Peterborough Lakers

Kyle Buchanan announced as 2019 Lakers' MVP


July 26, 2020


PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have announced the recipients of their 2019 Team Awards. Every individual honoured was an integral part of the Lakers' 2019 Mann Cup win in Victoria. 


Kyle Buchanan was named the team's MVP. He also won the award in 2017 and was the team's top scorer in 2018. "Bucky" had 17 goals and 52 assists for 69 points in 17 games last season and was one of the top loose-ball men on the floor. He finished second in Mann Cup scoring with six goals and 12 assists in five games. 



"To be recognized with this award amongst this group is truly an honour," Buchanan said. "I think many guys could win this each season. We have a locker room full of guys who are not only great players, but unreal teammates. I am very thankful to be able to play for this amazing organization and I know I speak for the group when I say we can't wait to get back together to defend the Mann Cup at the Memorial Centre in 2021." 


General manager Paul Day said Buchanan has become the heart and soul of the Lakers.  


"He's such a great player. We got him three years ago in a trade and we've won three Mann Cups with him," Day stated. 


Captain Robert Hope was once again named the team's Most Dedicated player. 


"It is an honour to be named most dedicated with such an amazing team and so many great players," stated Hope. "We have so many players that make personal sacrifices for the betterment of the team and that's what leads to team success." 


The MSL cancelled their 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mann Cup was also cancelled, and when it returns in 2021, will be hosted by the winner of the MSL. 


Full list of winners: 


MVP – Kyle Buchanan 

Top Scorer - Kyle Buchanan

Top Defenseman – Brock Sorensen 

Most Improved – Josh Currier 

Most Dedicated – Robert Hope 

Top Transition Player – Kiel Matisz & Thomas Hoggarth
Most Sportsmanlike – Corey Small 

Rookie of the Year – Ethan Walker 

Fan Favourite – Shawn Evans 



Century 21 Lakers support essential workers

July 23, 2020


Do you know an essential employee making a difference in your life or our community? The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are recognizing those in our community who have been working tirelessly through the pandemic.



Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have gift cards to give away to say thank you to the hard working people who never got a break, putting themselves in the way of the pandemic every day.


To nominate an essential employee, send us a DM (direct message) with their name, job, and contact information. Tell us, in 50 words or fewer, why you're nominating them.


Entries will be accepted on all three Lakers' official social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram & Facebook. We'll announce two winners per day for 8 days starting Monday.


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Lakers nominated for NLL Awards

June 28, 2020


by Anna Taylor


Each year the National Lacrosse League honours its top players in several categories, and each year, there are a number of Peterborough Lakers included.


Lakers' General Manager Paul Day is nominated for both the NLL's GM and Coach of the Year categories, leading the Philadelphia Wings to an 8-6 record in the East Division. The Wings led the division early in the season and were looking forward to challenging for a playoff spot before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. It was a strong second season for the Wings after they failed to make the playoffs in their inaugural season. Day built a solid team and is obviously our pick to win both awards!


Also nominated from the Wings is Kiel Matisz in the Transition Player of the Year category. He competes for this against the Calgary Roughnecks' Zach Currier. Matisz scored 15 goals and 25 assists from the back end in 14 games while serving as the Wings' captain. Currier scored three goals and added 10 assists in 13 games this season while scooping 108 loose balls. 


Kyle Buchanan of the San Diego Seals is nominated for the Sportsmanship Award. Bucky only took two penalties in 12 games and is consistently one of the most even-tempered players on the floor, in addition to being one of the kindest players off the floor.


Lakers' captain Robert Hope is nominated for Defensive Player of the Year. He finished fourth in the league with 110 loose ball scoops for the Colorado Mammoth. Jake Withers was second and Currier fifth, with Matisz seventh. 


"He's a guy who adds a lot to the team, both on and off the field. He's had an enormous impact on our team for years, and his nomination is a great testament to that," said Mammoth assistant GM and former Laker Brad Self.


Hope wears an A with the Mammoth but did spend a season as captain, filling in for an injured Dan Coates.


And to nobody's surprise, goaltender Mike Poulin of the Georgia Swarm is up for the Teammate of the Year Award. Though only a Laker for one year so far, Poulin immediately became a favourite of our fans and his teammates alike and put the team on his back during the 2019 Mann Cup. He's the consummate teammate – a relaxed leader in the dressing room who never stops working hard. 


The Lakers extend their congratulations to our players who worked so hard with their NLL teams this past winter and are now being recognized for their efforts. The winners will be announced on the NLL's social media channels on Tuesday, June 30. 


Major Series Lacrosse cancels 2020 season due to COVID-19; Mann Cup national lacrosse championship is also cancelled


May 19, 2020


Due to the ongoing and evolving impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) in Ontario and the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) in British Columbia have made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel both their 2020 seasons and the Mann Cup national championship.


Initially, both leagues planned to delay the beginning of their 2020 regular season play, which was to have kicked off in late May; revised schedules were drafted as the two commissioners worked towards the planning of the Mann Cup series, which was to be held in September in Ontario. Their focus was to ensure the greatest calibre of lacrosse in the world would be played when it was safe for players, staff, volunteers and fans.


However, MSL commissioner Doug Luey and WLA commissioner Paul Dal Monte, in consultation with the Canadian Lacrosse Association and while considering directions from government and public health authorities, have now concluded that it would not be possible or responsible to play box lacrosse in 2020.


According to MSL's Luey, several factors went into the decision to cancel, including:

• government restrictions on large gatherings such as sporting events and concerts.

• government guidelines that call for limiting all non-essential travel.

• and the serious economic impacts on MSL's many business partners, whose support its member clubs rely on for operations.


"While we know this is a huge disappointment for everyone involved in lacrosse — in particular, all of the players, coaches and fans — our primary responsibility is the health and safety of the competitors, volunteers and thousands of fans who will attend and contribute to the success of the Mann Cup," said the WLA's Dal Monte. "This unprecedented cancellation reflects the gravity of situation the world currently faces."


"As disappointing as it is cancelling the 2020 Mann Cup," said MSL's Doug Luey, "without question, it is the absolute correct decision. We look forward to welcoming back lacrosse fans to the 2021 Mann Cup, which will be hosted in the East by the MSL champions," Luey said.


Since the modern era of the Mann Cup began in 1926, this will be the first time the trophy will not be awarded to the best Senior A lacrosse club in Canada. The Mann Cup series is held each September, with the WLA and MSL champions facing off in a best-of-seven competition (for more Mann Cup information, see backgrounder below).


In 2019, the Peterborough Lakers won the Mann Cup — their third straight — four games to one over the Victoria Shamrocks in B.C.'s provincial capital.


Season tickets held for 2021 season


If you were a season ticket holder in 2018, you will have the opportunity to renew the same seats for the 2021 season, whether you renewed for the 2020 season or not. If you are a new season ticket holder for the 2020 season, you will have the opportunity to renew the same seats for the 2021 season too.


How to get a refund

Refunds will be available as of Monday, May 25th at 9:30AM. If you're a season ticket holder who bought your tickets for the 2020 season, you will have a credit automatically applied to your customer account. Credits will be left on your account to be used for a future purchase at the PMC or you can be refunded in the original method of payment; cash and debit payments will be refunded by cheque. To request a refund, please contact the Grant Thornton Box Office at the PMC at 705-743-3561;2589 (leave a message and we will get back to you within 2 business days) or email




May 19, 2020


The entire lacrosse community of Peterborough has come forward to help assist front line workers in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.  Front line workers have been the heroes of this pandemic working countless hours and putting their lives at risk.


To show appreciation and assist – all organizations of the Lakers lacrosse family (Major Series, Junior "A", Junior "C" and the Minor Lacrosse Association) have joined to help front-line workers. A thank you goes out to C21 United Brokers and Merit Precision for their contributions also.

The initiative was initially proposed after a discussion held by Major Series Lakers executive.  As lacrosse builders the executive was looking for a way to contribute.  They felt the quickest impact would be the production of facial masks.

Within a few days, funding had been secured.  Along with the participation of Tim Barrie who sponsors both the Junior "A" and Junior "C" Lakers, the plan took fruition.

The masks were manufactured by "Uncommon Fit" who are a sponsor of Major Series Lacrosse.  The mask is of a 2-ply design.  With a background of the Peterborough lacrosse colours (blue and green) - as the photo displays - the words "PTBO STRONG" and "LAKERS LACROSSE' are emblazoned on the mask.

A total of 450 masks have been distributed to 10 nursing homes within the greater Peterborough community. Distribution has included 7 nursing homes in Peterborough, 1 in Lakefield, 1 in Millbrook and 1 in Norwood.

If there is sufficient demand, there may be the possibility for lacrosse fans to purchase their own mask in the near future.

Major Series Lacrosse Commissioner Doug Luey commented "I applaud the efforts of the Lakers lacrosse family for taking this initiative.  In addition, it is not surprising to me that one of our MSL sponsors Jamie Plunkett and Uncommon Fit have played an integral part in this very worthwhile venture."




• The Mann Cup, emblematic of Canadian lacrosse supremacy for more than a century, was donated by railroad tycoon Sir Donald Mann in 1910 as a challenge trophy for senior men's field lacrosse.


• In 1925, the New Westminster Salmonbellies turned the trophy over to the Canadian Lacrosse Association, which instituted the current national playoff system.


• In 1932, the Mann Cup changed from a field lacrosse championship to a box lacrosse championship. The first box lacrosse Mann Cup was played at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in October 1932, when the Mimico (Ont.) Mountaineers defeated the Winnipeg Argos two games to none in a best-of-three series.


• The original trophy is made of solid gold and is valued at approximately $177,000.


• The original trophy was awarded until 1985, when it was permanently retired to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Westminster. The first replica trophy was awarded from 1985 until 2004, when the replica was destroyed in a "bonfire mishap." A second replica trophy has been awarded since 2005.


• The New Westminster Salmonbellies hold the record for most Mann Cup titles with 21. The Peterborough Lakers (previously known as the Peterborough Trailermen) hold the record for consecutive titles with four (1951-1954).


• Throughout its history, the Mann Cup has been:
       - a one-game final from 1910 through 1926, and in 1973 and 1974;
       - a best-of-three series from 1927 through '32, and in 1975;
       - a best-of-five from 1933 through '49;
       - and a best-of-seven from 1950 through 1972, and again from 1976 to the current day.


• Excluding the one-game finals, the Mann Cup has gone its maximum length only 17 times and its winners have swept their opponents 32 times.


• The Mann Cup was not played five times in the Challenge Cup era: in 1915, 1921 and 1924 due to no challenger; and in 1916 and '17 because World War I was ongoing. Until 2020, the Mann Cup had been played without interruption from 1925 to 2019.


