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Lakers win Mann Cup!

 

September 15, 2017

 

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are the Canadian champions after a 14-10 win in New Westminster on Friday night at Queen's Park Arena. The Lakers captured the Mann Cup in four straight after giving up the first two to a skilled Salmonbellies squad.

 

The win is the sixth in 13 years for the Lakers.

 

Shawn Evans was awarded the Mike Kelly trophy as the Mann Cup’s MVP. Evans previously won the award during the 2010 series, also against the Salmonbellies, which the Lakers also won in six games.

 

Robert Hope was named the team’s own player of the game, or which he was awarded the game ball.

 

The Lakers and Salmonbellies traded the first six goals of the game. Zach Currier put the Lakers up 4-3 with a transition goal. Shawn Evans gave the Lakers a two-goal cushion to end the period. Evans had a first-period hat trick.

 

Three consecutive goals to start the second gave the Lakers an 8-3 lead. The Salmonbellies fought back but the Lakers led 10-5 after 40 minutes.

 

New Westminster once again shone in the third period, scoring five times including a hat trick from Logan Schuss. The Lakers stayed ahead of the ‘Bellies. Adam Jones scored twice, Evans once and Hope put the icing on the Cup with an empty-net goal.

Evan Kirk made 47 saves in a second strong outing as he split games in the series with Matt Vinc.

 

The Lakers finish the 2017 season with a record of 29-6.

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Shawn Evans (5-3)

Adam Jones (3-4)

Zach Currier (2-2)

Curtis Dickson (2-1)

Kyle Buchanan (1-2)

Robert Hope (1-1)

Holden Cattoni (0-4)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Peterborough continues to roll

 

September 13, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC - One. Win. Away.

 

After clawing their back from 0-2, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers now lead the 2017 Mann Cup series three games to two after an 11-10 win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Wednesday night at Queens Park Arena.

 

The teams took Thursday off to rest and recuperate their bodies and will play game six at 7:30/10:30 EDT on Friday evening. If necessary, game seven will be Saturday.

 

Holden Cattoni was a sparkplug for the Lakers in game five after being ejected early in the first period from game four for the gold chain he always wears around his neck – no jewellery is a rule that exists CLA-wide but is rarely, if ever, enforced by opposing teams in the MSL. Cattoni rebounded well with three goals.

 

“It’s tough being taken out of a game that way,” Cattoni said. “It’s tough not having the opportunity to compete with the guys that I’ve done it with all year. Tonight I knew I had to go in there and play my game and try to make up for it.”

 

The Lakers went down 2-0 early, but for the first time in the series, the team that scored first did not win. The Lakers settled in and took a 3-2 lead on goals from Adam Jones, Cattoni and Zach Currier. New Westminster tied the game at three but Jones and Cattoni’s second goals had the Lakers up 5-3 after one.

 

Leading at intermission has been helpful for the Lakers’ confidence, especially as the ‘Bellies have a tendency to score late goals to keep the Lakers on their toes.

 

“We’re just trying to play as a five-man unit, pack it in and make sure we’re on their hands,” defenseman Eric Shewell said. “They do have good shooters and they’re putting the ball in from the outside so we’re just trying to stay on their hands and stay tight as a group.”

 

Shawn Evans and Jones increased the Lakers lead to 7-3 in the second. The ‘Bellies came back with three in a row including two from Mitch Jones, who has been named the ‘Bellies player of the game twice in the series. Jones later added a third goal in the period, while Curtis Dickson caught fire and scored two while also assisting on Cattoni’s third goal. The Lakers led 10-7 after two.

 

While they were outscored 3-1 in the third, at this point, it’s not something they can worry about. They can only look forward.

 

“You just have to have faith in our team and we do,” said Cattoni. “We can’t look back at the series. We just have to keep the momentum going.”

 

Cattoni said that nerves aren’t really a factor for the Lakers. Playing as a unit all year has brought both the offensive and defensive groups together.

 

“When one of us is having a tough game up front we know the defense is going to have our back and they’re going to shut it down for us,” he said. “When [the Salmonbellies] get on a roll [the defense has] to have confidence that we’re going to get one back for us.”

 

The Lakers were energetic after their win – they have been since they won game three – but they’re still focused.

 

“We have a huge opportunity in front of us,” acknowledged Shewell. “Getting those last three (wins) is huge. We have a chance to take it home so I guess that’s something to celebrate but nothing’s finished yet. It goes without saying that it’s the biggest game of the year.”

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Curtis Dickson (3-3)

Adam Jones (3-2)

Holden Cattoni (3-0)

Shawn Evans (1-3)

Zach Currier (1-0)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Kyle Buchanan (0-3)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Brad Self (0-1)

Ian Llord (0-1)

Lakers tie series

 

September 12, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – We’ve got them right where we want them.

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers followed up a strong game three performance with an even stronger game four showing, defeating the New Westminster Salmonbellies 9-7 on Tuesday night at Queen’s Park Arena in the 2017 Mann Cup to even the series at two games each.

 

Curtis Dickson scored the game winner with exactly 10 minutes left to put the Lakers up 8-6. Joel Matthews added an insurance marker, fooling Alex Buque on a reset attempt. The ‘Bellies got one more before the game ended but Evan Kirk, who made 49 saves on the night, and the Lakers’ defense played typical shut-down Lakers lacrosse in the dying moments of the game.

 

“It’s a best two out of three now,” said forward Adam Jones. “We played a good team game tonight.”

