The Brooklin Redmen were coming off a 9-5 win against the Oakville Rock the other night and hosted the league leading Six Nations Chiefs tonight. The Redmen knew that winning out the rest of the way would help in earning a playoff berth for the 2015 season. Fans at Iroquois Park were excited to see Derek Hopcroft warming up testing his injured leg and were thrilled when he entered the game, that move along with stellar goaltending from Mike Poulin and a solid defense in front of him all added up to an exciting 8-7 win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Chiefs were coming off a 12-5 win Tuesday night against the Peterborough Lakers to clinch first place overall. Head Coach Rich Kilgour sent Angus Goodleaf to the Chiefs net with Brandon Miller on the bench. Ryan Benesch scored first for the visitors and teams were knotted at 3-3 after one period with a power play goal each.
The middle frame belonged to Brooklin on this night as they outscored the Chiefs 5-1 for an 8-4 lead. Team captain Derek Suddons potted two goals in that period as he decided it was time to show his mates on offense how it was done.
Six Nations are the two-time defending Mann Cup champions and certainly did not make it easy for the Redmen. Led by Ryan Benesch with this third on the night and Stephen Keogh with a pair they closed the gap to 8-7, with two minutes on the clock the Redmen kept their defense tight and held on for the win.
Joining Suddons in the scoring column were Mike Teeter and T.J. Sanders with two each and singles to Dan Lintner and Patrick McCrory.
The Redmen will now do some scoreboard watching over the next few days and host the Brampton Excelsiors next Wednesday in what may be a defining game for the 2015 season.
With the Oakville Rock looking to clinch a playoff spot, the Brooklin Redmen visited the the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre last night and spoiled the party with a 9-5 win to keep their own season alive. Struggling with a record of 4-11-1 for nine points, they are now tied with Kitchener Waterloo for last overall and three points out of the final playoff spot with two games remaining in the regular season.
Monday night at the TRAC started well for the Redmen as Shawn Williams opened the scoring en route to a 3-1 lead after the opening frame.
The Rock struck first early in the middle frame and each team was able to find the back of the net three times giving the Redmen a 6-4 lead after two periods. Williams added one in the second as did Mike Triolo and T.J. Sanders.
The home side made it interesting to start the third with a very early goal to cut the lead to 6-5. The Redmen would not be denied however, Mike Teeter with a pair and a single to Dan Ball helped the Redmen to a 9-5 win and the season series over the Rock with three wins and one loss.
Brooklin will have the advantage of home cooking down the stretch, they host league leading Six Nations tomorrow night and wrap up the 2015 regular season on Wednesday July 29 with a visit from the Brampton Excelsiors.
The Brooklin Redmen started a busy few days with their annual Scott McMichael Minor Lacrosse Night on Wednesday and came out on the losing end with an 8-5 loss to the Six Nations Chiefs. The Redmen honoured the memory of McMichael and his friend and teammate John Fusco, sales rep at Coldwell Banker in Brooklin was the game night sponsor which was fitting.
Mike Poulin played lights out in the Redmen net and gave his mates a chance to win. The Redmen were happy to have Dan Lintner back after he missed a few games as he scored one and had an assist. Shawn Williams was also 1,1 and with that assist needed just five more to tie John Davis for the all time total assists record in regular season play. The Redmen were also happy to see their first decent sized crowd of the year to cheer on their home town heroes.
The mid-season three game road swing started last night in Brampton and moves to Oakville on Monday and Six Nations on Tuesday, no traditional Wednesday night home game on July 1 and back in action Wed July 8 with KW in town.
The Redmen took the win from Brampton last night by a final of 14-8 and at the mid-point of the season sport a record of 3-5-1 good for a tie with KW for the final playoff spot. Williams led the way with (2,3) and is now just two points back of Davis for all time assists record in regular season. The Redmen went on a six goal unanswered run in the second period to claim the critical two points.
Two season defining games looming on Monday and Tuesday with trips to Oakville and Six Nations, respectively.
3rd Star- 51 Shawn Williams (1G, 4A,)
– Leads team in Assists
– Sits tied for 3rd in league scoring
– 3rd week as a star
2nd Star- 9 Reilly O’Conner (2G,3A)
– Sits 3rd in league rookie scoring
– sits 16th in league scoring
1st Star- Austin Shanks (5G,2A)
– Sits 6th in league rookie scoring
he Redmen and Rock answered each other goal for goal all night and it appeared that the Redmen may have to play their second overtime game of the week. Reilly O’Connor had other plans tonight and ended the game with a no- look goal with 21 seconds on the clock, the Redmen had last possession and held on for the 10-9 win and improve to 2-4-1 on the season.
Redmen opened the scoring and won the first period 3-2. It took almost eight minutes for a goal to be registered in the middle frame as Oakville tied the contest, Redmen took the 7-6 lead into the third with a goal in the last five seconds of the middle frame. Oakville tied the game at 7-7 with four minutes off the clock in the third and the teams were tied for the last six minutes of regulation until O’Reilly decided that fans would not be treated to any extra time.
Whitby Warrior call-up Austin Shanks, who had a hat trick for the Redmen earlier in the season had a five goal and two assist performance. Zack Higgins took the win in the Redmen net while ex-Redmen Steve Fryer was in for the Rock. Major Series Lacrosse Commissioner was in the house tonight to present Redmen GM and Coach, Wayne Colley with his 2014 Coach of the Year Award.
Lots of penalties on the night, O’Connor with a five minute major for high sticking and Shawn Williams in twice for roughing.
Scott McMichael Minor Lacrosse Night next week Wed June 27 at 8 pm with a visit from the Six Nations Chiefs, two time defending Mann Cup champs.