Archive for the ‘Alberta Junior A’ Category


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 »


Last Night: Victoria pads its lead in WLA standings with win over Maple Ridge

Corey Small maintained his pace as Victoria's scoring leader with 1-1 last night against Maple Ridge. (Photo: Kevin Light)
Corey Small maintained his pace as Victoria's scoring leader with 1-1 last night against Maple Ridge. (Photo: Kevin Light)

It was a showdown between No. 1 and No. 2 in the Western Lacrosse Association and No. 1 came out on top, but not easily. The Victoria Shamrocks scored 1 goal in the first period and 1 in the third, so it was a 6-goal second period that was the key in their 8-7 win over Maple Ridge last night. The Burrards, trailing 7-4 going into the third, gave up a Shamrocks goal at the 2:35 mark, then launched a spirited rally with 3 consecutive goals to pull within a goal but couldn’t find the equalizer. As a result, the Shamrocks (8-0-1) remain unbeaten in the WLA after winning both of their weekend games by a single goal and their lead at the top of the standings increases to 7 points (17-10) over 3 teams tied for second place (Maple Ridge, Burnaby and Langley). READ MORE »


Weekend watch: Brooklin Redmen head to Six Nations for rematch of 2013 MSL finals

Goalie Zack Higgins, left, and the Brooklin Redmen get their first shot at Six Nations on Saturday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Goalie Zack Higgins, left, and the Brooklin Redmen get their first shot at Six Nations on Saturday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

There are just 2 games in Major Series Lacrosse this weekend, but Saturday’s game should get plenty of attention. When the Brooklin Redmen arrive at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena for the 8 p.m. showdown, it’ll be their first trip there since last August, when they lost to the Chiefs in the MSL finals. And even though this is a new season, with new faces, there are enough on the Brooklin bench that will remember last summer’s bitter defeat. Saturday’s game itself won’t settle much, if anything, but a win would remind the Redmen that they are capable of making another run for a Mann Cup berth. A win also brings a valuable 2 points, and that’s something both teams would love to get their hands on for a big boost of early-season confidence. READ MORE »


Okotoks Raiders trade Holden Cattoni to Junior A Peterborough Lakers

Holden Cattoni
Holden Cattoni

The Okotoks Raiders have traded forward Holden Cattoni to the Peterborough Lakers for future considerations. Cattoni, in his sophomore season at Johns Hopkins, has finished in the top 3 in Alberta scoring the last 3 summers. But the Raiders made the deal with the Lakers in part because of a possible internship program in the East for Cattoni. “Although I leave the Raiders with a heavy heart, I am equally grateful to the Raiders organization, coaching staff, and my teammates for providing me with this incredible opportunity to live my dream,” Cattoni said in a statement released by the Raiders. “Everyone should be so lucky!” Okotoks GM Dave Pym said the move was in the best interest of all parties, but it doesn’t make it easier to part with a player who has been a team leader on and off the floor. “It’s always bittersweet when you trade a player,” said Pym. “These kids grow on you and you do your best for what`s right for them long term. … The Lakers are getting one of the top players from the Raiders program. We have a great relationship with teams across Canada and will continue to leverage on those relationships to do what`s right.” The Raiders open their RMLL season on Saturday, while the Lakers open their Ontario season next Thursday.


Dirty Dozen: Lacrosse is hot in Buffalo and Edmonton, props to Jake Bergey and #BraverThanBrave rallies lacrosse family

New coach Troy Cordingley has lit a fire under the Bandits, winners of 5 straight. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
New coach Troy Cordingley has lit a fire under the Bandits, winners of 5 straight. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

This is a tale of 2 cities, both of which love their hockey. And in Buffalo and Edmonton, hockey fans don’t have much to love these days. The Sabres of Buffalo arguably are the worst team in the NHL, and the Oilers of Edmonton really aren’t much better off. So why are we talking hockey here? There was an NHL game on Monday of this week that put these 2 teams on the ice together and the Oilers came away with a 3-2 win. So yes, Oilers fan can rejoice but really, how much jubilation is there in beating Buffalo? Yet as hockey fans in these cities suffer, lacrosse fans have plenty to cheer as both the Bandits of Buffalo and the Rush of Edmonton sit in first place in their respective National Lacrosse League divisions. And therein is the tale. READ MORE »