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LAKERS INCH CLOSER TO LOCKING UP FIRST PLACE


July 12, 2018

 

by Anna Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are that much closer to securing first place in the MSL after a 12-7 win over the Oakville Rock on Thursday night at the Memorial Centre.

 

The Lakers lead the league with 21 points and four games left. The Rock and Six Nations Chiefs are tied for second place with 13 points each. The Rock hold two games in hand on both the Lakers and Chiefs. But if the Lakers can keep up their winning ways, first place will be theirs again.

 

“I imagine we’ll see [the Rock] in the playoffs so this game was big for us. Home floor for the whole playoffs is important,” said Thomas Hoggarth, who had a goal in the game.

 

The Rock are an interesting team. They have a core of solid NLL veterans on their offense including Wesley Berg, Ryan Benesch, Johnny Powless and Reid Reinholdt, but none of them played on Thursday night. But looking at the Rock’s stats will have you asking if it would have mattered if they’d played. The Rock are led in scoring by rookies Andrew Kew, Matt Van Galen and Dallas Bridle. The Rock’s so-called best players have only appeared in a handful of games each. It’s the new guys who have been doing the dirty work – playing in every game and reaping the rewards.

 

“It’s a Thursday night so it’s hard to get guys in here,” said Hoggarth. “There were a lot of young guys out there. They did pretty good too for how many players they did have tonight.”


The Lakers and Rock played to a 4-4 tie after the first period. Oakville led by one four times, but the Lakers had an answer for every goal. Dan Craig and Matt Van Galen scored two each for the Rock, while the Lakers were led by a pair from Shawn Evans.

 

“[Head coach] Mike Hasen came in to give us a little speech at intermission,” Evans said. “We weren’t at our best and we needed to step it up a little bit. We needed to step it up a gear and we took away the game after that.”

 

Taking a pass from Kyle Buchanan, Hoggarth put the Lakers up 5-4 2:19 into the second period, tiptoeing above the crease and throwing a couple of fakes before beating Rock goaltender Steve Fryer. 

 

Hoggarth has been playing offense for the last few games. He’s had five goals and four assists since June 28th and has 12 points on the season.

 

“I played offense all the way up but got moved back to defense in junior so I’m just trying to find my roots right now and get back into it,” Hoggarth explained. “I feel like I’m getting better every game I play and I’m burying my chances right now. [Evans and Buchanan] are the best players in the world so they can find you no matter what. They can put the ball where the ball shouldn’t be.”

 

The Lakers increased their lead to 7-4 with back-to-back long bombs from Josh Currier and Turner Evans 27 seconds apart. Andrew Kew got one back for the Rock but Evans quick-sticked Shawn’s pass past Fryer as the Lakers pulled Matt Vinc for an extra attacker on the last possession of the period.

 


Craig scored his third of the game as the Rock tried desperately to start a third-period comeback. That attempt was stalled by a four-goal run from the Lakers. Corey Small put a hard shot in from the left side. Kyle Buchanan scored back-to-back goals including a jumper shot as he ducked around Luc Magnan and was out of reach for Mitch deSnoo on the top of the crease. Cattoni’s second of the game put it out of reach for the Rock.

 

“We needed a big win here tonight,” said Shawn Evans. “We tired them out a little bit and we got a few extra chances there that we capitalized on. If you don’t score on the chances you get it gives them an opportunity to get one back. We executed well tonight.”

 

Each team only had 17 of the 18 allowed runners for the game. The Lakers are missing Jake Fox (Iroquois Nationals), Zach Currier, Matt Gilray and Jake Withers (Canada) to the World Field Lacrosse Championships. Oakville was missing Wesley Berg (Canada) and Reid Reinholdt (China – coach), in addition to other impact players. The Lakers are so deep, however, that they’re not concerned about their missing players, and even added Ian Llord back on defense on Thursday. 

 

A member of last year’s Mann Cup winning team, Llord needed some time off following the NLL Finals to rehab an injury. He didn’t look like he’d missed a beat versus Oakville.

 

“I felt pretty good. The Lakers were kind enough to give me the time to heal so I had to pay them back with a solid effort,” Llord said after the game. “There was a little bit of rust but the guys helped me out and got me where I needed to be. The win is all that matters.”

 

Vinc made 36 saves in the win. Fryer made 42 for the Rock. One Eighty Hunter defensive player of the game Andrew Suitor won 13 of 18 faceoffs in Withers’ absence. Shawn Evans was named the Wiser’s player of the game. 

