Peterborough Lakers
  • 11-4 win over Rock
  • Buchanan scores five in Lakers win
  • Narrow win over Chiefs

11-4 win over Oakville Rock

 

June 22, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

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.

 

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.”

 

Matt Vinc

 

 

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. They 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.

 

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.

 

Holden Cattoni

 

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)

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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