The Brampton Inferno are a force of nature. After their Friday night game was postponed because of winter storm Nemo, the Inferno proved to be more than a match for winter weather as they downed the Barrie Blizzard 17-13 in Saturday’s lone Canadian Lacrosse League game. Brampton did most of the damage in the first quarter, outscoring the Blizzard 7-2 then hanging on the rest of the way to earn the win. Three players had hat tricks for the Inferno. Ryan Campbell and rookie Dustin Caravello added 3 assists to their 3 goals while Jordan Coffey topped his hat trick with one assist. John McClure and Ben McCullough each had 2-goal, 2-assist afternoons for Brampton.
Caleb Wiles led all scorers with 3 goals and 4 assists for the Blizzard, who fought back well but couldn’t overcome that early deficit. Mike Teeter was a dynamic presence and contributed 3 goals and 3 assists and Tyler Patterson also had a hat trick for Barrie. Jason Mainer added a 6-point day (2g, 4a).
Both teams were successful on the power play, Barrie remarkably so. The Inferno went 4-for-7 with the man advantage and the Blizzard went 6-for-8. Three goals to end the first half and a power play marker 39 seconds into the third quarter pulled Barrie within two at 10-8. The teams exchanged goals and then the Inferno struck for the back-breaking markers. McCullough scored then Caravello buried back-to-back power play goals to stretch the lead back to five.
Brampton pulls even at 2-2 on the season. Interestingly, they are on a streak of adding one goal per game to their total; they’ve scored 15, 16 and now 17 goals in consecutive games. The Blizzard are 0-3 but the expansion team has yet to play at home. They make their debut in Barrie next Sunday, February 17, against the Toronto Shooting Stars.
There’s one CLax game on tap for today. A pair of 2-1 teams face off in a battle of contrasting styles. The Durham Turfdogs are the stingiest team in the league, allowing just 10.7 goals per game (Toronto is first at an even 10). They will travel to Niagara to face the Lock Monsters, who are no defensive stalwarts but who lead CLax in scoring at a tidy 18 goals per game. You can see the game on a free live webcast at 7 pm on JVI Video.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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