 

“We want first place,” Evans said. “First place is our goal but we’re taking it one game at a time. Our fans are our biggest supporters here. We go as far as they go. We’re playing hard for them.”

 


The Lakers have four games remaining in the regular season. Next Wednesday, July 18th they’ll visit the Brooklin Redmen before returning home to host the Cobourg Kodiaks on July 19th. They finish with a home-and-home series against the Six Nations Chiefs on July 24th and 26th. Tickets for both home games can be purchased at the Memorial Centre box office, by phone at 705-743-3561 or online at www.memorialcentre.ca.


Scoring for the Lakers:

Kyle Buchanan (2-6)

Shawn Evans (2-4)

Turner Evans (2-3)

Corey Small (2-1)

Holden Cattoni (2-1)

Josh Currier (1-3)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-1)

Andrew Suitor (0-2)


*Officially, Shawn Evans was credited with the Lakers' ninth goal, but the goal should have been attributed to Small. The correct scoring is reflected above.

 

Lakers win in Cobourg

 

July 8, 2018

 

by Anna Taylor

 

 

COBOURG, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers allowed the Cobourg Kodiaks an early 1-0 lead in the first period before storming back to a 15-8 win at the Cobourg Community Centre on Sunday evening.

 

The game was tamer than the highway 28 rivals' last meeting in Peterborough on June 28, which ended in an 18-9 Lakers win and a combined 183 penalty minutes.

 

Nevertheless, Sunday’s game was hard fought, especially with the Lakers missing five regular defenders in Zach Currier, Matt Gilray, Jake Withers, Andrew Suitor and Nick Weiss.

 

Therefore, the Lakers relied heavily on rookies Jordan Storous and Tyler Gaulton, as well as James Gang call-ups Brett Coons and Dalton Hill.

 

 

“Dalton Hill has been good the couple of times he’s been up here,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “He’s quick, he’s fast, he’s relentless and listens really well. He’s a good guy to have on the floor because (the veteran) guys dictate where they want him and he goes.”

 

Eric Shewell briefly tussled with Joe French in the second period and there were typical post-whistle scrums, but that was the extent of any bad blood between the two teams, who had more important things that fighting to worry about. The Lakers are close to clinching first place in the MSL, while the Kodiaks are still fighting for any playoff spot at all.

 

 

Cory Vitarelli said the Kodiaks have improved in their three seasons in Cobourg.


“Every team in this league is good. You have to show up every night. Every game you have to come ready to play,” he recognized.

 

Vitarelli had three goals and two assists in the game, his third of the season after missing all of 2017 due to injury.

 

“It’s nice to be back with the guys,” he said. “It’s always fun to play the summer with guys you grew up with and some of the new guys who come from out of town so it’s just good to be back. Luckily for me I was able to get a couple tonight. Any night other guys can do the same.”

 

Peterborough native Riley Campbell opened the scoring for the Kodiaks at the 2:59 mark. It was the only lead the Lakers allowed, as they stormed back to outscore the Kodiaks 7-1 for the next 17 minutes, really pouring it on in the latter half of the period.

 

Vitarelli had two in the frame including a trademark quick-stick goal from the left of the goalie. Kyle Buchanan also had a pair.

 

Late in the period, Chad Tutton chased down a loose ball in the Kodiaks’ end, battling with both Campbell and goaltender Kevin Orleman in the corner. Orleman chose to check Tutton like he was playing defense instead of heading right back to his goal. Tutton made him pay with a one-handed swing goal into the basically empty net.

 

 

The second period was more even, with the teams tying 3-3. Buchanan completed his hat trick early in the second period in a strange way; he deflected Shawn Evans’ backhand shot off of his shoulder and in. Vitarelli also scored his third of the game.

 

Cobourg’s Chris Cloutier came alive in the second, scoring two in a row. His first came as he was harassed by two Lakers’ defenders yet was able to tiptoe around the crease and score as he was falling.

 

Peterborough led 10-5 after two, though they ran into some penalty trouble at the end of the period. Three Lakers were in the box when French scored early in the third period, but it was the only goal Doug Buchan allowed on the extended five-on-three.

 

Buchan made 58 saves for his seventh win of the season. He made a lot of saves look easy, including a breakaway stop on Kodiaks’ captain Joey Cupido. 