• Although teams from outside B.C. and Ontario have occasionally played in the Mann Cup, only teams from those two provinces have ever won the trophy; Ontario teams have won 59 titles and B.C. clubs 52.


• The 2019 Mann Cup was hosted in Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, as the Victoria Shamrocks took on the Peterborough Lakers — the 11th time the two clubs have battled for the Mann Cup. Peterborough won the series 4-1, giving them the all-time edge with six titles to the Shamrocks' five.



September 22, 2019 

LANGLEY, B.C. - Spot the Lakers in the above photo! Five members of the Mann Cup Champion Century 21 Lakers are currently back in British Columbia as members of the Canadi¬an senior men’s box team that is competing at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Langley. Team Canada is 2-0 after big wins over Joe Resetarits and Team USA (16-6) and Team England (18-5).

Forward Mark Matthews, goaltender Mike Poulin and defensemen Robert Hope, Zach Currier and Jake Withers all got the call earlier this summer to join the national team to help defend Can¬ada’s title. Lakers’ head coach Mike Hasen is an assistant coach for the team. Former Laker Curtis Dickson is also on the team.

“It’s an honour to have been named to Team Canada,” Hope said. “There are so many great players on the roster and to have been selected as one of them is a dream come true. I am looking forward to my first opportunity to represent Canada on the international stage.”

Matthews led Canada in their first game with three goals and four assists, though he ended up as a healthy scratch in game two. Dickson has six goals and five assists.

Zach Currier has three fast-break goals and two assists while also joining Withers and Hope in the hunt for faceoff wins. Loose balls and faceoff stats aren’t being kept, but from watching the first two games it seems as if our boys picked up right where they left off a week and a half ago.

Fresh of his Mann Cup MVP win, Poulin backed up game one and then made 16 saves on 21 shots against England.

Canada next plays at 7:30 p.m. ET against Israel tonight, and ends pool play Monday at 10:30 against Thomas Hoggarth and Team Iroquois.

Resetarits and Hoggarth faced off on Saturday night, with the Iroquois prevailing 11-10. Resetarits led the U.S. with nine points including three goals and six assists. In three games he’s collected seven goals and 13 assists. Hoggarth has two goals and five assists in two games.

Team Iroquois plays England tonight at 10:30, while the U.S. is off until Monday when they play England at 7:30.

Lakers' offensive coach Tracey Kelusky is Team Finland's head coach. Finland qualified for the medal round with a 3-0 record in pool play. Their last game of pool play is tonight at 7:30.

All WILC games can be watched live (or later on demand) and FREE at Peterborough native and Lakers' online play-by-play man Stephen Stamp has the call on some games.


September 11, 2019 

COLWOOD, B.C. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers pulled off the "3Pete" on Wednesday night, becoming the 2019 Mann Cup Champions after defeating the Victoria Shamrocks in five games. It was the Lakers' third consecutive national championship win. They are the first team to earn such a feat since the 1994-96 Six Nations Chiefs.

The Lakers took game five by a 7-5 score.

"It's something that you can't describe," said captain Robert Hope. "At a young age we got to watch great teams play and to be able to do it three years in a row is just truly amazing. To know what each guy is going through with bumps and bruises and broken this and broken that, I'm speechless. We're going to celebrate tonight and we're going to have a great time."

The Shamrocks opened the scoring 50 seconds into the game but the Lakers scored goals 21 seconds apart to quickly take their first lead of the game. Victoria kept putting the pressure on and finished out the first with two more goals for a 3-2 lead. 

The Lakers scored three straight to open the second. Graeme Hossack got one back for Victoria on a breakaway but Holden Cattoni wiped out any momentum for the home team with a goal on the run late in the period.

Chris Boushy and Thomas Hoggarth traded goals in the third period, with Hoggarth's coming on a late power play opportunity. 

Mike Poulin was named the Mike Kelley Award winner as the series' MVP. 

"What an honour," said Poulin. "It could have gone to a lot of people, including Pete Dubenski on their side of the floor. But to be included in a long list of Mike Kelley Award winners, I'm extremely honoured."

Stay tuned to the Lakers' website and social media channels for more Mann Cup coverage in the coming days.

Scoring for the Lakers:


Shawn Evans (2-0)

Kyle Buchanan (1-4)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-0)

Cory Vitarelli (1-0)

Kiel Matisz (1-0)

Holden Cattoni (1-0)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Mark Matthews (0-2)

Jordan Stouros (0-1)

Chad Tutton (0-1)



September 10, 2019


by Anna Taylor 

COLWOOD, B.C. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are one win away from the "3Pete." A 8-6 win over the Victoria Shamrocks on Tuesday night at the Q Centre has the Lakers up 3-1 in the Mann Cup. A win in game five on Wednesday would be the third consecutive national championship for the franchise.

Jake Withers led the way with a pair of goals and 13 wins on 18 faceoffs. 

"If we don't get that fourth win then none of this matters," he said. "It's just another day in the office. Nothing's set in stone yet so we're going to come back tomorrow with the same mindset."


If necessary, game six is Friday and game seven Saturday. All games begin at 7 p.m./10 p.m. EDT.

Chris Wardle opened the game's scoring on a power play at 5:27 but Withers responded 10 seconds later, winning the draw and outrunning the Shamrocks' defenders to tie the game at one. The Lakers then scored three times in just over three minutes for a 4-1 lead. Casey Jackson got one back for Victoria but once again, Withers answered right away. This time, he was chased around the net, checked, and threw a backhand past Pete Dubenski while falling.

"The draw team did a good job trying to clear a lane for me," he praised. "It was kind of a lucky shot if I'm going to be honest. But any chance I can contribute and even it up especially after a goal there is good."

The Lakers continued putting the pressure on the Shamrocks in the second, outscoring them 3-1. Victoria outscored the Lakers 3-0 in the third period but wouldn't draw any closer than two goals. 

Wardle had two goals for the Shamrocks. Pete Dubenski and Cody Hagedorn split time in the Shamrocks' goal, with Dubenski stopping 24 and Hagedorn 17. 

Mike Poulin made 33 saves for the Lakers.

NOTES: Holden Cattoni sat out game four as Corey Small drew back in the lineup. Matt Vinc has yet to join the Lakers as he and his wife await the arrival of their second child. Shawn Evans passed John Grant Jr. for second place on the all-time Mann Cup scoring list with 176 points. John Tavares holds first place with 203 points.

Scoring for the Lakers:


Jake Withers (2-0)

Kyle Buchanan (1-3)

Shawn Evans (1-2)

Turner Evans (1-0)

Corey Small (1-0)

Mark Matthews (1-0)

Chad Tutton (1-0)

Josh Currier (0-1)

Joe Resetarits (0-1)

Zach Currier (0-1)


Lakers go up 2-1 in series


September 9, 2019


by Anna Taylor


Kyle Buchanan's last-minute goal was the game winner as the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers defeated the Victoria Shamrocks 9-8 to take a 2-1 series lead at the 2019 Mann Cup national championship.


Buchanan had a hat trick and three assists to lead the players, and so everyone expected that when the PA announcer began to announce "number 20…"  it would be Buchanan as the player of the game. He got back in line quickly when the announcer finished, "number 23, Cory Vitarelli."


"I was pushed!" Buchanan laughed. "I did take some ribbing for it, though. But that's to be expected. Vitarelli had a hell of a game for us and it's another big win."


The veteran had two big goals for the Lakers, who played their strongest game of the series. Although the Shamrocks pushed back at times, the Lakers were confident they would prevail.


"We're a pretty resilient group," said head coach Mike Hasen. "We're a confident group and we know we're going to get the ball back."


Thomas Hoggarth and Buchanan gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead by the 6:52 mark of the first. Chris Wardle scored a power play goal for Victoria but the Lakers responded with goals from Turner Evans and a power play marker from Buchanan.


The Shamrocks scored four straight in the second period to take a 5-4 lead.


"They've got nothing to lose," said Buchanan. "We just needed to weather the storm. We've got some veterans in our room that were able to calm us down and I think that's our key to the series and our key to winning tonight."


Vitarelli tied the game at five, slipping the ball through a narrow crack between the post and goaltender Pete Dubenski.


Mark Matthews scored a power play goal 39 seconds into the third. Holden Cattoni put them up by two just 22 seconds later. Casey Jackson and Vitarelli traded goals later in the period. The Shamrocks pulled Dubenski late in the game and managed to sandwich Buchanan's goal with two empty netters but a big save from Mike Poulin allowed the Lakers to recover the ball with seconds to go in the game.


"It feels good right now. It was another battle out there that came down to the last possession," said head coach Mike Hasen.


"It was a close game and every game's going to be the same," said Vitarelli. "There's not much between winning and losing. We're one step closer to where we want to be but that's it and we have to be ready to go tomorrow night."


Games four and five will be played Tuesday and Wednesday. If necessary, game six is Friday and game seven Saturday. All games begin at 7 p.m./10 p.m. EDT.


Chris Boushy led the Shamrocks with a pair of goals and three assists. Tyler Pace scored twice and added two assists. Pete Dubenski stopped 47 of the Lakers' 56 shots.

Mike Poulin made 34 saves for the Lakers.


Scoring for the Lakers:


Kyle Buchanan (3-3)

Cory Vitarelli (2-1)

Turner Evans (1-1)

Holden Cattoni (1-1)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-0)

Mark Matthews (1-0)

Shawn Evans (0-5)

Joe Resetarits (0-2)

Zach Currier (0-2)

Eric Shewell (0-1)

Kiel Matisz (0-1)


Lakers tie series with OT win


September 7, 2019


by Anna Taylor


Shawn Evans may have missed his sister's wedding yesterday, but his Peterborough Century 21 Lakers brothers were very glad he was on the floor with them in Victoria.



With his sister Laura on his mind, Evans put the Lakers on his back in the third period, scoring a natural hat trick to rally the team from a 9-6 deficit. They went on to win in 12-10 in overtime to tie their Mann Cup series versus the Victoria Shamrocks 1-1.


"This was special for me," said Evans after the game. "My sister got married today and I missed it so to win that one, this one was for her."

Make no mistake, the Lakers are a family and they're fighting for something that is important to each and every one of them. They play for each other, and that was something they were reminded of prior to game two.

"Shawn Evans said it best: we stick together as a group," said Kiel Matisz, whose goal 54 seconds into overtime gave the Lakers a much-needed lead. "We just have to focus on our game and focus on the task at hand with our collective group. We did a better job doing that rather than an individual play here or there. We did it as a team tonight and it felt good."

