most active first period of the season - the Lakers led 8-1 by the time the buzzer went, but the period all featured two fights.

 

Holden Cattoni scored a first period hat trick but was ejected at the end of the period for fighting his junior teammate Tyler Roche. Roche checked Cattoni in the head as he went to the net, and then the two tangled behind the goal. Cattoni was on track to be the first 50-goal scorer for the Lakers since John Grant Jr. in 1996, but finished with a still-impressive 48, first in the league.

 

Bryce Sweeting took on Broedie Birkhof late in the period. Sweeting landed more punches but Birkhof got the takedown. Birkhof led the league in penalty minutes for the second year in a row, with 117.

 

Dylan Evans scored his second goal of the season on a transition break to open the second period. Matt Gilray also scored on transition. Adam Jones scored his third and fourth of the game, while Kyle Buchanan scored on a behind-the-back shot.

 

The Kodiaks scored three, including a marker from Peterborough native Cole McWilliams, who scored his first in the MSL. Luke Laskiewicz scored his first of two on the night. Joey Cupido scored on a penalty shot. Goaltender Kevin Croswell, a former Laker and Peterborough native, allowed 12 goals on 31 shots before being lifted in favour of Rance Vigneux.

 

Shawn Evans

 

The Lakers didn’t let off the gas in the third, outscoring the Kodiaks 5-1.

 

Shawn Evans finished the season as the MSL’s leading scorer in both points and assists. He said he was pleased with his individual performance but that his focus is on the team.


“I’m still contributing but overall we had a good team win and we finished strong,” Evans said. “I missed Tuesday’s game, but the guys came out and had a big win against Six Nations 15-10 and we came out here and carried it on. It’s been a long week but the season’s over and the next season begins and we need to be focused and ready because this is the big challenge ahead.”

 

After the game, the Lakers stayed on the floor to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans during their annual fan appreciation event.

 

Despite the lack of significance to the game, the crowd was large and loud and the players appreciated it.

 

“We have loyal fans here in Peterborough,” Evans recognized. “They're great fans that know the game and cherish the game. To see the passion in this building during a meaningless game and have 3200 people in the building is great to see.”

 

Jake Fox and Adam Jones

Matt Gilray

The Lakers will begin the 2017 playoffs next Tuesday, August 1 against the Brooklin Redmen, with game two set for the next evening in Whitby. Playoff packages for both the first and second rounds are now on sale at the Memorial Centre, online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca or by calling (705) 743-3561.



Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Adam Jones (5-1)

Holden Cattoni (3-1)

Kyle Buchanan (2-5)

Curtis Dickson (2-3)

Turner Evans (2-2)

Shawn Evans (1-7)

Brad Self (1-4)

Matt Gilray (1-2)

Dylan Evans (1-0)

Josh Currier (0-3)

Robert Hope (0-2)

Bryce Sweeting (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

 

 

Lakers clinch first place

 

July 25, 2017

 

OHSWEKEN, ON – First-place Peterborough Lakers sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

It sounds good to Curtis Dickson, but he reminded us after the game that it’s just the beginning.

 

“It’s step one in a many-step process,” Dickson said. “We have a lot of work left to do.”

 

But that’s what we are, first-place, after the Lakers defeated the Six Nations Chiefs 15-10 on Tuesday night at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Ohsweken. Both the Lakers and Chiefs have one game remaining, but the Chiefs can neither pass nor match the Lakers in points.

 

“It was a good team win. We were team tough throughout,” said MSL leading goal scorer Holden Cattoni. “We didn’t get wrapped up in the hacks and whacks throughout the game. We just played our game and came out on top.”

 

With the win, the Lakers will face the fourth place Oakville Rock in the first round of the playoffs. That series will begin this coming Tuesday, August 1 in Peterborough, with the rest of the series to be determined.

 

“We faced them last year in the first round and it’s going to be a dog-fight again,” Cattoni recalled. “They got us to six games and they’re hard to put away and I think we’ll expect the same again. We still have Cobourg (on Thursday) and that’s what we have to look forward to now.”

 

The Chiefs will play the third-place Brooklin Redmen.

 

Dickson, who was named the MSL’s playoff MVP in 2015, made a dazzling return to the ILA, leading the Lakers with nine points – five goals and four assists. He sparked the team in the first period with a pair of goals. Down 1-0, Turner Evans tied the game at 15:51. Dickson then sandwiched a Kyle Buchanan marker, the three goals coming in a span of just 1:07. Randy Staats scored late in the period but the Lakers never gave up the lead.

 

“We were consistent. Our offense was fantastic tonight,” Dickson praised his teammates. “We moved the ball well tonight, we got (Chiefs goaltender) Dillon (Ward) moving side to side in net there. I thought he had our number big-time the first time we played them this year. It was good to get after them early. Offensively we stepped up tonight and that’s promising moving forward.”

 

Craig Point scored shorthanded to open the second period but Dickson’s third goal came on the same power play, kicking off a four-goal run for the Lakers. The highlight of the period was Bryce Sweeting’s unassisted fast-break goal, the second of his MSL career, and second against the Chiefs. Cattoni scored a hat trick in the period. He now has 45 goals with just one game left to hit the 50 goal plateau. The Lakers led 13-7 after the second period. 

 

It was a typical Lakers-Chiefs game, meaning scoring wouldn’t be the only highlights on the reels, if there was an MSL highlight reel. Billy Dee Smith was ejected in the first period after roughing up Jake Withers, although the two unsportsmanlike conduct game misconducts were probably more for his treatment of the referees than Withers. Things got chippy late in the third – Josh Currier was wrestled to the ground, while Vaughn Harris took a stick in the gut. Mark Steenhuis, Matt Gilray and Jordan Durston went to the box later, and Zach Currier took four minutes from Jeremy Thompson with some excellent penalty killing, but the real fireworks started when Dickson was knocked to the ground. Nine of the 10 runners were ejected with less than a minute left to play.

 

“They were trying to get under our skins,” Dickson said. “They know the game is over and we’re probably going to see them again down the line. We just have to forget about it. Thankfully we got out of there with no injuries and came away with a big win.”

 

Other than those two big incidents, the game was controlled. Between Billy Dee’s ejection halfway through the first and the last three minutes of the third, only one penlaty was taken. The importance of the game was not lost on the players of either team.

 

“There weren’t a lot of penalties and that’s what you expect from two good teams in a playoff atmosphere,” Cattoni said. “But when the games a little bit out of reach, that’s the way games go and we wouldn’t expect anything less.”

 

Six Nations outscored Peterborough 3-2 in the final frame but Evan Kirk made some key saves at key moments, not allowing a goal in the last eight minutes. Turner Evans’ behind-the-back goal to open the period was an outstanding play to keep momentum with the Lakers.

 

Thursday’s game is the Lakers’ annual fan appreciation night, where prizes will be awarded throughout the game to loyal fans. The whole team will be available on the floor after the game ends for photos and autographs. Limited player cards will be on sale to help complete your set.

 

“Hopefully we get a big crowd,” Cattoni said. “We’re definitely looking to end the [regular season] on a big note and give the fans a good show.”

  

Tickets for the last regular season game are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca. Playoff packages can also be pre-purchased. Single-game playoff tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

 

 

Oakville rocked 15-8

 

July 20, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

Peterborough, Ont. – Shawn Evans thought 11 points was enough for one night.

 

The star forward, who leads Major Series Lacrosse with 95 points after Thursday’s 15-8 win over the Oakville Rock, was in on all of the Lakers’ first 11 goals. He scored four himself and assisted on seven others. 

 

And, he did it all in just 40 minutes. Early in the third, he fought Brandon Slade. Fighting in the MSL earns you an automatic game misconduct. Imagine his point totals had he played the full 60!

 

“Slade whacked me a couple times and I thought we had a good seven or eight goal lead at the time so I just had to see if I still had it in me,” Evans explained. “I probably didn’t need to finish with a fight there but it happened and we just have to move on.”

 

His teammates picked up the slack, though, and scored four in the third period to nail shut the coffin of the Oakville Rock, who slipped to fourth place in the MSL standings.

 

“When you have guys like Curtis Dickson, Kyle Buchanan, Turner Evans and Adam Jones, every guy can shoot the ball,” Evans praised. “When we’re moving the ball like we did tonight, we’re playing as a team and we need that right now going into playoffs.”

 

Evans had two 10-point nights earlier this season, both against Brampton.

 

“I had an idea that the stick was feeling good and the ball was moving around. I know a couple of them went in for me tonight. Overall we moved the ball well and the ball was swinging and if you look at the score we put up 15 goals tonight.”

 

Kyle Buchanan


The Lakers and Rock traded goals through the first five minutes of the game. Curtis Dickson started a three-goal run at 5:15 and the Lakers led 5-3 after the first.

 

Peterborough scored two goals to every single goal the Rock managed in the second. The highlight was Evans’ behind the back tally, which he followed up with another goal 30 seconds later.

 

“The behind-the-back goal is always nice, it’s become a little patented move of his,” Buchanan said. “He gets the goalie baiting far-side and is able to tuck it short side. You have to be pretty accurate though, I’ve tried a few of them and not successfully as much as Shawny so I have to keep working on it.”

 

Buchanan was also inspiried the crowd at the Mem Centre on Thursday. Camp Moshava made their annual visit to the arena to cheer on their Lakers. Over 400 of them cheered, sang and danced the whole game.

 

“That was amazing,” Buchanan said. “We’re hoping that continues into the playoffs. It gave us a spark. We came out a bit jittery and the crowd gave us an energy boost and hopefully we can continue having that crowd and momentum behind us into the playoffs.”

 

Holden Cattoni had a hat trick and four assists. He still leads the MSL goal-scoring race with 42 goals. Buchanan had six points, Adam Jones five, and Turner Evans and Curtis Dickson had four points each.

 

Evan Kirk was solid in goal, stopping 34 shots. Steve Fryer took the loss, making 40 saves.

 

Shawn Evans


 

It was a big week for the Lakers, who picked up six points on three wins in three games. They’re happy for a few days of rest before their biggest test of the season on Tuesday.

 

“We knew this was a big week, having three games in four nights. That was a big hurdle and I think we responded well. I think we played how we needed to play. We found that second gear to step it up a notch.”

 

The Lakers travel to Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on Tuesday to face the Six Nations Chiefs, who are chasing the Lakers for first place. The winner of that game will take the title and guarantee themselves home floor through both playoff rounds, so it’s an important game.

 

“The biggest game of the year is going to come down to Tuesday and we knew that it was going to come down to this and we just have to be ready and focused and ready to play our game,” Evans said, although he’ll be cheering on his teammates from Rhode Island with a Nationwide Lacrosse commitment.

 

The Chiefs are almost an unknown entity this year; the Lakers have played every team four times, but seen the Chiefs only once so far.

 

“We nipped them here 7-6 during the first meeting. They have their full lineup back and so do we so we’re looking forward to Tuesday,” Buchanan said. “We’re just going to keep building and focusing on Tuesday, then the next one, and leading into playoffs and hit our stride as we need to.”

 

The Lakers are then back home for their annual fan appreciation night on Thursday, July 27 when they host the Cobourg Kodiaks. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game for autographs.


Brad Self

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Shawn Evans (4-7)

Holden Cattoni (3-4)

Kyle Buchanan (2-4)

Turner Evans (2-2)

Curtis Dickson (2-2)

Adam Jones (1-4)

Josh Currier (1-1)

Brad Self (0-1)

 

 

Lakers win nail-biter

 

July 19, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

WHITBY, ON – Turns out the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have no problem handling adversity.

 

The Lakers eked out a 12-11 nail-biter win over the Brooklin Redmen on Wednesday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby. It was their second of three games this week. The win leapfrogs them, once again, over the Six Nations Chiefs by one point for top spot in the MSL.

 

Iroquois Park has no air conditioning. So when it’s 37 degrees outside, you can only imagine what it feels like inside. Fans were sweating in their seats. The players were absolutely dripping. So it would have been feasible for some teams to just go through the motions.

 

Not the Lakers.

 

“It was hot,” Jake Fox said after the game. “The floor was a little slippery but overall I think the guys were able to overcome a deficit there, come back, and have a great [second-half] and really take it to them.”

 

Jake Fox

 

The Lakers jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first 10 minutes of play. Holden Cattoni scored two, with Brad Self and Adam Jones also getting on the scoreboard.

 

That was when the Redmen turned the tables. Not only did they match the Lakers’ first period output, they scored four more to start the second to lead 8-4. The eight-goal run from the home team wasn’t something the Lakers expected, but Fox said they rebounded well.