 

“They have some big time shooters out there,” he said of the Kodiaks. “They all like to shoot the ball and you just have to be ready. You never know - 30 seconds on the shot clock, 5 seconds - you don’t know when it’s coming, so you have to be sharp.”

 

Buchan relieved Matt Vinc on Thursday’s game versus Brooklin; his first action since Vinc and Evan Kirk returned from their NLL duties.

 

“It felt good to get back in there. I came in last game but it’s nice to start from the beginning and get your mind into it and get going right from the first period,” he said.

 

The Kodiaks sandwiched a Corey Small marker in the third before the Lakers went on a four-goal run that included two from Holden Cattoni and transition attempts from Bryce Sweeting and Mark Steenhuis, who scored shorthanded. Sweeting played an excellent game, stepping into the faceoff circle and doing some strong work on the penalty kill.

 

 

Buchan made a series of saves with about three minutes to play to which the Lakers responded by banging their sticks on the boards in support.

 

Hasen said the coaching staff had had Buchan penciled in for this game for some time.

 

“With Kirk and Vinc coming back we thought this might be one that he would get and he was good tonight,” Hasen said. Vinc backed up while Kirk is traveling. 

 

The Lakers are back in action on Thursday, July 12th when the Oakville Rock visit the Memorial Centre. Tickets are available at the Mem Centre box office, by phone at 705-743-3561 or online at www.memorialcentre.ca.

 

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Holden Cattoni (3-4)

Kyle Buchanan (3-2)

Cory Vitarelli (3-2)

Shawn Evans (1-5)

Turner Evans (1-2)

Corey Small (1-2)

Mark Steenhuis (1-1)

Chad Tutton (1-1)

Bryce Sweeting (1-0)

Josh Currier (0-4)

Robert Hope (0-1)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Doug Buchan (0-1)

 

 

 

COMEBACK WIN FOR LAKERS OVER BROOKLIN


July 5, 2018

 

by Anna Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Though the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers picked up a 14-11 win on Thursday night over the Brooklin Redmen, their highway 115 rivals are proving to be tough competition this season.

 

The Lakers showed a lot of resiliency during this week’s game at the Memorial Centre, overcoming an early first period 6-0 deficit to take the game and the lead in the season series at 2-0-1. 

 

The win solidifies the Lakers current first-place standing, though the Oakville Rock and Six Nations Chiefs aren’t far behind and have games in hand. 

 

Brooklin’s always been a threat to the Lakers, but this season they appear deadlier than ever with the likes of Mark Matthews and Shayne Jackson back in the lineup to complement Ryan Keenan, Dan Lintner, and Curtis Knight, and all-star defenders Chris Corbeil, Kyle Rubisch and Graeme Hossack. The road back to the Mann Cup may very well go through Whitby this season when it comes time for the MSL finals. 

 

“These wins go a long way come the end of the year, come playoff time, recognizing that you may be down a few games or a few goals and showing a bit of resiliency. Our group did a really good job of that tonight," assistant captain Kyle Buchanan said.

 


The comeback was textbook; the result of patience and hard work.

 

Head coach Mike Hasen said the Lakers bent but didn’t break.

 

“There have been times in the past where we might have panicked a little bit with them jumping on us so early but we didn’t panic,” Hasen said. “We knew our opportunities would come and we stuck with it. It’s a credit to the guys, especially the offence. They just kept doing the things that we needed to be successful.”

 

Matt Vinc was pulled after six goals on 14 shots.

 

There were a couple goals that V normally gets that he didn’t get tonight,” Hasen explained. “It is Mark Matthews shooting the ball but it went through him as opposed to going in clean.”

 

The goalie change worked; Doug Buchan stemmed the bleeding and allowed the Lakers to begin to control the ball more. Cory Vitarelli’s first goal of the season got the Lakers on the board at 14:25, bouncing a shot past goaltender Mike Poulin.

 

The Lakers’ second goal started with a dish pass from Shawn Evans to Holden Cattoni at the point. Cattoni then flipped a backhand to Turner Evans at the left of the net, and less than a second later Evans found Buchanan on Brooklin’s doorstep. Buchanan put an underhand past Poulin.

 

The Redmen scored first in the second period but a breakaway goal from Buchanan changed the tide.

 

After such a surprising first period, the Lakers looked like a whole new team in the second.

 

Both Hasen and Buchanan attributed the difference to Brooklin just losing steam. The Redmen were playing their second game in two nights, having defeated the 12-9 Oakville Rock on Wednesday.

