Peterborough Lakers

Lakers down Rock 10-7

 

July 18, 2019

 

Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor

 

Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say. But what can also make the dream work are great individual efforts that contribute to the overall strength and effort of a team, as the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers demonstrated on Thursday night in their 10-7 win over the Oakville Rock.

 

The Lakers found themselves down 2-0 8:35 into the game and 4-2 after the first period but strong games from the likes of Thomas Hoggarth, Turner Evans, Zach Currier and Matt Vinc helped them stage a second period comeback.

 

Hoggarth was the offensive difference in the game, scoring two timely second period goals. Evans took on a physical role in the game, making checks and setting hard picks in front of the net. Currier contributed to the Lakers’ transition chances and was a human vacuum on the faceoff. And Vinc? Well he was stopping beach balls.

 


But as Currier said, the team knows Vinc is capable of even more. The veteran tender was just named the NLL’s goaltender of the year for the seventh time.

 

“You don’t get goalie of the year seven times for nothing,” Currier said. “He played well tonight but that’s by no means his best. When he’s on, he’s on fire.”

 

Brock Sorensen and Hoggarth had chances to open the scoring on breakaways but were turned away by Oakville goalie Nick Rose. The Rock stole the momentum, scoring after the stop on Hoggarth. First, Andrew Kew snuck the ball past Vinc and then Challen Rogers scooped up a loose ball and blew past the Lakers’ offense shorthanded to make it 2-0.

 

Cory Vitarelli blasted Josh Currier’s pass behind Rose at 11:19 to get the Lakers on the board. Kew restored the two-goal lead by picking a corner two minutes later. Currier bounced a shot in to keep pace a minute after that, but Kew completed his hat trick before the period was out to keep the Rock up by a pair.

 

“We started slow in the first but we were moving well,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “But then Turner Evans really set the tone for us early and started banging bodies on the front end and it carried over to the back end. We kept it going which is how we need to play, with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder. It’s that time of year when we start getting a little meaner and start asserting ourselves.”

 


The Lakers were looking for redemption on Thursday, and the reasons were twofold: last week they lost a bitter overtime game to the Brampton Excelsiors, so wanted to get back on the winning track, but they also owed Oakville some payback after the Rock embarrassed them 17-4 back on June 10.

 

“We just need to make sure we’ll building team chemistry on the offensive end and building team chemistry of the defensive end and communicating well and playing a full 60 minutes,” explained Currier. “We didn’t do a full 60 minutes tonight but we were pretty darn close and that’s going to be the goal for the rest of the season.”

 

Jake Withers scored off his own faceoff win seven seconds into the second period. Kyle Buchanan tied the game at four 21 seconds later. Rogers restored the Rock lead with a power play goal, but Hoggarth then sparked the Lakers with back-to-back goals. Robert Hope found Hoggarth face-to-face with Rose and he went low at 4:42. He later pulled a rebound out of the air and slammed the ball home to put the Lakers up 6-5.

 

After playing each other in last year’s MSL final, the Lakers and Rock have developed quite the rivalry. In this game, it took until the second period for things began to heat up physically. Evans and Josh Jubenville exchanged hard cross checks late in the period. Bryce Sweeting and James Barclay landed themselves in the penalty box after they got mixed up and Nick Weiss was later sent as well for taking down Eli Salama, who had tripped up Weiss on his way to the goal.

 

Vinc related that during the first intermission, the Lakers became determined to be tougher to play against.

 

 

“[Assistant coach Tracey Kelusky] was saying that ‘we’re not playing July or August lacrosse right now and that’s what we need to do. We’re playing May lacrosse so we gotta get ready to go here.’ Guys like Turner Evans, he accepts a big role on this team. We got multiple possessions and defensively we killed a couple of penalties and brought a little more of a playoff atmosphere. We didn’t play that great in the first period but I think that second period might have been one of the best that we’ve had to date.”

 

Peterborough scored three in a row to start the third. Joe Resetarits scored on a diving individual effort before Corey Small scored a pair. The physicality ramped up again when Kew knocked down Zach Currier with an elbow to the head. Currier received a cut on his chin but got right back up and went after Kew, who declined to fight, so he got an earful from the Lakers’ defenseman before both were taken to the box with major penalties.

 


And as one brother goes, so does the other: “Josh seemed to get pretty amped up as well because he took a penalty right afterwards,” smiled Currier. “Oakville just likes to get gritty. Whenever one of us gets one the other one gets a couple too.”

 

Josh actually took three consecutive penalties in the third period – maybe not something that’s ever happened to him before, but defending his younger brother is an understandable reason.

 

Oakville outscored the Lakers 2-1 in the last 11 minutes but Vinc and the defense played well enough to prevent them from closing the gap any further.

 

During the second period, the Lakers acknowledged Vinc’s award. Vinc led the Buffalo Bandits to an NLL Cup appearance during the winter season, though they fell to the Calgary Roughnecks. But the Lakers’ faithful gave Vinc quite the cheer – and he took it to heart, making five saves on an extended power play just after the announcement was made, and only allowing two goals the rest of the way.

 

Vinc was grateful for the heartfelt cheer he got from the crowd.

 

“It’s not necessary but it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed and I appreciate all the support we get here in Peterborough,” he said.

 

Hasen credited Vinc with the win.

 

“Early he let a couple soft ones in that he knew he should have had but from there he refocused and gave us that opportunity to build back on it.”

 


The Lakers have five games remaining in the regular season. They have a home-and-home with the Six Nations Chiefs next Tuesday and Thursday and will finish the regular season with three games during the last week of play: Sunday, July 28 in Cobourg; Monday, July 29 in Oakville and Thursday August 1st at the Evinrude against Oakville once again.

 

Tickets for Thursday, July 25 will go on sale on Monday, July 22 through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service kiosk on game night. Scoring for the Lakers:


Thomas Hoggarth (2-1)

Corey Small (2-0)

Joe Resetarits (1-3)

Holden Cattoni (1-2)

Josh Currier (1-1)

Kyle Buchanan (1-1)

Cory Vitarelli (1-0)

Jake Withers (1-0)

Turner Evans (0-2)

Robert Hope (0-1)

Zach Currier (0-1)


 

 

 

 

 

Overtime loss for Lakers

 

July 11, 2019

 

Story and photos by Anna Taylor

 

 

BRAMPTON, ON - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers will be happy to get back to the Evinrude Centre next week after suffering an 18-15 overtime loss to the Brampton Excelsiors during a rare Thursday road game. Though the evening cooled off from the 40 degree humidity earlier in the day, the small confines of Brampton Memorial Arena stayed uncomfortably hot all night long.

 

That didn't help an already discombobulated defense.

 

"This loss is completely on the defense," said defensive coach Bobby Keast. "The offense came and did their job tonight; we didn't do ours. We seemed to try to do too much at times and not enough at other times."


"We weren't all on the same page," Nick Weiss said.


It was a wild game from start to finish, with the teams tied 1-1 just 1:03 into the game. The Lakers led 7-5 after the first period after Chad Tutton scored a buzzer beater into the empty net from his own end.

 

Shawn Evans had a pair of goals in the second period and a confrontation with Excels' goaltender Nolan Clayton who took exception to a slash and pushed Evans into the back of the net. Tutton fought Travis Burton in the period though both received roughing majors. Despite some big plays, the Lakers trailed 11-10 after two.

 

 

"They're a young and hungry team and they came out and pressed us," Weiss said. "It kept going back and forth and we'd get up but let them come back and we never fully got back control."

 

The Lakers came back and led briefly in the third period but the Excelsiors kept it close, showing why they've been one of the MSL's hottest teams over the last few weeks.

 

Jeff Teat, the clear frontrunner for MSL rookie of the year, led the Excelsiors with 11 points - six goals and five assists. He tied the game with 48 seconds left - nearly running out of floor after coming off the bench to catch a long pass. It's still unclear how he even made the shot given the sharp angle he was on.

 

 

Then he scored the winner in overtime, dodging a defender to to get in alone on Mike Poulin to catch Connor Sellars' pass. The Lakers were outscored 4-1 in the extra frame.

 

"He's a very good young player that can move the ball and shoot the ball and he had a game tonight," said Weiss.

 

"He's obviously a talented athlete and has a bright future, but as a team you can usually contain or limit opportunities for those guys and we didn't do that tonight so obviously adjustments need to be made and they will be," Keast said.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Tutton had the only Lakers' goal in overtime, tucking the ball far side past Clayton to finish off a fast break. Clayton made 40 saves.


Holden Cattoni led the Lakers with a hat trick and four assists. Mike Poulin made 43 saves. 

 

With just a handful of games left in the regular season, the Lakers could potentially face Brampton in the playoffs as the Excels' currently hold the fourth spot.


The Lakers are off until next Thursday, July 18 when the Oakville Rock visit the Evinrude Centre for the first time this season. Tickets will go on sale for that game on Monday, July 15 through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service kiosk on game night. 

 


Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Holden Cattoni (3-4)

Thomas Hoggarth (2-3)

Mark Matthews (2-1)

Chad Tutton (2-1)

Shawn Evans (2-1)

Joe Resetarits (2-0)

Kyle Buchanan (1-3)

Cory Vitarelli (1-1)

Corey Small (0-3)

Kiel Matisz (0-3)

Mike Poulin (0-3)

Nick Weiss (0-1)

Mike Walker (0-1)

 

 

Lakers take Six Nations 15-10

 

July 4, 2019

 

Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - Expect to see the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers and Six Nations Chiefs battle back-and-forth for first place the rest of the season.

 

The two clubs are at the top of the MSL standings with the Lakers in first place by two points after a 15-10 win on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre. The Lakers hold a game in hand over their rivals. They play each other twice more before the regular season comes to an end.

 

In pursuit of a Mann Cup berth, each team added players prior to the league’s trade deadline. The Lakers added Mark Matthews, who scored his first goal for the team Thursday, taking Thomas Hoggarth’s first period pass and blowing by a defender to get off the bounce shot. The Chiefs added Chris Cloutier, who scored twice and added four assists, and Shayne Jackson, who has yet to play this season.

 

Cloutier and Jackson join an already star-studded lineup that rivals the Lakers’. But the Chiefs that played at the Evinrude Centre on Thursday night were only half the team that they will be by the time the post-season rolls around.

 

Both teams were missing players to the Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks’ MLL game: Zach Currier, Matt Gilray, Dillon Ward, Lyle Thompson and Brendan Bomberry. But the Chiefs were missing even more and had to rely on seven call-ups to round out their usually stacked roster.


While the Lakers don’t worry about who is or isn’t at the other end of the floor, it was disappointing for the fans to know the Chiefs hadn’t sent their best. After all, we want our boys to show they can beat the best.

 

“We understand. Depending on the travel for certain guys in the middle of the summer, either here or there, it can get tough,” Kyle Buchanan said. “They were missing a top goalie, probably their best player (Dhane Smith) and a lot of D guys. We know we’re going to face a better team.


They still have some good players even though it was a depleted lineup for them and we’re going to take that win and move forward with the positives.”

