Durham Turfdogs beat Barrie Blizzard to create virtual 5-way tie for first in CLax

Neil Mayerhoffer pair of goals wasn't nearly enough to keep the Blizzard from falling to the Turfdogs. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Neil Mayerhoffer pair of goals wasn't nearly enough to keep the Blizzard from falling to the Turfdogs. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Barrie Blizzard were able to make a game of it for the first half, but once the teams came out from the break it was al Durham as the Turfdogs ran away to a 15-7 win that created a five-team logjam atop the Canadian Lacrosse League standings. The win moved the Turfdogs (4-2) into a dead heat with the Niagara Lock Monsters and Brampton Inferno. The Toronto Shooting Stars and Ohsweken Demons also have four wins each, but the Shooting Stars have lost only once while the Demons have suffered three defeats.Shane Scott posted a hat trick for the Turfdogs and three other players scored twice each. Russell Poulton added 2 assists to his 2 goals while Nic Grasby and Tyler Tanguay scored twice with no assists. Zack Higgins was once again excellent in the Durham net; Barrie actually outshot the Turfdogs 45-44 but could not beat him often, including only twice in the second half.

Neil Mayerhoffer, Tyler Patterson and Jason Mainer each scored twice for Barrie, with Mainer adding an assist. Scotty Komer made 29 saves and gave up all 15 goals for the Blizzard. Mike Teeter was the top Barrie point-scorer with a goal and 3 assists.

Durham outscored Barrie 4-2 in the first quarter and 4-3 in the second quarter. Head Coach Jason Crosbie said after the game that didn’t think his club played very well in the first half, but “then we started to play Turfdogs lacrosse.” It worked like a charm as Durham dominated the second half, outscoring the Blizzard 7-2. Poulton agreed with his coach’s assessment of what turned things around after the intermission.

“Turfdog lacrosse is in-your-face, tough, smart, taking advantage of opportunities, and we did that in the second half,” Poulton said. Among those opportunities were rare back-to-back penalty shots awarded because Barrie already had two players in the penalty box when they were called for further infractions. Komer turned aside John St. John on the first but Kyle O’Brien beat him on the second.

Durham 15, Barrie 7
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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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