Playoffs are in full swing and closer to the end at the Junior level, but the big boys of Senior are kicking off their second season this week. Especially for the Major Series, where No. 1 Brooklin takes on No. 4 Six Nations and No. 2 Peterborough takes on No. 3 Kitchener-Waterloo. Three of those 4 teams were expected to be in the postseason, but not many counted on seeing K-W, especially after the Kodiaks played most of this season without a pair of big names in goalie Mike Poulin and transition man Dhane Smith, who was traded to Victoria midway through the season. “(The departures) brought our team together,” Kodiaks coach and GM Steve Dietrich told The Waterloo Record. “And all we did (after the departures) was keep winning.” READ MORE »
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The Mounties are playing the waiting game, again. After waiting more than 2 weeks for their Alberta finals to start, they swept the Okotoks Raiders and now are waiting for the B.C. finals to wrap up to find out who they’ll play for the right to advance to the Minto Cup. They could find out as early as tonight as Coquitlam takes a 3-2 series lead into tonight’s Game 6 against New Westminster. Meanwhile, in Ontario, Six Nations drew first blood in the OLA finals with a 10-2 victory last night in Game 1. There are 2 more games in Ontario through the weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see what unfolds after the Arrows set the tone they did with last night’s win. READ MORE »
In a game in which neither offence generated a lot of quality scoring chances, the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks beat the Six Nations Chiefs 5-4 on a goal by Chris Cloutier with 15 seconds to play. As a result, the Kodiaks finish third in the Major Series Lacrosse standings and the Chiefs finish fourth. The final game of the regular season–Peterborough at Brampton tonight–won’t have an impact on the standings. Joey Cupido scored the only goal of a sluggish first period, finishing off a two-on-one break with Glen Bryan to beat goalie Brennor Jacobs 2:34 into the game. KW outscored the Chiefs 3-1 in the second frame, including a pair of goals from Luke Laszkiewicz, to take a three-goal advantage into the final 20 minutes. Six Nations replied with the first three goals of the third spread over about 10 minutes to tie things up. Neither team generated much offence as the game wound down. With a four-on-four situation late in the game, the Kodiaks pulled goalie Steve Fryer for an extra attacker. A Chiefs player came off the bench at the same time; the resulting too man men on the floor penalty resulted in a penalty shot because it was in the final two minutes of play. Cody McMahon missed the net on the shot. That set the stage for Cloutier’s deciding goal as the clock ticked towards overtime. READ MORE »
The 2014 Canadian Junior A playoffs have been full of excitement and full scale action thus far. In the East, we have seen our Canadian defending champs Whitby Warriors pulling up their boot straps after dropping the first two games of the semifinal matchup with the upstart Brampton Excelsiors. Whitby has done a total 180, overtaking the series with 4 straight wins to finish out the semifinals in style. The Warriors are playing their best lacrosse when it matters the most. Six Nations awaits Whitby, but the road to Minto Cup glory has been bumpy so far after the first round, being pushed hard and surviving some close calls in the 6-game battle with Peterborough. A healthy Johnny Powless should emerge more and more as the playoffs roll along which means no one can take this team for granted. READ MORE »
Suspensions and fines handed out to Adanacs and Salmonbellies following game four of the BCJALL Finals
Two nights ago the Coquitlam Adanacs and New Westminster Salmonbellies squared off in a very pivotal game four in their best of seven series to crown a BC Junior A champion. Leading two games to one, Coquitlam was hoping to put a strangle hold on the series heading into tonight’s game five but New Westminster wasn’t going to go quietly as they went on to a 13-8 win to even things up and give us a now best two of three finals.
However the bigger story was antics between the two clubs that saw a combined 228 penalty minutes in a fight filled final period that has left both squads depleted of many of their top players. As a result the BCJALL handed out 11 game suspensions between the two clubs and a $1500 fine to the Coquitlam Adanacs. The biggest hits were to the Adanacs who will be without their head coach Neil Doddridge for the remainder of the series after he was given three games as well as goalie Riley Camazzola who was given two games. James Rahe, Robin Lowenberger and Ray Banister were each handed one game bans by the league. Eric Penney, goalie for the Salmonbellies was give a one game suspension for his very high hit on Connor Stroup which really seemed to set things off. Johnny Pearson and Alex Bohl were give one game each for receiving their third game misconducts of the season.
Both teams will feel the effect of these suspensions heading into tonight’s game five but if we have learned anything from previous incidents like this, they’ll get back down to the business at hand and be ready to go for a crucial game five. These clubs were one one, but now they don’t get along and will have to refocus as two wins are all that’s needed to advance to the next round of the Road to the Minto Cup.
It’s tied 2-2, this isn’t just any B.C. playoff series. It’s the finals, and it’s New Westminster against Coquitlam. The Salmonbellies knotted the series with Sunday’s win in Game 4, but the rivalry added some color with some PIMs. Actually, lots of PIMs in the third period. Check it out as the rage boils over and the result is fists of fury — lots of them — flying. Game 4 is tonight at New Westminster. READ MORE »
It looked a little shaky there for a moment. But in the end, the Six Nations Arrows were just too strong. A game Peterborough squad built a 2-1 lead in this Ontario Junior A semifinal series, only to see the Arrows respond with 3 straight victories, including last night’s 9-7 victory that eliminated the Lakers and clinched a berth in the OLA finals for Six Nations. Goals from Johnny Powless and Ian Martin midway through the third period helped the Arrows pull away from a 7-7 tie and lock up a spot in the OLA finals for the third straight season. READ MORE »
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 »
In a game with major playoff implications, the Six Nations Chiefs scored the only two goals of the third period to edge the Oakville Rock 7-6 in Major Series Lacrosse play Saturday night. The win moves the Chiefs into a third-place tie with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks; both teams are 8-8 with a pair of games remaining, including the season-ending game for each team against each other next Wednesday. Oakville missed a chance to pull into a tie with Six Nations for fourth. They have another shot at the Chiefs Monday in Oakville. With almost their full roster together for one of the few times this season, Six Nations got plenty of production from their veteran leaders. Cody Jamieson, last year’s playoff and Mann Cup MVP, scored 3 goals and 3 assists. Colin Doyle and Kasey Beirnes each scored 1 goal and 3 assists. Brandon Miller stepped in between the pipes and bested his Toronto Rock teammate Nick Rose, making 32 saves to earn the win. Oakville, playing without leading scorer Stephan Leblanc, got big games from a pair of youngsters. Junior callup Danny Lomas had a hat trick and rookie Jacob Ruest added 4 assists. READ MORE »
Who were those guys? Just like the posse in the iconic Western movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it took a while to figure out who was who for the Six Nations Arrows Friday night, but they sure were effective. Wearing yellow Peterborough Petes’ Ontario Hockey League practice sweaters and old senior Lakers’ shorts because they didn’t have their regular uniforms available at the game, the Six Nations Arrows dominated the junior Peterborough Lakers 15-7 to even their best-of-seven OLA Jr A semifinals at two games each. Johnny Powless, wearing number 9 instead of his usual 93, made himself known with a goal and 6 assists to lead the Arrows, who took absolute control of the game with a 7-0 second period that game them a 12-3 lead heading into the final 20 minutes. READ MORE »