On Saturday, the Brampton Inferno made their way into the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena for a rematch of the semi-final game against the team that ended their season in 2012 – the Ohsweken Demons. Brampton has had almost a full eight months to think of that game and how they would exact their revenge. Jay Preece started the game with stellar goaltending making a number of spectacular saves including one on a Delby Powless partial breakaway, and another when he was caught in the corner playing the ball and had to dive through the crease to make a last ditch effort save. 2012 transition player of the year, John McClure, who was traded to Brampton in the off season, opened the scoring. After two Ohsweken goals, McClure would also tie the game at two before the first quarter expired.
When the teams switched ends for the second quarter Holden Vyse jumped the Demons out to an early 3-2 lead, but that was answered by Dustin Caravello on the powerplay. His goal would lead to another quick one for Brampton, but the momentum swung back Ohsweken’s way in the dying minutes as they scored two late, including a buzzer beater by Delby Powless with less than a second on the clock. The defending champs led 5-4 after the first half in what was being talked about at the break as one of the best halves of lacrosse CLax has ever seen.
Bodies were banging all game from the opening faceoff, but after more back and forth play the intensity finally boiled over in the third. After Cory Bomberry scored to stretch the Demons’ lead to 10-7, he and Scott Tinning exchanged words and drew off-setting minors. After a few more penalties stretched the frustration Jeff Powless made a save and fired the ball into the Brampton Inferno bench. Jordan Coffey tried to get at Powless and defend his team, but he was met by Isaiah Kicknosway. Both Powless and Coffey were tossed from the game, with Kicknosway picking up a minor.
Due to the extra penalties, and two prior ones, the Brampton Inferno’s Pat Saunders was awarded a penalty shot, which new signee Jake Henhawk, coming in cold for the ejected Powless, stopped. Halfway through the quarter, Preece was struck in the mask and seemed off his game after allowing a string of five goals in less than five minutes. He was replaced by Steve Fryer. The score stretched in Ohsweken’s favour in the third 13-7.
After a holding penalty early in the fourth led to an Ohsweken powerplay goal, and a quick transition marker followed, Brampton’s frustration began to boil over. The Inferno took three unsportsmanlike penalties in the final period which led to game misconducts to Brendan Doran and assistant coach Kevin Haynes. The barrage of penalties led to a penalty shot for the Demons which Fryer saved. Brampton’s penalty trouble led to two more goals for the Demons, including a candidate for goal of the year from Logan Kane who shot off balance, over his shoulder with his back to the net to score. After the dust settled and all was said and done, the Ohsweken Demons would double up the Inferno 16-8.
For the second week in a row Roger Vyse led all scorers with ten points (two goals). Delby Powless recorded seven points (four goals) with teammate Cory Bomberry registering six (three goals). John McClure led Brampton with four points (three goals). Despite both team backups goaltenders seeing action, both starters picked up decisions – Jeff Powless the win, Jay Preece the loss. In the game, the teams combined for 92 minutes in penalties.
The Brampton Inferno open their 2013 home season at the Powerade Centre on Friday, January 25th against, who else, the Ohsweken Demons. That game starts at 8pm.
CLax continues week two action from the ILA on Sunday with a 2pm game between the Iroquois Ironmen and Niagara Lock Monsters.
Ohsweken 16, Brampton 8
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