 

Like last week, the Lakers got off to a hot start. Shawn Evans opened the scoring 25 seconds in. Josh Currier made it 2-0 at 1:10. Cloutier stemmed the tide with a goal, rallying his team to prevent the Lakers from running away with it early. Joe Resetarits put the Lakers up 3-1 but the Chiefs scored a pair to tie the game by the 10-minute mark. Cody Jamieson answered Matthews’ goal with a power play goal but Hoggarth and Buchanan put the Lakers up 6-4 by the end of the first with back-to-back underhand goals.

 

Buchanan had two assists to go along with his goal in the first and finished the night with a pair of goals and six helpers. He sits second in league assists with 30, only behind Shawn Evans’ 38.

 


 

“That was a big game tonight,” he said. “We’ve been trying to progress each game and knock off our negatives. We did a good job right from the start offensively, moving our feet, getting to the middle and it showed on the scoreboard.”

 

The Chiefs kept pace with the Lakers in the early part of the second, outscoring them 2-1 to draw within a goal at 7-6 nearly halfway through. But, as Kiel Matisz points out, lacrosse is a game of runs and the Lakers used that to their advantage tonight.

 

“We try and focus on five minute increments,” he said. “We kept on our runs and stretched our lead.”

 

Buchanan, Corey Small, Holden Cattoni and Resetarits all scored in a three-minute span to give the crowd some late-second period energy. Cloutier scored a last-minute goal to silence the crowd in the last minute of the second.

 

Five-on-five the Lakers outscored the Chiefs 12-5, but they gave up too many power play chances and the Chiefs capitalized on five of the seven. The Lakers were 2/6 with one shorthanded goal.


They won the special teams battle, but with such a large gap five-on-five, when we keep it even keel we’re a pretty good team on both ends of the floor,” Matisz said. “We have to shore things up on the short man.”

 

Small’s second of the game got the third period started. Jordan Durston and Matisz then traded quick-stick goals before Small completed his hat trick on the power play, converting Matthews’ backhand flip pass. Hoggarth capped the Lakers’ scoring with a shorthanded goal.

 

Defensively, the Lakers had a good effort as well. Matt Vinc made 37 saves, a good number of which came in the third period as the Chiefs tried desperately to get back in the game. Captain Robert Hope was instrumental in limiting the Chiefs’ shots, even unintentionally using his head to deflect a ball in the third (but he’s not going to make that a habit). He later took Jamieson so hard into the boards the glass popped out.

“Hopey leaves it out there every single shift,” Buchanan praised. “That’s why he’s the captain. He soaked one in the ear; he’s blocking shots all over the place; he’s picking up loose balls. He’s in that leadership role for a reason. The boys like when he makes plays like that. We pick him up on the bench if he’s had a tough one.”

 

The Lakers are back in action next Thursday, July 11 but the game will be at Brampton’s Memorial Arena as they visit the Excelsiors. They’re back at home on Thursday, July 18 to host the Oakville Rock for the first time this season.

 

Tickets will go on sale for that game on Monday, July 15 through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service kiosk on game night. 


Scoring for the Lakers:


Corey Small (3-1)

Joe Resetarits (2-1)

Kyle Buchanan (2-6)

Thomas Hoggarth (2-3)

Shawn Evans (1-5)

Turner Evans (1-3)

Mark Matthews (1-3)

Kiel Matisz (1-2)

Josh Currier (1-1)

Holden Cattoni (1-1)

Robert Hope (0-2)

Jake Withers (0-1)

Bryce Sweeting (0-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakers extend win streak to four with 13-7 victory over Kodiaks

 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor

 

Mark Matthews was the talk of the town on Thursday in Peterborough and the tall forward’s debut didn’t disappoint as he put up four assists in the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers’ 13-7 over the Cobourg Kodiaks.

 

The Lakers may not see Adam Jones in the lineup this season after he and his wife Lauren lost their house in a fire earlier this month. Matthews, who can fill Jones’ shoes, was acquired from the Brooklin Lacrosse Club on Wednesday for Justin Lemcke and Dan Michel.

 

 

“He’s a nightmare to play against in the NLL,” said defenseman Jake Withers. “Besides his skill and the hard work he puts in, he’s a great guy. I was fortunate enough to play with him my rookie year in the MLL and last summer on Team Canada. He’s an awesome guy to have on your squad and the O guys are happy to have him.”

 

The crowd will be cheering for a Matthews’ goal soon enough but in his first game he worked the ball around as he got settled in.

 

“This team has been playing together for a few years and just fitting myself in was tough at times but we’ll find a groove,” Matthews said. “There’s one ball and we all have to figure out how to make that work and obviously we did tonight putting up 57 shots. We’re all getting our looks, we just got to can a few more and everybody will get their points.”

 

 

The Lakers led 3-0 1:18 into the game, chasing Kodiaks’ starting goaltender Kevin Croswell in favour of Kevin Orleman. Corey Small got two of those, with Joe Resetarits the other. Mark Matthews’ first point came as an assist on Resetarits’ goal. Small then got the first goal on Orleman at 6:37 to complete his hat trick and extend the lead to 4-0. Resetarits made it 5-0 with a shorthanded bounce shot before Mike Triolo was able get Cobourg on the board with a power play goal.

 

Thomas Hoggarth got that one back nine seconds later. Chad Tutton put the Lakers up 7-1 with 57 seconds left, finishing off Nick Weiss’ pass as the Lakers’ defense crowded the Kodiaks’ end. Ben French was able to pot a goal for Cobourg with less than a second left on the clock.

 

It was the opposite of Wednesday’s game versus Brooklin in which the Lakers fell down 4-0 in the first period and had to battle back for an overtime win.

 

“We’re world class athletes, we do this all year-round,” Withers said cheekily. “It’s nothing new. We have doubleheaders in the NLL. We just had to take care of our bodies when we got home last night and most guys did a pretty good job. It’s never a good thing to get behind the eight ball and that’s something our leaders and coaches were preaching tonight.”

 

 

Play slowed in the second period as each team settled in. Cobourg actually had the edge, outscoring the Lakers 3-2 but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Josh Currier had the prettiest goal of the period, sending a swooping underhand shot over Orleman’s shoulder. Nick Weiss had the other Lakers’ goal on a transition break. Peterborough native and former Laker Cam Milligan scored an athletic-looking backhand in the frame.

 

Peterborough outscored Cobourg 4-2 in the third period. Hoggarth finished a two-on-one with Weiss for his second and Small got a step on a defender for his fourth. Kyle Buchanan scored a pair of goals in the period. Milligan and French scored the goals for Cobourg.

 

Matthews had fun in his first game.

 

“Getting the win helped,” he said, and pointed out how much better it is to be a Laker than to play against them. “That playoff run against them last year when I was with Brooklin was terrible. These D guys are big and strong and mean and watching them from your own side is pretty nice instead of taking those whacks. When Paul Day called me and gave me the news on Wednesday it was exciting and getting here was even better.”

 

Mike Poulin made 37 saves for the Lakers while Orleman finished with 44 saves. Small was named the Wiser’s player of the game and Brock Sorensen the One Eighty Hunter defensive player of the game.

 

 

The win is the Lakers’ fourth in a row. They remain two points ahead of the Six Nations Chiefs for first place and now hold a 2-1 season series edge over the Kodiaks, who have dropped three in a row. They have one more matchup against Cobourg on July 28 at the Cobourg Community Centre.

 

The Lakers have the long weekend off and don’t return to action until next Thursday, July 4 when they host the Six Nations Chiefs for the first time this season. Tickets for that game will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Centre box office. Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or online. Tickets purchased online or over the phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service desk on game night.

 

TRADE: LAKERS SEND LEMCKE AND MICHEL TO BROOKLIN FOR MARK MATTHEWS

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have acquired lefty forward Mark Matthews from the Brooklin Lacrosse Club, the team announced Wednesday night.

 

Matthews, 29, is a star for the National Lacrosse League’s Saskatchewan Rush. He was the league’s MVP in 2018 and has been in the top three in league scoring for four of the past five seasons.

 

Going the other way in the trade are defender Justin Lemcke and forward Dan Michel. The trade is pending league approval.

 

“To me, Mark Matthews is one of the best players in the world,” said Lakers’ general manager Paul Day. "Right away he’s going to make our power play better and be the guy that makes everybody better. He’s a game changer every night. We didn’t want to give up two young guys but we also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have Mark play for us.”

 

Lemcke was drafted in the third round this past season and saw action in five games for the Lakers. Michel, a former Jr. A Lakers’ captain, played sparingly as a call-up the last few seasons while playing full time for the Ennismore James Gang.

 

Matthews will debut with the Lakers on Thursday night.

 

OT WIN OVER BROOKLIN

 

June 26, 2019

 

Story and photos by Anna Taylor

 

 

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers fought hard for a win on Wednesday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre and came away with a 12-9 overtime victory over the Brooklin Lacrosse Club. It was the Lakers’ third win in a row and puts them back in first place by two points over the Six Nations Chiefs. They are now exactly halfway through their 18-game schedule.

 

Brooklin has yet to win a game this season but have played the Lakers closely in their two matches. They led Wednesday’s game for 57 minutes until Shawn Evans forced overtime with five seconds remaining in regulation.

 

Brooklin led 4-1 after the first period. The Lakers’ only goal was scored by Joe Resetarits.

 

 

The clubs traded the first four goals of the second, the highlight Brock Sorensen’s backhand goal at 10:42 on a rebound. Former Laker Jake Fox and Dawson Theede then scored two in succession to put Brooklin up 8-3, but the Lakers finally woke up and rattled off four in a row to get them back within a goal at the end of the second. Ethan Walker, Evans, Kiel Matisz and Holden Cattoni, with his second, scored on that run.

 

“You have to stay composed and give yourself a chance,” Evans said. “We got down early by a big margin but we clawed back and kept going.”

 

Brooklin’s Jake Gilmour put them back up two at 9-7 at 7:58 of the third. Kyle Buchanan squeaked a goal through Higgins’ pads at 14:17 that brought the Lakers back within a goal at 9-8. The last three minutes of the game were the Lakers’ best as they pressed for the equalizer.

 

 

With the last possession of the game on the line, the Lakers took a shot with 10 seconds left. Higgins made the save which gave Brooklin the ball, but defender Nick Chaykowsky cross-checked Turner Evans into the crease which gave Peterborough the ball back.

 

“They [lost that] call and we got the ball back with 10 seconds left and I came around the top and stepped into a shot and caught Higgins’ under the arm,” Evans described. “It was a big goal for us and led us to a big win in OT.”

 

Momentum clearly on their side, Turner Evans potted the game winner 4:47 into overtime. Shawn Evans and Ethan Walker added insurance markers during the rest of the full 10-minute period. It was a hard-fought comeback and earned win.

 

The Lakers are right back in action tonight, hosting the Cobourg Kodiaks at the Evinrude Centre. The season series between the teams is tied 1-1 with the Lakers winning 8-4 this past Sunday in Cobourg. Tickets are still available at the Memorial Centre box office, by phone or online for the 8 p.m. game.

