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  • Lakers take series ~ on to Six Nations
  • Lakers lead series 3-2
  • Series tied 2-2

Lakers take series ~ on to Six Nations

 

August 16, 2017

 

WHITBY, ON - For the fourth consecutive year, the Peterborough Century21 Lakers will be facing the Six Nations Chiefs for the MSL final. The Lakers took down the Brooklin Redmen four games to two in the semi-finals with a 10-4 win in the deciding game on Wednesday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

 

The Lakers scored first and led 2-0 after the first period. They never gave up the lead and outscored the Redmen 5-2 in the final frame. Holden Cattoni led the Lakers with two goals and two assists. Curtis Dickson also had two goals including a shorthanded marker which proved to be the game winner.

 

Matt Vinc made 39 saves in the win. Mike Poulin made 37 saves in a losing cause for Brooklin.

 

The Lakers and Chiefs have not finalized a schedule yet. Playoff packages for round two 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. Single-game tickets will go on sale the day of the first game of the series.

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Holden Cattoni (2-2)

Curtis Dickson (2-0)

Shawn Evans (1-4)

Brad Self (1-1)

Adam Jones (1-0)

Jeff Swift (1-0)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-0)

Zach Currier (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-5)

Ian Llord (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

Lakers top Redmen, lead series 3-2

 

August 14, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - Lacrosse will continue at the Peterborough Memorial Centre this season.

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers defeated the Brooklin Redmen 7-5 on Monday night to take a three games to two lead in their best-of-seven MSL semi-final series. Whether the next game at home is the seventh game of this series or the first game of the final series remains to be seen. The Lakers have a chance to close out the series on Wednesday in Whitby. If game seven is necessary, it will be on Thursday evening.

 

“I liked our game tonight,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “We came out with a purpose and a little bit of an edge. We did what we wanted to do. It was a great lacrosse game and we controlled a lot of it.”

 

Curtis Dickson and Holden Cattoni provided all the Lakers’ offense in the first two periods but it was Kyle Buchanan’s goal at 8:03 of the third period that proved to be the eventual game winner after a late push from the Redmen, who scored goals 22 seconds apart to bring the game to 6-5. Adam Jones fought off a check from Ryan McSpadyen to pot an insurance marker at 15:12.

 


“Even though we only scored seven goals I thought that was one of our better offensive performances so far,” said Lakers’ forward Curtis Dickson. “We moved the ball well. We got Poulin moving in the net. We buried the chances that we needed to and we were able to hold onto our lead and finish it off.”

 

For the first time in the series, the Lakers scored first. Dickson picked up the rebound from Shawn Evans’ shot at 4:28 and beat Mike Poulin stick-side. Three minutes later Evans passed to a streaking Holden Cattoni who faked before putting the ball past Poulin for a 2-0 lead.

 

“No team likes playing from behind,” Dickson said. “[Brooklin is a] team that likes to play with a lead. They’re very good defensively and they have a good goalie so they can sit on that. We want to bring the game to them and put the pressure on them and get them gripping their sticks and taking poor shots.”

 

Matt Hossack won the ensuing face-off to his brother Graeme who scored just eight seconds after Cattoni’s goal to cut the lead to 2-1. Dan Lintner was hauled down late in the period but miraculously recovered just in time to pick up Ryan Keenan’s pass to beat Evan Kirk with nine seconds left in the period.

 

Both Dickson and Cattoni agreed that the game was the Lakers’ best of the series so far. That said, their first period play needed improvement. There was some sloppy passing and two lacklustre power plays.

 

“We hadn't felt that we had played our best yet in the series and we really hadn't put a full 60 minutes together which is frustrating,” said Cattoni. “We we took a step forward in doing that tonight and I think we were in control for the most part.”

 


Hasen said the coaches’ advice between periods was to just stick with it and play lacrosse.

 

“We’re not used to the adversity that we’ve had these first four games and we’re just getting back to playing,” he said. “That’s what we did in the second period.”

 

The advice worked; the Lakers took the lead after the second and played smart, determined lacrosse.

 

Cattoni scored from the top of the circle at 6:30 on the power play. Curtis Knight evened the scored at three a minute and a half later. Dickson’s second of the game on a spin-shot at 14:58 gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead and the momentum heading into the final frame.