Matisz credited Jake Withers for setting a good screen on his goal that allowed him to sneak an underhand shot past Pete Dubenski. 

"I got overtop and shot the ball. Lucky enough to get that one in to give us a bit of momentum."

Withers had an exceptional night at the faceoff dot, winning 18/25 draws.

Corey Small scored the game winner, earning even more ire from the Shamrocks' fans. Small had appeared to fall out of favour with the green and white crowd after he was called for interference on Greg Harnett earlier in the game.

Joe Resetarits, who hit two posts in the game, added an insurance marker. 


The game was reminiscent of the Lakers vs. Six Nations Chiefs MSL Final series, with no team having more than a one-goal edge for over 40 minutes. 

"It's a good matchup," said Matisz. "It's a fans' series to watch. We played a lot of close games all season long so that helps a bit but credit to the Shamrocks, too. We were lucky to get this one in overtime."

Victoria led 3-2 after the first on the strength of three power play goals. In the second, two shorthanded goals powered them to a 6-5 lead. Josh Currier tied the game at six early in the third period with a pretty backhand goal. The Shamrocks then rattled off three in a row until Evans stepped up to lead the Lakers.

There were some tense moments as Matt Gilray was assessed a delay of game penalty with 4:09 left in the third as he shot the ball from the Lakers' end into the far netting to kill the rest of a possession. (CLA rule 41C).

"That was a tough one," said head coach Mike Hasen. "He was just trying to get the ball down to the other end of the floor and it goes out. It is what it is, and we managed to kill it."

Once they were back to full strength, Evans scored goals 32 seconds apart to tie the game.

"It was an important game for us," Evans said. "We never quit; we never gave up. It's 1-1 and we get a day off to rest."

Games 3, 4 and 5 will be played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All games begin at 7 p.m./10 p.m. EDT.

Tyson Gibson led the Shamrocks with a pair of goals and four assists. Connor Robinson and Casey Jackson each scored twice and assisted twice. Pete Dubenski stopped 62 of the Lakers' 74 shots. 

Mike Poulin made 40 saves for the Lakers.


Shamrocks take 1-0 lead in series


September, 6 2019


by Anna Taylor


COLWOOD, BC - It was a rocky start for the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers at the 2019 Mann Cup in Victoria, BC on Friday night as they fell 13-6 to the Shamrocks.


Despite being peppered with 67 shots, Shamrocks' goaltender Pete Dubenski put on a clinic, making 61 saves. Early on in the game he stopped Josh Currier and Thomas Hoggarth's subsequent rebound. Later he stacked the pads against Shawn Evans for two saves in a row.



"Dubenski played really well," said Lakers' head coach Mike Hasen. "I thought we had a lot of good opportunities and a few second chance opportunities and he stood tall."


The coaches did their homework prior to the start of the series so neither they nor the players were surprised by how good Dubenski, named the Shamrocks' player of the game, was.


"We knew they were big on the back end. We knew a little bit about their goalie and that he'd been on fire and has played great," said captain Robert Hope. "It's not like we didn't know; they just played really well and stuck to their game plan and executed on every opportunity that we gave them."


Conversely, the Lakers didn't play well in front of Mike Poulin.


"We sat back and did a lot of watching," Hope said. "Defensively we weren't good. We left Poulie out to dry a lot."


The Shamrocks opened the scoring at 7:22 when Chris Boushy got in alone on Poulin. Jake Withers won the ensuing faceoff and handed the ball off to Zach Currier who evened the score six seconds later. Unfortunately, the Lakers were outscored 3-0 the rest of the period and trailed 4-1 after the first.


"It's hard to have a memorable moment in a loss," said Currier. "A goal's a goal so I'm happy to get it but I'm not satisfied by any means."


Tyler Pace increased the lead to 5-1 in the second before Josh Currier was able to answer for the Lakers. Currier's goal was initially waved off as it came in and out of the net very quickly (cue the bad flashbacks to New Westminster in 2017), but the referees conferred and declared it a goal.


Connor Robinson and Liam Patten then scored 35 seconds apart. Holden Cattoni scored a power play goal but the Shamrocks potted two more before the second period ended. Boushy's feet appeared to break the plane of the crease on his hat trick goal but it was counted anyway.


The atmosphere in the Q Centre felt a little bit like Peterborough with the big crowd, and a little bit like Brooklin with the cement floor and high temperatures. It was a different experience having over 2700 fans cheering for the opposite team.


"They have great fans here that support them like we do back home. We understand that we don't have as many fans out here as they do but that's not an excuse for the way that we played," Hope said.


The Lakers started to turn things around in the third period, scoring three times for the most offensively productive period.
Connor Robinson scored on both ends of a five-on-three power play before the Lakers put together a mini-run with Joe Resetarits finding a hole glove side and Jake Withers slipping a sneaky underhand shot in. Chris Wardle broke up the momentum with a shorthanded goal to which Mark Matthews replied on the power play. Tyler Burton found the empty net as the Lakers pulled Poulin for an extra advantage.


"We were a step behind all night long," said Hasen. "We're going to regroup and say we want to play to our pace. We want to dictate a few things. Now we know what level we have to bring."


Currier said it's only a matter of time before the Lakers start finding the back of the net on a more regular basis.


"We have too much talent up there to be held to six goals. I have full confidence that they'll start going here in game two."


And there's no time to rest; game two goes Saturday night from the Q Centre at 10 p.m. EDT.



Corey Small's Top 5 Things to Do in Victoria



The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are across the country right now as they prepare for the Mann Cup in Victoria, BC, but for one Laker the trip is a kind of homecoming.


"First and foremost, I'm looking forward to competing for a Mann Cup," said forward Corey Small. "Aside from that, it will be nice to be back to a place I called home for a huge portion of my life."


Small was a member of the Victoria Shamrocks when the Lakers lost the Mann Cup in 2015. In fact, he was the series' MVP. He was a Shamrock for seven years, electing to move home to Ontario last year. The Lakers acquired his rights from the Cobourg Kodiaks and he's been an invaluable member of their left side ever since.


This is the first time he's been back to the island.


"I've always considered Victoria to be the Peterborough of the WLA," he said. "They are very similar lacrosse markets. They draw great crowds to all their games, the fans are passionate and knowledgeable, but like any other fan base they can be hostile towards the opposing team! I don't expect to be an exception to the rule."




While the Lakers will be focused on the Mann Cup, fans attending will have lots of time to sightsee in one of Canada's most historic and beautiful places.


Here are Small's top five things to see and do while in British Columbia's capital.



1. Take in the nature and beauty of Victoria. My wife and I would always spend time with our dogs at Witty's Lagoon, Dallas Road Park, Goldstream Park, hike Mount Finlayson, hike at the Sooke Potholes, Thetis Lake, Langford Lake, The Quarry, etc. There are endless things to enjoy outdoors that are unique to being on the Island!


2. Butchart Gardens - They do an incredible firework show every Saturday night during the Summer. (Unfortunately, I think we missed the last one by a couple days.) Super meaningful place to my wife and I, this is where I proposed to Lauren!


3. Downtown Victoria/Inner Harbour - Just a cool place to be with a lot of shopping and great places to eat. Some of my favourites are: Il Terrazzo, The Tapa Bar, Red Fish Blue Fish, The Fisherman's Wharf. These are all places Laur and I use to go together and with family when they came out to visit.


4. Whale Watching - This was the very first tourist thing we did with family when they came out to visit. It was a fun experience! Growing up around Lake Ontario, none of us had obviously ever seen whales before. They put you on a boat, send you out of the Inner Harbour Downtown Victoria with a tour guide and you get to follow pods of Whales around.


5. Golf - Maybe a little biased because I love golf, but they have some great course with incredible scenery and views. Olympic View and Highland Pacific have incredible views of the Olympic Mountains. Bear Mountain Resort - has incredible views, there is one par 3 you play at the top of the Mountain and overlooks the entire City of Victoria and Inner Harbour, as well as the Olympic Mountains.



Westward bound! Lakers will defend Mann Cup in Victoria after 4-2 series win over Six Nations


August 29, 2019


Story and photos by Anna Taylor

Team photo courtesy of Roger Currier




OHSWEKEN, ON - We’re going back to the ‘ship!


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are heading to Victoria, BC, to defend their Mann Cup and search for a third consecutive national championship title after a 14-6 win over the Six Nations Chiefs on Thursday night.


The Lakers took the Major Series Lacrosse final series in six games. The Chiefs won the first two games but the Lakers took the last four.


Four of the six games were decided by one or two goals. The Lakers won big in game four 15-9 and wore down the Chiefs over the course of the series. After Mark Matthews scored game five’s winning goal with 2.4 seconds remaining, the Lakers never looked back. 



“That’s the way ball goes; sometimes it’s really close,” said Holden Cattoni. “I still think it was a really close game but the score just didn’t reflect it. Or it’s not always as close as the score seems so it can be deceiving. That’s a great team over there and we’re lucky to get past them.”


The Lakers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first period of Thursday’s game six.


“I’ll take one of those any day of the week,” said a smiling Mike Poulin, who was a brick wall making 31 saves. “Our guys came out firing. We respect that team down there. We didn’t want to leave anything to chance in a game seven.”



Shawn Evans opened the scoring for the Lakers and then fired a pass over to Mark Matthews for a quick-stick goal and a 2-0 lead. Cory Vitarelli scored a power play goal followed up by a Kiel Matisz goal off of a Jake Withers’ faceoff win. That chased Chiefs’ starting goaltender Dillon Ward for Doug Jamieson, just seven minutes into the game. Holden Cattoni squeaked a goal through Jamieson’s pads on the power play. Jake Withers and Joe Resetarits then scored 55 seconds apart for the 7-0 lead.


The Lakers led 10-2 after the second period, and though the Chiefs found their ground in the third, scoring four times, the Lakers kept pace all the way. Of course there were penalties at the end – it wouldn’t be a Lakers/Chiefs game without them – but the Lakers stayed composed.


“The team attitude tonight was just 100% do your job and do it well,” said Matisz. “It was nice to play with the lead in a game like that where you have to close it out.”



The Western Lacrosse Association’s Victoria Shamrocks will host the 2019 Mann Cup beginning Friday, September 6 after they defeated the Maple Ridge Burrards in five games. The Lakers’ last trip to Victoria was in 2015 when they lost in six games to the Shamrocks. They won in New Westminster in 2017 and at home in Peterborough in 2018.


“Just because we’ve won a bunch doesn’t mean we should take this for granted,” said Poulin, who, along with players like Matisz and Mark Matthews, has “never even come close. We’re not satisfied, but certainly excited to be here.”


