Last Night: Brooklin stuns Peterborough in Game 7 to advance to MSL finals; Whitby, New Westminster post wins at Minto Cup
The winds of change brought the Six Nations Chiefs to last year’s Major Series finals, giving fans a matchup other than Brampton and Peterborough for the first time in years. The winds of change are at it again, and this year’s edition of the finals will feature the Chiefs again, but this time they’ll be playing the Brooklin Redmen. The Redmen defeated the Peterborough Lakers 13-8 last night, putting the Redmen into the MSL finals for the first time since 2002. “That was a hell of a game tonight. It was a great series,” Brooklin coach Wayne Colley told The Peterborough Examiner. But the 13 goals scored wasn’t really the story for Brooklin. It was the 8 goals allowed, anchored by goalie Zach Higgins and his 49 saves.
“Their goalie played well but even when we beat him we hit the post,” Lakers coach/GM Jamie Batley told The Examiner. “We could never drain those, even tonight we beat him twice and hit the back of the net.”
The Lakers nearly did drain the hopes of the Redmen. They rallied with 3 unanswered goals at the start of the third period to tie the game, 8-8. But Brooklin responded by clamping down on D and getting the offense going again. Mike Melnychenko scored 2 of Brooklin’s 4 consecutive goals while the defense blanked Peterborough the rest of the way for the final margin.
“Our offence did a great job getting us back to 8-8,” Lakers captain Scott Self told The Examiner. “We had a couple of letdowns defensively which we hadn’t really had in the series. Tonight we weren’t very good.”
And so the Peterborough Lakers are doing something they haven’t done since 2002 — they’ll be watching the MSL finals, which starts tonight at Six Nations.
Game 1: at Six Nations, Monday, 8 p.m.
Game 2: at Brooklin, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Game 3: at Six Nations, Friday, 8 p.m.
Game 4: at Brooklin, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
*Game 5: at Six Nations, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.
*Game 6: at Brooklin, Aug. 30, 8 p.m.
*Game 7: at Six Nations, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.
* — if necessary
Meanwhile, out in B.C., the second full day of the Minto Cup concluded with Whitby at the top of the table. The Warriors are 2-0 after a convincing 18-4 win over the Okotoks Raiders. The Warriors flexed their muscle on both ends of the floor, storming to a 9-0 lead before Brett Baron got Okotoks on the board. The Raiders are 0-2 heading into today’s matchup with the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
The Salmonbellies head into today’s round with a bit of momentum following a 9-7 win over the Coquitlam Adanacs last night. The score wasn’t as close as it looked. The ‘Bellies led 9-4 before the A’s scored 3 unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes, 2 of them coming in the final minute. It gives each team a 1-1 record. After the ‘Bellies play the Raiders today, the Adanacs play Whitby. If form follows, judging by early trends at the tournament, and New West wins and Coquitlam loses, it sets up a Tuesday rematch between the B.C. rivals to see who advances to the finals.
But if there’s an upset and Okotoks wins, or Whitby loses, there’ll be some scrambling to sort out the standings to see who advances to the finals.
Brooklin 13, Peterborough 8 (box score), Brooklin wins series, 4-3
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