 

Dickson did more than just contribute to the score. He’s been working on improving his defensive skills and it shows. Fans have seen him run back to stop an opposition transition attempt more than once this season and he was back in the defensive end again Monday night.

 

“I take pride in little things like that that,” he said. “Not everybody may notice but those are the kind of plays that can make or break a game. Brooklin thrives on transition. That’s how they scored a lot of their goals this series so the coaches have really been preaching ‘get off the floor or get back and help out on D.’”

 

The Lakers did some great things in the game: they held Brooklin scoreless on the power play while scoring two of their own. They also played with some dogged determination. Instead of giving up on plays at the end of possessions, they’d take desperate shots to get a reset and then control the rebound. It gave them more chances on offense while limiting Brooklin’s transition attempts.

 

In the third, Jones scored a power play goal to put the Lakers up 5-3 at 6:12. Buchanan’s goal gave the Lakers a three-goal cushion.

 

The Lakers will attempt to close out the series Wednesday evening at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

 

Cattoni believes it will be the toughest test of the season.

 

“Their backs are against the wall,” he said. “We’re going to see a different team. They’re going to have a lot of urgency and we have to be up to the task.”

 

“It’s going to be really tough. We were good tonight but we have to be better on Wednesday,” said Hasen.

 

Game time is 8 p.m.

Series tied 2-2 after loss in Whitby

 

August 10, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

WHITBY, ON - A loud, familiar crowd wasn’t enough to cheer on the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers to victory on Thursday night as they fell 11-9 to the Brooklin Redmen at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby.

 

Down 10-8, Curtis Dickson scored at 17:11 to get the Lakers within a goal of tying the game but Austin Shanks spoiled the comeback attempt, scoring before the Lakers even had a chance to pull Matt Vinc, to put the Redmen up by two with just 24 seconds remaining.

 

The loss allowed the Redmen to tie the best-of-seven MSL semi-final series at two games each. Both teams pushed the pace in this game, relying heavily on their transition players to give them chances. It’s getting to the point in the series where familiarity breeds contempt.

 

The crowd, estimated around 1700 with the influx of Ontario Lacrosse Festival participants, was heavily pro-Lakers. If not for the cement floor, the heat and the close quarters it could have been a Lakers’ home game.

 

As viewers on Twitter saw, emotions ran over at the end of the game. Six players ended up in the penalty boxes.

 

Assistant coach Tracey Kelusky said the arena conditions really only lend themselves to a faster-paced game. The intensity all comes from the players.

 

“It’s the same for both teams,” Kelusky said. “It is what it is.”


Kelusky recognized how hard the Redmen have been working and said that it’s paying off.

 

“Maybe at times we think we just have to show up and the wins are going to happen,” he said. “They’re earning everything they get so we have to get back to that mentality ourselves. Give them all the credit in the world; they’re playing hungry and quite frankly we’re lucky to be 2-2.”

 

Zach Currier, who played his best game of the playoffs, contributed a goal and assist and was in the melee at the end slashing away at John Lafontaine.

 

“It’s a seven-game series and that one might have been out of reach with nine seconds left so I was just letting them know that we’re going to play tough on them come Monday at home,” he said after the game.

 

Call-up Dawson Theede scored 2:44 in to give Brooklin a 1-0 lead. Brooklin has scored first in every game so far. Lafontaine scored in transition and Dan Lintner scored his first of three on the night to give the Redmen a 3-0 lead at 13:28. Holden Cattoni finally got the Lakers on the board with a blast at 18:10.

 

The Lakers took possession of the ball with 32 seconds left in the period but were unable to get a shot before turning the ball over with two seconds left. That two seconds was all it took for Graeme Hossack to launch the ball down the floor into the Lakers’ empty net for a 4-1 lead after the first. Protests from the bench that the ball went in after the buzzer did no good - the shot clock buzzer had gone off, but not the game clock.

 

Matt Gilray scored on the power play off Currier’s pass at 3:53 of the second period. Adrian Sorichetti then scored a transition goal for a 5-2 lead. That’s when the crowd saw their Lakers come to life. They scored four goals in a span of 1:19, Shawn Evans leading the way with two. Gilray contributed a second in transition and Adam Jones also scored. Suddenly the Lakers were on top 6-5.