It was an extra special win for Cattoni, who was celebrating his 25th birthday. He’ll also now get the chance to return to Victoria, where his MSL career really started.



“I was a call-up [for the Lakers in 2015] and now playing a central role on the team is pretty exciting. I’m hoping to go back there with a different result. For my birthday I couldn’t ask for anything more.”


Dillon Ward made six saves on 10 shots and was pulled after the Lakers’ fourth goal. Doug Jamieson played the remaining 49 minutes and made 25 saves. Lyle Thompson scored twice, while Shayne Jackson scored once and added two assists.


Vitarelli’s four goals led the Lakers. Cattoni scored twice and added four assists. Mark Matthews, who was given the Johnny Shooter Davis playoff MVP award, scored once and added two assists to bring his total to 14 goals and 24 assists in just nine games.



“It’s pretty cool,” said Matthews of the award, however, “It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t go out there and win the Mann Cup. That’s our goal.”


The Lakers want to extend their thanks to the Six Nations Chiefs’ organization for a well-played, talent-filled, hard-fought series and to the staff and fans at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena for being great hosts!








Dramatic finish as Lakers go up 3-2 in MSL Final


August 27, 2019


Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor


2.4 seconds. 


That’s how much time was left on the clock when Mark Matthews’ outside bomb beat Doug Jamieson for the fifth time during game five of the MSL Final series. And it was the one that counted the most as it gave the Lakers a 13-12 win and a 3-2 series lead.


"(Tracey Kelusky) drew up a great play and Holden (Cattoni) set an unbelievable pick and it just happened to go in," Matthews said. "I didn't want to miss the net and have them go down and score on an open net.”


It was a gamble – the Lakers took possession with 28 seconds left and elected to pull goaltender Matt Vinc to go for the final shot on goal.

“You have to expect that you’re going to score that goal when you have a six-on-five. We had a nice play drawn up and we worked it to perfection,” said Turner Evans, also praising Keluksy’s instruction. “Mark was hitting those shots all night so we knew he was the guy to get the ball to.”


The win means the Lakers can book their tickets to the Mann Cup as early as this Thursday if they can win game six in Six Nations. If necessary, game seven will be back in Peterborough on Monday, September 2 at 5 p.m.


The Lakers led 10-7 in the third but three goals in 3:02 of play, including two power play goals as the Lakers found themselves down on a major penalty, drew the Chiefs even for the seventh time in the game. 


Josh Currier put the Lakers back up by one off a slick one-handed pass from Shawn Evans, then snuck through two defenders to fly over the crease. Unfortunately, Shayne Jackson tied the game just over a minute later. It stayed that way until Cody Jamieson’s goal with 2:31 left. 


A goal that late in the game could have been a back breaker, but not for the Lakers. 



“They go up one with 2.5 left and I don’t see any panic in our guys. Everybody’s composed and they know that anybody can tie this thing up,” Kelusky said. “We wish we would have played a little harder in the third. Sometimes, it is that last shot.”


Anybody turned out to be Zach Currier, as he knotted the game at 12 with a transition goal with 1:48 left in the game, picking a corner on Jamieson for his second goal in as many games. 

We didn’t put them away when we should have,” said Matthews. “That five minute major sucks. They got their two and got back in the game to go on bit of a run themselves but luckily we matched that and we knew we could squeak one out.”


Nick Weiss blocked a shot and took the ball to the Lakers’ end to give them a 1-0 lead early, but Jackson tied the game shortly thereafter – his first of three tying goals and four total. Shawn Evans’ backhand goal on the run put the Lakers up 2-1 but a transition break for the Lakers turned into a two-on-one for the Chiefs and Randy Staats tied it. Holden Cattoni and Cody Jamieson exchanged goals before Matthews’ first of the game on a bounce shot, but the Chiefs ended the first with a three goal run to lead 6-4. 


Matthews scored a pair of goals on a major power play opportunity to open the second and tie the game at six. The Lakers then outscored the Chiefs 3-1 the rest of the period for a 9-7 lead. Joe Resetarits scored a pair and Matthews added his fourth.


There was a commotion at the end of the game after Jake Withers, who went 22/29 on faceoffs, pushed over Jeremy Thompson. Thompson retailed with a slash that sent Withers to the floor; Zach Currier came in to his defense and exchanged blows with Thompson as the teams gathered. Bryce Sweeting came out of the melee fighting Broedie Birkhof. 


The Lakers are sending a fan bus to game six on Thursday, but fans must call Diane at 705-874-5615 or 705-559-0636 by 10 a.m. to sign up! The cost is $40 per person plus the cost of your game ticket ($10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, children under 11 free).

Scoring for the Lakers:


Mark Matthews (5-0)

Joe Resetarits (2-1)

Shawn Evans (1-6)

Holden Cattoni (1-3)

Josh Currier (1-1)

Zach Currier (1-0)
Kiel Matisz (1-0)

Nick Weiss (1-0)

Turner Evans (0-3)

Kyle Buchanan (0-3)

Cory Vitarelli (0-2)







Dominant all-around effort from Lakers in game four ties MSL Final 2-2


August 23, 2019 


Story and photos by Anna Taylor


OHSWEKEN, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have forced a best-of-three scenario against the Six Nations Chiefs after a 15-9 win on Friday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena tied the MSL Final series 2-2. The Chiefs won the first two games of the series by 12-10 scores. The Lakers won game three 9-8. 


It was the Lakers’ most dominant performance of the series. They sprung out to a 5-0 lead in the first period and outscored the Chiefs 5-1 in the third.


“We had a really good start and we built some momentum and kept going with it. We did a lot of good things [Thursday night in game three] that we just had to make sure we continued doing,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “Our motto is composure. If we can play smart lacrosse I like our opportunities and I like our chances.”

Mike Poulin started the game with a save on a 2-0 break and only built momentum from there. The Lakers chased Doug Jamieson for the first time in the series after he allowed four goals in the first 9:57 of play. Six Nations fought back but the Lakers kept pace, leading 7-4 after the first. Zach Currier’s first goal of the season after some great loose ball work by the faceoff team was the highlight of the period.


Turner Evans put the Lakers up 8-4 in the second, but momentum can hard to sustain, so the Chiefs were able to pull within one after a three-goal run. Holden Cattoni broke up the run but Lyle Thompson, with his second underhand goal of the period, kept the Chiefs close. 


We’ve been in this situation before,” said Cory Vitarelli. “We just always have to give it our best. We know if we don’t show up to play and don’t play a full 60 we’re going to lose because they’re a good team.”


Ten minutes in the second period notwithstanding, the Lakers controlled the ball like they wanted to and got under the skin of the Chiefs. Neither of these two clubs like losing which makes each game like a chess match. Moves and countermoves. 

Shawn Evans made the next move, giving the Lakers a 10-8 lead heading into the third period. Matt Gilray scored his second transition goal in as many games and Evans upped the lead to 12-8 by the 2:17 mark. A just-returned from injury Randy Staats made his presence known with the only goal to get by Poulin in the third on a power play. The Lakers popped in three more to end the game.


That was our best game of the series so far,” said Vitarelli. “Offense, defense, right through to the goalie. Poulie was good and right from the get go we were sharp. They battled back but we were always able to answer which was the difference tonight.”


Offensively, the Lakers were led by Shawn Evans’ three goals and four assists, Vitarelli’s three goals and one assist, and Cattoni’s two goals and four assists. 


Poulin made 44 saves.


The Lakers and Chiefs played four games in six days so everybody is happy with their three days off before game five on Tuesday night. The series slows down from here; game six isn’t until next Thursday and game seven, if necessary, is Monday, September 2.


We still have a long way to go here,” said Hasen. “It’s time to heal a few things and guys have a lot of commitments with the Jr. NLL tournament in Oakville this weekend so they can do that and not worry about playing too quickly.”


Tickets for Tuesday’s game will be sold on Tuesday only.

Scoring for the Lakers:


Shawn Evans (3-4)

Cory Vitarelli (3-1)

Holden Cattoni (2-4)

Josh Currier (2-2)

Mark Matthews (1-5)

Turner Evans (1-1)

Joe Resetarits (1-1)

Matt Gilray (1-1)

Zach Currier (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-4)

Jake Withers (0-1)

Kiel Matisz (0-1)



Lakers back in series with win


August 22, 2019


Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, ON -  Back in it, baby!


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are back in their MSL Final series after a 9-8 win over the Six Nations Chiefs on Thursday night at the Evinrude centre. Kyle Buchanan’s game winner came with just 1:17 left to play. The Lakers still trail the series 2-1 but will look to take their momentum into the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on Friday night and tie things up. 


“We feel we’ve been right there and it was good to break through with a win tonight,” said Holden Cattoni. “We played more desperately than we ever have, and we needed to, to be frank. That was the difference tonight.”

The game had been tied 8-8 for over 13 minutes of play after the Chiefs fought back from an 8-4 deficit.


“Buchanan got open on the backside and I threw the ball to him and he made a great play to redirect it back into the net with a quick stick,” described Cattoni, who got the big assist on the goal. “It was a great goal for us and one that was very clutch.”


Buchanan missed several games between both rounds due to NLL commitments in San Diego and his wedding last weekend. A vital cog in the Lakers’ offense, his ball movement was sorely missed up front.


“We entered the floor with a lot of speed; that was a focus for our offense and I think it puts them on their heels,” Buchanan said. “In turn that helps us move the ball and swing the ball and their goalies need to be moved side-to-side to score.”


Mark Matthews and Jordan Durston scored early for a 1-1 tie. Shayne Jackson put the Chiefs up 2-1 but Matt Gilray responded with the Lakers’ first transition goal of the series to tie it, getting a twister past Ward.

“It takes a good shot to beat them,” said Cattoni. “They’ve got two good goalies and it’s a team offense that gives us the good looks that we have to capitalize on.”


The Chiefs got two more to close out the first period with a 4-2 lead. Brendan Bomberry scored shorthanded and Tehoka Nanticoke got in close unchecked on Matt Vinc.


The Lakers roared to life in the second period, scoring six-straight goals to lead 8-4 and chase Dillon Ward in favour of Doug Jamieson. Holden Cattoni scored a pair in that frame and the highlight was Kiel Matisz’s full-floor effort in which he took a stick to the face but still managed to beat Ward to the far-side corner. The Chiefs scored two before the period was over but the Lakers led 8-6.

Dhane Smith made it 8-7 early in the third and Ian MacKay tied it on a fast-break at 5:28. Buchanan’s goal was the only one to beat Jamieson during his time in relief. 


“I played with [Jamieson] a bit in New England (NLL) and I know he’s a big goalie that’s a blocker,” said Buchanan. “He played pretty close to his line, it was a nice hard pass by Holden and I was able to beat him before he got to the post.”


