The Niagara Lock Monsters came into Friday night’s Canadian Lacrosse League game with a perfect 2-0 record and scoring an astonishing 21.5 goals per game. Unfortunately for fans of the team newly relocated to St. Catharines this year, the only trend they would maintain in their third game of the season was allowing at least 13 goals each game. The defending champion Oshweken Demons proved they’re still the class of CLax, riding huge nights from Wayne VanEvery, Roger Vyse and Delby Powless to an 18-11 shellacking of the Lock Monsters in the only game on tap last night.
VanEvery pulled a little further away in the league’s goal-scoring derby, burying 5 (along with 2 assists) to give him 20 in five games this season. Vyse maintained his overall scoring lead with a 4-goal, 3-assist evening to push him to 37 points in those five contests. Powless added a goal and 7 assists to lead all scorers on the night. Jeff Powless held the Lock Monsters’ potent offence to just 7 goals in three quarters of play (.788 save percentage) before giving way to allow Randy Johnson some playing time in the fourth.
On the other side of the floor, Andrew Potter kept pace with the Demons’ big three, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists to give him an 8-11-19 stats line in just three games. Niagara’s troubles in net were more visible than they had been in the team’s pair of wins to open the season. Grant Crawley allowed 12 goals on 31 shots to drop his save percentage to .732.
The Demons move to 4-1 and sit comfortably atop the standings while the Lock Monsters stay in second at 2-1. Oshweken returns to action Monday night when they travel to Mattamy Athletic Centre to face the Toronto Shooting Stars. Niagara, after opening the season with three road games, will play the franchise’s first home opener at St. Catharines’ Seymour Hannah Arena Sunday February 10 against the Durham Turfdogs.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 email@example.com.
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