 

 

Scoring for the Lakers:

Shawn Evans (3-3)

Ethan Walker (2-1)

Holden Cattoni (2-1)

Kyle Buchanan (1-4)

Brock Sorensen (1-1)

Turner Evans (1-1)

Kiel Matisz (1-1)

Joe Resetarits (1-0)

Corey Small (0-4)

Josh Currier (0-2)

 

 

LAKERS TAKE SUNDAY BATTLE OF HIGHWAY 28

 

June 23, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor

 

COBOURG, ON - Score one for the rookie.

 

Well, not a goal, but defender Justin Lemcke did rack up his first MSL fight in the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers’ 8-4 victory over the Cobourg Kodiaks on Sunday evening, and in the process earned the respect of his teammates.

 

With the Lakers up 8-3 late in the third, Mike Triolo tried to rough up Lakers’ captain Robert Hope. Lemcke was having none of it and stepped in to fight the Kodiaks’ super pest.

 

“I don’t know much about his background, if he’s a fighter but he’s not afraid to go after guys. For a young guy to be in our lineup and to step in and stick up for his captain speaks volumes to the guys. I have nothing but respect for that,” said Corey Small after the game.

 

Lemcke held his own as the two mostly grappled to get a hold on the other’s jersey, and he ended up with the takedown.

 


“Since game one he’s been a hard working guy, nose to the grind and not afraid to protect his teammates,” goaltender Mike Poulin said. “He’s fairly new at meeting and playing with these guys so it just goes to show his character when you put that jersey on and respect it and do what you can to give your team the win.”

 

The Lakers fell to the Kodiaks 12-11 on June 13th at the Evinrude Centre so they felt like they owed them something.

 

Small picked up a rebound 1:08 into the first period. Thomas Hoggarth increased the lead just over a minute later, and Nick Weiss made it 3-0 at the 2:49 mark. Lemcke was tripped on a clear cut breakaway but managed to flip the ball to Holden Cattoni coming off the bench. Cattoni then found Weiss streaking in from the defensive end. Kyle Buchanan’s overhand shot made it 4-0 just 5:16 into the game.

 

After that, the offense cooled, or the Kodiaks' defense stepped up. The Lakers only managed four more goals in nearly 55 minutes. But since they held the Kodiaks to four total, it wasn’t a problem.

 

“I thought Poulie was unbelievable, only letting in four goals,” Small said. “He did the job for us in our end to keep the score low. We had one power play to their eight, so we were kind of limited in those opportunities but we got what we needed to get five-on-five. Usually those power plays for us turn into three or four extra goals.”

 

 

Poulin echoed Small’s sentiment about the team’s even-strength play.


“I thought we played 50 good minutes of lacrosse. We still have some things to work on but five-on-five was our best performance of the year. When you’re not working your best, mistakes end up in your net but when you’re working hard and a mistake happens, the lacrosse bounces tend to go your way so I think that was what happened tonight.”

 

A lack of discipline from the Lakers gave the Kodiaks multiple chances to get back in the game, and they ended up capitalizing on three power plays. They also had several good transition chances but Poulin was equal to all of them, stopping Colton Armstrong three times in the game.

 

“Transition isn’t just the goalie stopping the breakaway, it was the full unit that did a good job tonight,” Poulin demurred. “We ask our D guys to make it uncomfortable on them. Our O guys did a great job of running back so they didn’t have time to actually slow down and throw a few fakes. They were put in uncomfortable positions to shoot.”

 

With the Lakers up 5-0, Mark Vradenburg whipped a power play shot past Poulin to break the shutout bid at 13:43 of the second. Small’s second of the game and a shorthanded marker from Cattoni put the Lakers up 7-1 heading into the third.

 


Dan Lomas opened the third period with Cobourg’s second power play goal, with their third coming from Ryan Lee at the 12:42 mark. Hoggarth had Peterborough’s lone goal of the third before Vradenburg capped the game scoring with his second, moments after Lemcke and Triolo hit the floor.

 

Peterborough won but once again Cobourg pushed the pace, showing that they’re not a team to be taken lightly anymore. Small said that makes the games fun and helps create a better rivalry.

 

“It’s always a physical game against them,” he said, referencing Lemcke’s fight and 14 PIMs handed to Shawn Evans for a second-period altercation with Colton Armstrong. “At the end of the day we’re always going to be team tough, we’re always going to have each other’s backs but it always seems to be a chippy game in Cobourg.”

 

Poulin finished the game with 47 saves, while his counterpart in Cobourg’s net, Kevin Orleman, stopped 38 Lakers’ shots.

 

These clubs meet again this Thursday in Peterborough but before that the Lakers have a date with the Brooklin Lacrosse Club in Whitby on Wednesday evening.

 

Tickets for Thursday's game are available through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service kiosk on game night. 

 


Scoring for the Lakers:


Holden Cattoni (2-1)

Thomas Hoggarth (2-1)

Corey Small (2-1)

Kyle Buchanan (1-5)

Nick Weiss (1-0)

Josh Currier (0-3)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Shawn Evans (0-1)

 

Lakers back on winning track

 

June 20, 2019

 

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are back in the win column after a 13-8 victory over the Brampton Excelsiors on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the club, something they hadn’t experienced since 2015.

 

They are now tied with Six Nations and Cobourg at the top of the standings with 10 points each but sit in third place due to goal differential. They have a chance to gain ground over the second place Kodiaks this week with meetings against them Sunday and next Thursday.

 

“I think we accomplished what we wanted to tonight,” said veteran defenseman Bryce Sweeting. “Every game, every period, every five minutes we break it down. I think we’re heading in the right direction. It was a good full 60 minutes from us tonight: our D helped the O get the ball up and our offense helped the reverse transition.”


The Lakers were getting on and off the floor faster which limited the Excelsiors’ transition attempts, and in fact, the turning point of the game was Matt Vinc’s third period stop on one of the few opposing transition attempts. The Lakers’ offense showed a renewed enthusiasm with the addition of rookie Ethan Walker and the return of Joe Resetarits, who had missed the past three games.

 

“We scored nine five-on-five goals and that’s the way we want to play as an O. We only gave up two transition goals so that’s a win for us,” said Josh Currier. “We’ve been giving up way too much in transition so the coaches are happy and we’re happy.”

 

Brampton scored quickly and fans held their breath, fearing the worst early, but less than a minute later Josh Currier fought off a double-team to feed the ball to Turner Evans who was waiting for the quick-stick opportunity at the side of the net. Brampton came back with a pair for a 3-1 lead halfway through the period but the Lakers shut them down after that.


Shawn Evans skipped the ball five-hole before feeding Currier who had a quick-stick of his own which tied the game at 3. Jake Withers then scooped up a loose ball and with Robert Hope running interference down the floor, bounced the ball past Excels’ goaltender Nolan Clayton to give the Lakers a 4-3 lead after the first.

 

“Everyone was pulling in the right direction, doing the little things,” Sweeting said. “That starts with our effort. [We can’t come] in as back-to-back champs just thinking we’re going to win every night. There’s a lot of good teams now in this league and as tonight showed every game is going to be a battle so you have to show up and want it more than the other team.”

 

Cory Vitarelli capitalized on a power play 33 seconds into the second. Joe Resetarits then blew the game open, scoring back-to-back goals to up the lead to 7-3. The Excelsiors’ then sandwiched Sweeting’s first goal of the season but the Lakers still led 8-5 after 40 minutes. Sweeting placed himself right in front of Clayton and buried Chad Tutton’s backhand pass.

 

“It was a broken play. Tuts (Chad Tutton) tried to feed the offense coming out the front door, but it was broken up and bounced back to him. I was wide open out front and made no mistake, I guess,” Sweeting chuckled.

 

 

Peterborough outscored Brampton 5-3 in the final period. After Vinc stoned Dylan Evans on a fast break, Josh Currier stretched across the crease to beat Clayton far-side on the Lakers’ next possession. Ethan Walker scored 44 seconds later, dodging around a defender, to complete the three-goal swing. Instead of allowing the Excelsiors to close the gap to 8-7, the Lakers opened up a 10-6 lead.

 

Walker’s goal came in his first game with the senior Lakers. The standout Jr. Lakers’ graduate just finished his junior year at the University of Denver. He was the only graduating junior that the Lakers protected.

 

“It feels pretty good to get that first one,” Walker said. “It took three periods to get it but it feels pretty good, it’s getting the monkey off your back. It’s great to get one in front of a crowd that supports us so much and to get to play with the Lakers who I grew up my whole life watching is something special so I’ll cherish it.”

 

Corey Small was a healthy scratch to make room for Walker on the Lakers’ left side. When everyone is available, the coaches have tough decisions to make with such a deep roster. Walker felt he fit in well, a thought that was echoed by his teammates.

 

“Our offense flows as if we’ve played together for years. I know it was only my first game playing with them but we’re going out there and being playmakers, working together as a unit out there on the offensive end so I think that was beneficial for us tonight,” Walker said. “The thing for me is I don’t have any real expectations, I just want to do my part, help the team the best way I can.”



Walker said the team was bolstered by a group of kids in the crowd starting “Go Lakers Go" chants. Later in the frame, Vitarelli scored his second goal of the game and both Resetarits and Currier completed hat tricks.

 

“Coming off of two losses we weren’t happy with it, nor were we okay with it either, so it was good to bounce back. Everyone was firing. It was good to see a team win,” Currier said.

 

It was a good start to a busy week for the Lakers. After a full week of rest, the coming week sees the Lakers in Cobourg Sunday to face the Kodiaks and Whitby on Wednesday to face the Brooklin Lacrosse Club before hosting the Kodiaks on Thursday at the Evinrude Centre.

 

“We’ll get some fluids into us and get ready for Cobourg,” Sweeting said. “We owe them one so we’ll gear up for that and head down 28. We have no more games left to adjust, we just have to come out and play.”

 


Tickets in Cobourg and Brooklin, our two closest rivals, are available at the doors of each arena on game night. Tickets for Thursday's game are available through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service kiosk on game night. 

 

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Seats are individual and numbered; they are not bleacher seats. The arena has installed air conditioning and removed the netting around the seats to make our fans comfortable, and food and beverage services are available. 

 

Scoring for the Lakers: 


Joe Resetarits (3-2)

Josh Currier (3-1)

Cory Vitarelli (2-1)

Shawn Evans (1-7)

Turner Evans (1-0)

Jake Withers (1-0)

Bryce Sweeting (1-0)

Ethan Walker (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-3)

Holden Cattoni (0-2)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Chad Tutton (0-1)

Matt Gilray (0-1)


 

 

LAKERS DROP SECOND GAME OF THE WEEK

 

June 13, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers aren’t feeling great after a 12-11 loss to the Cobourg Kodiaks on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre, but they’re hopeful the two-game slide they’re on won’t last any longer.