 

“Being down by a handful, it was nice to see that we came back and really showed we could fight back,” he said. “It’s not very often that we’ve been put in that situation this year but it shows pride and that there’s a lot of hustle on this team.”

 

The Lakers picked away at the lead, with Kyle Buchanan scoring at 9:26. Shawn Evans capitalized on a power play at 15:13 and Fox got his first at 17:54. The Redmen popped one more in before the period ended for a 9-7 lead after two. 

 

Peterborough scored three straight to start the third and take a 10-9 lead. Buchanan and Fox each got their second goals, and Dickson put the team on top with a power play goal.

 

Austin Shanks scored two in a row to take back the lead. Kyle Buchanan tipped a shot, hockey-style, past Mike Poulin at 16:55 to pull even at 11-11. Dickson fired a shot in at 18:04 and the Lakers’ defense held strong in the last two minutes to steal the win. 

 

Dickson in the crowd

 

Other than that surprising Cobourg game, the Lakers haven’t had a lot of tough competition this season, but the Redmen refused to back down to the league leaders. The Lakers will play either Oakville or Brooklin in the first round, so Wednesday’s game was a good test to see how they match up. Brooklin’s had trouble this season with consistency but Wednesday proved they’re still a dangerous team.

 

The Lakers host the Oakville Rock tonight, another big matchup. The Lakers defeated the Rock 12-7 on Monday at the TRAC and are looking for the season sweep tonight. Game time is 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre. Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca. It's also Camp Moshava night, when we welcome over 400 campers from the camp in Ennismore. Be prepared for a great atmosphere!

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Kyle Buchanan (3-5)

Holden Cattoni (2-2)

Curtis Dickson (2-1)

Jake Fox (2-0)

Shawn Evans (1-5)

Brad Self (1-2)

Adam Jones (1-1)

Turner Evans (0-2)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

Matt Gilray (0-1)

 

 

Lakers support Canadian Blood Services

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Thank you to everyone who participated in our Braver Than Brave blood drive in honour of Tucker Williams. Blood donations will always be necessary, and Tucker will always be remembered. You can still contribute to this drive - just quote ID# INHO535197 when you make an appointment at blood.ca.

 

 

Tucker, the eight-year-old son of the Brooklin Redmen’s Shawn Williams, passed away in 2014 from Burkitt’s lymphoma, but in his short life he inspired all he met to be braver than brave.

 

The lacrosse community is small. We are all family. Tucker's loss was devastating to us all.

 

Tamara Williams, Tucker’s mother, sent us this message: The Williams’ family is “so thankful for all of Tucker's blood donors throughout his treatment. It is so important to raise awareness and recruit new donors, young and old. It is a selfless act that will give a stranger more time to spend with their family and friends. Blood donation is truly the gift of life.”

 

Half of all Canadians will either need blood themselves or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives. Yet only four percent of Canadians currently donate. Your donation can treat cancer patients, bring a car crash victim through surgery or even help a transplant patient’s new heart beat for the first time. One donation can help save three lives.

 

Thank you again for your support.

 

 

12-7 win in Oakville

 

July 17, 2017

 

by Marla Taylor

 

OAKVILLE, ON –

 

Monday was no ho-hum hot July evening in the town of Oakville, and not even in Peterborough either. The Century 21 Lakers wound their way across the 407 highway in the busy afternoon with one major thing on their minds: “The Process”.

 

Interviewed after the game, Kyle Buchanan revealed to Cogeco TV that the Process is what the Lakers work on. One game at a time. No jumping ahead to later in the week; just play one period and then a whole game is played. Then begin again. 


Though the Lakers ended the first period up by one, 4-3, coach Mike Hasen summed up the opposition for that night: “They’re a good quick fast team. We have to take it shift by shift (the Process) like we did today. We made a couple of adjustments in the second period. (The Rock) want to run, and we have to make sure we work on those things to slow them down”.  It worked as the Lakers completed the first game of three this week, defeating the Oakville team 12-7, and are currently installed in first place in the MSL standings by one point over the Six Nations Chiefs. 


The Process breaks down a game not just by three periods, but by each goal, as these show different facets of the Process. There’s great variety in what the team can do and how they do it. For instance, Adam Jones led the team with two goals and two assists. On his first goal, scored in the first period, Jones noticed four Rock players not focused on him at all. Hounded only by one attentive Rock, Jones was able to score easily on Nick Rose. Late in the period, he had the ball again and scored on the shortside from the top of the floor. It wasn’t fancy but very devious.


When asked what he thought of the game, Jones was buoyant as he exclaimed “It was good! We came out a little slow, but our defense held the fort down for a couple of periods and we were fortunate to get some goals up front. Overall, it was a great game. It was one of our best games we’ve had all season and we’re looking to build on it this week.”


 

Every Laker goal scored Monday night was like a lost piece of Lego, recovered and completing a work of art. Each was different; some were fast; some were the result of extreme talent combined with beauty. The latter was a goal scored by Buchanan, who was aided by the mighty talents of #88 Shawn Evans. He whipped a shot blindly, but oh so accurately behind himself to Buchanan, who was parked on the edge of the crease and whipped the shot behind Rose immediately. 


In the second frame, though not a goal, Laker fans and indeed lacrosse fans all over, marveled at the speed of Zach Currier, who nabbed the ball from his end and ran the whole floor, shooting and nearly scoring. Things of beauty are not always goals but memories of well-executed plays. Matt Gilray had done the very same thing in the first. Number 81 took off from the Lakers’ end all the way to the other end, and without a single hesitation, deke or fake, delivered a simple but hard shot on Rosey that scored.


Holden Cattoni has had at least two goals in every game he’s played this year. It took until the second period this game, but who’s counting? Kyle Buchanan found Cattoni alone at the top of the left side shooter position, sent the ball to the young superstar and watched number 99 send a missile past Rose. Peterborough then led 5-4. 


The second frame was a series of scoring back and forth. The points remained close, by one goal until later on when the Lakers broke out the cannons or fireworks and really lit up the place. They scored five goals in the frame and the Rock three. Josh Currier hurled a quick shot past Rose and the score went to 6-5 Lakers. Though Nolan Apers tied it up seconds later, Ever Ready Bunny #2 (Buchanan—Shawn Evans has been and always will be #1), mailed a shot to Brad Self who immediately quick-sticked a shot past Rose and the score was 7-6 Lakers. 


Then another work of art, before our very eyes. With only one hand on his stick, and with a bit of a twist, Shawn Evans, while fighting off Mitch DeSnoo with the other hand, and it was possible that DeSnoo’s stick was dangerously close to wrapping around Evy’s neck, the warrior bunny (a compliment) twisted a bit more and made the score 8-6 Lakers. 


Jake Withers, face-off guru extraordinaire, has been handling extra duties in playing defense and excelling there also. From the face off, he grabbed the ball, ran the floor, faked out Rose and the score soared to 9-6 Lakers. 

 

 

Game stories lag when a recitation of goal after goal is given, so it’s unwise to stick to this much longer. However, remember the description of the “Process”, playing frame by frame, not thinking too far ahead, and applying a variety of beauteous methods to stump the opposition goalie. The 12 Peterborough goals and the seven coming from Oakville were so varied, so unpredictable, that they deserved recognition. 


The third period contained more pieces of the final masterpiece. Seventeen seconds in, Turner Evans golfed (ah, putted) a shot past Rose. A nice innocent grounder and not expected by the backstopper. Ten to six Lakers.


Cattoni scored again, running at the top of the circle by Rose. The goaler may not have known where to look first. Almost immediately after, Curtis Dickson grabbed a loose ball and fired past Rose. Twelve to six Lakers.


Ending out the scoring fest was Wes Berg, who is capable of scoring some big goals. He sent a mysteriously unseen (where did it go?) shot over Matt Vinc's left shoulder and in a losing cause, gave Oakville their seventh and last goal of the night. 


Adam Jones summed up the win in at the TRAC:

 

“We like to wear teams down. Our defense is tough to play against, so a good defense leads to a good offense, a lot of transition. We wear them down for a full 30 seconds and then we get the ball.”

 

Are the players thinking about playoffs yet? With the standings as they currently are, it's a big possibility the Lakers could face the Rock in the first round. Jones felt that they were going to focus on getting better, game by game. 

 

“We still have three or four games left," he said. "We’ll start focusing on playoffs when we know whom we play.” He added that the number of games this week, though grueling, was a good idea of what playoffs would be like. 


Asked to comment on the coach-shortened bench, head coach Mike Hasen deadpanned “Were we? I didn’t really notice!” Then he laughed. “Yeah, TK and Bobby are both committed elsewhere right now, so it was all good.” He didn’t feel it presented any challenges with the different look to the ‘coaches’ corners.’ “For the most part, we’re interchangeable so it ran as smoothly as it could I guess.” He finished by adding “It’s our first game where we’ve had all our guys in the lineup; we’re starting to build some chemistry. We’re in a tough stretch where we need to be firing on all cylinders."

 

The Lakers are back in action on Wednesday at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby to face the Brooklin Redmen. They return home this coming Thursday, July 20 to host the Rock. Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca.

 


 

 

 

Lakers double up on Redmen

 

July 13, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - As the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers injured-reserve list continues to shrink, they’re looking better and better on the floor. Not that they weren’t good before – which should be a scary thought to opponents. The Brooklin Redmen sure weren’t prepared for the powerhouse Lakers on Thursday night as the hometown boys doubled-up the visitors 12-6 in front of 2970 fans.  

 

The win temporarily moves the Lakers into first-place, one point up on the Six Nations Chiefs.

 

Josh Currier returned to the Lakers’ lineup and led the team with a hat trick and two assists. Mark Steenhuis made his home debut and contributed two goals on transition. 

 

Currier dislocated his knee during his rookie season with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks. Although he has practiced and warmed-up with the Lakers all season, Thursday was his first game action.

 

“It felt really good to be back,” he said. “I was just happy to get back out there with the team and the fact that I contributed to the win makes me even more happy.”

 

Currier’s return proved the biggest boost for Turner Evans. Evans has put together a good season, sitting third on the team with 40 assists, but has only found the back of the net 12 times. Currier’s return seemed to spark his play; he was more engaged with the ball and showed a renewed energy. The two have always worked well together on the floor.

 

Josh Currier


“We played the whole way growing up so we established chemistry there and it came to life there and it’s just been growing ever since then,” Currier said.

 

“Josh will put the ball in from any angle so you just put it in his stick and you know it’s probably going to go in the net so it’s nice to have him out there,” said Evans.

 

Holden Cattoni scored just 13 seconds into the game picking up his own rebound and surprising newly-returned Mike Poulin, who also took a loss to the Six Nations Chiefs on Wednesday night. 

 

“When you get off to a quick start in any game it gets the offense rolling, gets the defense pushing the ball up, and that’s obviously going to be a good thing for us moving forward throughout the game,” said Evans. 

 

Steenhuis scored his first goal of the season on transition at 4:53 but Austin Shanks replied less than a minute later to get the Redmen on the board. Turner Evans scored off a high pass from Currier and Shawn Evans put a no-look backhand past Poulin for a 4-1 Lakers lead after the first. 

 

“It was the first time that our offense and defense put a full 60 minutes together. The ball was moving, we were swinging it around, and it shows in the score. We got quite a few goals tonight,” Evans chuckled.

 

Currier’s first of the season, an unassisted marker, came at 3:42 of the second as he got in alone on Poulin and faked high before bouncing the ball past the veteran goaltender. Kyle Buchanan, Cattoni and Curtis Dickson scored to increase the lead to 8-1. Austin Shanks and Josh Johnson sandwiched Currier’s second goal at 17:12. 

 

Mitch Wilde scored shorthanded to start the third period scoring before the Lakers reeled off three in a row. Currier’s hat trick goal came on the power play, a quick-stick shot from the side of the net on a pass from Evans. He then assisted on Adam Jones’ marker.

 

“When you surround yourself with the players we have here it makes it easy to play good. The fact that we’re still rolling makes me happy to join this team,” Currier said. “We’re still looking to get better every game but when we get on and off the floor fast it makes it easier to play.”


Matt Vinc

 

Mark Steenhuis goal put the Lakers’ 12th goal on the board at 11:26. John Lafontaine and Reilly O’Connor added goals for the Redmen. There were some fireworks in the frame; Bryce Sweeting fought Dan Ball at the side boards. Thomas Hoggarth then took on Mitch McMichael on the same stoppage after McMichael took offence to Hoggarth stepping on Ball's discarded jersey. All four were ejected from the game.