Teams rarely play back-to-back in the MSL but the Lakers and Chiefs are right back at it tonight for game four. Heading into hostile territory with a win under their belts provides a little bit of relief for the Lakers.

“Going down 3-0 and heading into their arena would have been a battle to get back and we knew that,” Buchanan said. “Tonight was a very crucial game in this series. That was just one though; we know we have a lot of work left and we’re turning the page already.”


Game five will be back at the Evinrude Centre on Tuesday, with game six, if necessary, on Thursday at the ILA.


Scoring for the Lakers:


Holden Cattoni (2-2)

Mark Matthews (2-0)

Kyle Buchanan (1-5)

Shawn Evans (1-2)

Joe Resetarits (1-1)

Kiel Matisz (1-0)

Matt Gilray (1-0)

Corey Small (0-1)

Nick Weiss (0-1)











Rough game sees Lakers down 2-0 in MSL Final


August 20, 2019 


Story and photos by Anna Taylor


OHSWEKEN, Ont. – Tuesday night was the roughest game of the season and the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers came out on the wrong end of the battle, dropping a second consecutive 12-10 game to the Six Nations Chiefs. The Lakers now trail the MSL Final series 2-0.


Every shift it seemed another player was hitting the carpet after a rough play. The highlights: Bryce Sweeting and Jordan Durston collided in the Lakers’ end with the pair falling almost in slow motion to the carpet; Josh Currier was thrown to the ground by Ian MacKay, and then later Currier knocked Jon Harnett down hard enough to send him off the floor gingerly; Mark Matthews and Tehoka Nanticoke loudly bumped helmets at the other end and Nanticoke’s stick broke. 


“It was definitely a rough game and rougher than anything we played this season,” said Corey Small. “It’s an old rivalry between Six Nations and Peterborough so we expect all games moving forward will be the same.”



Both Thomas Hoggarth and Ethan O’Connor had to be helped off the floor by their respective trainers in the third period, though Hoggarth’s fall was the result of an inadvertent hit and O’Connor’s knee appeared to pop when he landed funny on the carpet. No updates on either were available postgame. 


Jake Withers was also a target for the second consecutive game as he battled with Jeremy Thompson all game long, ending up on top of Thompson as the two grappled during the game’s final faceoff.


In the second, Chris Cloutier knocked down Withers behind the play. Small scored on the delayed penalty and the Lakers still had a chance on the power play as Cloutier was called for a high-sticking major. Unfortunately, they couldn’t take advantage of the five-minute man advantage and then allowed a Chiefs’ goal just after the penalty expired. 



Though the penalties in the game were not excessive, many were ill-timed and borne of frustration. The Lakers went 3-5 on the power play and the Chiefs went 2-7.


“We lost composure with the penalties near the end and that’s the kind of lacrosse they like to play, that chaotic style with odd-man situations and four-on-fours. We have to adjust to that and be smart and not take those penalties,” Small said.


Neither team held more than a two-goal advantage at any point in the game until the Chiefs took a late 12-9 lead. Even that didn’t last as Kiel Matisz scored with 16 seconds left in the game to keep the Chiefs in check.


“Knowing how good they are and the battles we’ve had in the past, we probably didn’t expect to be up 2-0 but every game we go out we plan to win,” said Chiefs’ head coach Rich Kilgour. “It’s a little surprising but we’re happy where we are right now.”



Small led the Lakers with a hat trick. Shawn Evans, Joe Resetarits and Josh Currier each scored a pair of goals. Mark Matthews and Kyle Buchanan, back in the lineup, each had three assists.


With the Lakers pressing in the third, the Chiefs managed to score twice in 32 seconds. Chris Cloutier’s possession ending shot from the restraining line was a back breaker.


“Lacrosse is a weird game where sometimes those things happen,” said Small. “Aside from that Mike Poulin was incredible tonight and gave us a chance to win the whole way through.”


Poulin was great; he made a number of impressive saves including several transition stops. But the Chiefs got through the Lakers’ defense with a barrage of outside shots. Doug Jamieson also played well at the other end, earning his second start in a row. 



Game three is at the Evinrude Centre on Thursday night at 8 p.m. with a quick turnaround for Friday’s game four back in Six Nations, also at 8 p.m. The Lakers are sending a fan bus to game four but fans must call Diane at 705-874-5615 or 705-559-0636 by noon today to reserve their spot. 

If necessary (it will be), game five will be Tuesday, August 27 at 8 p.m. at the Evinrude. 

Scoring for the Lakers:


Corey Small (3-1)

Shawn Evans (2-2)

Joe Resetarits (2-1)

Josh Currier (2-0)

Kiel Matisz (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-3)

Mark Matthews (0-3)

Turner Evans (0-1)

Matt Gilray (0-1)


Chiefs take game one 12-10 in OT


August 18, 2019


Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Everybody expected the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers vs Six Nations Chiefs MSL Final series to be close, but maybe not quite as close as Sunday’s game opener was. Through 60 minutes of game one, the clubs matched each other goal-for-goal before the Chiefs took it in overtime 12-10.


“We had a good series against Brampton but we weren’t quite at this level so it’s a good lesson for us on what we need to match. There were a lot of bounces, a lot of inches here and they got the better of us in the overtime,” said Lakers’ head coach Mike Hasen.

Turner Evans opened the scoring, directing Kiel Matisz’s transition-break pass past Doug Jamieson at 2:19. Mark Matthews scored from nearly the same spot less than a minute later for a 2-0 lead. The Chiefs took over the scoring in the back half of the period with Dhane Smith sandwiching a Shayne Jackson goal for a 3-2 lead after the first. 


Evans fought off Jeremy Thompson in front of the net and threw a behind-the-back shot into the net just 35 seconds into the second. Evans’ hat trick goal, coming as he picked up a loose ball in front of the net, gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead.

Both the Lakers and Chiefs were undisciplined throughout the game, taking 10 and 9 minor penalties, respectively. The Lakers were hit especially hard on special teams with the Chiefs scoring two shorthanded goals in the second period. Tyson Bell and Chris Cloutier sandwiched Josh Currier’s first goal of the game for a 5-5 tie by the 14:07 mark. 


“I thought they played well,” said Robert Hope. “They capitalized on a lot of the chances and missed opportunities that we weren’t able to capitalize on. They’re good offensively; we gave them too many looks.”

“We can’t be shorthanded that many times and give them that many opportunities,” Hasen said frankly. “The intensity is up there and we’re playing well but we can’t cross it. It’s up to each individual to know where that line us and we have to play to it.”


Holden Cattoni gave the Lakers back a one-goal lead 18 seconds later but Brendan Bomberry sent the teams to the second intermission tied at six.


The third period was as tight as it could be. The Chiefs kept trying to call game with three one-goal leads but the Lakers equalled them each time with Shawn Evans leading the charge. Joe Resetarits took Evans’ behind-the-back pass and went low on Jamieson to tie it at seven. Evans blasted a shot past a defender to make it eight-all, and then scored a sneaky BTB pass after Zach Currier caused a turnover while the Chiefs were trying to kill a late penalty.

“There’s not much separating these two teams,” said Hasen. “It’s going to be a tight series. It’s going to be about an inch here, or a smart play or a loose ball and tonight they got the better of us.”


The Lakers will have to stay on an even keel if they want to win game two and not let the Chiefs goad them into taking penalties. It’ll be a tough task with the Chiefs keying in on the Lakers’ best players. Jeremy Thompson, for example, was all over Jake Withers during the game, even dragging him down to the floor by the facemask in the second period (a play that went uncalled; Thompson subsequently landed a slash to Zach Currier's wrist that also went uncalled). 


“Wiz is a big strong kid so he can defend himself but it’s one of those things where you have to be team tough,” said Hope. “If anything stupid happens we obviously have his back. We’re always going to defend our teammates. We just make sure that he knows to suck it up and soak it and hopefully we can go on the power play if they do do something stupid.”


Nanticoke beat a defender and scored low on Vinc in the overtime period. Thompson won the ensuing faceoff and streaked in to give the Chiefs an 11-9 edge. Josh Currier got one back for the Lakers but Kevin Brownell iced the game with an empty netter.

Matt Vinc made 52 saves while Jamieson made 49.


Game two is on Tuesday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Ohsweken. 


“We’re going to make sure we make some adjustments and specifically to that rink there’s a couple of different things that they try so we’re going to make sure that we’re ready,” said Hope. “We need to be more disciplined; smarter. We know what this time of year brings. We’ll learn from our mistakes and we’ll be ready to go on Tuesday.”


The Lakers return home on Thursday for game three. Single game tickets will be sold that day only.


The Lakers are running a fan bus to game four on Friday, August 23. Information on sign-ups will be available on the Lakers’ website tomorrow.


Scoring for the Lakers:


Josh Currier (3-0)

Shawn Evans (2-3)

Turner Evans (2-1)

Joe Resetarits (1-2)

Mark Matthews (1-1)

Holden Cattoni (1-1)

Kiel Matisz (0-3)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Cory Vitarelli (0-1)

Matt Vinc (0-1)

Zach Currier (0-1)


Sweep for Lakers in round one


August 11, 2019


Story and photos by Anna Taylor



BRAMPTON, ON - The Peterborough Lakers earned themselves a well-deserved week off after a big 10-7 win over the Brampton Excelsiors last night at Brampton Memorial Arena. The Lakers swept the Excelsiors 4-0 in their MSL semi-final series and will head back to the league final for the sixth consecutive year.


Brampton hasn't had much success since their last Mann Cup win in 2011, but thanks in large part to rookie Jeff Teat – he led the league in scoring – they crawled up the standings this season and fought with Oakville for the last playoff spot. Brampton's team is comprised of youth and their energy translated into a solid work ethic. But in the end, the talent and experience of the Lakers was too much.


We knew coming in that they weren't going to quit," said Lakers' head coach Mike Hasen. "They were always going to push and they kept us on our toes all series long."


Defenseman Brock Sorensen, who Hasen praised as one of the Lakers' most consistent players throughout the series, said the sweep was due to the chemistry that has developed between their defense over the past few seasons.

"We're super talented group," he acknowledged, "but we play collectively really well together and move the ball well. We have so many guys that can chip in at any time. But I think Brampton is going to be there, too, in a couple of years. They have a lot of great young talent and we'll definitely see them in the future."


Sorensen scored twice in the first period on Sunday. The Lakers were up 2-0 until Brampton rallied and rattled off four goals in fewer than five minutes. Turner Evans replied with a quick-stick and Sorensen scored a shorthanded transition goal to even the game at four-all after the first.