 

“We’re a little low,” said Thomas Hoggarth, “but we’re a good team so we’ll rebound. We’re talking about what’s next; we’re not worried about the last two games. We’re worried about what’s in front of us.”

 

The Lakers now sit in second place in the MSL standings with a 4-2 record while the Kodiaks take over top spot with a 4-1 record.

 

The Kodiaks are a young and hungry team after three losing seasons since moving from KW. The Lakers were also missing a good chunk of regulars and had Jr. A Lakers Matt Smith, Tyler Hendrycks and Landon Kells in the lineup. Bryce Sweeting and Turner Evans were serving one-game suspensions stemming from Monday’s game. Eric Shewell is nursing an upper-body injury. Zach Currier, Joe Resetarits, Kiel Matisz and Mike Poulin were unavailable.

 

 

“We’re missing a couple of bodies but that’s not an excuse,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “We’re just trying to find our legs here again and get everybody into the mix. We’re making some mistakes that at the end of the day are okay early but we have to start figuring stuff out and make sure we’re not making those mistakes tomorrow.”

 

Cobourg looks like they’re finally able to compete with the league’s elite, led by Peterborough natives Cam Milligan and Kyle Killen on offense and Colton Armstrong and Dylan Hutchison on defense. The Kodiaks’ roster also sports more NLL-calibre players this year like defenseman Steph Charbonneau and goaltender Kevin Orleman.

 

“They played great, they earned that win,” admitted defenseman Chad Tutton. “They outplayed us, they outworked us. They were the better team tonight. Maybe we took a step in the right direction but it’s still nowhere near where we need to be.”

 

The Kodiaks have built a roster heavy on transition players and they made the Lakers pay on Thursday.

 

“Offensively they’re moving the ball very well,” Hasen said. “Transition was the difference here tonight. They had six on us but they had a lot more chances and really put us on our heels.”

 

 

The Lakers led 9-7 after the second period, but the Kodiaks rattled off five-straight goals to open the third and take a 12-9 lead. Charbonneau and Ben French scored 21 seconds apart to tie the game at nine. Scott Dominey then sandwiched a Dan Lomas goal. Cory Vitarelli and Shawn Evans got the Lakers back within a goal, but despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Orleman, couldn’t find the equalizer.

 

Orleman was peppered with shots and made 51 saves, including a beauty on Georgia Swarm teammate Holden Cattoni four minutes into the third. Cattoni attempted to fake him out; Orleman bit and was in the process of falling when he kicked a leg out to stop the Lakers’ sharpshooter.

 

“He’s a good goalie,” said Hoggarth, who led the Lakers with three goals. “We got our shots on him but he played well.”

 

 

Peterborough did well limiting the number of Cobourg’s shots but the ones they did give up weren’t great. Matt Vinc, in his home debut, made 27 saves, his best of the night a right-pad save on a Colton Armstrong fast break. He then immediately squared himself to Marcus Minnichiello’s rebound attempt.

 

Hoggarth, who broke out offensively for the first time this season, opened the scoring 1:53 into the game. Cory Vitarelli was able to draw a couple of defenders to the side boards where he passed to Hoggarth out front. The Kodiaks matched the Lakers goal-for-goal in the period with Kyle Killen scoring a power play goal to tie the game at one. Corey Small and Dan Lomas traded goals for the 2-2 score and Holden Cattoni and Cam Milligan exchanged goals for a 3-3 tie after the first.

 

“The first period we were good,” Hasen said. “They capitalized on their opportunities which happens but we were smart getting off the floor and limiting their transition. After that we were a little slower to react and they got three on us both periods in transition.”

 

Halfway through the second, the Kodiaks had taken a 5-4 lead, but Hoggarth tied the game with a transition goal after he scooped up a loose ball in the Lakers’ end. Colton Armstrong replied with a fast-break goal of his own but the Lakers then put together a few solid minutes at the end of the second period. Holden Cattoni was left alone in front of Orleman and tied the game at six with a bounce shot following four fakes in close at the 15-minute mark. Josh Currier quick-sticked in Shawn Evans’ behind-the-net pass 45 seconds later. Evans made another great pass 28 seconds after that, this time to Thomas Hoggarth who buried a shot from the right-hand side. Brock Sorensen then found Evans, running full speed off the bench, with a long pass to cap the run with 1:07 left.

 

With one second left in the period, Dominey scored from 10 feet out with to cut the Lakers’ lead to 9-7.

 

There’s only so much that a coach can say when a team is deflated like the Lakers were Thursday night, so it falls to the players to rally themselves.

 

“Hopey (Robert Hope) spoke to us after the game,” Tutton said. “We need to be better. It comes down to the beginning of the game. Preparation, mindset and then going shift by shift. Making fewer mistakes because it’s easy to say ‘oh well get the next one’ but it can’t keep happening. It’s frustrating to say the least.

 

He continued, with hope for a better result next week. “It’s Mann Cup or bust for us. We’re looking forward. We have some time to recover and get some workouts in and get our conditioning going again and I think we’re going to see a different Lakers team on Thursday. If we don’t keep getting better each game, then what are we doing here?"


After a busy start to the season, the Lakers have a full week off and will return to action next Thursday, June 21, when they host the Brampton Excelsiors at the Evinrude Centre. Tickets are available through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre customer service kiosk on game night. 


Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Seats are individual and numbered; they are not bleacher seats. The arena has installed air conditioning and removed the netting around the seats to make our fans comfortable, and food and beverage services are available. 


Scoring for the Lakers:


Shawn Evans (3-4)

Thomas Hoggarth (3-0)

Holden Cattoni (2-0)

Cory Vitarelli (1-4)

Josh Currier (1-3)

Corey Small (1-1)*
Matt Gilray (0-2)

Brock Sorensen (0-1)

Robert Hope (0-1)


*Corey Small's goal was incorrectly awarded to Nick Weiss in the official stats

 

 

Lakers crushed by Rock

 

June 10, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor

 

OAKVILLE, ON - An early season drubbing at the hands of the Oakville Rock is a wake-up call, said Peterborough Century 21 Lakers’ head coach Mike Hasen.

 

The Lakers’ 17-4 defeat on Monday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre was their worst loss in recent memory; at least since 2009, when the league began publishing stats for public consumption.*

 

It certainly hasn’t happened since Hasen has been coach, although they came close last year in a 16-7 loss to Brooklin. One stinker per season is enough.

 

“We’ve been going through the motions the first four games and we were lucky to get away with that early in the season but this is going to be the wake-up call for us,” Hasen said.

 

Captain Robert Hope was less reserved in his post-game comments, calling the loss embarrassing.

 

“To be a part of this team with the support that we get, to come out and lay an egg like that is embarrassing,” he said, apologizing to the fans. “They scored on their first offensive shift and we left our goalies out to dry all game. We haven’t been beaten like that in a long time. Lessons learned.”

 

It’s not fair to say that this was the Lakers’ first big test of the season; the Six Nations Chiefs had most of their big guns in the lineup last week when the Lakers won 12-8. So don’t worry; it’s not that we suddenly can’t compete with the big boys. It was just one of those days where everything goes right for the wrong team.

 

“Oakville played very well. They had a game plan and they executed it; they didn’t take too many penalties; Nick Rose played well; they moved the ball well, and on our end we weren’t ready from the get-go,” Hope said.

 

The Rock led 2-0 two minutes into the game. It was 6-0 before Josh Currier made quick work of a power play to get the Lakers on the board. Andrew Kew and Chad Tutton traded goals before the period was out. The Lakers trailed 7-2.

 

Kiel Matisz scored the only Lakers’ goal in the second while Oakville added seven more. Mike Poulin was lifted in favour of Matt Vinc, seeing his first action of the season, after the 10th goal.

The Rock were like a hydra: every time the Lakers cut off one of their heads, two more grew in their place and found their scoring touch. Nine different players had goals. Dan Craig led the onslaught with four. Rob Hellyer had a hat trick and three assists.

 

“We had some chances to open it up but they were able to run the floor from the defensive end and score in transition and they scored in bunches,” Hope said.

 

The Lakers, missing key forwards Kyle Buchanan and Cory Vitarelli, had no answer. They dropped shots and missed rebounds and were outshot 55-47, which is a rare occurrence.

 

“Bucky works hard through the middle every single shift and Vitarelli’s a presence out there banging and creating space but it shouldn’t be on two guys to make a difference for us,” Hasen said. “We’re deep enough that the guys that we’re putting on the floor should be doing their jobs and we shouldn’t have to change our game plan because two guys aren’t here.”

The Lakers tried to make adjustments between periods but Oakville kept finding both new ways to score and new ways to prevent the Lakers from scoring. The third period was the Lakers’ best as their on-floor and bench communication increased, and they held the Rock to three goals in the frame. Corey Small’s power play marker was the lone Lakers’ goal in the third.

 

“We weren’t ourselves. We put ourselves in a bad situation and we never worked ourselves out of it,” Hasen said.

 

The Lakers have two days off to reflect on this game before they host the Cobourg Kodiaks on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Evinrude Centre. Tickets are on sale now via the Peterborough Memorial Centre box office.

 

*h/t to Scott Arnold for looking that up!

 

Lakers edge Brooklin in 10-9 win

 

June 6, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - They may have played in front of a new backdrop on Thursday night, but it was business as usual for the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers with a 10-9 win over the Brooklin Lacrosse Club at the Evinrude Centre.

 

It was close, though; the Lakers certainly gave the estimated 750 fans in attendance their money’s worth with a show. The Lakers controlled the game until the BLC took over in the third, keeping the Lakers’ offense at bay while they tied the game at nine. They almost completed the comeback but undisciplined play late was their downfall.

 

Cory Vitarelli scored the game winning goal with 1:43 left in the game.

 

“On our power play every guy is in a lane to get open,” Vitarelli said. “I was the guy that was in a spot to get the pass and luckily it went in.”

 

Vitarelli said it was definitely different playing in the Evinrude.

 

“The atmosphere just isn’t quite what the Memorial Centre is but it’s something we’ll just have to play with,” he said, but praised the fans that made the trip down Lansdowne Street. “Our fans here tonight were supportive and loud and we’re all professional so we’ll make the most of it.”


Captain Robert Hope told YourTV that it took a short spell for both the fans and players to get used to the temporary digs at the Evinrude, but after a few minutes, and a couple of goals, everyone settled in.

 

The fans were their usual cheery and attentive selves, applauding Jake Withers’ 15 faceoff wins throughout the game, as well as some hard work by Hope in the second period that led to a Withers’ goal. Kiel Matisz got a big cheer in the third after his loose ball work allowed Kyle Buchanan a chance on an extended possession.

 

The AC was cranked, the beer was cold, and our boys were out there laying their bodies and hearts on the line for us. What more could we need?

 

How about a win?

 

The Lakers and BLC traded four goals in the first. Josh Currier put the Lakeshow up 1-0 with a quick-stick goal 2:57 into the game. Kyle Buchanan scored a similar goal halfway through the frame. Both of Brooklin’s goals were scored on power play opportunities. With 1:07 left, Nick Weiss got a transition break and passed the ball to Corey Small coming off the bench; Small faked high and shot low on BLC starter Zach Higgins.

