Redmen chip away at Rock

Coming off a 9-7 overtime loss to the Six Nations Chiefs on the road a mere 24 hours earlier, the Redmen were home tonight to host the Oakville Rock at Iroquois Park. The standings before the contest showed a real log jam with the top three teams at 10 points and the Redmen at nine. The win tonight placed the Redmen back on top of the standings.

Zach Higgins for the Redmen and Oakvilleā€™s Nick Rose put on a goaltending clinic. The Redmen took the 6-4 win over the Rock, a much different result compared to when the teams last met and the Rock took the 13-5 win.

The Rock opened the scoring tonight, with Austin Shanks netting two in the first frame it was 4-2 for the home side after 20 minutes. The Rock tied the game at 4-4 with two short handed goals in the second period before Ryan Keenan scored to restore the lead for the Redmen with two and half minutes on the clock in the final frame.

The third period was a scoring drought as Rose and Higgins played solid in their respective nets. Oakville could not muster a goal in the last 20 minutes despite some decent looks. It was no different for the Redmen (their last goal came with 2:33 on the clock in the second) and they would not light the lamp again until Austin Shanks potted his third of the night with a mere 12 seconds on the clock. Power play production was an issue as the teams were a combined 1 for 12 on the extra man with the Redmen scoring the only power play goal.

The Redmen host the Peterborough Lakers on Saturday June 25 at 8 pm as part of Lacrosse Day in Durham; the Gaels, Merchants and Warriors are all in action. A $ 15.00 ticket gets fans in for the day.