Brampton took a 6-5 lead midway through the second but Mike Poulin stopped all but one shot after that as the Lakers went on to score five of the game's last six goals. Ethan Walker scored his first MSL playoff goal in his postseason debut. The Lakers' defense contributed eight points to the game.


"Defensively, this was one of our better games of the series and offensively we did a good job getting off the floor and limiting their transition. It's a good start for us," Hasen said.


They may have won in four straight, but it doesn't mean it was easy.


"We have a lot of depth and I know they're got a little bumped up and bruised there.
We didn't take it for granted. Every shift matters. We had to be at our best each and every shift and for the most part we were," Hasen explained.


The Lakers are awaiting the winner of the Six Nations Chiefs/Oakville Rock series. The Chiefs lead 3-1 and game five is tonight at the ILA. Regardless, the Lakers don't expect to start the next round for a week.


Hasen said the team will practice on Thursday and have a shootaround on Sunday, but that the players will mostly be taking time to "rest up any bumps and bruises."


Sorensen said the rest and recovery will run the gamut – "massage, physio, workouts," as well as taking the time to "get our sticks dialed in because the next series will be different regardless of who it is."


Schedule and ticket information will be released once plans have been finalized.

Scoring for the Lakers:


Thomas Hoggarth (2-2)

Joe Resetarits (2-1)

Brock Sorensen (2-0)

Shawn Evans (1-2)

Turner Evans (1-1)

Corey Small (1-0)

Ethan Walker (1-0)

Holden Cattoni (0-3)

Robert Hope (0-2)

Chad Tutton (0-2)

Kiel Matisz (0-2)

Josh Currier (0-1)




3-0 for the Century 21 Lakers


August 8, 2019


Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are just one win away from returning to the MSL final for the fifth year in a row. They took a 3-0 stranglehold on their semi-final series against the Brampton Excelsiors with an 11-4 win Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre.

It was, perhaps, the most complete game the Lakers have played this season from the goalie out. Matt Vinc made 43 saves and the offense worked hard up front getting second chances and controlling the pace of the game.

“We controlled the game from the get go and played our brand of lacrosse,” said Holden Cattoni. “We really controlled their transition and that’s a great way for them to get offense against us.”



The Lakers’ defense held MSL leading scorer Jeff Teat to just a single assist in the game. Vinc held the Excelsiors scoreless for nearly 42 minutes after Dallas Bridle’s game-opening goal at 6:39. They didn’t score again until the 6:52 mark of the third period.

In between those goals, the Lakers put eight past Nolan Clayton, ending his night. Steve Orleman settled things down after a 5-0 run by the Lakers in the second period, but they scored three on him in the third.

Josh Currier, Joe Resetarits and Cattoni scored in the first period for a 3-1 Lakers lead. Currier scored from a sharp angle, Resetarits went low on Clayton after accepting Shawn Evans’ backhand pass and Cattoni put in a classic left-side shot.

Defenseman Jordan Stouros said the offense was unbelievable in the game.



“The number of resets on the 30-second shot clock helped us,” he said. “It gave us a break on defense and then we transitioned it into a couple of goals, too.”

The defense was even better than the offense, and Matt Vinc stopped 21 shots in the second period alone.

“Vno has been great for the last two games an really held us in when we needed it,” Cattoni praised. “We’re going to need that down the road.”

Turner Evans scored an underhand goal to open the second. Cattoni scooped up a loose ball in front of the net and tossed in a backhand. Currier scored his second on a power play. Mark Matthews and Resetarits then score in quick succession for an 8-1 lead.


Currier completed his hat trick on a third period power play. Brampton scored a pair to get back on the board but the Lakers’ complete team game was too much for them to overcome.



Game four is Sunday night at 7 p.m. in Brampton and it won’t be an easy one, but Stouros said the Lakers will be ready.

“I have full confidence in the guys. We’re always ready to go,” he said. “We’re a gritty team and we have guys that are always ready to battle.”

If necessary, game five will be back at the Evinrude Centre on Tuesday, August 13. Tickets for that game will be sold the day of the game only. 

In the other MSL semi-final, the Six Nations Chiefs lead the Oakville Rock two games to none. 


Scoring for the Lakers:

Josh Currier (3-0)

Turner Evans (2-20

Joe Resetarits (2-1)

Holden Cattoni (2-1)

Mark Matthews (1-5)

Thomas Hoggath (1-1)

Shawn Evans (0-3)

Corey Small (0-1)

Nick Weiss (0-1)

Kiel Matisz (0-1)










August 6, 2019 

BRAMPTON, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers now have a two games to none lead over the Brampton Excelsiors after a 9-8 win Tuesday night in Major Series Lacrosse semi-final action at Brampton Memorial Arena. As usual, it was a hot one inside Brampton Memorial Arena and the intensity of the game made it even hotter.

"Late in the third there, the last 10 minutes when it was a one, two-goal game, I thought we did a good job of buckling down and not thinking about [the heat] and just going out and playing," said defenseman Jake Withers.

Matt Vinc made 42 saves as the Lakers held league-leading scorer Jeff Teat to a single goal (plus five assists). Teat previously had five and six-goal games against the Lakers and he is the catalyst for the Excels' offense. Holding him to one goal is an accomplishment and, as Withers pointed out, the difference in the game.

"We approached it as a five-guy team effort on the defensive end," he said. "Teat's pretty sleek out there. He's in front of you and the next thing you blink and he's gone. We did a pretty good job holding him to one goal tonight. That was the difference maker, winning by a goal."

Brampton took an early 2-0 lead but the Lakers responded with four unanswered goals in the first period to lead 4-2. Holden Cattoni scored a pair that included a power play goal. Cory Vitarelli also scored on the man advantage and Kiel Matisz scored shorthanded.


Peterborough upped their lead to 6-2 in the middle frame on goals from Thomas Hoggarth and Corey Small. Brampton replied with a pair to cut their deficit to 6-4.

The third period held a furious back-and-forth pace. Brampton pulled within a goal four times but the Lakers matched them to keep their slim lead. Josh Currier scored the game winner, diving over the crease with four minutes remaining. Teat's goal came with 1:40 remaining to pull the Excelsiors back within a goal but Vinc was strong in the final minute of play to secure the win.

Mark Matthews had a goal and six assists for the Lakers. Thomas Hoggarth and Cattoni each scored twice and added one assist. Vitarelli had two power play goals. 

Along with Teat's six points, John Vezina led the Excelsiors with a hat trick. Nolan Clayton and Steve Orleman each played half the game for Brampton in goal.   

Withers said the Excelsiors will come out hungry on Thursday during game three. Being down 2-0 won't sit well with them.

"They're a young, resilient team that comes at us fast and tries to run us into the ground," he said. "Their backs are against the wall so I feel like they'll try to ramp that up. They've been right there in both games so we just have to keep doing what we've been doing and keep getting better. It's going to be a good game three and four."

Single-game tickets for Thursday's game three at the Evinrude Centre will be sold on Thursday only. Please contact the Memorial Centre box office to purchase a full-series package. 

Game four is back at Brampton Memorial Arena on Sunday evening.

Scoring for the Lakers:


Thomas Hoggarth (2-1)

Holden Cattoni (2-1)

Cory Vitarelli

Mark Matthews (1-6)

Josh Currier (1-2)

Corey Small (1-1)
Turner Evans (0-3)

Nick Weiss (0-1)

Kiel Matisz (0-1)

Shawn Evans (0-1)




August 4, 2019

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers took a 1-0 MSL playoff series lead over the Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday evening with a 12-7 win at the Evinrude Centre. It was a hard-fought game filled with penalties and intensity. 


























"It was a good hard game, we played good tough defense and we came out with the win," said Eric Shewell.

But as good as the win feels, the Lakers know it's just game one of what could be a very long series.

The first 15 minutes were hotly contested until Corey Small scored two goals 18 seconds apart to send the Lakers to the first intermission up 4-3. Josh Currier found Small with a backhand pass at the side of the net for the first one and Matisz made the pass on the second one which Small put in down low.

Mark Matthews opened up a two-goal lead in the second, but Mike Burke and Jeff Teat tied the game at five. Teat scooped up his own rebound and went high on Mike Poulin. Thomas Hoggarth then scored two goals in a row followed by a Jake Withers' faceoff win and goal five seconds later for an 8-5 Lakers' lead.  


























"It was just luck," said Hoggarth. "My second one came off the boards and the goalie was out of place for me to be able to put that one in. I was in the right place at the right time. We came out with a little more jam in the second period and that's what brought us the win tonight."

Hoggarth led the Lakers with a hat trick in the absence of Shawn and Turner Evans, who were in California running a camp. The Lakers were also without defenders Bryce Sweeting, Chad Tutton, Nick Weiss and Zach Currier. Ethan Walker was a healthy scratch as the team had enough offense, but called up Brett Coons, Holden Lowes and Mitch Ogilvie to round out the back end. 

"Tonight It shows how deep we are even with our juniors in the lineup," said Hoggarth. "But I just played the same. Obviously missing guys like the Evanses is a tough loss but we played well without them."

Brampton scored twice more but the Lakers ended the game with a four-goal run.

Mike Poulin made 34 saves in the win. Nolan Clayton made 42 saves in the loss. 

Game two is Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Brampton Memorial Arena. The Lakers are back home on Thursday at 8 p.m. for game three. Single-game tickets for game three will be sold Thursday only. Please contact the Memorial Centre box office to purchase a full-series package. 



Matthews' last-minute goal lifts Lakers to win


August 1, 2019


Story by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers ended their regular season on a high note with an 11-10 win over the Oakville Rock on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre. Mark Matthews scored the game winner with 28 seconds remaining. The Lakers previously fell to the Rock 10-4 on Monday night but wanted to go into the playoffs feeling confident.


“It’s really important. It wasn’t the first and second periods we would have liked but we’re trending in the right direction at the right time,” said defenseman Brock Sorensen. 


Thursday, the clubs played to a 3-3 tie after the first and were tied at seven in the second. Every time Oakville took a one-goal lead, the Lakers responded quickly. However, a pair of power play goals from Challen Rogers put the Rock up 9-7 after 40 minutes.


“Both teams are playing playoff lacrosse at this point. Everything we did tonight was setting a tone for if we meet these guys in the playoffs. Both sides were playing hard and neither side wanted to give an inch,” said Zach Currier.


Things looked bleak for the Lakers when Cory Highfield scored a power play goal midway through the third period with Brock Sorensen in the box. However, the hometown boys rallied behind Sorensen’s transition goal at 12:17 as he picked a top corner on Nick Rose.


