Archive for the ‘Alberta Junior A’ Category


Road to the Minto Cup: Rallies put Whitby, Six Nations in control in Ontario semifinals

The semifinal between Six Nations and Peterborough has turned into a physical matchup. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
The semifinal between Six Nations and Peterborough has turned into a physical matchup. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

We’ve seen some interesting developments in the Junior A playoff scene over the last few days. Whitby has won 3 straight to take a 3-2 series lead over Brampton in 1 Ontario semifinal. In the other, Six Nations has rallied for a 3-2 lead in its series with Peterborough, even though the Arrows are an astoundingly ineffective 1-for-34 on the power play against the Lakers. Out West, Coquitlam isn’t ready to let go of its hold in B.C. as the Adanacs have won 2 straight against New Westminster to take a 2-1 lead in the B.C. finals, while the Junior Mounties are off to a 2-0 start against the Junior Raiders in the Alberta finals. For a closer look at each series and updated schedules and stats, read on after the jump. READ MORE »


Last Night: K-W builds confidence, playoff positioning with victory over Brooklin

The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks are in, so now it’s a matter of pride. Sunday’s 8-7 win over Brooklin strengthened the positioning for the Kodiaks, who sit in third place by themselves in the Major Series standings as the final week of the regular season kicks in. The Kodiaks can finish no higher than third, but their final game of the season is Wednesday against Six Nations, which sits just behind K-W in fourth with 16 points. K-W has a 2-1 series lead for the season on Six Nations, so Wednesday’s game could mean a lot between the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, especially if the Chiefs win their game tonight against Oakville. How this all shakes down obviously remains to be seen, but this is the kind of fun that brings us back to the game again and again and again. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Six Nations heads into big MSL matchup against Oakville

Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

As the final week of the regular season of the Major Series kicks in, here’s what we know: Brooklin can’t be caught, and Brampton can’t catch anyone. As for everyone else in between, there’s a lot to be decided and there’s a game this week that will have a lot to say about that. The Redmen have a league-best 26 points and although second-place Peterborough (20) can’t overtake the top spot, they’ve got some pursuit from Kitchener-Waterloo (16) and Six Nations (14). Those are the top 4 teams and would be the playoff field if the season ended today, but the season does not end, so let’s see what all the fuss is about the weekend matchup. READ MORE »


Road to the Minto Cup: Semifinals in Ontario heat up, finals in B.C. and Alberta kick off

The Junior A playoffs are in beast mode with each semifinal series through 3 games. Brampton’s got a 2-1 lead on Whitby, the defending Minto Cup champion, and Peterborough’s overtime win last night gave the Lakers a 2-1 series lead on No. 1 seed Six Nations. Out West, the top-seeded New Westminster Salmonbellies opened with a Game 1 win over Coquitlam and with 2 games scheduled for this weekend, the ‘Bellies will find out if they can take complete control or if they’ll have a fight on their hands with the Adanacs. And in Alberta, the finals kick off with Game 1 tonight. The Junior Mounties, who are playing for the first time since July 6, take on the Junior Raiders for Alberta supremacy. READ MORE »


Road to the Minto Cup: B.C., Alberta set to kick off finals, Ontario enters semifinals

And so we’re off to the semifinals in Ontario, while B.C. and Alberta are gearing up for their finals. All went as expected in B.C. with New Westminster and Coquitlam advancing to the finals for the fourth time in 5 seasons. In Alberta, the Okotoks Raiders will play the well-rested Junior Mounties, who haven’t played a game since their July 6 season finale because of a bye in the first round. And in Ontario, the scene shook out according to seeds with the exception of No. 5 Peterborough knocking out No. 4 Kitchener-Waterloo in 5 games. So before the next rounds get started, let’s take a look at what’s going on in each province. READ MORE »


Road to the Minto Cup: New Westminster, Brampton and Six Nations advance

There’s still plenty to be decided, but 3 teams are a step closer to their ultimate goal. In Ontario, Brampton and Six Nations are through the first round with sweeps of their opponents, while New Westminster in B.C. is through after dispatching Delta. A few more series will be decided this weekend, including the other B.C. semifinal where Coquitlam has a 2-0 lead on Victoria. A Coquitlam win on Saturday sends the Adanacs to the B.C. finals, where they’d play the Salmonbellies for all the marbles for the fifth time in 6 seasons. READ MORE »


Road to the Minto Cup: First round of playoffs in Ontario, B.C., Alberta in full gear

And so, the pursuit of the 2014 Minto Cup begins. This year’s event is in Langley, B.C., at Langley Events Centre and the participants will take a bit of a different route to get there. At least for B.C. and Alberta. Nothing’s changed for Ontario, but the playoff champs in B.C. and Alberta will square off to determine the Western rep this year. It’s a change from the familiar 4-team format of years past that had the 3 provincial champions, along with the host team, vying for the coveted trophy. The first round of playoffs in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta kicked off this week, so check out the results and status of each series after the jump. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Junior A playoff scenario in Ontario coming down to the wire

Whitby's Rylee McKinnon, left, and Peterborough's Tyler Roche dropped the mitts in Tuesday's finale. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Whitby's Rylee McKinnon, left, and Peterborough's Tyler Roche dropped the mitts in Tuesday's finale. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

It’s been a frantic pace for Junior A lacrosse in Ontario the past couple of weeks as teams jockey for this and that. The playoff field is pretty much set, but not completely, and there are seedings yet to determine. All of that will be decided by tonight as the regular season wraps up with a pair of games. And as is usually the case with junior lacrosse, it’s all coming down to the wire, especially for St. Catharines and Barrie, the 2 teams separated by 2 points who are battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in Ontario. The best part of that scenario is that they’ll have no one else to blame, or praise, for the outcome because these squads are playing each other tonight. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Shamrocks are busy in WLA, Ontario Junior A circuit heating up

Goalie Josh Delves and the Whitby Warriors are part of a packed bunch in the Ontario standings. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Goalie Josh Delves and the Whitby Warriors are part of a packed bunch in the Ontario standings. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The writing wasn’t exactly on the wall, but hindsight being what it is, the recent skid of the Victoria Shamrocks isn’t a total surprise. Not that a 1-1-1 record qualifies as a slump or skid, but when your record is 8-0-1 in your first 9 games, the context of the situation comes into play. Before the Shamrocks lost their first Western Lacrosse Association game of the season last Saturday, they tied with Maple Ridge and squeaked past Maple Ridge and New Westminster with 1-goal wins. So it appears that it’s not so much a case of Victoria sliding back to the pack as it is the pack gaining ground on Victoria. As it is, this is shaping up to be a key weekend for the Shamrocks because they have 2 games to get themselves back on track. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Ontario’s Jr. B playoffs get rolling, Jr. A scene getting crowded

The Junior B playoffs in Ontario got started last night with Wallaceburg’s 11-6 win over Windsor, giving the No. 6 Red Devils a 1-0 series lead in their best-of-5 first-round West Division playoff series over the No. 3 Clippers. The 16-team tournament gets started in earnest this weekend with 15 games on tap, including the Six Nations Rebels who are trying to win a fourth straight Founders Cup. The No. 1 and undefeated Rebels are taking on No. 8 Welland in Game 1 tonight. For the complete Junior B first-round playoff schedule, along with other games to keep an eye on in other Canadian loops, just make the jump. READ MORE »