Brooklin Struggles on Road with 12-8 Loss in Peterborough
The Redmen and the Lakers resumed their MSL semi-final series tonight at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough. The game was penalty filled and featured a 5-0 Laker run in the middle frame which was the difference giving them a 12-8 win and a 2-0 lead in this best of seven semi-final series.
The visitors started strong as Curtis Knight and Dan Lintner scored for an early 2-0 lead. The Lakers answered with three straight in just under two minutes for the 3-2 lead, one that they would not relinquish for the rest of the evening. The first period featured two short-handed goals by the Redmen and some quality back and forth action with the Lakers up 5-4 at the buzzer.
The second period onslaught would be the difference as the clock showed a lead of 10-4 for the Lakers after two periods.
The Redmen showed fight in the final period as Mark Matthews scored his third of the game on the power play with less than two minutes off the clock. The Redmen won that period 4-2, including one from Nick Chaykowsky with 0:22 on the clock, but it would not be enough.
The Lakers were 6 for 7 on the extra man while the Redmen could only convert twice on 10 chances with the extra man. The Redmen did have a decent penalty kill with the two aforementioned short-handed markers.
Zach Higgins got the start for the Redmen while Matt Vinc was Mike Hasen's choice for the Lakers. Shots on net were 51-42 in favour of the visitors.
Redmen fans are hopeful that a dose of home cooking will be the difference with the next two games at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre on Wednesday August 8 and Friday August 10. The Redmen are also hopeful to capitalize on the quick turnaround of less than 24 hours and get a jump on their guests. The Ontario Lacrosse Festival is in full swing at IPSC and good crowds are expected for games three and four, Wednesday and Friday respectively. Check out a new ticket purchase option http://www.brooklinredmen.ca/news/redmen-launch-new-ticket-platform
Scorers for the Redmen were Knight, Lintner, Chaykowsky, Matthews with a hat-trick, Austin Shanks and Reilly O'connor.
In the other semi-final series the Oakville Rock defeated Six Nations 7-6 at the ILA to knot that duel at one game apiece.