Whitby, Burlington set to square off for big game to close Ontario’s Jr. A regular season

Dan Lintner (14) wasn't around for Whitby's first matchup against Burlington, but he and the Warriors are looking to overtake Burlington in tonight's season finale. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Dan Lintner (14) wasn't around for Whitby's first matchup against Burlington, but he and the Warriors are looking to overtake Burlington in tonight's season finale. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Just 1 point separates the second-place Burlington Chiefs and the third-place Whitby Warriors, but it’s more than that. Much, much more. The Chiefs handed the Warriors a 14-7 defeat waaaay back on May 15 and the Warriors are eager for payback. They get their chance tonight, closing their Ontario Junior A regular season with a home game against the Chiefs. “They kind of really handed it to us in the first game of the season and I know our guys have a little incentive on their mind,” Whitby coach Derek Keenan told DurhamRegion.com. Tonight’s winner goes home as the second-place team after Six Nations clinched first place by beating Toronto last night. Second place comes in handy for home-floor advantage in the semifinals, should Burlington or Whitby advance that far. “There’s not any one particular matchup we prefer in the first round,” Keenan said. “It’s just a matter of potentially home-floor advantage in the second round if we get that far.” Whitby has won 7 straight and Burlington has won 7 of 8, so this matchup promises to be anything a meaningless regular-season finale.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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