The new-look Brampton Inferno open their 2013 Canadian Lacrosse League season this afternoon. They’ll definitely look different than the club that led CLax in scoring by 16 goals last year. The Inferno’s top three scorers from 2012 are gone; Dylan Llord, Brad Favero and Dan Williams were all traded to the Niagara Lock Monsters, based in their hometown of St. Catharines.
But the Inferno have added plenty of talent, too. They picked up Ryan Campbell and Sean Thomson from Niagara, who moved to the Golden Horseshoe after spending last year as the Peel Avengers and sharing Brampton’s Powerade Centre with the Inferno. They also added Orangeville Northmen grad Dustin Caravello and former Philadelphia Wings goalie Steve Fryer in the CLax entry draft and John McClure from Durham.
Core players returning from last year include Pat Saunders, Mark Farthing, Matthew Bennett, Ben McCullough and Mark Tinning. One loss that may fly under the radar a bit, what with all the big scorers gone, is Jon Arnold. The 2012 all-star was a key cog in their transition game and a real glue guy on the floor. He’s off to Niagara as well.
They’ll get a good test of how the 2013 edition of the team works when they kick off the season today. Their 1 pm game is at the ILA home of the defending champion Ohsweken Demons, who won their opener in a finals rematch with the Iroquois Ironmen last Saturday.
Today’s game and tomorrow’s contest that sees the Lock Monsters visit the Ironmen at the ILA at 2 pm are both available on free webcasts through JVI Productions.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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