 

The Redmen didn’t get back all the players they expected from the Saskatchewan Rush and have been struggling at times to get some necessary wins. They were also missing Dan Lintner, Adrian Sorichetti and Derek Hopcroft. League leading scoring Reilly O’Connor was held to just two points by a staunch Lakers’ defense, despite missing Robert Hope, Jake Withers and Ian Llord.

 

Steenhuis’ return was good timing. He was a boost for the defense. Fans loved his two transition goals.

 

“They want us to run the floor,” Steenhuis said of the coaching staff. “They want us to concentrate on defense first, though. Tough-nosed defense getting loose balls, but I was able to get a couple goals tonight off fast-breaks and the chances that you do get on the defense side are normally a two-on-one or breakaway so they’re high percentage shots so I have to try to keep that up.”

 

The Lakers had four fast-breaks in a row during a two-minute span in the second period but couldn’t convert. Steenhuis and Matt Gilray hit posts.

 

The Lakers have two road games, Monday in Oakville and Wednesday in Brooklin, before returning home to host the Oakville Rock on Thursday, July 20. Tickets for that game are now on sale at the Memorial Centre, online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca or by calling (705) 743-3561.

Kyle Buchanan

 

 

 

11-7 for Lakers over Cobourg

 

July 9, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

COBOURG, ON – Redemption!

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers avenged themselves on Sunday night at the Cobourg Community Centre with an 11-7 win over the Cobourg Kodiaks. The win also put the Lakers up three points on the Six Nations Chiefs for first place in the MSL.

 

The Kodiaks are the only team to beat the Lakers this season, and at the time they did it, they sported an 0-10 record. The Lakers aren’t used to losing, and it rattled them.

 

“Those guys had our number last week in our building. This was a big game for us to come out and have a strong performance and get a win under our belt and redeem ourselves,” Lakers’ star Curtis Dickson said. Dickson had two goals in the game.

 

Chad Cummings shocked the Lakers with a goal just 26 seconds into the first period. Holden Cattoni tied the game, accepting a backhand flip pass from Brad Self to beat Kevin Croswell at 2:49. Thirty seconds later Kyle Buchanan recovered a loose ball to score. Luke Laszkiewicz scored a power play goal and Connor Goodwin beat Evan Kirk from the outside to put the Kodiaks up 3-2 but a two-goal swing the other way from Shawn Evans and Cattoni, both classic overhand shots, gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead after the first.

 

The Lakers continued their scoring streak in the second, putting up four in a row to lead 8-3. Joel Matthews scooped a loose ball to Thomas Hoggarth who crashed the crease at 6:13. Adam Jones blasted the ball past Croswell 15 seconds later. Turner Evans accepted a cross-crease pass from Dickson at 8:00 to score a quick-stick goal, and Dickson scored on a power play at 11:18. John St. John and Laskiewicz added goals for the Kodiaks, who trailed 8-5.

 

Holden Cattoni and Brad Self

 

Despite all the good things the Lakers did, there is still room for improvement.

 

With Curtis Dickson in the box for five minutes, the Lakers took three more penalties late in the game. The Kodiaks capitalized on two of them, closing the gap to 11-7.

 

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot there a little bit,” Dickson said. “We were building up a good lead and then gave a couple back to them but the most important thing is that we got the win so it’s just little bad habits that we need to clean up.”

 

Dickson was serving an off-setting roughing major with Peterborough minor grad Colton Armstrong after Shawn Evans crashed the Kodiaks’ net. Armstrong had also slammed Dickson into the boards in the first period. Usually it’s former Laker Pete Rennie mixing it up with Shawn Evans, or Peterborough native Broedie Birkhof in the mix, but the two defensemen were disciplined this game.

 

“Knowing there are guys from the ‘Boro on [the Kodiaks] just adds to the rivalry,” Dickson said. “They have a great young team with a lot of good talent. It’s nice to see those guys have found a home and a regular playing spot because they’re all good players.”

 

Jones scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into the third on a power play. Dickson scored his second at 10:36. Cattoni completed his hat trick at 11:12. Shawn Evans missed on a penalty shot late in the game.

 

Turner Evans

 

The win snapped the Kodiaks’ modest two-game streak. They also defeated the Oakville Rock on Thursday for their first home win since moving to Cobourg. Over 1200 fans took in Sunday’s game.

 

“You can feel the love and you can see the learning process from the fans,” Kodiaks GM John Webb said. “Little lacrosse plays they’re starting to cheer for. That means they’re starting to get it; they’re starting to understand the game and the small things that it’s going to take to win in this league.”

 

Dickson said, though, that the crowd in Cobourg was a testament to the Lakers’ fans. About half of the 1200 were cheering for the Lakers.

 

“We travel well and have awesome supporters and they had a hand in the outcome tonight,” Dickson recognized.

 

The Lakers and Kodiaks will meet once more, on July 27 in Peterborough.

 

This Thursday the Lakers host the Brooklin Redmen on Thursday. Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online.

 

Evan Kirk and Thomas Hoggarth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakers take over first

 

July 6, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

BRAMPTON, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers got a win on Thursday even if it wasn’t in their home barn. A 16-5 win over the Brampton Excelsiors on the road at Brampton Memorial Arena has the Lakers back in first place in the MSL, one point ahead of the Six Nations Chiefs.

 

After a loss to Cobourg and some nervous moments versus the Excelsiors two days ago, the large-margin win provided an opportunity for the Lakers to get their breath back.

 

“We wanted to focus on playing 60 minutes,” explained Kyle Buchanan. “The last two games… we didn’t finish. It’s cliché saying 60 minutes but we wanted to finish and have the same effort in the third that we did in the first. I think we did a pretty good job of that and we’re going to keep building going forward.”

 

The Excels, who sit tied for last place, pushed the Lakers on Tuesday with four goals in the last three minutes of play to make the game too close for comfort. The Lakers didn’t want the same thing to happen again, and got a boost from having a team full of regulars for the first time this season. Jake Fox was the only affiliated player called-up.

 

“Any team on any night can do some damage in this league so we’re fortunate enough that we were able to come in here tonight and put together a pretty good game,” said Mark Steenhuis, who returned from the injured reserve on Thursday night.

 

 

Steenhuis injured his ankle in the season opener in Oakville. Prior to going down, the coaching staff had asked Steenhuis to play as a defenseman this season, taking the opportunity to run on transition whenever possible. 

 

“There’s probably still a little way to go with the ankle but it felt pretty good and it was nice to shake some rust off out there tonight and have a good time with the boys,” Steenhuis said. “I was open to the idea [of playing defense], and I thought ‘where you can help the team out and where you can make an impact?’ I get to run a bit of tranny and have some fun that way too so I think it’ll be a good thing.”

 

Curtis Dickson staked the Lakers to an early 3-1 lead in the first with a hat-trick. Kyle Buchanan and Turner Evans scored in the last minute of the period for a 5-2 lead.

 

Six straight goals from the Lakers saw them up 11-2 before Mike Melnychenko broke up the run with a goal. Holden Cattoni’s hat-trick goal gave the Lakers a 12-3 after two. Bryce Sweeting took down Tyler Ferreira in a short but spirited fight, surprisingly perhaps, the only fight of the game despite the Lakers’ clear dominance over the Excels this season. Through their four regular season games, the Lakers outscored the Excelsiors 75-35.

 

Brampton lacks the star power of teams like Peterborough and Six Nations and finds themselves in tough when goaltender Tyler Carlson isn’t available, as he wasn’t in the Lakers two most lopsided wins.

 

Kyle Buchanan said that the Excels still have talented players despite their record.

 

“They have a bunch of guys that are just on the cusp of being in the NLL,” he said. “With only nine teams the lacrosse world is so small. They have some guys that can push the pace. Fast, good athletes that are young guys that can play. Maybe we’re not as used to playing against them but overall we’re focused on ourselves and whoever’s in front of us hopefully doesn’t matter.”

 

 

Mike Burke and Jordan Dance sandwiched a Buchanan goal in the third but the Lakers ended the game with a three-goal run.

 

Matt Vinc made 45 saves. Buchanan, Cattoni and Dickson had three goals each. Shawn Evans and Adam Jones had two with singles scored by Turner Evans, Jake Fox and Jake Withers. Withers was 13/15 in the faceoff circle with the Lakers going 17 for 23 overall of recorded draws.*

 

The Lakers are on the road again this Sunday, July 9 in Cobourg to face the Kodiaks, who defeated the Oakville Rock Thursday night for their first home win as a franchise. The Kodiaks also beat the Lakers last Thursday 8-7 at the Memorial Centre. 

 

“For us it’s a little bit of payback,” Steenhuis said. “They’re riding high and playing well. They know they took one from us last time so we want to go in there and try to dominate them and show them the team we are.”  

 

The Lakers are back home on July 13 to host the Brooklin Redmen. Tickets are on sale now at the Memorial Centre, online athttp://www.memorialcentre.com or by phone at (705) 743-3561.

 

 

*Pointstreak did not capture every faceoff.

 

Ninth win of season for Lakers

 

July 4, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are – for the most part – back on track after a 13-11 win over the Brampton Excelsiors on Tuesday night at the Memorial Centre.

 

The Excelsiors, who gave the Lakers fits the last time they played (June 24 in Brampton, an 18-12 win for the Lakers), only mustered up 14 runners for the odd-day affair.

 

Despite the win, there was enough cause for concern that the team held a brief closed-door meeting following the game.

 

The Lakers led 13-7 but allowed four goals in the last three minutes of play. After last week’s loss to Cobourg, those goals caused a bit of concern.

 

“That was not a good finish for us,” Cattoni said. “We worked hard through the first 57 minutes and threw that away in the last three minutes.”

 

The Lakers allowed the first goal of the game at 1:59 of the first period and didn’t tie the game until Adam Jones’ goal at the eight-minute mark. The slow start would have been slightly concerning but for the Jones factor – he’s been missing on the Lakers’ left side all season, so it took a few minutes for the forward group to adjust. Once they did they kept ahead of the Excels the rest of the game.

 

Curtis Dickson


“We were up a few goals and we just let our foot off the pedal,” Jones said of the last three minutes. “We’ve got enough veteran guys that we need to be able to step up and say ‘let’s start building good habits for later on in the season.’ That’s something that will kill us down the road so we need to learn from it and get better and work on playing a full 60.”

 

Jones contributed a hat trick and two assists in his debut.

 

“It’s good to be back,” he expressed. “I missed the guys, the team, the arena, the atmosphere… but it’s like riding a bike... I felt good, a couple of kinks but after a couple games I’ll feel like I’m back at it. I’m ready to go and make a run at it.”

 

The Lakers took a 3-1 lead on a pair of overhand goals from Shawn Evans and Holden Cattoni. Jordan Dance got one back for the Excelsiors but it was matched by Thomas Hoggarth just 17 seconds later. Jones scored shorthanded for a 5-2 Lakers lead after one. It was nearly 6-2; with one second left the Excels took possession and Patrick Miles attempted to launch the ball down the floor but instead launched it right into Evans’ stick. The ball hit the back of the net just a split second too late to count.

 

Missing from the lineup was face-off man Jake Withers, away with the MLL’s Atlanta Blaze. Dylan Evans and Bryce Sweeting split duties on the draw, going a combined 25 for 27 in Withers’ absence.

 

Brampton scored two goals to start the second period and one at 19:33 but four goals in eight minutes from Curtis Dickson, who also assisted on Cattoni’s second period marker, put the Lakers up 10-5.

 

Holden Cattoni

Cattoni also had a goal in the third for a hat trick; he holds a nine-goal lead over Shawn Evans and Kyle Buchanan for the team lead. With Jones back, a little of the pressure put on Cattoni as the team’s number one lefty is lifted – not that the pressure has been too much for the sophomore. Cattoni’s made an early-season case for most improved player.

 

“Jones just gives us more support on the left side,” Cattoni recognized. “We’ve been AP-ing guys on the left side all year and it’s nice to finally get our go-to group and our game seven group out there so we can play together.”

 

Evans scored his second goal of the game 1:03 into the third. Robinson and Mike Burke, with the Excels’ second shorty of the night, got Brampton back in it for a hot minute before Jones and Cattoni’s hat trick goals. 

 

Matt Gilray, who was rocked by a Quinn Powless hit in the third, said the Lakers will rebound from their shaky finish and come out strong on Thursday, when the Lakers visit the Brampton Memorial Arena.

