The start of this Major Series playoff series wasn’t all that great for the Peterborough Lakers, who lost the first 2 games. But last night’s 15-9 win over the Brooklin Redmen got the Lakers out of that 0-2 hole and put them in control of the series with a 3-2 lead, 1 win from moving on to the MSL finals. And how are they doing it? With fundamental lacrosse. “We were disciplined and moved the ball well,” Lakers defenseman Brad Self told The Peterborough Examiner. “We were great defensively and showed balance in scoring, which you need at this time,” coach Jamie Batley added. Indeed, the Lakers are doing the little things right and it’s not as if Brooklin isn’t. It’s just that the Lakers are finding ways to do it better.
After Brooklin took a 4-3 lead into the second period, the Lakers opened the second with 3 unanswered goals for a 6-4 lead, 2 of them coming from John Grant Jr. After Mike Melnychenko pulled the Redmen to within 6-5 at the 5:55 mark, Shawn Evans and John LaFontaine closed the second with goals to put Peterborough ahead 8-6.
From there, Peterborough took control. Grant opened the third with his 3rd and 4th goals of the game and his 5th goal capped a 4-0 run that gave the Lakers a 12-6 lead that Brooklin never threatened.
The Lakers are 1 win away from an MSL finals showdown with Six Nations. The Chiefs wrapped up their first-round with a 4-game sweep of Kitchener-Waterloo and have had plenty of rest as they await the winner of this Peterborough vs. Brooklin series.
Peterborough 15, Brooklin 9 (box score), Peterborough leads series, 3-2
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