With names like Scott Evans, Gavin Prout, Josh Gillam, Derek Hopcroft, Mark Steenhuis and Shawn Williams, the stage was set for a shootout, right? Except there’s one other player figuring into this whole scenario, and by the time last night’s Major Series Lacrosse game was over, it was goalie Tyler Carlson who stole the show and led the Peterborough Lakers to a 7-4 win over the Brooklin Redmen. “I was seeing the ball well and the defence played really well,” Carlson told The Peterborough Examiner. “You know the pressure is going to be on and you want to make sure you can see it and make that save. There were a lot of big shots. I like it when it’s on me. You just know it’s going to be like that and you want to do a good job.”
Carlson came through with 31 saves on 35 shots as the Lakers remained unbeaten at home in 3 games and the Redmen lost for the first time this season. And Carlson and the defensive runners in front of him are pretty much the reason why. They held Brooklin to 1 goal in each of the first 2 periods and after the Lakers scored 4 in the second period, the tone was pretty much set.
Scott Evans scored the first 2 goals of the second period and Gillam capped the 3-0 run that gave Peterborough a 4-1 lead. Hopcroft ended Brooklin’s scoring drought at 8:04, but Shawn Evans answered for Peterborough 11 seconds later and the Lakers took a 5-2 lead into period 3.
Carlson and the Peterborough defense made it stand as the teams traded traded 2 goals each in the third for the final margin.
“He is a good young goalie and is confident in net,” Batley said of Carlson. “He has played well for us. Both goalies played well. They faced a lot of shots. We were good defensively. When you hold a team like Brooklin to four goals, it’s huge.”
How huge? Huge enough to push the Lakers into the first-place logjam with Brooklin and Six Nations. At least for now.
Peterborough 7, Brooklin 4 (box score)
New Westminster 10, Maple Ridge 8 (box score)
Delta 8, Langley 6 (box score)
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