 


The Lakers put the young Brooklin club on their heels in the second period. Sean Darroch tied the game at three with an overhand shot on a transition break 3:12 into the second, but that kicked off a three-goal run for the Lakers. Kiel Matisz responded with a similar shot less than a minute later. Currier picked up his second, throwing a fake after accepting Matisz’s cross-crease pass. Withers capped the run with a transition two-on-one goal with Jordan Stouros, who made his season debut on defense.

 

Travis Getz tiptoed around the crease to cut the deficit to 6-4 but Cory Vitarelli replied with a pair, the first coming eight seconds into a power play. Both were his typical hard quick-sticks from the left side. Mitch Wilde scored on a transition break 40 seconds later, but Chad Tutton replied for the Lakers, coming in as the trailer on a play and faking out Higgins with a shot up the middle. Arena Lacrosse League 2018 rookie of the year Austin Murphy capped the second period, scooping up a rebound and putting a low shot past Mike Poulin, who made his fourth-straight start for the Lakers.

 

The Lakers let their foot off the gas in the third and the BLC crawled right back in the game, outscoring the hometown boys 3-0 to tie the game at nine. Justin Robinson and Dawson Theede scored early in the quarter. Murphy tied it with 4:56 left to play with a hard shot from the right side.


 “The summer league is at a point where there are no easy teams and if you don’t show up you’re not going to win. We have high expectations of ourselves,” Vitarelli stated. “Tonight we almost had too many lapses and it was lucky we came out with the win. We don’t want to make a game more complicated than it has to be.”

 

Penalties cost Brooklin the game. Former Laker Tyler Gaulton wrested Matisz’s stick away from him with three minutes left. Forty-nine seconds later Theede was sent off for holding after getting a fistful of Tutton’s jersey. The Lakers were patient on the five-on-three, calmly scooping up rebounds. On their third attempt, Shawn Evans’ tossed a backhand pass to Buchanan who fired the ball cross-crease to Vitarelli who found a pinhole between Higgins and the post.

 

Vitarelli’s goal gave him a second consecutive game with a hat trick. He and Holden Cattoni each sit in first with eight goals.* Vitarelli was named the Wiser’s player of the game while Matt Gilray was awarded the 180 Hunter defensive player of the game award.

 

The Lakers’ hectic early-season schedule continues on Monday with a visit to the Oakville Rock, who the Lakers defeated in last season’s MSL final. That game is at 8 p.m. and can be viewed on YourTV and Lacrosse-TV.com. The Lakeshow are back at the Evinrude next Thursday, June 13 to host the Cobourg Kodiaks, and tickets for that game will go on sale Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Centre box office.

 

*Due to a scoring error, Cattoni is listed with nine, and Vitarelli with seven. We may lose track of this over the season but we’ll try not to!


 

Scoring for the Lakers:


Cory Vitarelli (3-1)

Josh Currier (2-0)

Kiel Matisz (1-3)

Kyle Buchanan (1-2)

Corey Small (1-1)

Shawn Evans (0-5)

Turner Evans (0-2)

Jake Withers (1-0)

Chad Tutton (1-0)

Jordan Stouros (0-1)

Robert Hope (0-1)

Nick Weiss (0-1)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-8 win over Six Nations

 

June 4, 2019, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor 


OHSWEKEN, Ont. – Early-season wins can mean the difference between first place and last place and the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers aren't going to be leaving their fate up to the end of the season.


The Lakers moved to 3-0 with a 12-8 win over the Six Nations Chiefs on Tuesday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.


"That was a good game for us tonight. In the first period I thought we were decent and as the game went on we got a little better so it's a big win early in the season," Cory Vitarelli said. "These games are important."

 


The Chiefs, always tough competition, improved their roster this off-season with the addition of Lyle Thompson, one of the best lacrosse players in the world. They also added Zed Williams and Kevin Brownell to bolster their roster. Lyle joins his brother Jeremy, who takes faceoffs for the Chiefs, although he wasn't in the lineup Tuesday.


That's okay; the Lakers had their hands full with one Thompson. He scored twice for the Chiefs and added two assists.


"He's incredibly athletic," said defenseman Brock Sorensen. "He's fast, he's smart and he knows
the game really well. He plays both ends of the floor for them. You don't want to take your eye
off him on either side of the floor. He's extremely dangerous."
"Our defense did a good job on him. He's a guy you just always have to keep an eye on," Vitarelli said.


Sorensen dumped Thompson to the floor at the end of the second period. Fans hollered for a penalty but the hit was clean. Though Sorensen is one of the primary Lakers charged with guarding Thompson – and he does it effectively – he wasn't seeking him out specifically in that instance.


"I was more so upset that I missed the loose ball with 19 seconds left heading into the third which led to their timeout so that was more of a frustration play, I didn't care who it was, Sorensen laughed.


The Lakers led 3-0 10:49 into the game on goals from Joe Resetarits, Shawn Evans and Corey Small, who also took his first penalty as a Laker in the first. We won't be surprised if it's the only one he gets this season – in 31 games last season, he took zero penalties.
A shorthanded goal from Thompson sparked the Chiefs three quarters of the way through the first, and within two minutes they had tied the game.

 

You could point to the Lakers' hastened warmup as a cause for the brief breakdown: the team bus didn't arrive at the arena until 7:10 and they had to combine their usual two warmups into one. But they regrouped at intermission and came out with a strong effort in the second.


"Things like that tend to happen in summer lacrosse whether we're late starting at home
waiting for a team, or our bus is late getting to an away arena," Vitarelli said. "But everybody's a leader on our team and we're focused and professional. It all speaks to us being ready to go and having a solid game from the start."


Holden Cattoni started the second with a rolling goal on Dillon Ward – that is, he took a tumble after scoring just to put an exclamation mark on his effort. Vitarelli increased the lead with a pair of goals two minutes apart, the first coming as he threw about four fakes on Ward (this goal was incorrectly awarded to Cattoni).


Cody Jamieson got one back for the Chiefs, but Cattoni responded by cutting to the front of the net and converting Small's pass.

 

The Chiefs scored two in a row to close the gap but Shawn Evans scored on the next possession after a Kyle Jackson goal. Rookie Kasen Tarbell scored for Six Nations but the Lakers responded once again; Vitarelli found Turner Evans with a cross- crease pass and Evans neatly tucked the ball in past Ward stick-side. It was one of the prettiest goals all season and it gave the Lakers a 9-7 lead.


"Tracey (Kelusky) said before the game, this is our mojo, we gel really well," Sorensen related.


"We can show up five minutes before a game and I think we would still come out strong just with our mentality and leadership."

 

Cattoni, Vitarelli and Resetarits all scored in the third period to put the Lakers up 12-7. Randy Staats scored the last goal of the game in the last minute.


Mike Poulin made 35 saves for the Lakers, who were 20/23 on faceoffs.


The Lakers are back home at the Evinrude Centre this Thursday, June 6th to host the Brooklin Lacrosse Club for the only time this season. Tickets are still available through the Memorial Centre box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets ordered by phone can be picked up at the Evinrude Centre on game night.  Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Seats are individual and numbered; they are NOT bleacher seats. The arena has installed air conditioning and removed the netting around the seats to make our fans comfortable, and food and beverage services will be available. 


Scoring for the Lakers:


Holden Cattoni (3-3)
Cory Vitarelli (3-1)

Joe Resetarits (2-2)
Shawn Evans (2-1)
Turner Evans (1-3)
Corey Small (1-3)
Kyle Buchanan (0-3)
Jake Withers (0-2)
Kiel Matisz (0-2)
Robert Hope (0-1)


Lyle Thompson and Randy Staats led the Chiefs with two goals and two assists each. Dillon Ward suffered the loss in goal. 

 

Special Olympics fund-raising game

 

May 31, 2019

 

by Anna Taylor

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers wrapped up their opening week with their third win in a row, although Friday's 20-16 victory over the local teachers' team won't count in the standings.

 

Several members of the current Lakers and some alumni participated in the Cradle for Special Olympics 2 at the Memorial Centre on Friday afternoon. The event was organized by alumni Ernie Ellement, who is an educational assistant at St. Peter Secondary School. Ellement previously organized the Cradle for a Cure in 2016, which was a 28-hour lacrosse marathon that raised money for Courtney's Legacy Fund and Childhood Cancer Canada, and the Cradle for Special Olympics (2017).

 

 

This year's edition of the charity game included a buyout for students of St. Peter, Crestwood and Monsignor O'Donoghue schools. Kids paid a small fee to get out of afternoon classes and watch their teachers take on the defending Mann Cup champions. All money raised is donated back to each school's Special Olympics School Championship fundraisers.

 

"It's a wonderful experience to have all these schools and students come together to support these teachers, to support this wonderful cause," Ellement said. "Special Olympics is here to stay and we're not going anywhere."

 

In addition to Ellement, alumni Ross Cowie and Jim Wasson suited up for the Teachers. Pete Dalliday, YourTV play-by-play man, also joined the Teacher's team.

 

The Lakers were represented by Robert Hope, Turner Evans, Cory Vitarelli, Chad Tutton, Brett Coons, Thomas Hoggarth and Holden Cattoni. Their lineup was rounded out with James Gang member Patrick Pollock in goal and alumni Jason Clark, Matt Giles, Josh Gillam, Kyle Laverty and Scott Self.

 

 

The game was comprised of three periods and some fun shootout activities that included appearances from several local Special Olympic athletes.

 

The ball moved easily between the teams and there were some nifty goals scored and some even more nifty goals attempted. Evans went airborne for a late chance, and captain Robert Hope, a defenseman, was seen running around the offensive end looking for a teammate to attempt a pro-style dunk goal.

 

"I'm not gonna myself," he chuckled, "I have bad shoulders, knees, legs and every joint possible but I'm going to get someone on our team to do a dunk goal, we're playing by NLL rules tonight!"

 

Former Lakers' captain Scott Self was pleasantly surprised he'd been able to score, but said once he got the one, that was all he could manage.

 

"I got one which is surprising but ever since I've been snake bitten which sounds about right for me," he said towards the end of the second period. "But this is a good cause and it's a chance to get out and have some fun and throw the ball around."

 

And everyone did have fun, on both teams, as did the students in the stands, though it wasn't immediately clear who they were cheering for. Hope and Vitarelli got the loudest cheers when they were introduced, being both members of the Lakers and teachers in Peterborough's system. Vitarelli said he had the option to play for either team and went where he was needed, but Hope said with a laugh that he wasn't invited to play for the Teachers.

 

Although the Lakers won on the scoreboard, it didn't matter much who actually won, since the day was for a good cause. However, since the Teachers won the first contest, whoever wins the next, should there be one, will have plenty of bragging rights.

 

"Redemption was on our minds a little bit today, yeah," said Evans, tongue-in-cheek. "I could tell a couple of our guys were going a little harder today, maybe, after our performance in 2017.