 

“We’re going to have to come out and bring everything,” he said. “They’ve gotten better since the beginning of the year. This is the fourth time we’ve played them. We just have to come out, give it our all and it should be alright.”

 

After the Lakers visit Brampton, they are on the road again on Sunday in Cobourg before returning home to host the Brooklin Redmen next Thursday, July 13th. Tickets are on sale now at the Memorial Centre box office, online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca or by calling (705) 743-3561.


Thomas Hoggarth

 

 

 

Lakers honouring award winners Thursday 

 

June 27, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Prior to Thursday’s home game against the Cobourg Kodiaks, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers will honour their 2016 team award winners. Players will be presented with their awards on the floor in a special ceremony.

 

Award winners are:

 

Top Scorer

Shawn Evans 88

Most Valuable

Shawn Evans 88

Rookie of the year (a tie)

Zach Currier 77 & Holden Cattoni 99

Top Defenceman

Robert Hope 18

Top Transition

Chad Tutton 12

Most Sportsmanlike

Turner Evans 5

Most Dedicated

Brad Self 25

Most Improved

Jake Withers 10

Fan Favourite

Mark Steenhuis 9

 

 

Most honourees are expected to be in attendance, including Chad Tutton, who will miss the season as he rehabs from Achilles’ surgery. Mark Steenhuis, who is eyeing a return to action soon, after an ankle injury sustained in the Lakers’ season opener, will not attend.

 

Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca.

 

Lakers suffer first loss of season

 

June 29, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

Well, that game didn’t end how anybody expected it to – probably not even the Cobourg Kodiaks.

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers drop to 8-1 on the season after a Thursday evening 8-7 loss to their highway 28 rivals. The Kodiaks improve to 1-10; yes, that was their first win of the season.

 

The Kodiaks have struggled since moving from Kitchener-Waterloo. They won one game in 2016 and have yet to win a home game at the Cobourg Community Centre in a season and a half.

 

The Lakers were shell-shocked after the game. We all know anything can happen in lacrosse, but when 0-10 goes up against 8-0 the odds usually aren’t in their favour.

 

“It’s embarrassing,” said Brad Self. “Kudos to them. They played well. They outworked us. We didn’t show up to work. It doesn’t matter how skilled your team is or what it looks like on paper, they proved that. Hard work trumps skill anytime.”

 

Rookie Chris Cloutier scored the winning goal for the Kodiaks with just 1:55 left to play in the game, but it was goaltender Kevin Croswell who earned the Kodiaks the win.

 

Recently signed, Croswell, a former Laker, hasn’t played an organized lacrosse game since 2015 with the now-defunct Durham Turfdogs. His first game back in his hometown was emotional.

 

“I was a little nervous tonight,” he said, “but I came in with the attitude that I’ve got nothing to lose. The guys came out at the end and played like men. They got the job done.”

 

Croswell works with Kodiaks general manager John Webb at Ontario Power Generation, so when Webb mentioned the Kodiaks could use a veteran goaltender, Croswell jumped at the opportunity.

 

Curtis Dickson

 

Croswell last played in the MSL in 2013, appearing in two games for the Lakers, going 1-1. He was 6-1 during the teams’ 2012 Mann Cup run, but ended up as the Lakers’ third goalie after Tyler Carlson and Mike Thompson.

 

Croswell stopped 20 Lakers shots in the first period including two in close on Jake Fox and a transition attempt from Matt Gilray, who threw a couple of fakes but hit Croswell’s legs. He also stopped quick-stick attempts from Brad Self and Shawn Evans on a late power play.

 

Lakers’ head coach Mike Hasen said there were a few factors to explain the loss.

 

“We were very slow getting off the floor and allowed them to get going and get running on us,” Hasen said. “There are also a bunch of shots that we shot to shoot as opposed to getting quality shots, but I give credit to Croswell. He made the stops he had to make and he was really good tonight.”

 

Curtis Dickson finally broke the drought with two goals to open the second, scoring on an outside shot at 26 seconds and then 2:15 later in tight. Goals from Cloutier and Drake Smith tied the game, Smith’s shorthanded marker coming after a quick whistle negated a tally from Kyle Buchanan. Shawn Evans replied 22 seconds after Smith’s goal on the power play with Matt Crough in the box serving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

 

One other factor working in the Kodiaks’ favour was their discipline. Three of the MSL’s top five penalty minute leaders play for the Kodiaks. Although they’re shorthanded so often, the Kodiaks excel at scoring a man short. Playing even has more advantages though, and the Kodiaks were finally able to rally five-on-five.

 

Ian Llord

 

Former Laker Pat McCrory scored at 12:22, but Dickson’s hat trick put the Lakers up 4-3 at 13:57. Two goals from John St. John gave the Kodiaks a 5-4 lead after the second period.

 

Evans tied the game 3:03 into the third period but the tie didn’t last long; Cloutier put Cobourg back on top 51 seconds later. A two-goal swing by the Lakers from Jake Fox, and Evans’ third, on the power play, gave the Lakers a 7-6 lead at 6:53. Drake Smith tied it at seven at 15:52 on a power play. Cloutier beat a defender in front of the Lakers’ net one-on-one to win the game with his hat trick goal.

 

What’s even more impressive is the NLL talent the Kodiaks were missing. Joey Cupido, Derek Searle and Chad Cummings usually help patrol the defensive end, but the 14 Peterborough connections on Cobourg’s roster proved more than capable of handling the elite competition.

 

“You’re definitely going to get pumped up for that,” Croswell said. “That’s a great incentive to want to beat them and I guess that makes you play a little better, coming back to your hometown. It was a good night.”

 

The Lakers are back at home this Tuesday, July 4 to host the Brampton Excelsiors in the front-end of home-and-home that concludes on Thursday, July 6 at the Brampton Memorial Arena. The Excels put up a fight last Saturday, scoring 12 goals on the Lakers, the most they have allowed this season. With the Kodiaks win, expect a surge of confidence from the Excels, who share the basement with the Kodiaks.

 

“Every team can play in this league,” Hasen cautioned. “It’s not like it’s a bunch of scrubs over there. They’re guys that work hard and play with a purpose. They played with a purpose tonight where we didn’t. We have to learn from that and move forward.”

 

 

Notes:

 

- Jake Withers was 13/13 in the face-off circle. Overall the Lakers were 17/28.

 

- Prior to the game, the Lakers honoured their 2016 award winners. Shawn Evans was the team’s MVP and top scorer; Zach Currier and Holden Cattoni shared the rookie of the year award; fellow rookie Jake Withers won most improved; Robert Hope was top defenseman; Chad Tutton was top transition; Turner Evans was most sportsmanlike; Brad Self won most dedicated; and Mark Steenhuis won fan favourite.

 

- The Kodiaks had 14 Peterborough connections on their roster. In addition to Croswell, the Kodiaks feature former Lakers Matt Crough, Pete Rennie and Pat McCrory. Ryley Martinell, who made his MSL debut, Cole McWilliams, Colton Armstrong, Broedie Birkhof, Riley Campbell, Dylan Hutchison and Josh Miller are all products of the Peterborough minor system. Tyler Roche is a former Jr. A Laker, while Doug Utting and Cody McMahon play for the Peterborough Timbermen.

 

 

Lakers win in Brampton

 

June 24, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

BRAMPTON, ON – An 18-12 win over the Brampton Excelsiors at Memorial Arena on Saturday night has the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers a perfect 8-0 on the MSL season.

 

The game, as it has been for much of the season, was highlighted by the play of the call-ups in the lineup.

 

With the injured reserve well-documented, other regulars missing Saturday’s tilt included Zach Currier, Curtis Dickson, Ian Llord, Eric Shewell and Jake Withers. That allowed seven Jr. A Lakers to dress with the senior club; Carter Badour, Jordan Stouros, Jordan Trottier and Max Yarranton all played their first game. Taite Cattoni, Nick Finlay and Jake Fox also played. Four of them scored their first MSL goals.

 

“It’s great when you see a junior call-up get an opportunity to play with us but when they score it lifts the whole bench up so it’s a great feeling. Everyone loves it,” assistant coach Bobby Keast said.

 

The Jr. A Lakers have been struggling like the Brampton Excelsiors; their record is 2-11-1. Like the senior Lakers, they have struggled with getting a full lineup together on some nights with injuries and other commitments. It was a good feeling for the seven call-ups to get a win with the seniors. They can take that experience back to their teammates.

 

 

“We finally have all our guys back and they can even show they can play at the senior level,” Taite Cattoni said. “A lot of the guys on our team could play in any game for the seniors. It’s a lot easier playing with the best players in the world. They’re always in the right spots.”

 

Cattoni led the charge, scoring not only his first MSL goal, but his first three MSL goals.

 

“To play against Six Nations at home in the first one and pull out a tight dub, then to come here and play a young Brampton team and to have the experience of playing with the best players in the world again and score a few goals in the process has been amazing,” he said.

 

Cattoni recorded an assist on his brother Holden’s goal in the Six Nations game. The two have had fun playing together for the first time.

 

“We’ve never really been able to play together,” the younger brother explained. “My first year of junior I was in Alberta and he was in Peterborough. In college it couldn’t work either so I’m really happy that the Lakers were able to give me the experience and opportunity to play with my brother.”

 

Brampton scored 2:04 into the game but Jake Fox replied 1:10 later. The Excelsiors built a 3-1 lead which Yarranton and Cattoni erased with their first career MSL goals. The first period ended 5-4 for the Excelsiors.

 

The second period was fast-paced and furious but nobody scored until the 5:36 mark when Shawn Evans potted a pair back-to-back. Cattoni’s second goal put the Lakers up 7-5. Two goals from the Excels tied the game at seven before the Lakers went on a five goal run to lead 13-8.

 

Badour scored his first MSL goal at 6:39 of the third, picking up a loose ball at centre and sprinting in on the fast-break. Stouros’ first came at the 13:24 mark after he accepted a pass from Joel Matthews and scored on another fast-break. 

 

 

It was a different looking defense in front of Evan Kirk, and although the Lakers got the win, it wasn’t without some growing pains along the way to 49 saves.

 

“I didn’t have a good night but everybody bought in and worked hard,” Kirk admitted. “It’s a hot night and obviously against a good team that’s scratching for wins so I thought we did okay with seven call-ups. It’s always tough to learn each other’s names and get on the same page in an hour before the game but I think we did a good job getting the win.”

 

The Lakers embarrassed the Excelsiors 28-7 earlier in the season at the Memorial Centre.

 

“(Tonight) they had some more guys in the lineup and more consistency,” Kirk said. “That makes a big difference when there’s guys coming back. When you beat a team 28-7 they’ve got something to prove.”

 

That previous Excelsiors team didn’t have Tyler Carlson in goal. The former Laker was still with the Saskatchewan Rush at the time. Carlson didn’t fare much better than Nolan Clayton did in the ‘boro, however; he was chased after the Lakers 12th goal.

 

Twelve goals is the most the team has allowed this season. Eighteen goals scored is the second highest count. In two games so far, the Lakes have outscored the Excelsiors 46-19.

 

“Our system is a system that you have to know to execute it and for what it’s worth the guys did a good job. Did we do a great job? No. We definitely can be better,” Keast said.

 

8-0? Might be hard to be better than that.

 

The Lakers are back at home this Thursday to host the Cobourg Kodiaks at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Memorial Centre box office, online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca or by calling (705) 743-3561.

 

11-4 win over Oakville Rock

 

June 22, 2017

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers remain in first place with a 7-0 undefeated record after an 11-7 victory over the Oakville Rock on Thursday night at the Memorial Centre.

Holden Cattoni’s five goals were the difference in the game, as the sophomore forward exploded offensively once again and now leads the Lakers with 21 goals. Cattoni is having a career year in just his second year of senior lacrosse.

 

“I’ve had the opportunity to coach with Cattoni and play with him here and… against him in the NLL and he is a great shooter and he is a great goal scorer,” Lakers’ captain Robert Hope said. “[To have him] step up, take the pressure off the guys that are traditionally scoring… is awesome.”

 

The Rock sit in fourth place, three points ahead of the Brampton Excelsiors who defeated the Cobourg Kodiaks 15-9 on Thursday.

 

Oakville played shorthanded, with just 16 runners. Brett Hickey, Wes Berg and the Noble twins played but missing were scoring threats Stephan Leblanc and Rob Hellyer.

 

Matt Vinc

 

Jeff Swift scored the Lakers first two goals both from the top of the circle, the second coming off of a pretty passing play. Jr. A call-up Kyle Killen had assists on those goals, the first coming just 2:10 into his first MSL game.

