Peterborough Lakers
  • Cobourg Kodiaks clobbered
  • Lakers capture first place
  • Oakville rocked

Cobourg Kodiaks clobbered

 

July 27, 2017

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - Century 21 Lakers didn't hold back in the final game of the regular season as they dominated the Cobourg Kodiaks 18-5 at the PMC Thursday night.

 

Turner Evans

 

Shawn Evans

Matt Gilray

 

Lakers clinch first place

 

July 25, 2017

 

OHSWEKEN, ON – First-place Peterborough Lakers sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

It sounds good to Curtis Dickson, but he reminded us after the game that it’s just the beginning.

 

“It’s step one in a many-step process,” Dickson said. “We have a lot of work left to do.”

 

But that’s what we are, first-place, after the Lakers defeated the Six Nations Chiefs 15-10 on Tuesday night at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Ohsweken. Both the Lakers and Chiefs have one game remaining, but the Chiefs can neither pass nor match the Lakers in points.

 

“It was a good team win. We were team tough throughout,” said MSL leading goal scorer Holden Cattoni. “We didn’t get wrapped up in the hacks and whacks throughout the game. We just played our game and came out on top.”

 

With the win, the Lakers will face the fourth place Oakville Rock in the first round of the playoffs. That series will begin this coming Tuesday, August 1 in Peterborough, with the rest of the series to be determined.

 

“We faced them last year in the first round and it’s going to be a dog-fight again,” Cattoni recalled. “They got us to six games and they’re hard to put away and I think we’ll expect the same again. We still have Cobourg (on Thursday) and that’s what we have to look forward to now.”

 

The Chiefs will play the third-place Brooklin Redmen.

 

Dickson, who was named the MSL’s playoff MVP in 2015, made a dazzling return to the ILA, leading the Lakers with nine points – five goals and four assists. He sparked the team in the first period with a pair of goals. Down 1-0, Turner Evans tied the game at 15:51. Dickson then sandwiched a Kyle Buchanan marker, the three goals coming in a span of just 1:07. Randy Staats scored late in the period but the Lakers never gave up the lead.

 

“We were consistent. Our offense was fantastic tonight,” Dickson praised his teammates. “We moved the ball well tonight, we got (Chiefs goaltender) Dillon (Ward) moving side to side in net there. I thought he had our number big-time the first time we played them this year. It was good to get after them early. Offensively we stepped up tonight and that’s promising moving forward.”

 

Craig Point scored shorthanded to open the second period but Dickson’s third goal came on the same power play, kicking off a four-goal run for the Lakers. The highlight of the period was Bryce Sweeting’s unassisted fast-break goal, the second of his MSL career, and second against the Chiefs. Cattoni scored a hat trick in the period. He now has 45 goals with just one game left to hit the 50 goal plateau. The Lakers led 13-7 after the second period. 

 

It was a typical Lakers-Chiefs game, meaning scoring wouldn’t be the only highlights on the reels, if there was an MSL highlight reel. Billy Dee Smith was ejected in the first period after roughing up Jake Withers, although the two unsportsmanlike conduct game misconducts were probably more for his treatment of the referees than Withers. Things got chippy late in the third – Josh Currier was wrestled to the ground, while Vaughn Harris took a stick in the gut. Mark Steenhuis, Matt Gilray and Jordan Durston went to the box later, and Zach Currier took four minutes from Jeremy Thompson with some excellent penalty killing, but the real fireworks started when Dickson was knocked to the ground. Nine of the 10 runners were ejected with less than a minute left to play.

 

“They were trying to get under our skins,” Dickson said. “They know the game is over and we’re probably going to see them again down the line. We just have to forget about it. Thankfully we got out of there with no injuries and came away with a big win.”

 

Other than those two big incidents, the game was controlled. Between Billy Dee’s ejection halfway through the first and the last three minutes of the third, only one penlaty was taken. The importance of the game was not lost on the players of either team.

 

“There weren’t a lot of penalties and that’s what you expect from two good teams in a playoff atmosphere,” Cattoni said. “But when the games a little bit out of reach, that’s the way games go and we wouldn’t expect anything less.”

 

Six Nations outscored Peterborough 3-2 in the final frame but Evan Kirk made some key saves at key moments, not allowing a goal in the last eight minutes. Turner Evans’ behind-the-back goal to open the period was an outstanding play to keep momentum with the Lakers.

 

Thursday’s game is the Lakers’ annual fan appreciation night, where prizes will be awarded throughout the game to loyal fans. The whole team will be available on the floor after the game ends for photos and autographs. Limited player cards will be on sale to help complete your set.

 

“Hopefully we get a big crowd,” Cattoni said. “We’re definitely looking to end the [regular season] on a big note and give the fans a good show.”

  

Tickets for the last regular season game 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. Playoff packages can also be pre-purchased. Single-game playoff tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Oakville rocked 15-8

 

July 20, 2017

 

by Anna Taylor

 

Peterborough, Ont. – Shawn Evans thought 11 points was enough for one night.

 

The star forward, who leads Major Series Lacrosse with 95 points after Thursday’s 15-8 win over the Oakville Rock, was in on all of the Lakers’ first 11 goals. He scored four himself and assisted on seven others. 

