The Peterborough Lakers and Nanaimo Timbermen are excited for their Ontario and B.C. summer junior seasons to get started, the former because of who’s coming back and the latter because of who’s joining them. For the Lakers, almost their whole cast is back from last season, when they finished fourth in the league and at times looked like they could go toe-to-toe with the top Minto Cup contenders. Last year, they were a bit young to be consistent enough to get beyond the semi-finals, but Head Coach Mat Giles tells Peterborough This Week his team is more experienced and ready to make a serious run. The loss of Matt Crough should be offset by the maturation of players like Cam Milligan and the return from injury of Nathan White. Defender Robert Hope will be tough to replace, but the biggest challenge may be between the nets, where the team has seen Tye Belanger and Connor Danko graduate in successive years.
Peterborough also has high hopes for its pair of first-round draft picks. Nanaimo, though, is stoked to be welcoming a pair of incoming players who have already shown they can play at the Junior level. They’ve got Brett Hawrys and Owen Barker joining them after successful campaigns with the Jr B Armstrong Shamrocks in the Okanagan. The pair finished first and fourth in the league in scoring, according to the Nanaimo News Bulletin.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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