 

“Just coming into the game I was trying to go out there and do my part, set picks, get guys open and I was able to get a couple of points,” Killen said. “It was definitely a little monkey off the back and kind of calmed me down a little bit, realizing that I can play here.”

 

Killen finished the game with three assists.

 

“Seeing a young kid out there like Kyle… buzzing around, getting loose balls and creating stuff is a good energy boost for our team,” said Shawn Evans. “I was hoping he’d get his first one tonight. He hit a post late which I was hoping it’d go in for him but overall he played a great game.”

 

The Lakers continue to rely on Sr. B and Jr. A call-ups while they wait for a host of players to return from injury. Swift has dressed in every game so far as an affiliated player. Nick Finlay played his fourth game. Tyler Gaulton, who appeared in two games in 2016, saw his first action of the season.

 

Hope said that the strength of the Peterborough minor lacrosse system is a benefit to the senior team.

 

“Being able to have the James Gang guys and the Jr. A guys… come in and step right into the lineup and not look like our team is missing a beat is amazing. And they’re great guys in the locker room. I’ve been able to play with most of them, being from Peterborough, either in junior or on a high school team or even against them and they’re obviously good competitors. Tthey have that edge that Peterborough teams are known for.”

 

An overhand cannon from Holden Cattoni increased the lead to 3-0 at 12:31. Zach Currier’s first at 17:46 of the season gave the Lakers a 4-0 lead at the end of the opening period.

 

Dan Lomas got the Rock on the board with an early power play goal in the second. Dan MacRae added a power play goal but Cattoni’s four-goal period gave the Lakers an 8-2 lead.

 

Holden Cattoni

Things weren’t going Oakville’s way so when Curtis Dickson took an extra shot at Jason Noble, Noble retaliated and the two dropped their gloves. Who knew Dickson could fight, and fight well?

 

“I expected him to be a good fighter just because he’s a big strapping guy from the west coast,” Hope chuckled. “I knew he had a little bit of an edge on him so I expected him to be able to hold his own.”

 

Noble got the pin but not before taking about seven shots to the head – he just couldn’t keep up with the Lakers’ fiery redhead.

 

Dickson and Noble’s bout wasn’t the only one of the night. Late in the third, Billy Hostrawser knocked a ball out of Matt Vinc’s stick after the whistle. Vinc had just made a point-blank save on Hostrawser, perhaps the best of his 38 on the night. Hostrawser dropped his gloves after Tyler Gaulton slashed him, and the two grappled before Bryce Sweeting stepped in to take on the Rock’s notorious tough guy.

 

Hostrawser then tried to get at Zach Currier before he was escorted off the floor.

 

Mitch Desnoo later tried to wrangle Cattoni into a fight, ripping his jersey in the process. Bill Saxton wanted a piece of Currier, who declined, although they both ended up with misconducts.

 

“It was a team tough game,” Evans said. “We’re at home, we love playing in front of our fans and whatever happens, happens. I think we stepped up on every occasion tonight. Offensively I thought we played great; the ball was moving. Defensively we played strong and didn’t give them anything. Vno did his job and when things got rough we stepped up.”

 

The Rock scored the first two goals of the third period but the Lakers replied with a trio of power play goals. Shawn Evans sandwiched a marker from Kyle Buchanan.

The Lakers are on the road this Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the Brampton Memorial Arena to face the Excelsiors. They return home to host the Cobourg Kodiaks on Thursday, June 29 at 8 p.m.

 

 

Buchanan scores five in Lakers win

 

 

June 18, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

COBOURG, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers remain perfect in the 2017 season after an 11-7 victory over the Cobourg Kodiaks at the Cobourg Community Centre on Sunday evening. The Lakers are 6-0 and the only remaining undefeated MSL team.

 

The Lakers, who have had to rely heavily on call-ups from Sr. B and Jr. A so far this season, found themselves truly shorthanded with only 14 runners to start the game. Granted, the Kodiaks don’t provide much competition, but the win really speaks to the depth of the Peterborough lacrosse system.

 

Brett Coons continues to make a case that he should stick around for his full rookie season. Jeff Swift continues to play well on offense for the Lakers. Brad Baker and Steve Bourdon both dressed for their second games. New to the lineup were Brock McGillis and Nick Saltern.

 

Luckily, both Evan Kirk and Matt Vinc were available for the game. With so few runners, coaches Mike Hasen and Bobby Keast elected to ask Vinc to play out as a defenseman for the game. Vinc is a long-pole defender when he plays field lacrosse, so it wasn’t a stretch to throw him in.

“The last time I played (defense in box lacrosse ) was 2006 or 2007, my first year in the MSL,” VInc chuckled. “It’s been awhile. I just had a lot of fun and it was good to get a change of pace out there.”

 

Vinc said there is a stark difference between playing defense in box and field.

 

“It’s a lot different, especially on the concrete floor,” he explained. “It’s a lot more fast-paced with quicker shots and a higher tempo. But overall a lot of the same basics apply and I can use that to my advantage.”

 

Vinc wore Ian Llord’s jersey. Vinc said he hoped he played well enough for nobody to notice him, but savvy fans in the crowd realized pretty quickly that #29 wasn’t as tall as he usually is.

Some players were missing with work commitments; those injured are well documented; and some were delayed at airports. For example, Curtis Dickson, who played for Major League Lacrosse’s New York Lizards on Saturday night, was a late arrival but made it in time for second warmup. Jake Withers, who played for the Atlanta Blaze, didn’t make it back at all.

 

But although the Lakers started with 14 runners, they gained an extra shortly into the first period.

 

Fresh off a two-goal performance on Saturday night with the Denver Outlaws, Zach Currier flew directly home Sunday and stepped right onto the floor with his hometown team to make his season debut.

 

“I’m a little bit tired but definitely excited to be back in a Lakers jersey,” Currier said. “It feels pretty good to be home so it was easy to get up for this type of game.”

 

Currier just graduated from Princeton University where he starred for the Tigers’ lacrosse team, and was recently drafted to the pro field league by the Outlaws. He’s played two games for the John Grant Jr. coached team, scoring three goals and three assists so far. In the field game, he plays midfield. Last season he played defense for the Lakers, but on Sunday played everywhere except goal. He’s a versatile player the Lakers are glad to have back.

 

“Im just going to go where they need me,” Currier said. “I feel like that’s what happens with whatever team I’m on, so wherever they need me that’s where I’ll be. Hopefully I can find a role this year.”

 

The Lakers led 5-2 after the first period and 9-5 after the second. Fans expecting another blowout were probably happy the game was closer - it meant it was more competitive. Despite how well they played, the Kodiaks are still winless on the season.

 

“There was a little bit of a pushback from the Kodiaks tonight,” Currier said. “We had some roster issues, we didn’t have a full lineup, but they definitely played a hard game and gave us a run for our money.”

 

The Kodiaks got as close as 10-7 in the third period on Colton Armstrong’s shorthanded goal, but couldn’t muster anymore. It wasn’t a rough game; the only penalties of note were roughing majors to Shawn Evans and Pete Rennie, who exchanged a couple of protected punches. The refs stepped in just before the two dropped their gloves.

 

Kyle Buchanan led the Lakers with five goals and two assists. Shawn Evans had two goals and five assists, Curtis Dickson two goals and Turner Evans a goal and six assists. Buchanan is tied for the team lead in goals with 16 with Holden Cattoni. Shawn Evans leads overall with 30 points.

 

Evan Kirk was solid for the Lakers against a determined Kodiaks team, even stopping a second period penalty shot against Matt Crough. Kirk worked well his new-look defense that included Eric Shewell playing big minutes with Robert Hope, and of course, Vinc, who even stepped up on special teams.

 

“Coach Keast saw that I probably know our system the best so it was the easiest transition especially with so many call-ups,” Vinc explained.

 

Luke Laszkiewicz led the Kodiaks with a hat trick.

 

The Lakers are back in action this Thursday, hosting the Oakville Rock at the Memorial Centre, and back on the road in Brampton this coming Saturday.

 

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

Kyle Buchanan (5-2)

Shawn Evans (2-5)

Curtis Dickson (2-0)

Turner Evans (1-6)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-0)

Brock McGillis (0-1)

Brett Coons (0-1)

Robert Hope (0-1)

Jeff Swift (0-1)

Zach Currier (0-1)

 

Banner raising to honour Ted Higgins

 

June 12, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers will be hosting a special surprise ceremony prior to Thursday’s game to honour their president, Ted Higgins - a local lacrosse player, coach and builder. A banner will be raised to the rafters of the Peterborough Memorial Centre to commemorate Higgins’ accomplishments in the game and his dedication to the game.

 

The Lakers owe their success to Higgins, who took over the team in the early 2000s and created the perennially contending team fans love now. Five Mann Cups came in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012, and 3000 plus fans fill the arena every Thursday night thanks to Higgins’ efforts.

 

Making the game even more special will be the Six Nations Chiefs’ only visit to the Memorial Centre during the 2017 regular season. The Chiefs defeated the Lakers in seven games in last years’ league final before going on to host and win the Mann Cup. The Lakers will be looking for some early-season redemption to kick-start the rivalry this season.

 

Friends and former players and teammates with a connection to Higgins are encouraged to attend the game.

 

Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office and can be purchased in person, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca.

 

Narrow win over Chiefs

 

June 15, 2017

 

by Marla Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH - Scooping up loose balls, firing them past goaltenders into the back of the net to give your team a come-from-behind win in the last minute of the game is the stuff of dreams…luck and hard work. That’s how Bryce Sweeting found himself Thursday night, as the Lakers, down by two with a couple of minutes to go, pulled off a 7-6 victory over the Six Nations Chiefs at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Kyle Buchanan, at the top of the shooters’ circle, just moments earlier, unloaded a quick release past goalie Dillon Ward, tying the score at 6-6. With seconds to go, and overtime looming, Sweeting scored the winner and recalled how it all came about:

 

“I got a lucky bounce there; picked up a loose ball and realized I was on a breakaway. I play with Wardo in the wintertime so I kinda know him and I found a way to get it in there…It’s my first in the MSL, so for a game winner against Six Nations, I can’t ask for much more.”

 

The evening, dedicated to Ted Higgins for his unselfish, total immersion in supporting Peterborough sports teams for 50 years, honored him prior to the start of the game. He has played, coached, managed, purchased, cheered and even sung the national anthem, showing his pride for the impending game and his country. Among other remembrance gifts, was his own Lakers jersey sporting the number 50, commemorating his fifty years of lacrosse support. Don’t forget to look up next time you’re in the Mem Center, where now hangs Higgins’ banner, included with other lacrosse greats.

 

Early into the game, there was an atmospheric intensity in the crowd of 3016 and in the play on the floor. Though each team was missing several key members, and deserving call-ups were taking their places, (and their personal numbers and names on those jerseys!), everyone was aware of last season’s weird outcome. Lakers were up three games to none in the eastern final, but Six Nations roared back four straight to win the series and the right to hold the Mann Cup finals in their arena. This meeting, on this night in 2017, was almost an eighth game in the seven game series of 2016. The winner would either reinforce the victory of Six Nations, or if Peterborough, show that they too could dominate. There was lots on the line.

 

What there wasn’t was lots of goals. This wasn’t the blowout 28-7 over the Brampton Excelsiors last week, or the 17-10 defeat of Brooklin Redmen. There weren’t oodles of penalties either, and no fisticuffs that really hurt, injured, or mattered. This was a concentrated game of trading goals. The only lead larger than one was in the third with Craig Point, all alone in the top right shooters’ circle, and near the nine minute mark, gave the Chiefs a two goal lead of 6-4. That number held, for too long, although everyone knows lacrosse is a funny game. Things happen. At the last second things, sometimes. In bunches sometimes. And sometimes, nothing. Just nothing. But not this night. Down to two minutes remaining in the game, down by two goals, Thomas Hoggarth, on transition, made it 6-5 Chiefs, with a floor level quick shot past Ward.

 

Holden Cattoni had a productive night and a fun surprise too. He scored twice, and had extra special help with the second goal. His four-years younger brother Taite, was a last minute call-up and Holden related “It’s the first time I’ve ever played on the same team with my brother. I aged out of junior just before he came in. Now for him to play here is a pretty special feeling, and to get him to assist on one of my goals is pretty cool”. Post game, Cattoni was asked what it meant to the team to pull out a victory when it surely looked like a loss was imminent?

 

“It means a lot. It gives us a big boost for us to win that game and have the confidence against that team that has eliminated us in key games in the last couple of years. To make a comeback like that so late in the game, shows a lot of character in the room”.

