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Mann Cup 2017: In Their Own Words

by Anna Taylor

Monday, September 25, 2017

We did a lot of interviews over the 10 days we were in BC for the Mann Cup from September 7 to September 17. It was an emotional week. First the Lakers went down 2-0 to the New Westminster Salmonbellies, but then they stormed back to take the series four games to two. Here’s a look back at the championship, in the players’ own words.



“It’s a little different; it’s quick. You can tell the ball is moving faster especially with bounce-passes and bounce-shots, you have to get used to the bounces off the boards and everything else.” – Curtis Dickson on the (gorgeous) hardwood floor at Queen’s Park Arena.


“It’s a tough, hard-fought game. Everyone’s leaving everything on the floor.” – Matt Vinc, who, despite the game one loss, was a star in goal.


“We’re down 2-0 but we were down 2-0 the last time we won the Mann Cup too. We trust each other and we’re going to be giving them hell on Monday.” – Mark Farthing, who played his first game for the Lakers since the 2015 Mann Cup in Victoria.


“Sure there’s a learning curve but we’re going into game three now so the learning curve is done. You adapt and you get better. – assistant coach Bobby Keast, after the Lakers went down 2-0.


“I think they made a mistake by giving us one win because I don’t think we’re going to look back now.” – Joel Matthews, after the Lakers won game three to get back in the series.


“A win’s a win. We’re bringing the same thing tomorrow if not more. We’re bringing some energy so were looking forward to every game we’re not going to shy away from anything right now.” – Turner Evans, on the confidence the Lakers found after winning game three.

"We let the first two slip away but we played a little better in game three. Team wise we need to smarten up and stay out of the box. We need to be a little better discipline wise." - Bryce Sweeting, prior to game four. Once the Lakers got used to the CLA rules, they ended up in the box less than the 'Bellies in game five, which was a huge momentum swing.

"Just going to roll off last night's momentum, start by working on our first five minutes and go from there." - Kyle Buchanan on game four's plan.


“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.” – Robert Hope on game four’s ceremonial face-off.


“We’ve got one goal. We’ve invested everything. Invested in our bodies, our time, our trip here - just to win. If being here means we’re beat up and banged up, then that’s what we have to do.” – Adam Jones after game four.


“It’s a real family environment. Everyone looks after one another. It’s always fun and light in the room but when it’s time to punch in for game time, we can do that also.” – Captain Robert Hope on the team’s comradery. 


“We were able to play with one less guy and sometimes that stuff comes back and bites the other team in the ass.” – Paul Day on the gamesmanship from the ‘Bellies, who had Holden Cattoni ejected in game four for wearing a gold chain around his neck.


“Mann Cup or bust.” – Robert Hope after the Lakers tied the series at two.

"The games only get bigger as we go and we have to show up with the same intensity we showed up with for the last two games." - Brad Self on the plan for game five. 


“It’s tough being taken out of a game that way. Tough not having the opportunity to compete with the guys that I’ve done it with all year.” – Holden Cattoni on his game four ejection.


“I don’t want to say we’re celebrating but we have a huge opportunity in front of us.” – Eric Shewell on the loud music and general excitement in the dressing room after game five.


“Treat it like a game seven.” – Holden Cattoni on game six.

"It's a little anxious feeling but we're ready to go. We're treating this like game seven, we want to get this done with tonight." - Curtis Dickson before game six.


“That’s the life of a goalie. You have to rebound. You have to put yourself in those situations, you have to be willing to lose.” – Evan Kirk on his game two loss and subsequent mind-blowing rebound in games four and six.


“There’s nothing good in life if it comes easy, and this wasn’t easy.” – Adam Jones, who won his first Mann Cup.


“I think the experience will do everyone some good. It’s the standard, it’s the goal and they’ve had a taste and let’s go get more.” – head coach Mike Hasen, who led the Lakers to their first Mann Cup since 2012 in just his third year at the helm.


“My ankle feels terrible. It used to feel better and hopefully a month from now it will feel better again.” – Dylan Evans, who was injured in the semi-finals against Brooklin, but came back to play five Mann Cup games.


“We’re the 2017 Mann Cup champs and we’re bringing the Mann Cup home to Peterborough.” – Shawn Evans, who won his fifth Mann Cup with the Lakers.


“We expected to be here, we wanted to be here, and we want to keep this going for years to come.” – Robert Hope, first-year captain of the Lakers.

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




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' individual award winners


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers celebrated their Mann Cup win on Saturday with an afternoon parade and evening banquet and dance.


About 1500 people took in the parade, which stretched from City Hall, where mayor Darryl Bennett praised the Lakers, to Del Crary Park, where fans mingled with players for autographs and photos with the Mann Cup.


The banquet, held at the Evinrude Centre, was attended by about 250 people and featured a buffet dinner from Franz’s, awards ceremony and dance.


Captain Robert Hope and general manager Paul Day spoke at the banquet, recognizing and honouring everyone who was a part of the 2017 season including the players, training staff, executive, volunteers, family members and fans. Hope spoke especially fondly of his teammates, calling them “warriors, competitors and winners.”


The Lakers won the Mann Cup, their 15th, on September 15, 2017 after defeating the New Westminster Salmonbellies four games to two in British Columbia.


2017 Lakers’ award winners:


MVP: Kyle Buchanan

Most Improved: Eric Shewell

Most Dedicated: Mark Steenhuis

Most Sportsmanlike: Turner Evans

Rookie of the Year: Matt Gilray and Thomas Hoggarth

Top Defenseman: Robert Hope

Top Transition: Zach Currier

Leading Scorer: Shawn Evans

Fan Favourite: Shawn Evans

Bobby Allan Legacy Award: John Grant Sr.





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