A stomach-churning win: Danko hurls then helps Lock Monsters clinch first place in CLax with 10-7 win over Shooting Stars
Connor Danko must have mis-read his sports goalie history. Glenn Hall et. al. used to puke before games, not during them. None the less, Danko returned from a brief stint of tossing his cookies on a quickly lonely end of the Niagara bench to lead the Lock Monsters to a 10-7 win over the Toronto Shooting Stars to clinch first place in the Canadian Lacrosse League’s 2013 season. The score was tied 6-6 early in the fourth quarter when Danko suddenly rushed to the Lock Monsters’ box, dropping his helmet just outside the door, and proceeded to bend over the bench and vomit behind it. A nearby microphone even caught the sound of him retching before it was astutely muted on the webcast.
Grant Crawley came into the game, faced just one shot and gave up a quick stick goal by Mike Gillan that gave Toronto (8-5) a lead and hopes of pulling into a first-place tie with Niagara (10-2). Danko wiped off his face and returned to the game, however, and didn’t surrender another goal while the Lock Monsters ran off four straight to earn the win and clinch the regular season title.
Corey Fowler notched 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the game in scoring and take over the top spot in the CLax scoring race, two points ahead of teammate Andrew Potter, whose goal and pair of assists meant that both of the Lock Monsters players have topped the league record for assists in a season. The old record of 36 was set in CLax’s inaugural 2012 season by three players: Chris Attwood along with Potter’s and Fowler’s current teammates Kim Squire and Dylan Llord. Fowler now has 40 assists and Potter 38. Fowler’s 67 points leaves him 4 shy of Attwood’s record from last year with two games to play.
Mack O’Brien was the only multiple goal scorer for Toronto with a pair while Brad Levick scored once and added 2 assists to lead the Shooting Stars in points on the night.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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