 

"But we're out here for a good cause and everyone was having fun. It's nice to play with the guys that used to play on the Lakers and also playing against the teachers. It was a fun day and I'm glad we could make it out here and help out."

 

 

Excelsiors squished in come-from-behind home opener win by Lakers


May 30, 2019 

 

by Anna Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The new kids on the block are already making an impact for the Century 21 Lakers. Mike Poulin backstopped the team to their second win of the young MSL season and Joe Resetarits potted the game winning goal in the fourth quarter of a 12-9 win over the Brampton Bug Juice Excelsiors on Thursday night at the Memorial Centre.

 

Of course, the veterans on the team made their presences known too, with Shawn Evans leading the way, scoring once and adding seven assists. Evans and the rest of the Lakers from the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks returned to give the Lakers a full roster. Matt Vinc backed up Poulin.

 

The win came on the heels of the 2018 Mann Cup championship banner raising. With the Lakers surrounding the Mann Cup, Robert Hope, Shawn Evans and Kyle Buchanan unfurled the new banner and watched it rise to the rafters. It was the only game the Lakers have at the Memorial Centre. The Evinrude Centre becomes home for the rest of the 2019 season while repairs are done to the PMC floor.

 

Leaving the beloved arena will be difficult, admitted captain Robert Hope, but he hopes the fans will follow the team down the road to their temporary home.

 

“[The Memorial Centre] has been our home for a long time,” he said. “A lot of us from Peterborough grew up here, playing minor or junior here, watching some great teams and then becoming a part of this organization. To see some familiar faces again and have family and friends able to be here with the banner going up to the rafters was pretty special.”


He was sorry that the team couldn’t put on a better show for the fans, but did admit that a come-from-behind win was probably also pretty cool for the estimated 2700 fans in attendance.

 

“This wasn’t the performance we wanted though to reward our fans. We like to get as many people in here as possible to be part of the Lakeshow so it was a little disheartening and unsettling that we weren’t able to put on the show that we always want to and to be able to put a full 60 minutes together.”

 

It was a quieter game than usual with the impending move on everyone’s minds, especially after the thrill of the Mann Cup last season. But Resetarits brought the crowd to life with his game-winning goal at 15:27 of the third period against his old team.

 

“It felt cool finally being on the other side,” Resetarits enthused. “I’ve been on Brampton for so long playing on the other side in front of this crowd now to actually be on the home side it was a fun game to finally be a part of. We battled the first two periods but we managed to come away on top which is a sign of a good team.”

 

The Lakers defeated the Excelsiors 13-6 on Sunday in Brampton, so were eager to hand the young upstarts another loss. Rookie sensation Jeff Teat had other ideas, though, and scored all four of Brampton’s first-quarter goals including a natural hat trick in just over four minutes. Brampton led 3-1 until Josh Currier and Cory Vitarelli tied things up. Teat and Turner Evans traded goals for a 4-4 tie at the end of the first.


“They’re a hungry team,” Resetarits said. “The one thing they do is that they work so hard. Whether it’s here or it’s in Brampton, they’re always ready to play.”

 

The second quarter had some Lakers’ fans shifting restlessly in their seats as they watched the defending champs be outscored 5-2. Phil Caputo put the Excels up 5-4 before Nick Weiss got a breakaway and tied the game at five on a power play. Holden Cattoni scored a power play marker amid a flurry of four Brampton goals but the Lakers were down 9-6 at the end of the period.

 

Being down isn’t a position the Lakes are used to, or enjoy, so they took the intermission to regroup. Resetarits said they just focused on what they could control as a group.

 

“Twenty minutes is a long time in this game and no one panicked,” he explained.

 

The defense tightened up and towards the latter part of the period more confidence set in and the offense began to flow.

 

“The offensive guys were a little frustrated and the D guys were frustrated too with the goals that we allowed,” Hope said. “We didn’t really set Poulie up for success with the spots that we allowed them to shoot from. But like great shooters do we were able to figure them out, figure out their defense, move the ball and capitalize on our opportunities.”

 

Vitarelli cut the lead with a power play goal. Thomas Hoggarth dropped a pass back to Kiel Matisz on a shorthanded break and that brought the Lakers within a goal. Turner Evans’ rip at 12:30 tied the game at nine.

 

Resetarits then beat Clayton glove side with an underhand shot to convert Shawn Evans’ backhand pass for the winner.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It was a big one,” head coach Mike Hasen said. “A good little pick and roll with him and Shawny. Set a good pick and got Shawny over top side and Shawny knows where to put the ball after that.”

 

Evans and Matt Gilray, into the empty net, added insurance to complete to 6-0 run.

 

The Lakers outshot the Excelsiors 67-48. They were 4/6 on the power play and 22/23 on faceoffs. Jake Withers had another perfect game winning all 20 draws he took. Poulin made 39 saves. Shawn Evans was the Wiser’s player of the game and Robert Hope was the 180 Hunter defensive player of the game.

 

The Lakers are on the road Tuesday for an early-season contest against the Six Nations Chiefs. They return home – to the Evinrude Centre – next Thursday, June 6th to host the Brooklin Lacrosse Club for the only time this season. Tickets for Thursday’s contest go on sale Monday at the PMC box office at 9:30 a.m. in person, by phone or online.


Scoring for the Lakers:

 

Turner Evans (2-1)

Cory Vitarelli (2-1)

Matt Gilray (2-0)

Shawn Evans (1-7)

Kyle Buchanan (1-2)

Holden Cattoni (1-2)

Nick Weiss (1-1)

Joe Resetarits (1-0)

Robert Hope (0-2)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Mike Poulin (0-1)

 

Poulin great in Lakers' debut, leads team to 13-6 win

 

by Anna Taylor

 

May 26, 2019

 

BRAMPTON, ON - Everyone wants to play for the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers. Even if all you’ve ever been taught is to hate the blue, white and red.

 

Of course, the nature of the small, close-knit lacrosse community means it’s easy to shift loyalties when necessary. Like when you’re traded from your team to their closest rivals, like Mike Poulin was last week.

 

The former member of the Brooklin Lacrosse Club led the Lakers to their first win of the season on Sunday night, a 13-6 victory over the Brampton Excelsiors.

 

Lakers’ fans are intimately familiar with Poulin, having watched him tend the goal for the BLC for the last five seasons. In that time, the Lakers went 15-4-1 in the regular season and knocked the BLC out of the playoffs twice.

 

 

Poulin didn’t miss a beat in his Lakers’ debut. Shots weren’t kept at Brampton Memorial Arena, but he made a number of solid saves against the upstart Excelsiors, who are a faster, more determined team than they have been in recent memory.

 

“It was a great feeling putting on the jersey and being welcomed into the Peterborough lacrosse environment,” Poulin said. “The experience was great and getting a win against a tough team was nice. Getting back into summer lacrosse and having an opportunity to contribute felt really good.”

 

Poulin’s Georgia Swarm (on which he plays with Chad Tutton and Holden Cattoni), 2017 NLL champions, were eliminated in the quarter finals this season by the Toronto Rock, so he’s had a few weeks to rest and is ready for a long run to the Mann Cup with five-year Lakers’ veteran Matt Vinc. Vno became a Laker the same year Poulin started in Brooklin.

 

“Matt’s a good friend. We played together once and we had a good relationship so I’m looking forward to doing that again,” he expressed.

 

With Vinc away due to the NLL Finals, won Saturday by Zach Currier and the Calgary Roughnecks over the Buffalo Bandits, Jr. A goalie Landon Kells backed up Poulin. Five other Jr. A Lakers helped round out the lineup on Sunday.

 

Assistant captain Kyle Buchanan, who scored three times, said the new additions did well.

 

 

“Guys are still learning the systems,” he said. “Watching on defense, guys are battling for loose balls and asking questions, learning the system. We have some good leaders back there to show them the way.”

 

Poulin agreed with Buchanan’s statement about the leadership on the back end.

 

“The guys were talking a lot out there on defense,” he said. “You can really hear Robert Hope being the leader on the defensive end of the floor. That was really cool to be a part of. When I’m at the other end of the floor and playing against him you don’t realize how big of an impact he has.”

 

Poulin felt his first game went well, though “there’s a few things to get used to. The other guys’ names for one,” he chuckled. “After that it’s some positional things and the way defenses play the game but getting back in the swing of summer lacrosse doesn’t take too long.”

 

The Excelsiors took the lead twice in the first period until Turner Evans put the Lakers up 3-2 at 12:23. They extended that lead to 6-4 after the second on goals from Holden Cattoni, Evans and Buchanan.

 

After a relatively settled 40 minutes, the Lakers broke out with goals from Cattoni and Joe Resetarits 15 seconds apart. Buchanan then scored twice to Phil Caputo’s single marker, increasing the Lakers’ lead in the third to 10-5. They finished with a three-goal run that included a pair from Cattoni and an individual effort from Jake Withers off the faceoff.

 

 

“We were feeling each other out on offense and gaining a bit of chemistry and getting our legs under us. Once one kinda fell we just started going to the middle and slowing the game down a little bit and goals were falling,” explained Buchanan.

 

Newly acquired Joe Resetarits had a goal, and rookie Justin Lemcke was thrown right into the fire, matching up on defense with Dereck Downs, who has become one of Brampton’s biggest threats.

 

 

Buchanan provided a post-game assessment of the newcomers: “Poulie’s a great goalie. Everybody knows that. He’s won championships. We’re happy to have him and he’s a great guy in the room as well. Rezzy’s obviously pretty dynamic and a great scorer as well so I’m looking forward to playing with him on the right side. Lemcke is a great athlete and I think he’s going to learn a lot.”

 

Phil Caputo led the Excelsiors with two goals and two assists. Downs had a pair of goals. Nolan Clayton took the loss.

 

The Lakers’ home opener is this Thursday, May 30 at the Memorial Centre. They will raise their 2018 Mann Cup championship banner ahead of a rematch against the Excelsiors.

 

“Both teams are going to get better,” Buchanan said. “It was the first one of the year. Teams are feeling each other out, feeling themselves out. We’re going to expect a hard fought game and a pretty exciting game raising our banner Thursday.”

 

Fans are invited to a tailgate party beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the arena parking lot for player appearances, a barbecue, live music and kid’s activities.

 

 

TWO BLOCKBUSTER ACQUISTIONS FOR LAKERS

 

May 22, 2019

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have acquired Mike Poulin and Joe Resetarits, the club announced at a press conference today.

 

Poulin, two-time winner of the Harry Lumley award for lowest GAA, was acquired from the Brooklin Lacrosse Club for first-round draft picks in 2021 and 2022. Poulin played five seasons for Brooklin after starting his MSL career in KW. Over his five seasons in Brooklin, he posted a regular season GAA of 8.67 and a .795 save percentage. In the NLL, the "Poulin Wall," as he is nicknamed, plays for the Georgia Swarm with Lakers Holden Cattoni and Chad Tutton. He won a championship with the Swarm in 2017 and in 2012 was named the NLL goaltender of the year.