 

 

The Lakers play their third game of the week on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Cobourg. They return home next Thursday, June 22 to host the Oakville Rock.

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Holden Cattoni (2-2)

Kyle Buchanan (1-1)

Jake Fox (1-0)

Shawn Evans (1-0)

Bryce Sweeting (1-1)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-0)

Robert Hope (0-2)

Turner Evans (0-1)

Taite Cattoni (0-1)

Ian Llord (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

 

Bryce Sweeting was the Wiser Player of the Game. The 180 Hunter defensive player of the game was Robert Hope.

 

 

 

 

 

Lakers roar again in road win

 

June 14, 2017

 

WHITBY, ON – Less than a week after the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers put up 28 goals against the Brampton Excelsiors, they put up 17 against the Brooklin Redmen, a more powerful team – and they did it on the road. The Lakers took down their closest geographic rival 17-10 Wednesday evening at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby.

 

The Lakers led the whole game and only let the Redmen get as close as 12-9 in the second period.

 

Kyle Buchanan led the Lakers with four goals and two assists. He has 20 points total this season – third on the team.

 

“The right side is guys that I’ve been building chemistry with, playing with Dickson for four years in Calgary and the last two with Kyle in New England,” Shawn Evans said. “We’re having fun up here, we’re enjoying playing and we’re seizing the moment.”

 

Evans had a goal and seven assists against Brooklin.

 

“Tracey (Keluksy) is doing a really good job of getting [the offense] to move the ball,” GM Paul Day said. “He’s trying to really keep it simple and keep everybody involved. Someone like Buchanan tonight, he’s off-ball and he gets a lot of loose balls. He’s a real good piece that we brought in this year.”

 

Curtis Dickson had a hat trick and two assists. Holden Cattoni, Matt Gilray and Thomas Hoggarth each had two goals. Brad Self, Josh Gilray and Jeff Swift also scored.

 

The Lakers led 4-1 after the first period. Cattoni scored the first of four shorthanded goals just 11 seconds into the second quarter. The Lakers had a 12-6 lead but a few defensive breakdowns allowed the Redmen to pull within three.

 

“Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. In the past we sometimes would have self-destructed in the third but tonight I thought we did a good job coming back and being focused,” Day praised.

 

The Lakers outscored the Redmen 5-1 in the final frame, with Self scoring the teams’ last of the four shortys just 25 seconds into the period.

 

The Lakers have scored 45 goals in their last two games. The team is having fun, but they’re also conscious of the big test coming up tonight.

 

“We have to be ready (for the Chiefs),” Evans said. “These are the games that bite us in the butt if we’re not focused and ready to play near the end of the season so we need to get these wins now. Our goal is to get first place and get home floor advantage and take it from there. It’s going to be a hard fought game and fans will get their moneys’ worth.”

 

The Lakers host the Six Nations Chiefs for the only time this season, on a night they will raise a banner for president Ted Higgins. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 705-743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca.

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Kyle Buchanan (4-2)

Curtis Dickson (3-2)

Holden Cattoni (2-1)

Thomas Hoggarth (2-0)

Matt Gilray (2-0)

Shawn Evans (1-7)

Jeff Swift (1-2)

Josh Gilray (1-1)

Brad Self (1-0)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Jake Withers (0-3)

Robert Hope (0-2)

Ian Lord (0-1)

Joel Matthews (0-1)

 

 

 

28-7 blowout win for Lakers

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH – What a debut for the Wiz.

 

It’s not the most creative nickname, not like the hockey nicknames of old (think “Newsy,” “Tiger” or “Gump”). Most nicknames these days are variations of a players’ last name – but “Wiz” is apt. The Lakers’ second-year defenseman made some magic happen in the team's 28-7 annihilation of the Brampton Excelsiors on Thursday night.

 

Just returned to the Lakers from the Ohio State University, Jake Withers went an incredible 24 for 27 on face-offs. He beat every opponent the Excels threw at him.

Jake Withers

 

Withers helped lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA championship game and was named a third team All-American, a Scholar All-American, and the Big 10 specialist of the year. He finished his NCAA career first all-time in ground balls (344) and face-off wins (606) for the Buckeyes.

 

As a rookie in the MSL last season, Withers won 75 of 112 recorded draws – that’s 67% - and he did so against the likes of Jeremy Thompson and Jay Thorimbert. This year, Withers will join their company as the league’s elite draw-men. 

 

Withers is proud of his development, but said that “at the end of the day it’s just a stat. Down the line I’ll face better competition – not to take anything away from those Brampton guys. It looks nice on paper for sure and we got the win so that’s really all that matters.”

 

After two periods, the Lakers rested Withers and split the draws between Bryce Sweeting and Matt Gilray, who went a combined 7 for 11. Both are defenders but rarely see time at face-off.

 

Who knew? I didn’t know they were that versatile - they’ve got some hidden talents!” Withers quipped. 

 

Withers even picked up an unassisted goal, scoring the Lakers’ 15th tally on his own face-off win.

 

“I get to let my wings out and fly in box,” he said, comparing the indoor game to the field game. “Growing up playing box and being a two-way guy it’s always nice to come back here and get back to my roots and get involved in the play.”

Brad Self

 

The Lakers and Excels were tied at three in the first period before the Lakers went on a tear of six unanswered goals to lead 9-3. The onslaught continued in the second period, as they led 15-3 before Phil Caputo finally stopped the 12-goal run with his second goal of the game.

 

Jr. A call-up Jake Fox had his best game in the MSL since joining the team part-time in 2016. Fox scored four goals while adding three assists.

 

The Jr. Lakers are struggling this season so being part of a big win like Thursday’s at the senior level was a positive experience for their captain.

 

I’m always grateful when I get an opportunity to come and play with this team,” he said. “I’ve always looked up to a lot of the guys I’m playing with. It’s a great experience. It's helping my game at the junior level. These guys teach me so much that I try to bring back to the juniors.”

 

Fox gave the Lakers a 5-3 lead in the first as his shot was initially stopped by Excels’ goalie Nolan Clayton, but the ball rolled slowly over the line before the whistle went. In the second period, Fox scored back-to-back goals, scooping up a rebound and stretching to put it over Clayton before accepting a sidearm pass from Shawn Evans. His goal in the fourth was a classic overhand shot.

 

“The coaches don’t want us to stop playing our game even with the score like that,” Fox said of the large score differential.

 

Turner Evans

 

Our coaches were stressing that we have to stick to our principles and fundamentals,” Withers explained. “It’s real easy to get away from that during games like this but down the line we have to be chasing the best version of ourselves so when September comes we’re a better team than we were last year.”

 

The Lakers led 20-4 after the second period but showed no mercy to the Excelsiors, using the game as an opportunity to work on their systems. They scored eight more in the third period while the Excelsiors managed three.

 

Nick Finlay played his second game of the season for the Lakers, while Jeff Swift played his third, and scored two goals for his hometown team.

 

Holden Cattoni led the Lakers with seven goals and two assists. Brad Self had two goals and 11 assists for 13 points. Turner and Shawn Evans each had 10-point nights including a first period hat-trick for Shawn. Kyle Buchanan and Curtis Dickson had seven points each. Matt Vinc made 34 saves.

 

The Lakers are in Brooklin next Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. before returning home to host the Six Nations Chiefs for their only visit this season on Thursday, also at 8 p.m.

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Holden Cattoni (7-2)

Jake Fox (4-3)

Turner Evans (3-7)

Shawn Evans (3-7)

Kyle Buchanan (3-4)

Brad Self (2-11)

Curtis Dickson (2-5)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-3)

Jake Withers (1-1)

Jeff Swift (1-1)

Matt Gilray (1-0)

Bryce Sweeting (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

Joel Matthews (0-1) 

 

Home opener win over Brooklin

 

June 1, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are 2-0 to start the 2017 season after a pair of wins this week including 14-9 over the Brooklin Redmen during the Lakers’ home opener last night at the Memorial Centre in front of 3315 fans.

 

The Lakers opened the season with an 11-10 overtime victory on Monday in Oakville, but the players, especially Curtis Dickson, were glad to be home.

 

“It’s awesome to be back,” Dickson expressed after the game. “It was nice to be back in front of the best fans in summer lacrosse. It’s an awesome atmosphere and that’s something you become accustomed to playing with.”

 

Dickson made an immediate impact on the Lakers and the Peterborough community when he joined the team in 2015 after the Lakers secured his release from the WLA’s Maple Ridge Burrards. In his one MSL season he scored 75 points and was the playoff MVP, leading the Lakers to a Mann Cup berth. Dickson was excited to come back for redemption last season but a sports hernia kept him sidelined all summer.

 

“It was a little heartbreaking last year not being able to come back here and play but, unfortunately, things happen when you play lacrosse,” he said. As for this season, “I’ve had a little while off from box lacrosse. We didn’t make the playoffs in Calgary so it was nice to have a little time off and rest the body up.”

 

His summer off was a blessing in disguise as he roared back into the NLL, leading the league in goals. His dynamic play was welcomed back to Peterborough on Thursday as he picked up two goals and two assists and brought the crowd to their feet with some innovative plays.

 

“It was nice to get my feet wet,” he smiled. “There are always kinks to work out and it takes time to build chemistry. I just [flew] in [Wednesday] afternoon so this was my first time playing with quite a few of these guys. We have some stuff to work on but coming in for the first game and getting a win is obviously a positive.”

Evan Kirk

 

One of Dickson’s new teammates is Kyle Buchanan, already a fan favourite after just two games with the Lakers. He also picked up two goals and two assists on Thursday.

 

“We just bounced ideas off each other,” Buchanan said of the pair’s first game. “We’ve seen each other play. The lacrosse world is so small so I know what he likes to do. He’s a great player and I’m just trying to make room for him.”

 

Once the Lakers have a full lineup, Shawn Evans, Mark Steenhuis, Adam Jones, Cory Vitarelli and Josh Currier will have joined the group of core forwards. The Lakers relied on call-ups from the Jr. A Lakers and Sr. B Ennismore James Gang to round out their roster on Thursday. Brooklin did the same with 11 regulars away for the NLL final.

 

“That’s how it works in this league when other leagues are still playing so you get a chance to work with some call-ups and work on some chemistry,” Dickson explained. “With guys coming in and out of the lineup like that it’s important to have a lot of depth. I think we’re blessed to have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the net.”

 

The Lakers built a 4-0 lead through the first period on two goals from Holden Cattoni including the game’s opener at 32 seconds, a shot that slipped through the five-hole of Brooklin’s Zach Higgins. Jake Fox got in alone to score shorthanded at 8:55 and Dickson picked up his first at 11:56. Evan Kirk stopped all nine shots he faced in the first.

 

Kyle Buchanan and Matt Gilray extended the lead to 6-0 early in the second before Dan Lintner and Sean Darroch scored back-to-back goals for the Redmen. Turner Evans responded by picking a top corner on Higgins at 13:52. Lintner, Evans’ Toronto Rock teammate, replied just over a minute later but Dickson’s second and a goal from Josh Gilray put the Lakers up 9-3 heading into the third.

 

“We wanted to focus on our start,” Buchanan said. “The first five minutes is kind of cliché but that was the start we got off to and we rode that a bit. We got a bit complacent in the second but we played a controlled game. We ran the ball well and we kept moving the offense which tired out their D so we have to keep doing that moving forward.”

 

Ian Llord & Nick Weiss

 

 

 

Brooklin turned on the heat in the third, outscoring the Lakers 6-4. Lintner added two in the frame and Reilly O’Connor had a hat-trick for the Redmen. Fox did his best Mark Steenhuis impression while scoring his second shorthanded goal of the game. Some bad luck for Higgins stalled the Redmen’s comeback attempt as a bad clearing attempt resulted in a goal for Joel Matthews, after Zach Tompkinson tried to control the ball but swiped it right into his own net. Higgins just sat in his net and laughed. Matt Gilray scored into an empty net at 17:46.

 

It was a special evening for the Gilray brothers – just the latest pair of brothers to suit up for the Lakers in recent memory, following Brad and Scott Self, Shawn and Scott Evans, Brian and Kevin Croswell, Brock and Kyle Sorensen and Josh and Zach Currier. Not only did they make their senior lacrosse debut together, they also both scored their first MSL goals in the game.

 

“I’m just trying to do my part,” Matt Gilray said. “I’m a tranny guy so I run up and down the floor as hard as I can and then see what happens… This was a great experience, just putting on the jersey means a lot for everyone in the room.”

