Mike Poulin leads Brooklin Redmen past Brampton Excelsiors

WHITBY — Mike Poulin had a nice debut for the Brooklin Redmen Wednesday night, making 54 saves in an 11-4 win over the Brampton Excelsiors.

Acquired June 30 in a trade with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, Poulin was named the game’s third star as he helped the Redmen improve their first-place record to 8-1 in the Major Series Lacrosse league.

Wayne Colley, coach and GM of the Redmen, said Poulin played well, but added that many of the Brampton shots came from the periphery.

Given a week off around the Canada Day long weekend, the Redmen were a bit rusty early on, Colley reported, and trailed the game 2-1 through one period at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

Unanswered second-period goals by Kiel Matisz, Mike Teeter, who was also acquired from the Kodiaks, and Dan Ball turned the tide before the Redmen cruised home with a 7-2 advantage in the final frame.

Shayne Jackson led the attack with five points, including three goals, while Matisz also had a hat trick. Rookies Graeme Hossack, Dan Lintner and Curtis Knight accounted for the other Brooklin goals.

 The Redmen are right back at it tonight in Peterborough against the Lakers, whose 5-5 record includes three forfeited wins. Zach Higgins will get the start in goal for the Redmen, Colley said.