 

And, he did it all in just 40 minutes. Early in the third, he fought Brandon Slade. Fighting in the MSL earns you an automatic game misconduct. Imagine his point totals had he played the full 60!

 

“Slade whacked me a couple times and I thought we had a good seven or eight goal lead at the time so I just had to see if I still had it in me,” Evans explained. “I probably didn’t need to finish with a fight there but it happened and we just have to move on.”

 

His teammates picked up the slack, though, and scored four in the third period to nail shut the coffin of the Oakville Rock, who slipped to fourth place in the MSL standings.

 

“When you have guys like Curtis Dickson, Kyle Buchanan, Turner Evans and Adam Jones, every guy can shoot the ball,” Evans praised. “When we’re moving the ball like we did tonight, we’re playing as a team and we need that right now going into playoffs.”

 

Evans had two 10-point nights earlier this season, both against Brampton.

 

“I had an idea that the stick was feeling good and the ball was moving around. I know a couple of them went in for me tonight. Overall we moved the ball well and the ball was swinging and if you look at the score we put up 15 goals tonight.”

 

Kyle Buchanan


The Lakers and Rock traded goals through the first five minutes of the game. Curtis Dickson started a three-goal run at 5:15 and the Lakers led 5-3 after the first.

 

Peterborough scored two goals to every single goal the Rock managed in the second. The highlight was Evans’ behind the back tally, which he followed up with another goal 30 seconds later.

 

“The behind-the-back goal is always nice, it’s become a little patented move of his,” Buchanan said. “He gets the goalie baiting far-side and is able to tuck it short side. You have to be pretty accurate though, I’ve tried a few of them and not successfully as much as Shawny so I have to keep working on it.”

 

Buchanan was also inspiried the crowd at the Mem Centre on Thursday. Camp Moshava made their annual visit to the arena to cheer on their Lakers. Over 400 of them cheered, sang and danced the whole game.

 

“That was amazing,” Buchanan said. “We’re hoping that continues into the playoffs. It gave us a spark. We came out a bit jittery and the crowd gave us an energy boost and hopefully we can continue having that crowd and momentum behind us into the playoffs.”

 

Holden Cattoni had a hat trick and four assists. He still leads the MSL goal-scoring race with 42 goals. Buchanan had six points, Adam Jones five, and Turner Evans and Curtis Dickson had four points each.

 

Evan Kirk was solid in goal, stopping 34 shots. Steve Fryer took the loss, making 40 saves.

 

Shawn Evans


 

It was a big week for the Lakers, who picked up six points on three wins in three games. They’re happy for a few days of rest before their biggest test of the season on Tuesday.

 

“We knew this was a big week, having three games in four nights. That was a big hurdle and I think we responded well. I think we played how we needed to play. We found that second gear to step it up a notch.”

 

The Lakers travel to Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on Tuesday to face the Six Nations Chiefs, who are chasing the Lakers for first place. The winner of that game will take the title and guarantee themselves home floor through both playoff rounds, so it’s an important game.

 

“The biggest game of the year is going to come down to Tuesday and we knew that it was going to come down to this and we just have to be ready and focused and ready to play our game,” Evans said, although he’ll be cheering on his teammates from Rhode Island with a Nationwide Lacrosse commitment.

 

The Chiefs are almost an unknown entity this year; the Lakers have played every team four times, but seen the Chiefs only once so far.

 

“We nipped them here 7-6 during the first meeting. They have their full lineup back and so do we so we’re looking forward to Tuesday,” Buchanan said. “We’re just going to keep building and focusing on Tuesday, then the next one, and leading into playoffs and hit our stride as we need to.”

 

The Lakers are then back home for their annual fan appreciation night on Thursday, July 27 when they host the Cobourg Kodiaks. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game for autographs.


Brad Self

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Shawn Evans (4-7)

Holden Cattoni (3-4)

Kyle Buchanan (2-4)

Turner Evans (2-2)

Curtis Dickson (2-2)

Adam Jones (1-4)

Josh Currier (1-1)

Brad Self (0-1)

 

 

 

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Fan appreciation night Thursday

 

July 27, 2017

 

So many activities for our last regular season home game!

 

- Meet the players after the game and get your programs, sticks sweaters or player cards signed!

 

- GIVEAWAYS! Including playoff tickets, gift certificates from some of our favourite sponsors, and Lakers t-shirts!

 

- Player cards! A player card table ($2/sheet of 3 players) will be set up to assist in finishing off collecting full players sets. There are 9 sheets of 3 cards each. The Lakers will also facilitate fan trading at the table - need a card? Swap a duplicate! Fans who show that they have a full set of cards will be eligible to win an autographed lacrosse stick (2 prizes) or a complete autographed framed set of player cards. So bring your cards to the game! The draws will be made later in the week and prizes presented at a playoff game in August.

 

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.

 

Program – includes insert, player card, and certificate from Gas Plus –
Chance to win $25 gift certificate from Pizza Factory
$3.00

 

Insert only - $3.00


Player card only - $3.00

 

Cut and collect

 

 


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