“Matt Gilray was at the left hand side and he made a great play along the boards to jar the ball free and then hit me in stride right in front of the net,” Sorensen described. “It was a fortunate bounce and I was in a good spot at the right time.”


Joe Resetarits then cut the deficit to one at 17:14 and Josh Currier tied the game with 1:58 left before Matthews potted the winner.


“It was a great reset by Buchanan in the corner and Small and Walker were setting great picks and we were moving on the backside. I got a great look and it just happened to go in. The building erupted, it’s nice having these fans on your side they’re great and they were all so loud tonight.”


It was a typical Peterborough-Oakville game, meaning the Currier brothers factored heavily into the storyline. Zach Currier got a little hot under the collar after he and Dylan Laprade got tangled up in the second (be glad you weren’t down by the penalty box to hear them yelling at each other after their penalties were assessed). Josh, of course, scored the tying goal on a highlight-reel dive.




“I’m going to play hard and I think that’s a good sign if I’m getting under their skin, too,” Currier said. 


Matt Vinc made 37 saves in the win. Nick Rose made 48 saves in the loss. Oakville was led by Rogers’ seven points (2G/5A). Highfield had three goals and one assist and Ryan Smith scored once and added five assists. 


The Lakers will face the Brampton Excelsiors in the first round of the 2019 MSL playoffs. They won the season series with Brampton 3-1 but the Excelsiors are a dangerous offensive team, so the Lakers are looking forward to a competitive series in front of a their loud, loyal fans.


“It’s nice to get everybody moving in the right direction but it’s also important to have our fans,” said Sorensen. “We’ve been successful a lot because, I think, of our fans. The Mem Centre has been rocking during the playoffs and obviously we hope to do that again here at the Evinrude Centre.”


“Riding into the playoffs on a high like this, playing like we did in the third is a big confidence boost for us,” said Matthews. “Moving into Sunday night we want to keep that rolling and play just like that last five minutes.”


Game one goes Sunday, August 4 at 5 p.m. at the Evinrude Centre. The Lakers moved the game from its original 7 p.m. start to accommodate lacrosse fans who want to head up to Trent University to see Canada play the USA at the Women’s U19 World Championships. 


Full playoff schedule:

Game 1 – Sunday, August 4 @ 5 p.m. Evinrude Centre

Game 2 – Tuesday, August 6 @ 8 p.m. Brampton Memorial Arena
Game 3 – Thursday, August 8 @ 8 p.m. Evinrude Centre

Game 4 – Sunday, August 11 @ 7 p.m. Brampton Memorial Arena

Game 5 – Tuesday, August 13 @ 8 p.m. Evinrude Centre*

Game 6 – Thursday, August 15 @ 8 p.m. Brampton Memorial Arena*

Game 7 – Friday, August 16 @ 8 p.m. Evinrude Centre*

*if necessary


Four-game ticket bundles for the playoffs go on sale Friday morning at the Memorial Centre box office. Single-game tickets will be sold the day of each game. 


The Lakers are also happy to lend assistance to Team Kenya when the World Championships are over. Because of the Peterborough community’s generosity towards the Kenyan team, it is going to cost them extra to fly all their new belongings home. The Lakers will be playing these additional airline baggage fees for them to thank them for the wonderful spirits and memories they brought to us during their time here.


Scoring for the Lakers:


Cory Vitarelli (3-1)

Joe Resetarits (2-1)

Mark Matthews (2-2)

Josh Currier (2-1)

Corey Small (1-1)

Brock Sorensen (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-4)

Ethan Walker (0-2)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Kiel Matisz (0-1)

Matt Gilray (0-1)

Brett Coons (0-1)















Lakers' offence held in check


July 29, 2019


Story and photos by Anna Taylor


OAKVILLE, ON - Anybody else have déjà vu last night?


For the second time this season, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers suffered a lopsided loss at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre at the hands of the Oakville Rock. Though Monday night’s 10-4 loss wasn’t as bad as the 17-4 drubbing from early in the season, it stung just as badly.


“They came out hot early on in the game; they had a game plan and they stuck to it,” said captain Robert Hope.

With playoffs looming, the Lakers didn’t want to let in any bad habits during their last week of regular season play despite the outcome of their three games this week having no effect on the standings. The Lakers have clinched first place for the fourth consecutive year. They will face the Brampton Excelsiors in the first round of the playoffs. A schedule has yet to be finalized but four-game ticket bundles will go on sale Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

“There were bad habits all through that game,” Hope said. “It’s a difficult thing to say and then act upon it and we didn’t really act upon it tonight. They were firing early and then we kind of settled in a little bit but we did have a lot of bad habits.”

The Rock scored six-straight goals in the first period including two in the first two minutes. Andrew Kew had a natural hat trick in the period. Challen Rogers picked up a shorthanded goal in transition in the last minute of play.


“Rogers is probably the best in the league, the way he runs, shoots the ball and is a threat so it’s good to play against those guys and get a little bit more comfortable with them. We learned a lot,” said Hope. And that is information they’ll need should they meet the Rock in the MSL final again. 


Trevor Smyth and Holden Cattoni exchanged goals in the second period. Oakville led 7-1. 


Though Peterborough managed to score three goals in the third, two were in the last minute and by then Oakville had upped the score to 10-2. Turner Evans had the prettiest goal of the night, picking the top corner on Nick Rose. 

Despite the loss, Hope was able to point to the positives: “We were able to rebound and play a little better in the second and third make some adjustments there.”

He also mentioned Jake Withers, who had his first perfect game of the season on faceoffs. He only took 13, but he won all 13, and won most very easily without scrambling the draw. 


The Lakers and Rock will close out the regular season on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre. Tickets for that game are on sale now 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. 


All players and staff members of the 22 teams participating in the U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships are invited to watch the game in the Banquet Hall for $2 per person. They will be introduced on the floor prior to the game. 

Scoring for the Lakers:


Kyle Buchanan (1-1)

Shawn Evans (1-1)

Turner Evans (1-0)

Holden Cattoni (1-0)

Mark Matthews (0-2)

Kiel Matisz (0-1)

Ethan Walker (0-1)





July 28, 2019


Story and photos by Anna Taylor

COBOURG, Ont. – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers won the last Highway 28 battle of the season on Sunday night, defeating the Cobourg Kodiaks 14-9 at the Cobourg Community Centre.


The game was well attended by many Lakers’ fans including over 200 kids from Camp Moshava in Ennismore. Because of the switch to the Evinrude Centre, Camp Moshava wasn’t able to make their annual trip to the Memorial Centre, but they were glad to still get to see their Lakers play, and their chants and dances throughout the game made the team feel like they were playing a home game.


Team Kenya, who will participate in the 2019 Women’s Lacrosse U19 World Championships next week, was also at the game and was introduced on the floor prior to the game. They participated in the game’s opening ceremonies with a song and dance before the ceremonial faceoff. None of the girls had ever seen box lacrosse before so they weren’t quite sure what they were in for – but we made sure to warn them to wear their long pants and sweaters to combat the CCC’s air conditioning!

The outcome of the game had no bearing on the standings, but Thomas Hoggarth said the Lakers were aware of the crowd coming to support them so the team wanted to put on a show for them.


“It doesn’t matter where we are, our fans come from a far difference to support us. We wanted to give them a shot, get some goals in for them,” he said.



And the goals were plenty. The Lakers led 6-1 13 minutes into the game, chasing Kodiaks’ starter Kevin Croswell in favour of Kevin Orleman. Corey Small and Ethan Walker each scored twice in the first period as the Lakers led 7-3 after the opening 20 minutes. 


Each team scored twice in the second period as the Kodiaks’ defense, shorthanded as they were, stepped up to hold the Lakers at bay. The Kodiaks only had 15 runners in their lineup while the Lakers boasted a full 18, although that did include Brett Coons and Dalton Hill as call-ups on defense.


“Its good just to get ready for playoffs and keep ourselves fresh,” said Hoggarth. “We’re on a roll right now so I think we just need to stay in it.”


Joey Cupido and Colton Armstrong scored back-to-back transition goals in the third period to cut the Kodiaks’ deficit to 9-7. Jake Withers answered back seven seconds after Armstrong’s goal, winning the faceoff and taking it to the net himself to steal the momentum back for the Lakers. The Lakers outscored the Kodiaks 4-2 the rest of the game.

Mike Poulin picked up his third consecutive win. 


Ben French led the shorthanded Kodiaks with a goal and four assists. Cam Milligan scored twice and added two helpers, while Armstrong scored once and assisted twice. A first-period assists for Milligan earned him the honour of recording the highest number of points in the regular season in the Kodiaks’ four-year history. He finished the season with 52 points. 


The Lakers are right back at it Monday night in Oakville at 8 p.m. That game can be seen on YourTV or online at They then host the Rock on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre to close out the regular season. Tickets for Thursday’s game go on sale Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. 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 (3-3)

Ethan Walker (3-3)

Shawn Evans (2-6)

Josh Currier (2-1)

Turner Evans (1-3)

Thomas Hoggarth (1-2)

Kiel Matisz (1-0)

Jake Withers (1-0)

Kyle Buchanan (0-4)

Robert Hope (0-1)

Cory Vitarelli (0-1)

Chad Tutton (0-1)

Joe Resetarits (0-1)





July 25, 2019


Story by by Anna Taylor

Photos by Kendall Taylor


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – First place feels so good.


For the fourth consecutive year, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have clinched first place in Major Series Lacrosse. They ensured home-floor advantage throughout the playoffs after a 12-6 win over the Six Nations Chiefs on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre. 


The win lifts the Lakers to 24 points with a 12-3 record. The Chiefs, with 22, could potentially tie the Lakers in points but Peterborough swept the season series 4-0 which gives them the tiebreaker. The Lakers have three games remaining and the Chiefs just one.


know being on the wrong side of two game sevens [against the Lakers] the past two years how important it is to know that if we get into a game seven we’re going to have our crowd behind us,” said goaltender Mike Poulin. “That goes a long way.”




Locking up first place feels good and is a relief, said defenseman Nick Weiss.


“These last two games it was really big for us to play solid defense, solid offense and have great goaltending. It was nice to get those two W’s,” he said.


The Lakers also defeated the Chiefs 7-5 on Tuesday night in Six Nations. 


Dhane Smith and Turner Evans traded the game’s opening goals. Holden Cattoni and Brendan Bomberry, on a power play, made it 2-2. Kyle Buchanan left his feet to catch Matt Gilray’s cross-crease pass for a quick-stick goal late in the period. Cattoni’s second goal sent the Lakers to the dressing room up 4-2. 


