Last Night: K-W Kodiaks open 2012 MSL campaign with big win over Ajax Rock

Scott Johnston, right, and the K-W Kodiaks opened their MLS season with a win last night. (Photo: KWKodiaks.ca)
Scott Johnston, right, and the K-W Kodiaks opened their MLS season with a win last night. (Photo: KWKodiaks.ca)

Last night’s Major Series Lacrosse opener for the 2012 season saw the Toronto Rock, er, Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks burst out of the gate with an enthusiasm and offensive punch that the Ajax Rock were unable to match. In the Kodiaks’ 17-9 victory, no less than 5 players from the NLL’s Toronto Rock helped the Kodiaks open their season with a big win and coach John Lovell, an assistant coach with the Toronto team, said he didn’t care where the players came from. He just wants them to know where they are now. “To me it’s more important that they take some pride in being a Kitchener Kodiak,” Lovell told The Record. “That’s what’s been lacking in this organization.” And while Brendan Thenhaus (4 goals, 2 assists) led the way last night, there’s more to the K-W team than that.

Evan Kirk (Minnesota) made 28 saves on 34 shots, Jay Thorimbert (Buffalo) had 1 goal and 1 assist, and Ryan Dilks (Edmonton) added a pair of assists for the Kodiaks. But the focus on the contributions from Toronto Rock players is for good reason. Jamie Rooney (Toronto) had 4 assists, Jesse Gamble (Toronto) had 1-3 and Adam McGourty (Toronto practice squad) had 2 goals.

“It’s great to have those (Rock) guys and it’s great they want to be here,” said Lovell, who is coaching a K-W team that’s got its eyes set on advancing past the first round of the MSL playoffs for the first time in its 5-year history.

As for Ajax, the Rock have their work cut out. Jesse Guerin led the offense with 3 goals and 3 assists and was the only Ajax player with more than 1 goal. And it doesn’t get much easier with their next outing coming tomorrow night on the road against a re-loaded Peterborough squad.

MSL
Kitchener-Waterloo 17, Ajax 9 (box score)

OLA Junior A
Orangeville 9, Whitby 7 (box score)
Brampton 16, Mississauga 10 (box score)

BCJALL
Coquitlam 5, New Westminster 3 (box score)
Langley 14, Burnaby 10 (box score)

OLA Junior B
Spartans 9, Welland 7 (box score)
Windsor 15, London 7 (box score)
Newmarket 16, Mimico 11 (box score)

OLA Junior C
Caledon Wilmot 3 (box score)

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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