6-4 final for the home side tonight.
Shawn Williams came into the game with 2,114 all time points one behind Johnny Davis in second place, by the time the Redmen tied the game at 3-3 at 19:36 of the middle frame Williams had contributed two assists to reach 2,116 all time points and now stands alone in second behind John Tavares. He added one more helper when the Redmen went ahead 4-3 early in the final frame.
Zack Higgins and Evan Kirk were solid in their respective nets and both defensive units were stingy on this night putting on a clinic with well-timed hits, blocked shots and first to loose balls.
The Lakers opened the scoring as Cory Vitarelli scored just over a minute in to the contest. Adrian Sorichetti evened the game a few minutes later but two more for the Lakers gave them a 3-1 lead after one.
The Redmen won the second period 2-0 and the teams left the floor after two knotted at 3-3. The Redmen would net two more to open the final period and the lead to 5-3. The Lakers had not scored since 17:40 of the first period and it wasn’t until there was five minutes to go before in regulation before they could figure out how to beat Higgins. Sorichetti’s second marker of the night was the clincher as that made it 6-4 and the Redmen hung on for the win.
Referees Chris Williams and Blair Ferguson gave both sides the chance to play physical but called them when they were forced to, including a five minute slash to Adam Jones and a two minute slash to Shawn Evans mid-way through the third. Neither team could convert on the power play and shots on net were recorded as 43-41 in favour of the Lakers.
The Redmen have two games remaining in the regular season, a home and home series next week with the Oakville Rock – Monday at the TRAC and Wednesday at Iroquois Park. Playoff seedings will be determined as the regular season is in the final turn and breaking for home. If the season ended today, the Lakers would host Six Nations in the first round and the Redmen would face off against the Rock. Six Nations is the only playoff bound team that has not lost at home, the other three have one defeat at home. On the road, the Lakers are 5-2-1, the Rock are 4-4-0, the Redmen are 3-4-1 and the Chiefs are 2-4-1.
With an 11-9 win at Cobourg last night, the Redmen inch back up the standings and with 19 points are tied for second overall with Oakville. The Rock have a game in hand and these two teams battle in a home and home series next week. On the back of a one goal and four assist performance, Shawn Williams is now just one point behind Johnny Davis for 2nd place in all-time points.
The game was about runs in all three periods and it was an offensive explosion by the Redmen in the final frame that clinched the deal.
The Kodiaks welcomed their guests with three successive goals to open the game before the Redmen responded the same way, one more for Cobourg sent the teams to break with the home side up 4-3.
Cobourg extended their lead to 6-3 with two more to start the middle frame before a repeat from the Redmen to close the gap. One more late from the home side and it was 7-5 Cobourg after two periods.
The Redmen are in a fight for top spot and could not afford to let one slip away to a hard working but struggling Kodiaks team on this night. With a pair of successive three goal runs the Redmen won the final frame 6-2 and the game 11-9 for the important two points. Neither team was able to convert on the power play, with three chances for Brooklin and two for Cobourg.
The Redmen host the league leading Peterborough Lakers on Wednesday and finish off with a pair next week with the Oakville Rock, Monday at the TRAC and Wednesday at home.
The 2016 Major Series Lacrosse regular season is down to four games on the schedule. After last night’s 9-5 Redmen loss in Peterborough and Oakville over Brampton by 11-4 the standings of the top four are: Peterborough in first with 23 points, Oakville at 19, Six Nations at 18 and Brooklin at 17. The final few games will be interesting to watch to determine first round playoff pairings.
The Redmen, coming off a thrilling 11-10 win over Six Nations the night before, packed up for the trip north on Highway 115 to meet the Lakers. The visitors got on the board first as Ryan Keenan potted his 14th of the season, followed by two for the Lakers and the Redmen trailed 2-1 after one.
The Redmen rookies continued to play strong as Austin Shanks tied the game early in the second followed by the newest Redmen, Chris Corbeil who scored his first in the uniform for a short lived 3-2 lead. The Lakers rattled off four straight en route to a 6-3 cushion after two periods. That would be too much for the visitors to overcome as they were outscored 3-2 in the final period for the 9-5 defeat.
Shots on net were 47-38 in favour of Peterborough and the teams went a combined 2 for 11 on the power play with the Redmen given eight chances.
The Redmen are in Cobourg this Sunday and then have a chance at redemption over the Lakers with a visit on Wednesday. Their regular season will conclude with a home and home versus the Oakville Rock on July 25 and July 27.
In the midst of a Southern Ontario heatwave, players and fans (the largest crowd of the season to date) settled in for what was billed as an important game at Iroquois Park. Less than 24 hours earlier the Chiefs battled the Peterborough Lakers to a 6-6 overtime tie at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. The Chiefs, Lakers, Oakville Rock and the Redmen have clinched the four available playoff positions and with a handful of games remaining all that needs to be settled is home floor advantage and final seeds.
The teams were back and forth all night displaying exciting offense and stellar defense, with the benefit of a strong second period the Redmen prevailed by a final of 11-10.
The Chiefs opened the scoring just over a minute into the contest. They jumped out to a 3-1 lead by the seven minute mark before the Redmen scored two on the power play and the visitors were ahead 4-3 after the first twenty minutes.
The visitors regained a two goal lead before Derek Hopcroft and Austin Shanks each scored their first of two on the night, the goal by Shanks gave the Redmen their first lead at 6-5. Curtis Knight netted a power play marker to close off the scoring with 1:25 showing on the clock in the second and the home side was up 7-6.
The teams traded goals in the third period, the Chiefs scored two in a row to tie it at 9-9 and the Redmen matched those two consecutive to go up 11-9 with just over a minute to go. An offensive flurry in the final minute resulted in one more for the Chiefs before the Redmen ragged the ball to kill the clock.
Final shots on goaltenders Mike Poulin and Warren Hill were 51-51, Six Nations went one for three on the power play and added a short handed marker, the Redmen were 4 for 7 on the man advantage.
JP Wisers three stars on the night:
1. Austin Shanks (2,5)
2. Ryan Keenan (2,2)
3 Dan Dawson (2,3)
The Redmen don’t have much time to celebrate. Upcoming is a Thursday night date in Peterborough followed by a visit to Cobourg on Sunday July 17 and a home date on July 20 to host the Lakers.
In the last four games the Redmen lost to Peterborough, defeated Brampton, lost to Six Nations and tonight took it to Cobourg by a 16-7 final. The last three Redmen regular season home games will be against Six Nations, Peterborough and Oakville and wins will be important as those are the teams seemingly jockeying for final playoff standings and home floor advantage.
The Redmen welcomed Kyle Rubisch and Chris Corbeil to the line-up after a recent trade with Brampton to bolster an already stingy defense. The Redmen also celebrated their annual Scott McMichael Minor Lacrosse Night, John Fusco (Right at Home Realtor) as game sponsor was joined by Jacqueline McMichael and Donna McMichael for the ceremonial face-off.
The Redmen played a complete game tonight, led by six goals from Dan Lintner (in a row, as a matter of fact), three from Ryan Keenan and seven helpers from Mark Matthews. They won the first period 4-2, let the Kodiaks hang around as it was 11-7 after forty and held their guests off the board in the final frame for the win.
Ian Garrison and Andrew Ecclestone had their hands full with penalty calls tonight as the heat inside Iroquois Park had the players on edge. Cobourg was one for six on the power play and the Redmen were 50 % at three for six.
Next up for the Redmen is a visit from Six Nations on Wednesday July 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.