 

 

"Poulin is going to compliment Matt Vinc really well," said Lakers' general manager Paul Day. "They've played together before in Six Nations so we're excited to have him. He's one of the best goalies in the world and is a great leader."

 

Resetarits, a righty forward, was acquired from the Brampton Excelsiors for defender Dylan Evans and a first-round draft pick in 2020. He last played for Brampton in 2016, picking up 18 goals and 15 assists in 12 games, and 114 goals and 110 assists over his six seasons with the club. He was a part of the team in 2011 that went on to win the Mann Cup in 2011. Resetarits lives in Buffalo, and is a member of the NLL's New England Black Wolves. Last season he set the record for league scoring by an American with 100 points.

 



"Resetarits is a great shooter. He plays with speed and really attacks the net," Day said. "He can shoot from outside or inside, he's had a great eye everywhere he's been and he's in the prime of his career. He's going to really add to our right side with Buchanan and Evans who are really creative and Josh Currier with his good outside shot."

 

In addition to Poulin and Resetarits, the Lakers are excited to the following players to the roster:

 

 

    • ~ Lefty forward Ethan Walker, a Jr. Lakers grad who will finish his school year at Denver before joining the team in June;
    • ~ Third-round draft pick Justin Lemcke, a defender and former draft pick of the Georgia Swarm who was a former captain of the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs;
    • ~ Philadelphia Wings' captain Kiel Matisz, a righty forward who was acquired from Brooklin during the offseason for Jake Fox and Tyler Gaulton;
    • ~ Defender Daryl Waud, a Hamilton native who played for the Jr. A Lakers and has spent the last four years in the CFL with Toronto and Ottawa. Waud needs several more weeks to evaluate injuries before he joins the Lakers.

 

The Lakers also announced that Andrew Suitor will be playing Sr. B with the Kahnawake Mohawks this summer. Doug Buchan, Ian Llord and Mark Steenhuis will spend the summer on the injured reserve, and Adam Jones will join the team in July after he rehabs from the NLL season.  

TAILGATE PARTY UPDATE

 

The Lakers are hosting a tailgate party in the Memorial Centre parking lot prior to the home opener on May 30th. The tailgate party will commence at 5:30 p.m. Hotdogs, hamburgers and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. Kids activities include free face painting and a hardest shooter contest with live music provided by The Ilk Band. The tailgate party will wind down around 7 p.m. when the doors open. The 2018 Mann Cup championship banner will be raised just prior to game time at 8 p.m. and Lakers' president Ted Higgins will sing the national anthem.

 

SEASON OPENER IN BRAMPTON

 

Ahead of the home opener on May 30, the Lakers will be playing their season opener in Brampton this coming Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Arena. Fans can follow the game on the Lakers' official Twitter account https://twitter.com/PtboLakersLax and at the live stats link: https://www.majorserieslacrosse.ca/stats#/252/game/227539/preview?season_id=1559.

 

 

LAKERS ANNOUNCE HOME OPENER DETAILS

 

 

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are ramping up preparations for their 2019 home opener on Thursday, May 30 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Tickets are on sale now at the arena box office.

 

The Lakers will be hosting a tailgate party in the Memorial Centre parking lot beginning at 6 p.m. with a barbecue and live music courtesy of The Ilk Band. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the first 2500 fans in attendance receiving souvenir rally towels. When the game begins at 8 p.m., the Lakers will raise their 2018 Mann Cup banner to the rafters. The senior Lakers will be welcomed to the floor by players and coaches from the PMLA, and fans will get a chance to see new players like Kiel Matisz, Ethan Walker and Justin Lemcke for the first time.

 

EVINRUDE CENTRE GAMES

 

Following their May 30 home opener, the Lakers will move their home base to the Evinrude Centre. The team is striving to make the fan experience as normal as possible. Fans should be aware of the following information in regards to the Lakers' new venue:

 

  • Seating at the Evinrude Centre is assigned, individual seats. There are no bench seats. Standing room will also be assigned.
  • Tickets for each home game go on sale the Monday before the game through the PMC box office – in person, online or by phone. For example, tickets for June 6 will go on sale June 3 on a first come, first serve basis.
  • All home games will be presented on YourTV (Cogeco cable 10/700).
  • Games will also be available to be streamed on the internet. Streaming details will be announced when finalized.
  • Food and beverages will be available to purchase during the games.
  • Alcohol will be available to purchase for those of legal age, both in the arena and in the banquet hall courtesy of Molson's.
  • Fans can purchase 50/50 tickets as usual.
  • Overflow parking will be located at the Canadian Canoe Museum on Monaghan Road or in the Lansdowne Place parking lot at the corner of High Street and Lansdowne Street.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME

AWAY

Thursday, May 30 – Brampton Excelsiors

Sunday, May 26 – Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday, June 6 – Brooklin Redmen

Tuesday, June 4 – Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday, June 13 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Monday, June 10 – Oakville Rock

Thursday, June 20 – Brampton Excelsiors

Sunday, June 23 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday, June 27 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Wednesday, June 26 – Brooklin Redmen

Thursday, July 4 – Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday, July 11 – Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday, July 18 – Oakville Rock

Tuesday, July 23 – Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday, July 25 – Six Nations Chiefs

Sunday, July 28 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday, August 1 – Oakville Rock

Monday, July 29 – Oakville Rock

 

PRICING

Home Opener Pricing

Price Type

Regular Bowl Price

Club Price

Adult

$18.50

$23.00

Senior

$14.00

$18.50

Student

$11.00

$15.50

Child

$4.00

$8.50

Restaurant

N/A

$22.50

 

Evinrude Centre Pricing

 

Price Type

Price

Adult

$16.00

Senior

$14.00

Student

$11.00

Child

$5.00

Standing Room

$11.00

Banquet Hall – game will be live streamed

$5.00

 

April 30th deadline to reserve game one tickets

 

April 23, 2019

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Home Opener and Banner Raising is Thursday May 30th at 8pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

Tickets, for the home opener have been on sale for the Lakers regular season ticket holders and sponsors since Monday April 1st. Season ticket holders have until close of business on Tuesday April 30th to guarantee their seats for this game. Unclaimed seats will be released to the public for sale on May 6. Contract cards or photo ID are required to purchase seats.

 

A check just before the Easter Weekend revealed that many season ticket holders have not yet reserved their tickets. Many season ticket holders are surprised every year that their regular seats have been sold because of the missed due date. The due date has been April 30 consistently for many years so please don't be disappointed and call the box office today to reserve your tickets!

 

Tickets, for the home opener, will go on sale to the public on Monday May 6th at 9:30AM ONLINE, over the phone at 705-743-3561 and in person at the Baker Tilly Box Office at the PMC at the same prices as last season.

 

Home Opener Pricing

Price Type

Regular Bowl Price

Club Price

Adult

$18.50

$23.00

Senior

$14.00

$18.50

Student

$11.00

$15.50

Child

$4.00

$8.50

Restaurant

N/A

$22.50

 

Home Game Schedule

 

Date

Opponent

Thursday May 30 at 8:00PM*

*NOTE: at the PMC

Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday June 6 at 8:00PM

Brooklin Lacrosse Club

Thursday June 13 at 8:00PM

Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday June 20 at 8:00PM

Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday June 27 at 8:00PM

Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday July 4 at 8:00PM

Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday July 18 at 8:00PM

Oakville Rock

Thursday July 25 at 8:00PM

Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday August 1 at 8:00PM

Oakville Rock

 

 

 

LAKERS SEASON OPERATIONS CLOSE TO BEING SET!

 

March 25, 2019

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - As the season approaches and a difficult winter of planning ends, the Peterborough Lakers want to update their fans on this years arrangements as a follow-up to the ticket details released last week.

 

All Lakers regular season home games will be streamed online for the 2019 campaign. Details on access and cost will be announced in late April.

 

Home Opener Updates:

 

  • The home opener is at the PMC on May 30 against the Brampton Excelsiors. Seats for 2018 season ticket holders will be reserved, as usual, until Tuesday April 30, after which, those seats not claimed will be opened to the public for sale. 2018 season ticket holders can arrange their home opener tickets starting Monday April 1 online, by phone or by attending the PMC box office. The 2018 Mann Cup banner will be raised during opening ceremonies.

 

Evinrude Centre Updates:

 

  • The City and Lakers are setting up air conditioning in the arena for June through August.

  • After the home opener on May 30, the Lakers' carpet will be laid at the Evinrude for the season. The Evinrude floor is 10 feet longer than the PMC floor, therefore two five foot pieces are being created to ensure complete coverage of the floor. The additions will be used at the ends of the arena, therefore creating five more feet of space behind the nets.

 

  • All tickets sold for each game will have assigned seating or assigned standing room.

  • There is a limited amount of accessible seating.

 

  • The Banquet room will have the game streamed on a large screen. The room will be licensed and food will also be available. There will be seating and standing room available in the banquet room. It is estimated that there will be a combined capacity of 575 people for the banquet hall.

 

  • Both the arena bowl and the Leon's waiting area on the second floor will be licensed.

  • Merchandise, programs and 50-50 tickets will be available at the arena.

 

  • All tickets are being sold through the PMC box office and with expected demand and limited capacity we do not expect any walk up seating to be available.

 

The Lakers have attempted to maximize the number of seats available. Fire codes and building size have restricted some of the ideas put forth.

 

However, some of our major sponsors have given up or reduced their tickets so that season ticket holders and other fans will have the opportunity to buy game day tickets and we thank them profusely for this.

 

Our community-minded sponsors care as much about the fans as they do for the Lakers' organization themselves and many continue to offer their full support to the team during this difficult season.

 

Members of the executive and volunteers are also giving up their seats for fans too.

With about 2400 regular seasons tickets and only a fraction of the capacity there was no efficient system to ensure season ticket holders would all get a fair opportunity to attend a particular game. We explored a number of different ticket scenarios in an effort to keep as many people as possible happy and at the games. For a volunteer-run organization, a first come, first serve basis was the easiest and fairest way to decide who gets tickets to each game. The inconvenience and extra effort is the price we are all paying for the decision that moved us out of the PMC. As we get closer to the season we will continue to tweak our operations, listen to our fans' suggestions and make every attempt to improve the experience for them.

 

 

LAKERS AND CITY RELEASE HOME OPENER AND REGULAR SEASON TICKET PRICING AND ARRANGEMENTS

 

The following information about the 2019 Peterborough Lakers season is released by the City of Peterborough and the Peterborough Lakers.

 

Home Opener: Thursday May 30th at the PMC

 

Tickets, for this game, will go on sale for our regular season ticket holders on Monday April 1st at 9:30AM over the phone and in person at the Baker Tilly Box Office at the PMC. Season ticket holders have until close of business on Tuesday April 30th to guarantee their seats for this game. Unclaimed seats will be released to the public for sale. Contract cards or photo ID are required to purchase seats.

 

Tickets, for the home opener, will go on sale to the public on Monday May 6th online at www.tickets.memorialcentre.ca, over the phone at 705-743-3561 and in person at the Baker Tilly Box Office at the PMC at the same prices as last season.