 

Scoring first has been key in the series, and Turner Evans put the Lakers up 1-0 just 1:55 into the game. Shawn Evans put the Lakers up 2-0 at 4:37. The ‘Bellies came back and tied the game by 9:37 on goals from Connor Robinson and Mitch Jones. Thomas Hoggarth scored his first of two great goals on the night at 11:03, picking up a rebound right in front of the net to beat Buque. Turner Evans scored a power play goal and Curtis Dickson scored an underhand shot for a 5-2 lead after the first.

 

The offense did its job but it was Evan Kirk who stole the show. Pulled early in game two, Kirk rebounded with solid, athletic saves, even diving across the crease to make a save on a rebound.

 

“He did a great job early making some huge stops and letting our D settle in and our offense get used to the pace of what they were playing at and score a couple goals,” Hope said. “He made some huge stops when we really needed it on power plays and opportunities at the end six-on-five. Hopefully we can keep riding our two great goalies and keep getting better each and every game.”

 

The Salmonbellies outscored the Lakers 3-2 in the middle frame. Hoggarth’s second goal was again on Buque’s doorstep to put the Lakers up 6-2. He nearly had a third but was checked from behind on the attempt, crashing into Buque. The ‘Bellies got revenge later with Drew Belgrave taking out Kirk from behind as they both went for a loose ball.

 

Hoggarth did get an assist on Steenhuis’ second period goal. Kevin Crowley, Logan Schuss and Mitch Jones scored for the ‘Bellies in the frame, from which the Lakers emerged with 7-5 lead.

 

The series has not been without its share of gamesmanship. There’s been some controversy over the ceremonial ball drops and who gets to claim possession of the ball, so last night, words were exchanged which led to both teams converging around the faceoff dot.

 

“The man doing the face-off was really good about it,” captain Robert Hope explained. “He just said he wasn’t even going to put the ball down so I don’t know what the big stink was. I wasn’t even going to go for it this time. They tried to set the tone early. A couple of their players stepped up early and crowded the faceoff dot then obviously my great teammates stepped up. They always have my back… it was a misunderstanding.”

 

It wasn’t the only event of the night – the Salmonbellies called Holden Cattoni for an illegal equipment penalty early in the first period. The issue was a gold chain that Cattoni always wears around his neck, and has for every game this season – but is actually against the CLA rules, though not enforced in the MSL. It resulted in a two-minute minor and a shocking game ejection.

 

Cattoni’s ejection meant the Lakers’ left side had to compensate for the loss of one of their best players.

 

“We ended up going with strong righties more, always had three vs two lefties, but we have talent on our team,” Jones said. “We have D guys coming up. Hoggarth had two tonight. We just figured it out and keep playing hard. It’s more touches for everyone else.”

 

"Zach Currier played a lot up there tonight, which gave us more energy," general manager Paul Day said. "We’re pretty happy with our effort and Kirky was stellar tonight."

 

It also means Cattoni will be fresh for game five, so everyone is expecting a big game from him.

 

"We were able to play with one less guy and sometimes that stuff comes back and bites the other team in the ass," Day said. "It worked out in our favour and now we have a fresh Holden Cattoni who’s going to get four of five goals for us."

 

“It’s a win-win,” said Jones. “We got the win. Holden felt bad for a bit but we picked him up. I told him he’s going to be fresh tomorrow. We’re already focused on tomorrow.”

 

Game five is tonight at 7:30/10:30 EDT. The teams have a day off on Thursday before playing game six on Friday night, with game seven set for Saturday night, if necessary.

 

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Lakers running fan trip to New Westminster

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are taking names for a fan trip to New Westminster, BC after the team won the Major Series Lacrosse championship on Thursday. The Lakers will meet the Western Lacrosse Association’s New Westminster Salmonbellies, who the Lakers defeated in 2010 to capture their fourth Mann Cup of the new millennium.

 


In 2015, we ran a wonderful trip to Victoria to support our Lakers at the Mann Cup. We are offering a similar trip to New Westminster next week.

 

Please find below some important information:

 

Dates

 

Departure: Friday, September 8

Return: Sunday, September 17

 

The Mann Cup runs from September 8-16 with games on the 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th. The 10th and 14th are rest days. The series is best-of-seven so if it ends early and you wish to return home early, you will have to make your own arrangements.

 

Cost

 

Our estimated cost is between $2000 and $2100 per person. Payment is due ASAP. This includes:

·       transportation to and from Pearson Airport

·       airfare to and from Vancouver

·       double-occupancy hotel room.

The price does not include game tickets, meals or sightseeing activities. This trip is NOT for profit.

 

Transportation & Accommodations

 

We will rent a bus to take us from Peterborough to Toronto. Once in Vancouver, we will rent cars or vans. If you are able and willing to drive a rented vehicle, please let us know. Please bring your licence and insurance papers. The SkyTrain is also conveniently nearby. Flights and hotel accommodations will be finalized this weekend.

 

If you are interested in coming to British Columbia with us, please send me the following details: 

 

  • Names (as they appear on the identification you will use at the airport) and ages of all people in your party
  • Address, e-mail address and phone number
  • Whether you are willing to be a driver once in BC
  • If you are travelling alone, whether you are willing to share a room with another fan
  • Whether you have any mobility issues and will need assistance at the airport and hotel

 

I prefer to be reached by email at ataylor@peterboroughlakers.ca, but you can also call at (905) 410-2105.

 

Go Lakers go!

 

Sincerely,

 

Anna Taylor

Social Media Coordinator

Peterborough Century 21 Lakers

 


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