The Brampton Inferno scored twice in the final 2:10 to beat the Durham Turfdogs 11-10 in Canadian Lacrosse League action Saturday in Oshawa. The Inferno had held the lead only once in the game—for 3:13 of the second quarter—before Ryan Campbell’s third goal just over a minute before the final buzzer gave them the win. That goal came a minute after Scott Tinning buried a transition goal while being spun in the air from a check for the tying marker. Those goals made a winner of Jay Preece, who entered the game with among the worst statistics in the league but played more like his usual self, stopping 46 of 56 shots for an .821 save percentage.
Pat Saunders and Scott Tinning each added a pair of goals for the Inferno (3-2). The win pulled them into a three-way tie with the Turfdogs (3-2) and Toronto Shooting Stars (3-1) for second place in CLax, although Toronto has a game in hand and visits winless Barrie this afternoon.
Durham was missing leading goal scorer Scott DeFrancesco, who was ruled out of the game by the team’s training staff after they watched him trying to warm up on a knee he had tweaked last week in a win over Niagara. Rookie John St. John stepped up to fill in the lefty scorer role, potting three goals and two assists in an impressive performance for an 18-year-old. Seven other players scored singles for the Turfdogs.
Campbell said that one of the keys to Brampton’s success in the game was everyone knowing his teammates have his back. “We’ve got a bunch of good team guys and everybody’s standing up for each other with that big thing in the first half,” Campbell said, referring to a contentious 30 minutes of play that saw a series of skirmishes resulting in 45 minutes in penalties. “One guy gets hit and another guy’s in there right away. We feel that we’ve got a pretty tough team out there and everyone’s supporting each other.”
In addition to the last goal of the game, Campbell scored Brampton’s first and it was a controversial one. With the Inferno killing a penalty, Campbell came off the bench and took a pass in stride as he ran into the play. The problem was, he appeared to be a good 10 feet outside the restraining line, meaning the play should have been called for over and back. Play continued, though, and Campbell produced a spectacular goal when he bulled his way through two defenders near the boards to break free for an open shot.
St. John showed a willingness to earn his points in the gritty areas of the floor, twice getting flattened as he scored. The second time was when he connected shorthanded and drew a checking from behind penalty at 8:03 of the third to give the Turfdogs what would prove to be their final lead of the day. “I’ve never been afraid to go to the middle of the floor, to get hit,” St. John said. “My motto is, if you get hit, get back up, find the guy who hit you and hit him twice as hard…cleanly though.”
The Turfdogs will have to wait a while to get back up and hit the team that knocked them down: they don’t meet the Inferno again until March 9 in Brampton. The Inferno get back into action next Friday when they visit the Iroquois Ironmen and the Turfdogs hit the floor again at home next Saturday against the Barrie Blizzard.
You don’t have to wait long to see more CLax action, though. The Blizzard play their franchise’s first-ever home game this afternoon against the Shooting Stars. The 2 pm start is available for free webcast viewing through JVI Video.
Brampton 11, Durham 10
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