 

Home Opener Pricing

Price Type

Regular Bowl Price

Club Price

Adult

$18.50

$23.00

Senior

$14.00

$18.50

Student

$11.00

$15.50

Child

$4.00

$8.50

Restaurant

N/A

$22.50

 

Regular Season Games 2 to 9 at the Evinrude Centre

 

A limited number of assigned stadium seats will be available for purchase, as well as assigned standing room tickets behind the stadium seats. Tickets will also be available for a Viewing Party each week, which is being held in the Evinrude Centre's Banquet Hall.

 

Tickets will go on sale to the public on the Monday of the week of each game online atwww.tickets.memorialcentre.ca, over the phone at 705-743-3561 and in person at the Baker Tilly Box Office at the PMC. There will be a limit of 4 tickets per person per game, and there are no reserved seats for season ticket holders. To purchase accessible seats, please call or come in to the Baker Tilly Box Office at the PMC.

 

Price Type

Price

Adult

$16.00

Senior

$14.00

Student

$11.00

Child

$5.00

Standing Room

$11.00

Banquet Hall – game will be live streamed

$5.00

 

Major Sponsors

 

As of April 1st at 9:30AM, major sponsors who have confirmed their sponsorship with the Lakers can call or come to the Baker Tilly Box Office at the PMC to secure their seats for the Home Opener and the remainder of the regular season. Major sponsors will have until close of business on Tuesday April 30th to guarantee their seats. Unclaimed tickets will be released to the public for sale. Paid sponsorship letters/invoices from the Lakers are required to select seats.

 

Game Day Details at the Evinrude Centre

 

Children will not be permitted to access the floor during intermissions. Other game day details, such as parking accommodations, will be available closer to start of the regular season.

 

Home Game Schedule

 

Date

Opponent

Thursday May 30 at 8:00PM

NOTE: at the PMC

Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday June 6 at 8:00PM

Brooklin Redmen

Thursday June 13 at 8:00PM

Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday June 20 at 8:00PM

Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday June 27 at 8:00PM

Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday July 4 at 8:00PM

Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday July 18 at 8:00PM

Oakville Rock

Thursday July 25 at 8:00PM

Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday August 1 at 8:00PM

Oakville Rock

 

Please contact: Lakers Communications Director Brian Cowie for further information at705-760-0949

 

 

Lakers acquire Matisz

 

February 21, 2019

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON - Evinrude Centre be darned; the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers aren't going to let their arena displacement stop them from bringing a third consecutive Mann Cup title to the city.


Thursday, general manager Paul Day made a big trade that will help the Lakers on their 2019 journey back to the national championship, acquiring Kiel Matisz from the Brooklin Redmen. It was their first big move in preparation for the three-peat.


"We want people to know we are committed to defending our title," Day stated.

 


Matisz, 29, is currently the captain of the Philadelphia Wings where he is coached by Day. He has scored 14 goals and 26 assists and is on pace for his best season since joining the NLL in 2013. At 6'5 and 225 lbs., he is an offensive transition player who plays regularly at both ends of the floor. Before coming to Philadelphia, he spent six seasons with the Georgia Swarm franchise, winning the Champion's Cup in 2017. 


"We are excited to get Kiel," Day said. "He is good friends with Kyle Buchanan. Both are in each other's weddings this summer. He is a great leader and is ninth in NLL scoring and plays a regular shift of defense for us in Philly. He does all the little things right."


Matisz last played in the MSL in 2016 where he was a solid contributor to the Redmen. He took some time off following that last season to concentrate on family and recovering from the NLL season. Making the drive from Hamilton every week wasn't feasible then, but now his son is nine-months-old and with the chance to compete for a Mann Cup, he's looking forward to getting back on the floor.


"I'm super excited about the trade," he said. "The history the Lakers have is incredible. Having Paul Day as my coach, and living close to each other, we've developed a great relationship. I just want to help the team to the best of my ability and get us to that national championship level again."


Matisz said he'll play wherever the coaching staff asks him to.


"I don't want to call myself a chameleon because I don't know if that's a good analogy but night in and night out, whatever the team asks of me or requires me to do I will. If you went to two national championships in a row you're doing things right so I don't know, with this being so new, what the need is going to be."


He's familiar with most of the Lakers, having played with or against them at some point in his career. He won the Swarm's championship with Chad Tutton, and is currently roommates with Josh Currier when the Wings are on the road.


"Lacrosse is really small community and good news travels fast," he acknowledged, and in fact he had just texted Ian Llord when we reached out to him for this article.


Matisz and Buchanan are looking forward to being teammates again. 


"'Moose' is a dynamic player," said Buchanan. "We went to university together at Robert Morris for four years. He brings a lot to a team. He's the captain in Philly so he has a ton of leadership and is really respected. As a big body that can run, he can play every position. There's really not a lot that he can't do."


"Bucky is my best buddy," Matisz said of the Lakers' 2018 top scorer. "College feels like the place where boys become men and we went through that process together. He used to live four blocks away from me. To reconnect with him will be the best."


In exchange for Matisz, the Lakers send offensive righty Jake Fox and defenseman Tyler Gaulton to the Redmen.


Fox had most of his success with the Lakers as a call-up while still with the Jr. A Lakers but wasn't able to find a regular roster spot in 2018. Gaulton spent most of the 2018 season with the Ennismore James Gang. Fox is currently in his senior year at Johns Hopkins while Gaulton is on the Saskatchewan Rush's practice roster.


"Both Fox and Gaulton are excited for a chance to play more," Day said.


The Lakers open their home schedule on May 30th with a banner raising at the Memorial Centre before moving to the Evinrude Centre.

 

MSL releases 2019 schedule

 

February 13, 2019

 

On Tuesday night, Major Series Lacrosse announced their 2019 schedule, which begins on Sunday, May 26th when the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers visit the Brampton Excelsiors at Memorial Arena.

 

The league returns to an 18-game schedule in 2019 after testing out a 16-game schedule in 2018, in which the Lakers repeated as Mann Cup champions.

 

The Lakers open their home defense of the Cup on Thursday, May 30 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre when they will raise their championship banner in front of their fans.

 

The Lakers will then move home operations to the Evinrude Centre for the remainder of the season while the Memorial Centre floor is replaced. The Lakers thank their fans for their patience while ticketing options are evaluated.

 

Schedule highlights:

 

The Lakers meet the Oakville Rock, who they defeated in the 2018 MSL finals, for the first time this season on Monday, June 10 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre. The teams end the regular season with a home-and-home series on July 29 and August 1.

 

The Lakers play each team four times (twice home and twice away) with the exception of the Brookpn Redmen, who they will face once at home and once away.

 

There are home games every Thursday between May 30 and August 1 with the exception of July 11, when the Lakers will play in Brampton.

Full Lakers' schedule:

 

HOME

AWAY

Thursday, May 30 – Brampton Excelsiors

Sunday, May 26 – Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday, June 6 – Brooklin Redmen

Tuesday, June 4 – Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday, June 13 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Monday, June 10 – Oakville Rock

Thursday, June 20 – Brampton Excelsiors

Sunday, June 23 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday, June 27 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Wednesday, June 26 – Brooklin Redmen

Thursday, July 4 – Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday, July 11 – Brampton Excelsiors

Thursday, July 18 – Oakville Rock

Tuesday, July 23 – Six Nations Chiefs

Thursday, July 25 – Six Nations Chiefs

Sunday, July 28 – Cobourg Kodiaks

Thursday, August 1 – Oakville Rock

Monday, July 29 – Oakville Rock

 

 

The full league schedule can be found here.

 

It's the Evinrude Centre for 2019

 

January 28, 2019

 

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. –The Peterborough Lakers have decided to play their 2019 MSL season at the Evinrude Centre.


Peterborough City Council voted to close the Memorial Centre from June-November 2019 to replace the floor, which left the Lakers without a home to defend their 2018 Mann Cup national championship. The team was adamant that they find a way to play even without their beloved home arena.


The Lakers debated several locations as replacements, including arenas in Oshawa, Norwood, Port Hope and Lindsay, with the Evinrude Centre and the Cobourg Community Centre as the frontrunners. It was a busy month obtaining and analyzing information and financial figures. The decision was made with careful consideration for our fans, our finances, arena capacities and the MSL.


The City of Peterborough staff and Cobourg Community Centre staff have been very helpful and the Lakers want to acknowledge their efforts in assisting them while they gathered information to come to an informed decision. 


In the end, the scales were tipped when an agreement with the Cobourg Kodiaks could not be reached.


The Kodiaks had concerns over the effects of having two teams in Cobourg, especially when they are an expansion team trying to maximize their own revenues through fan attendance and sponsorships. It was our belief that we could have assisted them by playing in Cobourg but from their perspective, compensation was an issue. The Lakers also had to be financially responsible given the known impact on fan revenues and the uncertainty of sponsorship support.


The Lakers have advised city staff of our final decision to play at the Evinrude Centre. Accommodations will now be worked out with the city to maximize the atmosphere and fan enjoyment for our games.


The Lakers also know that the pressure is on in determining how to support our season ticket holders and many sponsors. Discussions about tickets, sponsors and team operations will be ongoing. Fans will be advised when the next decisions are made. The Lakers only ask is for the fans to be patient as we try to make the best of a compromised season.


NOTE FOR 2020 SEASON: Many season ticket holders have been asking about their seats for the 2020 season at the Memorial Centre after the floor has been replaced. All season ticket holder seats will be saved for the 2020 season so long as they are paid for by the usual deadline of April 30 of that season. Any season tickets not paid for after that annual deadline have always been released to the public.

 

 

Lakers draft three

 

January 27, 2019

 

by Mike Davies (Peterborough Examiner)

 

Peterborough Century 21 Lakers drafted former Hamilton Bulldogs captain Justin Lemcke with their first pick in the MSL Draft on Sunday.


Lemcke, a Georgia Swarm draft pick, was a standout defender when he last played junior A lacrosse for the Whitby Warriors in 2016, said Lakers' GM Paul Day. He's currently playing hockey at the University of Guelph after captaining Hamilton to the OHL championship last year. Day hopes to lure the six-foot-two, 203-pound Whitby native back to lacrosse this summer.


"He's big, strong, fast and really liked the game," said Day. "He's a really good leader and character guy and a big body. We can always use some big bodies. Two of the years he played junior A hockey he came back in the summer an played lacrosse so you know he loves the game."


The Lakers did not have a pick until round three after dealing their first two picks to obtain Corey Small and Kyle Buchanan in prior years.


With their fourth-round pick they selected Nepean junior B grad Jordan Hendryks a six-foot-one, 185-pound transition player. He played six games for the Merit Precision Jr. A Lakers last season and was recommended by junior Lakers' GM Lee Vitarelli, said Day.
In round five they selected former Orangeville Northmen forward Davis Neal. Neal did not play last year but had 42 goals and 119 points in 51 career junior A games.


"He was always a really good athlete and a good lacrosse player so we'll see what his interest is," said Day.

 

 

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