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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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