Anger is a powerful motivator, if channeled correctly. And last night, Kevin Croswell found a way to do just that as his strong third period was the sparkplug the Peterborough Lakers were looking for in their 14-13 Major Series Lacrosse win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. The goalie was benched in the second period after giving up his 11th goal, but he returned in the third and gave up just 1 goal. “I was mad about that second period. I took a couple of minutes to myself and thought ‘I have to figure this out. I have to win. I need to win this game.’ It turned out,” he told the Peterborough Examiner. The win kept hold of first place for the Lakers, who also announced on Thursday that John Grant Jr. will make his Peterborough debut next Wednesday at Brooklin, and veteran John Tavares will not return to the team this summer.
Peterborough took a 4-3 lead into the second period, but the Kodiaks torched the Peterborough defense for 9 goals in the second, 3 from Jordan Critch and 2 from Ryan Benesch. That gave the Kodiaks a 12-9 lead after 2 periods, but the Lakers scored the first 5 goals of the third period and held on after Joey Cupido’s goal at 12:45 pulled the Kodiaks to within 1 goal.
“In the third period Kevin stepped up huge for us,” Brad Self told The Examiner. “We didn’t really help him out the first two periods. We gave up a lot of goals off loose balls, fastbreak transitions, faceoffs. We were hanging him out to dry. We can’t be putting that on him.”
The Lakers have the weekend off and have to wait until Wednesday to get re-organized, but they’ll have Junior in the lineup for the first time this season, according to The Examiner. That was expected to happen at some point, so it’s no surprise.
Who the Lakers will not have, and nearly had, may be of more interest. Tavares won’t be back this summer, and coach/GM Jamie Batley said that’s why the Lakers traded for left-hander Pat Saunders. “We knew we were going to have to replace John at some point,” he said.
The newspaper also reported that the Lakers were in talks with K-W about a trade for Ryan Benesch, but talks fell through. Six Nations also apparently showed some interest, but the asking price may have been too much, and Benesch’s availability also came into question due to duties he has with the NLL’s Minnesota Swarm.
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