“Our offense played strong and steady the whole way,” praised Poulin. “Both goalies for Six Nations, Doug Jamieson and Dillon Ward, played really well. I thought our O was really clicking. That’s what you want to see going into the playoff stretch.”

Peterborough went on to outscore the Chiefs 4-1 in the second for an 8-3 lead. Temperatures boiled over at the end of the second with Jake Withers taking down Jordan Durston in a fight


Kyle Buchanan and Cory Vitarelli scored 20 seconds apart to widen the gap to six. Kiel Matisz made it 11 before the Chiefs fought back with a pair of goals less than a minute apart. Mark Matthews killed their momentum with the Lakers’ 12th goal.


Buchanan led with a hat trick and four assists. 


With Matt Vinc on an annual family vacation, the great wall of Mike Poulin made his second consecutive start and made 48 saves. In two games he held the Chiefs to just 11 goals. 


“Our defense put our players in positions where I could see,” said Poulin. “If they tried to shoot around screens or if they tried to come down and throw fakes our D was right there to meet them so I was able to see the ball which makes my job easier.”


Dillon Ward made 48 saves for the Chiefs. Shayne Jackson led Six Nations with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. 


The Lakers may have first place sewn up, but they still have three games to play before the regular season ends. That’s three games to keep themselves in shape for the postseason.


We can’t let any bad habits come in so we can’t look at those remaining games like they’re throwaway games,” Weiss said. “We have to play them like they’re very important and we’re just ramping up to playoffs.”

Poulin echoed that statement. 


“We play Cobourg, a team who has nothing to lose, and Oakville, who we could very well play in the first round of the playoffs, twice. We’re not going to send the message that we’re taking lacrosse lightly. Oakville is a team that we’ve had some feisty games against this year, so no love lost. I know they’re not going to be okay with a soft game. It would be a battle no matter what the standings are.”

The Lakers have a busy week to close out the regular season. Sunday evening, they are in Cobourg and Monday night they are in Oakville before hosting the Rock on Thursday night at the Evinrude Centre. Tickets for Thursday's game are on sale now 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:


Kyle Buchanan (2-5)

Holden Cattoni (2-3)

Mark Matthews (2-0)

Kiel Matisz (1-3)

Joe Resetarits (1-3)

Cory Vitarelli (1-2)

Turner Evans (1-1)

Josh Currier (1-0)

Nick Weiss (1-0)

Zach Currier (0-1)
Eric Shewell (0-1)

Matt Gilray (0-1)








Mike Poulin


Nick Weiss






Low-scoring night at ILA


July 23, 2019


by Anna Taylor


OHSWEKEN, ON - The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers took a giant step towards securing first place in the MSL on Tuesday night with a 7-5 win over the Six Nations Chiefs. Both teams have 22 points. The Chiefs have two games remaining and the Lakers four.

It was a low-scoring, playoff-like game and the first in a home-and-home series this week. The Chiefs visit the Evinrude Centre on Thursday and the teams will pick right back up where they left off.

“Paul Day said it best – this was Act 1 of two acts,” said defensive coach Bobby Keast. “We’re on halftime now. We’ll continue to focus and get better on Thursday.”

Josh Currier led the Lakers with a hat trick and one assist. He saw his floor time increased with Shawn Evans out of the lineup (he and cousin Turner had commitments in Rochester) and he made the most of it.

“They’re great players and with them out of the lineup, other guys had to step up,” Currier said, but pointed out that the win was a team effort. “Poulin played well and we owe that win to our defense.”

“We have a set system and if guys are missing, we don’t change the system. Guys just take on different roles within that system,” Keast said. “Josh picked up his game tonight with some big goals.”

The Chiefs sandwiched Currier’s first goal, a blast up the middle, to lead 2-1 in the first before Chad Tutton launched the ball from his own end into the Chiefs’ empty net with one second left on the clock to send the teams to the dressing room 2-2.

The second period was the difference as the Lakers outscored the Chiefs 3-1. Each team scored twice in the third with the Chiefs coming close to tying the game. Nick Weiss scored the game winner halfway through the frame and Currier’s third goal with 33 seconds left added insurance. 

Poulin was a brick wall in net, even stopping Lyle Thompson on a second period penalty shot. He made 44 saves against an offense that rivals the Lakers’ own in terms of scoring ability and frequency. Holding them to five goals is a feat. 

“Poulin was lights out,” said Keast. “Our D was very strong. We discussed after the Brampton game that we had to be better from the goalie on out.”

Doug Jamieson made 49 stops against the Lakers. Six Nations Arrows call-up Tehoka Nanticoke had a pair of goals for Six Nations. Cody Jamieson scored once and added two assists.

Tickets for Thursday’s rematch are on sale now 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. 

After Thursday, the Lakers have three games remaining: Sunday in Cobourg, Monday in Oakville and next Thursday, August 1 at the Evinrude Centre against the Rock. 

Scoring for the Lakers:


Josh Currier (3-1)

Kyle Buchanan (1-4)

Corey Small (1-0)

Chad Tutton (1-0)

Nick Weiss (1-0)

Thomas Hoggarth (0-1)

Cory Vitarelli (0-1)

Mark Matthews (0-1)

Joe Resetarits (0-1)

Holden Cattoni (0-1)




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.




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.




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)





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)





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 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.





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.  



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.




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 and at the live stats link:






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.




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.





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



Home Opener Pricing

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Evinrude Centre Pricing


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Standing Room


Banquet Hall – game will be live streamed



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

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Home Game Schedule




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






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.





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, 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

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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, 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










Standing Room


Banquet Hall – game will be live streamed



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




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:




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.


Five members of the Mann Cup Champion Century 21 Lakers are currently back in British Columbia as members of the Canadi­an senior men’s box team that is competing at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Langley. Team Canada is 2-0 after big wins over Joe Resetarits and Team USA (16-6) and Team England (18-5).

Forward Mark Matthews, goaltender Mike Poulin and de­fensemen Robert Hope, Zach Currier and Jake Withers all got the call earlier this summer to join the national team to help defend Can­ada’s title. Lakers’ head coach Mike Hasen is an assistant coach for the team. Former Laker Curtis Dickson is also on the team.

“It’s an honour to have been named to Team Canada,” Hope said. “There are so many great players on the roster and to have been selected as one of them is a dream come true. I am looking forward to my first opportunity to represent Canada on the international stage.”

Matthews led Canada in their first game with three goals and four assists, though he ended up as a healthy scratch in game two. Dickson has six goals and five assists.

Zach Currier has three fast-break goals and two assists while also joining Withers and Hope in the hunt for faceoff wins. Loose balls and faceoff stats aren’t being kept, but from watching the first two games it seems as if our boys picked up right where they left off a week and a half ago.

Fresh of his Mann Cup MVP win, Poulin backed up game one and then made 16 saves on 21 shots against England.

Canada next plays at 7:30 p.m. ET against Israel tonight, and ends pool play Monday at 10:30 against Thomas Hoggarth and Team Iroquois.

Resetarits and Hoggarth faced off on Saturday night, with the Iroquois prevailing 11-10. Resetarits led the U.S. with nine points including three goals and six assists. In three games he’s collected seven goals and 13 assists. Hoggarth has two goals and five assists in two games.

Team Iroquois plays England tonight at 10:30, while the U.S. is off until Monday when they play England at 7:30.










January 28, 2020


PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers added three new team members on Monday night through the annual Major Series Lacrosse entry draft.


Matt Smith, Travis Brown and Keaton Thomson were the Lakers' selections at the draft held at the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame. The event was webcast on the MSL's website.


The draft consisted of five rounds of six picks each. Smith, the former Jr. C Lakers' captain, was selected 12th overall. The defenseman/transition player helped lead the Jr. C's to the 2018 Meredith Cup title while also playing as a call up for the Jr. A's. He played two games as a call up for the senior Lakers in 2019. 


"Matt is a late bloomer," said general manager Paul Day. "His athleticism and fitness will mature and he'll be a really good senior and pro guy. He did a good job when he played with us before and he has a great attitude as well as being a local guy."


Smith was happy to be picked by his hometown team.


"Thanks to Paul and the entire Century 21 Lakers staff for choosing me," Smith said. "As a kid growing up in Peterborough, it was easy to know I wanted to play for the Lakers one day. It was great to play some games last year and is definitely a dream come true. I look forward to what the future holds and am ready to work hard."


The Lakers selected another D/T in Orangeville's Travis Brown in the third round and Mimico's Keaton Thomson, another defenseman, in the fourth. Their fifth round pick was traded to the Oakville Rock for a fourth round pick next year. 


The Lakers were without a first round pick after trading it to Brampton last spring for Joe Resetarits. Prior to the draft, the Lakers protected forward Taite Cattoni and goaltender Drew Hutchison, although Day doesn't expect either of them to be in the lineup this summer. Cattoni is recovering from a serious knee injury and the Lakers are already very deep in goal.


Season tickets for the 2019 season are now on sale at the Memorial Centre box office. 



City council recognizes Lakers' success


October 28, 2019


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers were honoured by Peterborough City Council on Monday evening at City Hall during council's weekly meeting. The Lakers received official recognition from the city for their third consecutive Mann Cup national championship.


Councillor Gary Baldwin is a Lakers' season ticket holder and said he'll be going down to the Memorial Centre to renew his tickets this week. Existing season ticket holders have had their 2018 seats held for them with no price increase.


"Thank you to the organization for the professionalism that was shown through the Memorial Centre renovations, going over to the Evinrude Centre," Baldwin said. "My sincere congratulations for the way in which your organization handled that whole difficult situation."


Councillor Don Vassiliadis has a daughter that plays lacrosse. He said the Lakers inspire her. 


"It's always a pleasure watching you play. As someone who's tried to coach lacrosse I realize how hard it is and how easy you guys make it look. You put Peterborough on the map as a place known for lacrosse and you do it over and over."


Councillor Kemi Akapo said she was "excited by the energy" at her first Lakers game and has heard from friends around the world that follow the Lakers.


Councillor Kim Zippel remarked that "we don't celebrate the good things in this city often enough."


Players Robert Hope, Shawn Evans and Cory Vitarelli and coaches Tracey Kelusky and Bobby Keast were in attendance, along with support staff Pete Hynes, Steve Hynes, Scott Robertson, Dale Reid and Anna Taylor, and board members Ted Higgins, Len Powers, Bill Joiner, Randy Manning, Shane Carter and John Grant.


Ted Higgins spoke on behalf of the team, thanking city council for the honour.


"It is my pleasure to acknowledge the help you gave us through a very trying year," Higgins said, noting especially that the staff of the Evinrude Centre, sponsors and volunteers played a big role in supporting the team in 2019.




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