Archive for August, 2009

Minto Cup: Rewinding back to 1937 and some recent Minto trivia

The last Minto MVP goaltender, Nick Patterson. (Photo: Dave Sanders)
The last Minto MVP goaltender, Nick Patterson. (Photo: Dave Sanders)

With the ‘09 Jr. A season in the books after the conclusion of last night’s Minto Cup, the Orangeville Northmen garnering back-to-back Minto titles after a Game 3 win over the Brampton Excelsiors, a few more names and numbers got dropped in the CLA record books over the past couple weeks.

How many Minto wins does that make for Ontario now? Did the Northmen’s win move them up in the overall Cup haul? And where’s the love for Minto winning tenders lately? Find out the answer to those questions are more, after the jump. READ MORE »

Playoff Performer of the Year: Orangeville Northmen’s Adam Jones

NLL Insider's JOTY and Playoff Performer of the Year, Adam Jones. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)
NLL Insider's JOTY and Playoff Performer of the Year, Adam Jones. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)

For the second straight year, NLL Insider has named the Orangeville Northmen’s Adam Jones our Jr. A Playoff Performer of the Year, Jones also recently named ’09’s Junior of the Year after another stellar season playing for Canada’s top junior club.

Jones, who was also named the Minto Cup’s most outstanding player, won his second career national Jr. A title last night, leading the tournament in scoring with 28-points, the second highest tourney point total since the Minto changed formats in ‘03 (round robin & best of three final). READ MORE »


Lacrosse Links: Orangeville wins Minto, Owen Sound takes Presidents Cup

Lots of hardware was awarded over the weekend, headlined by Orangeville and tournament MVP Adam Jones capturing the Minto Cup yesterday with an 8-4 win over Brampton. And Owen Sound won their second straight Presidents Cup trophy, taking out B.C.’s TriCity on Saturday for the championship.

Minto Cup: Orangeville Northmen win Minto with 8-4 win over Excels

The Orangeville Northmen have captured their second straight Minto Cup, dropping the Brampton Excelsiors in the third and deciding game of this year’s national Junior A tourney, 8-4.

The final saw a clutch game from Northmen tender Nick Rose, solid D by Orangeville’s back-floor and another third period gear check called by Brampton head coach Brian Beisel, this time not going the Excels way and resulting in a delay of game penalty, an empty netter shortly following.

Check back to NLL Insider on Monday for more on Sunday night’s final, along with our selection for the ‘09 Jr. A playoff performer of the year.

This week

  • Brampton knots things up: Saturday
  • Adam Jones wins JOTY, plus other awards and All-Canadians: Saturday
  • Orangeville take series lead, game ends in near riot: Friday
  • Minto Final preview, team breakdowns, trends and head-to-head numbers: Friday
  • Excels land spot in final with win over Adanacs: Thursday
  • Minto Cup scoring records since format change: Wednesday

Minto Cup: Brampton Excels knot things up in classic back-and-forth battle, Minto to be decided tonight

Although Friday’s first game of the Minto’s best of three series ended in a near riot, last night’s Game 2 was a classic, showcasing some stellar lacrosse played from both sides, the Brampton Excels pulling out an 11-8 win to even their series against the Orangeville Northmen, the game winner coming from defender Adam McGourty towards the end of the third period on a fast break.

The Brampton win knots things up at a game apiece, which means this old school slugfest will go to a final, winner-take-all, gold medal match, live at the Powerade Centre at 7PM EST tonight.

After the jump, check out more backlash from last night’s beauty, and put the women and children to bed (unless they were planning on going to the game), cuz tonight’s Game 3 is gonna be one helluva close-out to a season series that has these guys out for blood.   READ MORE »

Minto Cup: Orangeville takes Game 1, equipment check sets tone for Game 2

When we said this recent Orangeville Northmen and Brampton Excelsiors war was one of the more heated rivalries the junior loop has seen in several years, we weren’t just throwing out empty hype, and the boys lived up to that billing last night during Orangeville’s 10-9 second period comeback win, the game ending with both head coaches, Matt Sawyer and Brian Beisel, enraged with one another after an equipment check call in the final half minute of the game let off an atom bomb in the arena.

After the jump, check out last night’s game breakdown, the two teams squaring off again tonight, the Nothmen trying to shut things down for the second straight summer. READ MORE »


NLL Insider ‘09 Junior of the Year Awards, Plus All-Canadian Teams

Orangeville Northmen JOTY finalist, Adam Jones. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Orangeville Northmen JOTY finalist, Adam Jones. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

NLL Insider is proud to announce our second annual National Junior of the Year Awards, along with our All-Canadian First and Second Teams.

Selections were made based on ‘09 regular season performances, hardware handed out to this year’s top player, defender, goalie, rookie and coach, playing or coaching in BC, Alberta or Ontario.

Last year’s winners included Cody Jamieson (player), Curtis Manning (defender), Nick Rose (goalie), Cody Bremner (rookie) and Matt Sawyer (coach).

After the jump, find out who took this year’s honours and who landed a spot on ’09’s All-Canuck Teams. Check back on Monday for NLL Insider’s Playoff Performer of the Year (‘09 winner Adam Jones). READ MORE »


WLA Awards and All-Star Teams Announced

Now officially announced, the 2009 WLA awards are out and as per usual there are some surprise winners and some obvious ones.

Take a peak after the jump and let us know what you think of the winners. READ MORE »

Minto Cup: Orangeville Northmen vs. Brampton Excelsiors Series Preview

It’s turned into one of the more heated series the Jr. A game has seen in recent years, the Orangeville Northmen and Brampton Excelsiors, the two teams that are just hours away from going head-to-head at this year’s Minto Cup final (best of three series).

The two OLA reps have already battled each other this year a total of ten times, twice during the regular season, a full seven game Ontario final war of a series, and once during round robin play earlier this week (Northmen lead the ‘09 season series 6-3-1).

After the jump, check out who’ll need to do what to pull out the W’s this weekend, who excelled and who was contained in their ten previous games this year, and more on the ‘09 Minto Cup Final. READ MORE »

Mann Cup: Lacrosse Tickets Now On Sale!

The New Westminster Salmonbellies are promoting the team’s ‘Drive for 25‘ Mann Cup national titles. Tickets go on sale today at Queen’s Park Arena Office which is open weekdays 10:00am to 3:00pm PST. Tickets are just $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and $5 for kids. All Mann Cup games are also available online for Pay-Per-View. For more info, visit the or

Sport fans will have an opportunity to see some of the world’s very best young pro prospects, National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Stars when the ‘Bellies and Brampton Excelsiors clash for the 2009 Mann Cup, September 4-12, 2009. READ MORE »