Home cooking didn’t do much good for the Peterborough Lakers last night. Not only did an important call go against them at the Memorial Centre, it led to Kitchener-Waterloo’s 13-12 Major Series overtime win, which sent the Lakers to consecutive losses for the first time this season. The win locked up first place for Six Nations, which has a 7-point lead over Peterborough in the standings. So with 3 games left, the Lakers can’t catch the Chiefs. K-W’s win also locks up a playoff berth for the Kodiaks and eliminates the Brampton Excelsiors from playoff contention. But the call that had the Lakers heated after the game centered on the goal K-W’s Corey Fowler scored with 1:39 left in regulation that tied the game, 12-12. Peterborough coach Jamie Batley told The Peterborough Examiner that not only was Fowler in the crease, but he knocked the ball from goalie Kurtis Wagar’s stick to score the tying goal. Throw in another goal from earlier that Batley also thought was a crease violation and the Lakers feel the game never should have seen OT.
“I really think they had two goals which were in the crease,” Batley said as he watched video replays. “One, their guy was in the crease and the other the guy took the ball right out of the goalie’s stick. I’m just watching it now. Those were big goals. I look at the other end and one goal our guy did have his foot in the crease.”
It was a game the Lakers led by 2 goals midway through the third period. But Batley and defenseman Kyle Sorensen said the Lakers could have been smarter down the stretch.
“It was disappointing,” Sorensen told The Examiner. “You look at the guys on our team and our bench and we should be able to finish that game out. Credit to (K-W) they kept coming hard and never quit. They got rewarded for it.”
They won’t have to wait long, though. The Lakers are off until Tuesday, when they’re at K-W for a rematch.
“There is no point in pointing fingers or getting mad at each other. We just have to learn from it and keep getting better,” he said. “We have this team again Tuesday and we’ll look to avenge this loss.”
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