Turfdogs and Inferno rumble in Saturday afternoon CLax tilt

Ryan Campbell is Brampton's leading scorer through the first third of the season. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
Ryan Campbell is Brampton's leading scorer through the first third of the season. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)

It’s a battle of contrasting styles in the Canadian Lacrosse League Saturday. The Durham Turfdogs will look to ride their tight defensive game and opportunistic scoring to first place overall in CLax when they play host to the Brampton Inferno in a 2 pm game. The Turfdogs (3-1) have allowed only 10.5 goals per game, second in the league. They are also head and shoulders above the rest of the league at killing penalties, succeeding at a remarkable 77.8%. They’re led on offence by Nic Grasby (8g, 10a, 18pts), Shane Scott (10-7-17) and Scott DeFrancesco (11-5-16). Durham’s Zach Higgins leads the league in save percentage (.824) and is second in goals against average (9.78).

The go-go Inferno (2-2), meanwhile, are scoring 14 goals per game but giving up 16. Ryan Campbell (11-9-20), John McClure (10-8-18) and rookie Dustin Caravello (6-8-14) are Brampton’s top guns. Neither Inferno goalie as been able to stop as much as three-quarters of the opposition’s shots. Jay Preece (.713, 16.5) and Steve Fryer (.723, 15.6) are both near the bottom of the CLax goalie rankings in save percentage and goals against average.

You can see whether the game follows Durham’s pattern of tight, low-scoring battles or Brampton’s more freewheeling approach on a free live webcast from 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 stamplax@hotmail.com.

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