 

Matt will continue with the Lakers as a rookie while Josh will return to the James Gang once the Lakers roster fills out.

 

“There are no words to describe what it’s like to be part of an organization like this. It’s a family through and through. It’s something really special,” Gilray said.

 

Joel Matthews also had a great game, helping at face-off and setting picks to make room for the offense while also picking up a goal and assist and leading the Lakers’ physical play, including a monster hit on Ryan McMichael in the first, which may have helped spark a near line-brawl with two seconds left in the game, although really Brooklin just took exception to Cattoni’s empty net goal.

 

Matthews fought McMichael, who wanted to go two rounds, and Bryce Sweeting got the better of Tompkinson. The melee resulted in most of the Redmen leaving the floor before the traditional handshakes, and should make for an interesting rematch when the teams meet again.

 

The Lakers have a week off before their next game on Thursday at 8 p.m. when they host the Brampton Excelsiors at the Memorial Centre. Tickets are on sale now at the box office.

 

NOTES:

- Prior to the game the Lakers honoured the late Jan Magee, a former lacrosse great we lost in May. Instead of introducing each Laker individually, the team filed solemnly onto the floor together to stand with members of the PMLA to pay tribute to Magee. Later, as per beloved tradition, Ted Higgins sang the national anthem.

- Brooklin's players were wearing the jerseys of the regulars who weren't there, so even though it looked like Steve Priolo, Kevin Brownell and Shayne Jackson (among others) were playing, they were not.

- Nick Finlay of the Jr. A Lakers also made his senior Lakers debut on defense.

- Vanessa Oake-Hogan of Century 21 United Realty particpated in the ceremonial face-off.

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Holden Cattoni (3-0) Jake Fox (2-2) Kyle Buchanan (2-2) Curtis Dickson (2-2) Matt Gilray (2-0) Turner Evans (1-2) Josh Gilray (1-2) Joel Matthews (1-1) Brad Self (0-3) Rob Hope (0-2) Dylan Evans (0-2) Ian Llord (0-2) Jeff Swift (0-1) Bryce Sweeting (0-1) Eric Shewell (0-1)

 

Lakers win opener in OT

 

May 29, 2017

 

OAKVILLE, Ont. – One down.

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers’ journey to the 2017 Mann Cup began with their first win of the season 11-10 in overtime over the Oakville Rock at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre on Monday night.

 

The Lakers were missing a chunk of their regular roster so relied heavily on their young talent. Call-up Jeff Swift scored the game winner 4:14 into the extra frame.

 

“Swifty just dug and dug and worked really hard for us all night and was rewarded with a goal and it was a big one. He had a great game,” said sophomore Laker Holden Cattoni.

 

“I’ve played with Swifty most of my life and he’s a great player,” captain Robert Hope said. “He’s always had a knack for scoring in both hockey and lacrosse. He’s a real gritty guy. Anytime you need something done out there he’s the guy to do it so it was nice to see him get that one.”

 

Hope is adjusting to his new role as Lakers’ captain and relished his first game with the C on his jersey, although he says the team is the same as its always been.

 

“It was a similar game to past ones,” he reflected. “We maybe just did some things different in warmup but I’m glad that we were able to get the win. I thought we did a lot of good things out there but we also did some things that weren’t the best decisions but hopefully as the year goes on we can learn from our mistakes.”

 

Missing were Brock Sorensen (IR), Chad Tutton (IR), Cory Vitarelli (IR), Josh Currier (IR), Zach Currier (school), Jake Withers (school), Adam Jones (NLL) and Curtis Dickson, who is arriving in Peterborough on Wednesday. 

 

Hope is anchoring a much improved defense this season. It was obvious from the first game that the entire d-corps has benefitted from an off-season of training and NLL experience, although special teams will have to be a focus for the Lakers going forward as the Rock converted on five of their eight power play chances while holding the Lakers to one goal on six chances.

 

“It’s difficult when we haven’t been together and we don’t know everyone’s tendencies for PK yet but we have a lot of great players on the back end so we worked through it,” Hope explained. “Oakville has great shooters on their team and they were really hot, especially on the power play. We really tried to emphasize staying out of the box, especially in the third period, but we didn’t do the best job of that.”

 

The Rock went up 1-0 2:49 into the game. It took seven minutes more for the Lakers to get on the board but when they did the floodgates opened and they led 4-2 after the first, getting goals from Brad Self, Joel Matthews, Kyle Buchanan and Shawn Evans. 

 

Cattoni increased the lead to 6-2 early in the second quarter scoring back-to-back goals. Wesley Berg scored his second power play goal of the game to get one back for the Rock but Shawn Evans scored behind-the-back, followed by Turner Evans on a five-on-three power play, put the Lakers up 8-3. Brett Hickey scored a pair of power play goals to end the period 8-5.

 

“It was a good start for us especially offensively,” Cattoni said. “I think we have a good rhythm. Obviously we’re still rusty and we haven’t played together in a while. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get our timing back and get used to playing with each other. It was a good character win.”

 

The Rock outscored the Lakers 5-2 in the third period to tie the game at 10. Thomas Hoggarth and Turner Evans scored for the Lakers. Dan Lomas scored the Rock’s 10th goal at 19:19 to send the game to overtime. 

 

Swift’s was the only goal in the extra frame.Shawn Evans interviewed

 

Cattoni said playing the overtime was a bonus.

 

“It gets our lungs back,” he said. “It gets us back into the competitiveness of the MSL.”

 

Oakville was coming off a 13-5 defeat of the Cobourg Kodiaks on Sunday night. Both games featured a multitude of new players for the Rock as several of their regulars are resting after the NLL season. However, their big-name players didn’t disappoint. Brett Hickey scored four goals and Wesley Berg three. Dan Lomas had two goals; Brandon Slade added the other. Steve Fryer stopped 48 of 59 shots.

 

Evan Kirk made 46 saves for the Lakers. Both Shawn and Turner Evans had six points each for the Lakers. Cattoni had four while Buchanan and Matthews had three each.

 

The Lakers’ home opener is this Thursday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre, and the players are chomping at the bit to get home.

 

“We have the best fans in this league by far and it’s nice to play in front of friends and family,” Hope expressed. “…it’s just such a great environment. Each time we’re on the floor we bring our best effort and hope we can get a win.”

 

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Memorial Centre, by phone (705) 743-3561 or online at http://www.memorialcentre.ca.

 

Recognition for Lakers' players

 

May 25, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

Your Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have been making noise all over the lacrosse map! Here are just some of the ways they have been recognized over the past month:


International

 

  • The Canadian Lacrosse Association announced on Wednesday the re-launch of the Heritage Cup, a classic box lacrosse game between Canada, the United States and the Iroquois nation, to be held on October 21, 2017 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. The Cup was previously awarded in 2002, 2004 and 2013. The U.S. defeated Canada in 2002. Canada was victorious over the U.S. in 2004 and the Iroquois in 2013. Lakers players Curtis Dickson, Shawn Evans, Adam Jones, Brad Self and Matt Vinc are on Canada’s preliminary roster as they represented our country during the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, where they won the gold medal. 

NCAA

 

  • Jake Withers, The Ohio State University:
  • USILA 2nd Team All-American
    • 3rd Team Inside Lacrosse/Media All-American
    • Big 10 Specialist of the Year
    • Made the 25-man nomination list for the Tewaaraton award
  • Zach Currier, Princeton:
    • USILA 2nd Team All-American
    • 1st Team Inside Lacrosse/Media All-American
    • 1st Team All-Ivy
    • Made the 25-man nomination list for the Tewaaraton award
    • Nominated for the Roper Trophy as Princeton’s most outstanding senior male athlete
    • Finished second all-time at Princeton in career ground balls 
    • Zach Currier
  •  

    Credit: Robert Goldstein

  • THIS WEEKEND: Withers and his Buckeye teammates will compete for the NCAA championship, while Currier participates in the USILA North/South all-star game. 

NLL

 

  • Andrew Suitor was given the Rochester Knighthawks' Wolf Pack award for his heart and dedication to the team. 
  • Matt Vinc was named the Knighthawks’ MVP. 
  • Dylan Evans became the Knighthhawks’ all-time leader in face-off wins.
  • Robert Hope was given the Jay Jalbert award as the Colorado Mammoth’s best teammate.
  • Curtis Dickson finished first in goals scored with 54.

Curtis Dickson

  • Both Shawn Evans and Mark Steenhuis reached 1000 NLL points this season.
  • Adam Jones and his Saskatchewan Rush will be competing for the 2017 Champion’s Cup beginning June 4 versus Chad Tutton and the Georgia Swarm (although Tutton is recovering from a torn achilles’ tendon and won’t be playing).
  • Kyle Buchanan was named IL Indoor’s Unsung Hero

High School

 

  • Always a Laker - John Grant Jr.’s Valor Christian boys’ field lacrosse team won the Colorado state championship for the second consecutive year.

 

Robert Hope new Lakers' captain

 

May 10, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to congratulate retiring captain Scott Self and introduce new captain Robert Hope.

 

“There are a lot of great leaders in our room and a lot of great people who could have been picked. This is a true honour,” Hope stated at the press conference.

 

Hope, 25, joined the senior Lakers in 2013 after wearing an A for the junior Lakers. He quickly established himself as stable defender and the embodiment of everything a Laker should be, even playing with a broken hand during the 2016 playoffs.

 

“Hope is going to be great. He's a natural leader, he carries himself really well and he’s wise beyond his years. He gives an honest effort every night. I know he's got the respect of all the guys in the room and he’ll do a great job,” said Self.

 

General manager Paul Day said that picking Hope as the new captain was a collaborative process.

 

“Once we knew Scott was retiring, the staff and board got together about the next leader we wanted,” Day explained. “It was an important decision. Rob has been here five years and is already a great leader both on the floor and in the dressing room. He’s great with his teammates, communicates with referees in a positive manner and has a great reputation in the league.”

 

Hope was named the Lakers 2013 rookie of the year and their 2016 defenseman of the year. He’s also turned into one of the best defenders in the National Lacrosse League, suiting up for the Colorado Mammoth, where he was recently named their “teammate of the year.”

 

He learned his leadership techniques from years of interaction with Self. The two are both Peterborough minor grads, and incredible ambassadors for the sport and the city.

 

“The way Scott treats everyone with respect and the way he approaches players and different staff is admirable,” Hope said. “Also the way he played the game – never taking a shift off, leading from the back end, giving it all he had.”

Hope has learned from Self what Self learned from his captains, Jason Clarke and Mat Giles.

 

“From those veteran guys I learned that it wasn’t so much what I said, it was more how I carried myself. I had to walk the walk and talk the talk. They showed up to the rink and played hard every night,” Self said.

 

Self, 37, retires after 15 years with the Lakers. He began his senior career in Victoria in 2001 before coming home to the Lakers in 2002, where he eventually played 264 games. He was named captain in 2009 after building a reputation as one of the league’s most respected players. Self won five Mann Cups with the Lakers and four Merv McKenzie awards as the league’s top defender.

 

Earlier this year, Self retired from the National Lacrosse League where he won two Champion’s Cups with the Rochester Knighthawks (2013, 2014) and played in three NLL All-Star games.

 

He said his favourite Lakers memory, of many to choose from, was the 2004 Mann Cup win. It was his first, and the franchise’s first since 1984.

 

“It was a goal that we set back in 2002,” Self explained. “When Jamie Batley took over as coach, that was our three-year plan. To achieve that goal in Peterborough was amazing.”

 

Self has come a long way from his first season as a 22-year-old, and this will be his first summer not involved in lacrosse.

 

He and his girlfriend Candace are expecting their first child this summer so he won’t be lacking things to do. In addition to caring for his new son or daughter, Self will continue his day job with Canada Post as well as spending more time at his cottage with family.

 

“Thank you to everyone that was involved in the team from coaches to players, to my family and fans for always coming out and supporting this team,” Self said.

 

Hope will jump right into the fire with training camp coming up and the season starting in less than three weeks.

 

“We’re going to contend for the Mann Cup,” he said. “That’s our final goal each and every year. We have the team to be able to do it and we’re adding guys we protected and picked up. They’re all important pieces.”

 

The Lakers open their 2017 season on the road on Monday, May 29 in Oakville before hosting the Brooklin Redmen at the Peterborough Memorial Centre in their home opener on Thursday, June 1. Season tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets go on sale May 17.

 

Lakers

acquire Buchanan

 

April 27, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are pleased to announced they have acquired forward Kyle Buchanan from the Brampton Excelsiors.

