The Brampton Excelsiors got away with a short-handed lineup, barely, last Wednesday when they edged Brooklin in their Major Series Lacrosse Opener. In last night’s home opener against Kitchener-Waterloo, the Excels weren’t as fortunate. The Kodiaks took a 4-2 lead into the second period before Brampton struck with goals from Joe Resetarits and Dave Campbell to tie the game, 4-4. But the Excels didn’t score again as K-W ran off 6 straight goals and left Powerade Rink with a 10-4 victory. Brampton, the defending Mann Cup champ, remains short-handed in playing without the likes of Dan Dawson, Zack Greer and Kevin Ross, and the Kodiaks took full advantage to win their second straight to open the season.
Justin Gibson led the way up front for K-W with 3 goals and 1 assist and 7 players scored 1 goal each to put on display a balance that’s got to be encouraging this early in the season. Just 2 games into this season, 15 different K-W players have scored goals.
On the back end, goalie Evan Kirk anchored the effort with 35 saves on 39 shots faced as the defense held Brampton to 10% shooting (4-for-39). There’s hardly reason to panic in Brampton, which obviously is eager to get its production on track once its offensive core makes its way back to the lineup. But K-W will take the win and draw from it, especially since it’s the team’s first win over Brampton since late in the 2010 season after losing all 4 regular-season games to the Excels in 2011.
When the top-line gunners return to Brampton is anyone’s guess but the Excels would surely welcome their arrival on or before next Tuesday when Six Nations comes to town.
Kitchener-Waterloo 10, Brampton 4 (box score)
OLA Junior A
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Victoria 16, Nanaimo 7 (box score)
OLA Junior C
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Innisfil 9, Mimico 7 (box score)
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