 

Lintner’s second tied the game at six 15:41 and Matt Hossack scored on his own face-off seven seconds later to give the Redmen a 7-6 lead after two.

 

“It’s never good to go down early because then you're fighting and clawing the whole game to get back,” said Currier. “We had a chance to close it out up [6-5] but we had a few mental lapses and a few ones that we want to have back. It’s a different game if we get those ones back.”

 

The third period was back-and-forth all 20 minutes. Currier evened the game just 1:26 into the frame. Lintner’s hat trick goal and Ryan Keenan’s power play goal put the Redmen up 9-7. The Lakers continued to claw their way back, with Adam Jones scoring on a power play before Lafontaine’s second transition goal made it 10-8.

 

Kelusky said his offense will do their homework this weekend to try and find more ways to beat Poulin.

 

“We haven’t been able to find a way to solve him yet but these guys are all professionals,” Kelusky said. “They’ve played against him lots. They’ll do their homework and watch the video.”

 

Currier, a sophomore defenseman known for his quick speed, has had trouble converting on his transition attempts this year. He’s hit more posts than he’d like, but he made this rush count, beating Poulin low.

 

“It’s always nice to get that first one out of the way,” he said. “Once you get one you’re subconsciously going to try to get more. I was being chased so I didn’t really have enough time to get in my own head so that worked out for me and I picked a spot and put it in.”

 

While he was glad to contribute, he’d like to do more.

 

“One’s not enough,” he said. “I have to lock down the back end and hopefully try to push it up on transition a few more times next game and see what happens. Give our offense a chance to get a W for us.”

 

The Lakers next game is Monday, but Currier’s next game is Saturday, when he joins the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse as they start their playoff run against the Rochester Rattlers.

 

Tickets for Monday’s game are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office. Game six will be at Iroquois Park on Wednesday. Game seven, if necessary, will be Thursday night back in Peterborough.

 

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 (2-4)

Adam Jones (2-1)

Matt Glray (2-0)

Zach Currier (1-1)

Holden Cattoni (1-1)

Curtis Dickson (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-3)

Turner Evans (0-2)

Brad Self (0-1)

Josh Currier (0-1)

 

 

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Playoff ticket info

 

July 18, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers will begin their 2017 playoff schedule on Tuesday, August 1st. The Lakers and Six Nations Chiefs continue to battle for top spot in Major Series Lacrosse, but both teams have already clinched home-floor advantage for the first round.

 

The full schedule will be announced once our first-round opponent is determined.

 

Season ticket holders may purchase playoff ticket packages beginning Wednesday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m. At this time, tickets will only be sold in four-game bundles. Both the first and second rounds can be purchased. Season ticket holders can pre-authorize the Memorial Centre box office to charge their credit card for both rounds.

 

Season ticket holders have until close of business the day before the first game of the series to guarantee their seats. Unclaimed seats will be released to the public for sale.

 

Unplayed games will be either be credited to customer accounts to go toward the next round or for refund in the same method of payment as the tickets were purchased.

 

Ticket packages are priced are as follows (per round):

 

 

Season Ticket Holder

Non Season Ticket Holder

Adult

Regular Bowl: $64.00

Club: $82.00

Regular Bowl: $78.00

Club: $96.00

Child

Regular Bowl: $16.00

Club: $34.00

Regular Bowl: $16.00

Club: $34.00

Senior

Regular Bowl: $50.00

Club: $68.00

Regular Bowl: $60.00

Club: $78.00

Student

Regular Bowl: $44.00

Club: $62.00

Regular Bowl: $48.00

Club: $66.00

 

Single-game tickets will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the first game of each series. Single-game tickets for games five and seven will only be sold if or when those games become necessary.

 

The Lakers have four games remaining. They will play on the road this Wednesday and next Tuesday, with home games this Thursday, July 20 and next Thursday, July 27. Tickets for the remaining two regular season home games 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.

 

Cut & collect players' cards

 

Three players' cards will be printed in each game's program. Collect them all and be entered to win a draw for a signed stick.

 

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Chance to win $25 gift certificate from Pizza Factory
$3.00

 

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Player card only - $3.00

 

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