 

The 29-year-old from Nepean played three games for the Brooklin Redmen in 2016 before being traded to Brampton, but did not suit up for them. He has not played in the MSL full-time since 2011. In 2012, he won the Sr. B President’s Cup with the St. Regis Braves.

 

What attracted the Lakers to Buchanan was not only his ability to score goals, but rather his ability to create opportunities for his teammates.

 

“We have lots of guys who score but we need more off-ball players,” Lakers general manager Paul Day said. “Kyle is a great leader who excels without the ball and is a player that gets the offense multiple possessions with his work for loose balls.”

 

Buchanan currently plays for the NLL’s New England Black Wolves alongside Lakers teammates Chad Culp, Evan Kirk and 2016 MVP Shawn Evans. He’s not the biggest guy on the floor at 5’8 and 165 lbs. but Buchanan has 30 goals and 35 assists and is fourth on the Black Wolves in scoring. He is a solid contributor, scoring at least 59 points in each of his last four seasons.

 

“I’m excited to go to an organization that year after year has a chance at the Mann Cup. There are a lot of familiar faces on the team. I’ve been with Evans for a couple of years in New England and we have a good relationship on and off the floor and that will help us be successful. Evans has a pedigree for winning.”

 

Buchanan was drafted to the junior A Lakers and played a few games for them in 2004, but he's looking forward to seeing the crowds at the senior games.

 

“I’ve been on the opposite side. I know how jammed it is with people that know and respect the game. I’m super excited to get in front of that crowd and contribute to bringing a Mann Cup to Peterborough.”


Tracey Kelusky coaches Buchanan in New England, so is familiar with what he can bring to the Lakers.

 

“Kyle is a huge pick up for us,” Kelusky said. “He’s a gritty player who makes everyone around him better by not only contributing in points but equally importantly by gaining possessions and helping the overall motion of our offense. He has a very high lacrosse IQ and adds a valuable piece to our group.”

 

The trade is pending league approval, but the Lakers will send picks and future considerations to Brampton in exchange for Buchanan.

Dickson returning to Lakers

 

March 31, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are excited to announce that Curtis “Superman” Dickson will be “flying” into town to join the Lakers for their 2017 season.

Dickson, currently suiting up for the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks, played with the Lakers in 2015 after his rights were acquired from the WLA’s Maple Ridge Burrards. He made an immediate impact on the Lakers lineup and became a fan favourite with his gravity-defying goals and emotional play.

 

Dickson intended to play with the Lakers in 2016 but suffered a sports hernia late in the NLL season that wasn’t discovered until June. It kept him out of action for the whole summer. The Lakers are glad to have Dickson back as they once again prepare to face stiff competition from the Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs in the MSL final. The Lakers lost to the Chiefs in game seven last season. Dickson brings an intangible that is immeasurable in big games.

 

“We are very excited to have him back living in the community,” said Lakers GM Paul Day. “He makes our team better, gives our players more room on the floor and makes Major Series Lacrosse more entertaining for all the fans. We were disappointed last year when he wasn't able to return. I worked hard with Maple Ridge when the season was over in the fall to retain his rights.”

 

Dickson’s 2015 MSL accomplishments:

 

 

 

The Burrards are the defending WLA champions. Dickson’s choice to come back to Peterborough speaks volumes about his love for the team.

 

 

 

“I’m so excited to be back in Peterborough for another summer,” Dickson said. “Unfortunately an injury kept me out last summer when I was really looking forward to getting another shot at the Mann Cup. Peterborough is second to none when it comes to summer lacrosse and I can’t wait to get back playing with the guys.”

 

Dickson is currently tied for the scoring lead the NLL in goals with 82 points including 39 goals and 43 assists.

 

Season tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office now. The Lakers open their season on Monday, May 29 in Oakville before their home opener on Thursday, June 1st vs the Brooklin Redmen.

 

Peterborough Lakers’ 2018 season and City recommendations to repair Memorial Centre floor

 

February 24, 2017

 

It has been less than two weeks since the Peterborough Lakers were given some much needed and appreciated financial assistance from the City of Peterborough. The news today leaves the Lakers board shocked that there may be no Lakers lacrosse season in 2018 in Peterborough because of recommendations released today about floor and ice making equipment repairs at the Memorial Centre.

 

The Lakers heard Peterborough council itself state that to lose either the Lakers or the Petes would be a tremendous blow to the city. The news today suggests that losing the Lakers is a real possibility in the very near future. The Lakers believe, based on the Petes comments to council on their economic benefit to the city, that the Lakers infuse about 4-5 million dollars into the city economy with their Major Series Lacrosse events. That is a huge loss for the city and local businesses; it is not just a loss for the Lakers.

 

The loss of the season in Peterborough is also a great loss for our minor lacrosse leagues and the junior team that also play out of the Memorial Centre. 2018 is also a year when the Mann Cup is in the east so even if we are able to play somewhere and do win, it is a good possibility that Peterborough would miss hosting the national championship.

 

The Lakers at this time are focused on the upcoming season and hope that 2018 doesn’t become a distraction to bringing the Mann Cup home from a western final in September. It will be the goal of every team official to keep our players focused on the championship for this year.

 

However, the effects of not having a 2018 season at the Memorial Centre will require some major planning and adjustments to budget revenues and costs. The possibilities of having our season run out of another venue: Oshawa, Pickering or maybe even Belleville to name a few, will have a significant impact on our fan base and travel expenses. The Lakers also believe that there will certainly be an effect on our ability to keep sponsors. Our fans and sponsors have always been loyal and the backbone of our revenues. A significant loss to either of these supports could make the team unsustainable.

 

New arrangements must be made well in advance, so if the final decision of city council is to go ahead with the planned repairs we will have to move quickly to secure a venue. We are unsure of what the MSL will allow us to do so they too will have to be consulted on whatever arrangements we can make. The city report does say that the city will provide the Lakers with some assistance in finding an alternate venue.

 

The Lakers' board has yet to have a full board meeting to discuss the implications in detail. When you get news like this, people want to know what is going to happen. Besides the first thoughts and challenges that go through our minds, there still needs to be some calm and reason to sit back and find a solution. The Lakers board promises to act in the best interest of our fans and will strive to carry on Peterborough’s tradition of producing great lacrosse championship teams and players!

 

City of Peterborough Report CPPS17-008

City of Peterborough Report CPPS17-011

 

 

Lakers announce the 2016 individual award winners

 

April 21, 2107

 

PETERBOROUGH - With the 2017 Major Series Lacrosse season on the horizon, the Lakers are excited to announce the 2016 team award winners for excellence in a number of categories.

 

These awards have been a tradition of the team for years and the names found on each trophy describe a number of present and past players who have become the face of lacrosse in Peterborough including many, coaches, volunteers and builders of the game.

 

Our players are so much more than who you see on the floor. We hope our fans come out to congratulate these great players who poured their hearts into playing for the Lakers last season and stood out amongst their peers right into game seven of the OLA finals!

 

The Fan Favourite award is chosen by our fans on the Lakers' website at peterboroughlakers.ca. Your Lakers' Fan Favourite for 2016 was #9 Mark Steenhuis.

 

Congratulations to:

 

Award 2016 Recipient
Top Scorer Shawn Evans 88
Most Valuable Shawn Evans 88
Rookie of the year (a tie) Zach Currier 77 & Holden Cattoni 99
Top Defenceman Robert Hope 18
Top Transition Chad Tutton 12
Most Sportsmanlike Turner Evans 5
Most Dedicated Brad Self 25
Most Improved Jake Withers 10
Fan Favourite Mark Steenhuis 9

 

 

 The winners will be awarded their trophies at our 2nd home game June 8 before the opening ceremonies.

 

Read more about the history of the team here.

 

Lakers also want to remind season ticket holders that in order to save their present seats, they must claim their tickets at the Peterborough Memorial Centre box office on or prior to Friday April 28. On May 1season tickets not claimed will be released to new ticket buyers. 

 

With the Petes' success this year, they are still playing and selling tickets to their games, so please plan your trip to the box office to avoid possible line ups on Petes' game days. There has been no increase in Lakers' ticket prices this year so it’s the best value in town for the summer. 

 

Follow the Lakers on Twitter @PtboLakersLax, on Facebook or Instagram for up to date team news and behind the scene updates.

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Lakers draft four

 

 

January 29, 2017

 

WHITBY, ON – Major Series Lacrosse held its annual draft of graduating junior players on Sunday. Thirty players were taken from all over the province. 

 

The Lakers did not pick until the third round. With their first selection at 13th overall they chose Brett Coons, a Jr. A Lakers defensemen who saw action in two regular season games with the senior team in 2016, recording one assist. For the juniors, Coons played in all 20 games recording one goal and two assists. 

 

Coons was ecstatic upon hearing the news. 

 

“It’s a great feeling being drafted to the Lakers,” he expressed. “I’ve played in the organization all the way up and there’s nowhere I’d rather play. Peterborough has a great lacrosse heritage that I’m hopeful I can contribute to.” 

 

The Lakers chose defenseman Cody Filson from the KW Braves 18th overall. In his five-year junior A career he scored 22 goals and 29 assists for 51 points over 91 games. Filson also plays at Canisus College, where the Lakers Adam Jones and Matt Vinc played during their NCAA careers. 

 

Will Petschenig from Clarington Jr. B was the Lakers third pick at 24th overall. Petschenig can play all over the floor and did so in his rookie season with Nepean and the remaining three seasons in Clarington, scoring 52 goals and 69 assists for 121 points over 58 games. He is also a former Oshawa General so is familiar with the area. 

 

“It’s always special to be recognized by a team with so much history,” Petschenig reflected. "As a kid growing up, the Lakers were a special team to watch when they won the Mann Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2007.” 

 

With the last pick in the draft the Lakers selected forward Pat Masterson from the KW Braves. In 2016, Masterson added a goal and 10 assists for his team. He also plays for the NCAA’s Detroit Mercy, where the Lakers Joel Matthews spent two seasons. 

 

In addition to their draft picks, the Lakers were able to protect four graduating players from the Junior A Lakers. Those players were captain Dan Michel, Cam Milligan, Matt Gilray and Thomas Hoggarth. 

 

Chris Cloutier of the KW Braves was taken first overall by the Cobourg Kodiaks. 

 

Other junior Lakers drafted include Dylan Hutchison, Josh Miller and Cole McWilliams, also by Cobourg.

 

 

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Changes to Century 21 Lakers' board

 

January 13, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Century 21 Lakers have announced some changes to their board of directors.

Ed Arnold, director of communications, and Pat Baker, board adviser, have retired. Replacing them on the board are Shane Carter and Randy Manning. Brian Cowie has taken over the communications role on the board.

Carter is a local businessman who owns Mastermind Wealth, a division of Protectors Group. He has run his own financial planning service for the last ten years. He also helped to build Premiere Studio of Dance into the successful and renowned studio it is today. He loves the Lakers and is passionate about the Peterborough sports scene.

Randy Manning has replaced Baker as an adviser to the board. Manning currently plays for the Boro Boys as part of the Ontario Masters Lacrosse Association. He has also played, coached, and refereed with the Kawartha District Lacrosse Association and assisted with charitable lacrosse initiatives such as the Truly Lacrosse marathon and Cradle for a Cure. He has also worked with the Lakers alumni.

The Lakers would like to thank Ed and Pat for their dedication to the Lakers and lacrosse in Peterborough and wish them all the best in their retirement. We are excited to have Shane and Randy join the team!

 

 

 

 

 

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July 27, 2017 Cobourg Kodiaks clobbered

 

July 25, 2017 Lakers clinch first place

 

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July 17, 2017 12-7 win in Oakville

 

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July 6, 2017 Lakers take over first

 

July 4, 2017 Ninth win of season for Lakers

 

June 27, 2017 Lakers honouring award winners Thursday

 

June 29, 2017 Lakers suffer first loss of season

 

June 24, 2017 Lakers win in Brampton

 

June 12, 2017 Banner raising to honour Ted Higgins

 

June 15, 2017 Narrow win over Chiefs

 

June 14, 2017 Lakers roar again in road win

 

May 29, 2017 Lakers win opener in OT

 

May 25, 2017 Recognition for Lakers' players

 

April 27, 2017 Lakers acquire Kyle Buchanan

 

March 31, 2017 Dickson rturning to Lakers

 

April 21, 2017 Lakers announce the 2016 individual award winners

 

February 24, 2017 Peterborough Lakers' 2018 season and City recommendations to repair Memorial Centre floor

 

January 29, 2017 Lakers draft four

 

January 13, 2017 Changes to Century 21 Lakers' board

 

 

 

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