 

They’re loose and their sticks are sharp kind of like we were last week on the back-to-back. We were real sharp in the first period last Thursday. We just had to weather the storm.”

 

“When teams play back-to-back sometimes their sticks are on and they’re ready to go and they have a bit of flow to their game,” Buchanan explained. “We just came out a bit stale. Once we found it we stayed on an even keel and just executed at a higher level where our game took over.”

 


After Buchanan’s breakaway goal, Thomas Hoggarth stretched over the crease to get the Lakers to a more respectable 7-4. Poulin got a piece of Buchanan’s next goal but it rolled off his back and over the goal line. Corey Small then wired a shot from the left side and Peterborough closed the gap to 7-6. At the other end, Buchan accidently kicked Shayne Jackson’s shot into his own net after making the initial save. Hoggarth’s second of the game left the Lakers down only one goal after the second period.

 

Josh Currier put the Lakers up 9-8 after he also tied the game early in the third period. It was the Lakers first lead of the game and the only one they needed. Holden Cattoni increased the lead 19 seconds later, and though the Redmen would draw back within a goal, they never closed the gap.

 

Buchan finished the game with 30 saves in 47 minutes of work.

 

“Dougie stepped in and gave us that opportunity to get our feet underneath us again and get going. He was real good,” Hasen praised.

 

Poulin made 38 saves for the Redmen, who were led by Curtis Knight (3G/2A) and Shayne Jackson (2G/5A).

 

The Lakers are down to six games left in the shortened 2018 regular season. Despite the increased strength of several other teams, they haven’t faced much adversity this season aside from the opening game loss to Oakville and last week’s tie against Brooklin. Buchanan said that the playoffs, and the promise of another championship, are always guiding the Lakers on the floor.

 

“We know how crucial home floor is for us in the playoffs and that’s always on our mind and tonight was exciting to put together two really strong periods,” he said. “We’ll just continue to elevate and take steps forward, as coach Hasen always says.”

 


The Lakers visit the Cobourg Kodiaks Sunday at 6 p.m. before returning home next Thursday, July 12th, to host the Oakville Rock. Tickets can be purchased at the Memorial Centre box office, online at www.memorialcentre.ca or by phone at 705-743-3561.

 

The Wiser's player of the game was Kyle Buchanan, while Doug Buchan picked up the One Eighty Hunter defensive player of the game honours.


Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Kyle Buchanan (4-3)

Corey Small (2-4)

Holden Cattoni (2-4)

Thomas Hoggarth (2-1)

Josh Currier (2-0)

Cory Vitarelli (1-2)

Shawn Evans (1-2)

Turner Evans (0-6)

Jake Withers (0-1)

Andrew Suitor (0-1)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAKERS IMPLEMENTING FAN FEEDBACK

 

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Ahead of this week’s home game, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers want their fans to know the team is listening to them.

 

The Lakers host the Brampton Excelsiors for the last time this season at 8 p.m. tonight at the Memorial Centre. Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office, online at www.memorialcentre.ca or by calling 705-743-3561. The 1-5-1 Excelsiors are much better than their record suggests – they beat the Six Nations Chiefs earlier in the season and lost single-goal games to both Brooklin and Oakville. The Excelsiors’ Phil Caputo, who also plays for the Toronto Rock of the NLL, is tied for fourth in league scoring with seven goals and 14 assists.

 

JERSEYS

 

After careful consideration of fan feedback, the Lakers are updating their jerseys with more contrast on player names and numbers and sponsor names. The Lakers are proud of their new jerseys and most elements will remain unchanged, but the team also recognizes that fans and broadcasters had difficulty identifying players by name and number. The updated jerseys, expected to debut next week, will rectify this.

 

 

PROGRAM PRIZES

 

The Lakers are giving away chances to win great prizes to fans who buy game day programs! Every program includes a ballot for the contest on the inside back cover. Fans can return completed ballots to the program tables during games. The grand prize is a Caribbean Cruise for two from Merit Travel. Secondary prizes include a wine cooler from Peterborough Appliances, a Corby’s gift package, 2019 Lakers’ season passes and weekly draws for a gift certificate from Jack’s Family Restaurant. Programs are $3 each. Fans can enter with as many original ballots as they like, but photocopies will not be accepted.

 

PARKING

 

The Lakers have been made aware of a string of vehicle break-ins in around the Lock Street and Memorial Centre area recently and are reminding fans to lock their car doors during games. Fans are encouraged not to leave valuables in their vehicles.

 

 

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