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.
51 Shawn Williams – 1G, 5A, 5PTS *Currently sits 2nd in league scoring
77 Mike Poulin: 3GP, 20GA, 7.54 G.A.A., 0.833 Sv%
42 Mike Teeter: 2G, 6A, 8PTS *Currently tied for 6th in league scoring
Brooklin’s Next home game is on June 17th Vs. the Oakville Rock. Game time is at 8:05pm
The Redmen took their 1-4 record on the road to KW tonight for a date against the Kodiaks. The Redmen featured a short but committed bench of 15 runners and welcomed Kiel Matisz and Jordan Houtby back to the line-up with more players scheduled to return soon.
The fans in the Waterloo Memorial Complex were treated to an exciting contest with the teams deadlocked at 7-7 after regulation and an 8-8 final after the obligatory full 10 minute overtime period.
The home side jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first frame. Local goaltender Mike Poulin gave his Redmen team a chance as he played well against his former Kodiak teammates with a shot count of 19-11 in favour of the Kodiaks after one. The Kodiaks scored with less than a minute on the clock for the two goal cushion.
Dan Ball scored on a great feed in the middle frame to get the Redmen back to within one goal. He was involved in some fisticuffs moments later and was given the chance for an early shower for his troubles. The Redmen clawed back to tie the game after the rough stuff was over. The Kodiaks got one on a strange bounce before Matisz got his first of 2015 for Brooklin to tie it up again. The teams traded goals to end the second period with a 5-5 tie, shots after two were 40 to 27 for KW.
An early power play for the Redmen to start the third did not produce a goal but after that penalty was over Mike Teeter scored his first of two on the night to give the Redmen their first lead at 6-5. The Kodiaks clawed back and scored twice in 30 seconds for the 7-6 lead. Both teams went on a scoring drought as the defenses and goalies played well. Brooklin calls a time out with 44 seconds on the clock and Poulin on the bench, Teeter would get his second on the night with nine seconds on the clock which sent the teams to a full 10 minute extra frame tied at 7-7.
The full regulation game was over in a very swift one hour and forty minutes. In the full 10-minute overtime, both defenses and goalies continued to play tough. The Redmen thought they may have won it as rookie Riley O’Connor scored with 33 seconds on the clock. A KW face off win led to a last drive for the home side and they made the most of it scoring with 3.6 ticks on the clock for the 8-8 final.
Redmen host the Oakville Rock on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.