Complete Game for the Redmen Results in Win
The Major Series Lacrosse Season is in the home stretch and the Brooklin Redmen made a statement tonight with an impressive 16-7 win over the league leading Peterborough Lakers at Iroquois Park Sports Centre. This was the fourth and final regular season meeting between these teams, Peterborough won twice at home and the last game at IPSC ended in an 8-8 draw. The win stretches Brooklin's lead over Brampton to three points for the final playoff spot, each team has two games remaining against the same opponents (Oakville and Cobourg) and tonight's win forces the Excelsiors to win both of their games.
The referees on the night Kyles' Kropman and Kennery were kept busy by calling 23 goals and also dispatched a steady stream of players to the penalty box with Peterborough being assessed 36 minutes on 14 infractions and Brooklin 25 minutes on 7 infraction. Head Coaches Mike Hasen, Peterborough and Derek Keenan, Redmen were not spared the wrath of the officials as both were tossed for vehemently disagreeing with calls or missed calls, Keenan in the first and Hasen in the third. These coaches also met in the National League Lacrosse finals where Keenan's Saskatchewan Rush defeated Hasen's Rochester Knighthawks for the NLL crown. Brooklin was 4 for 11 on the extra man and the Lakers were 1 for 3.
The Lakers struck first as former Redmen Kyle Buchanan scored two in quick succession before Shayne Jackson answered for the Redmen. Buchanan scored three in the opening frame and Jackson notched another in the dying seconds of the first period to send the teams to break knotted at three goals apiece.
Whitby Warrior call up Tanner Cook made an impression and did not look out of place in the MSL as he scored early in the second to give the Redmen their first lead of the night, he went on to score another and added four helpers for an impressive debut performance. The home side rattled off three more to extend their lead before their guests could answer. The Redmen were up 8-6 after forty minutes.
The Redmen owned the final frame, including a bizarre goal that went in when starter Evan Kirk seemed to lose the ball in his equipment and jarred it loose only to see it drop into the net, Curtis Knight was credited for the goal. The Redmen exploded for eight goals in that frame, a six goal run halted briefly by a Lakers goal and two more to take the 16-7 win. Scorers for the Redmen were Curtis Knight with three, two each for Cook, Jackson, Austin Shanks, Dan Lintner and Ryan Keenan and singles to Ryan MacSpadyen, Nick Chaykowsky and Adrian Sorichetti.
The Redmen are in Cobourg on Sunday and host Oakville to round out the regular season on Wednesday July 25 at 8 pm at IPSC.