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Dave Colbourne returns to Niagara Lock Monsters as GM

With the recent departure of Jeff Dowling, the Niagara Lock Monsters have announced that Dave Colbourne will return as the team’s General Manager for the 2015 season.  Colbourne spent 2014 as the General Manager of the Durham Turfdogs as the league began its restructuring.

Colbourne said, “I’m thrilled to be returning to the Lock Monsters for the upcoming season.  Jeff Dowling did a fantastic job leading the team to their first Creator’s Cup Championship last season, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build a winning tradition in Niagara.”

Colbourne brings over 30 years’ experience as a player, coach, and current Owner/General Manager of the 2013 President’s Cup Champion St. Catharines Saints.  Over Colbourne’s executive career, he has been associated with four league titles, 14 playoff appearances, and has won bronze, silver, and gold medals at the Canadian National Championships.


CLax All-Star Game goes Saturday in Wilmot


The Canadian Lacrosse League will hold its first All-Star Game this Saturday at 2pm at the Wilmot Recreation Complex. CLax is using the old NHL format where the league champions, in this case the Niagara Lock Monsters, face off against an all-star team comprising players from the other four teams in the league. As might be expected, the all-star squad is weighted heavily towards the offensive end of the floor. League scoring champion Chris Attwood, who must be a strong candidate for both offensive and transition player of the year, highlights the team that will take on the champion Lock Monsters. READ MORE »


Niagara Lock Monsters beat Ohsweken Demons in overtime to win Creators Cup

Kavan Sullivan (centre) scored the overtime goal as Niagara won the Creators Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Kavan Sullivan (centre) scored the overtime goal as Niagara won the Creators Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

On Friday evening the Ohsweken Demons and the Niagara Lock Monsters clashed at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in a battle for the 2014 Creator’s Cup.

The Demons were the first on the scoresheet with just over four minutes left in the first when Blue Hill found the back of the net.  2 minutes later, Andrew Potter would answer back for the Lock Monsters and the first quarter would end tied at 1.

In the second, the Demons opened the scoring with back to back goals from Roger Vyse and Kedoh Hill.  The Lock Monsters would claw back to tie up the game at 4-4 and with just under 2 minutes left, Wayne VanEvery went hard to the net and put the Demons up 5-4 heading into the half.

In the third, the Demons began to pull away outscoring the Lock Monsters 3-1 in the quarter building an 8-5 lead going into the final quarter. READ MORE »


Ohsweken Demons and Niagara Lock Monsters earn berths in Creators Cup final

Shane Francis scored a pair of goals to help the Ohsweken Demons return to the Creators Cup final for the second time in three years. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Shane Francis scored a pair of goals to help the Ohsweken Demons return to the Creators Cup final for the second time in three years. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

In Week 9, the Niagara Lock Monsters earned a spot in the 2014 CLax Creator’s Cup Final with a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Barrie Blizzard on Saturday afternoon. That evening, the Ohsweken Demons held off the SouthWest Cyclops for a 12-10 win, and advanced to the finals to take on the Lock Monsters. The Creator’s Cup will be played Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

On Saturday afternoon, the Barrie Blizzard travelled to Seymour Hannah Arena for a highly anticipated match up with the Niagara Lock Monsters. The first quarter was tightly played by both teams, exchanging scoring changes at both ends of the floor, and at the end of the first, the Lock Monsters held a slim 2-1 lead. The second quarter was all Lock Monsters, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the quarter to build a 7-1 lead going into the half. READ MORE »


CLax Semifinals set for this Sunday

Angus Dineley and the Barrie Blizzard held off Mike Burke and the Southwest Cyclops to take third place and set the matchups for the CLax semis this Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Angus Dineley and the Barrie Blizzard held off Mike Burke and the Southwest Cyclops to take third place and set the matchups for the CLax semis this Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

With Barrie’s win last Sunday over the SouthWest Cyclops, the semi-finals have been set, and the Barrie Blizzard will travel to St. Catharines for a match up with the Niagara Lock Monsters this Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Seymour Hannah Arena.  The second semi-final goes later that evening as the Ohsweken Demons host the SouthWest Cyclops at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

In the first semi-final, the second place Niagara Lock Monsters take on CLax’s most talked about team, the Barrie Blizzard.  Niagara leads the season series 2-0 after defeating the Blizzard handily 16-8 and 16-10 in the first two weeks of the season. READ MORE »


CLax Players of the Week: Week 7

Caleb Wiles scoring one of his 8 goals last weekend. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Caleb Wiles scoring one of his 8 goals last weekend. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) has announced its Week Seven Players of the Week for the 2014 Season.

Offensive Player of the Week: Caleb Wiles – Barrie Blizzard – Wiles was on fire last weekend racking up an incredible 8 goals and 5 assists helping the Blizzard to back to back wins.

Honourable mention goes to Barrie’s Jonas Derks who tallied 4 goals and 4 assists in two wins for the Blizzard.  Additional mention goes to Durham’s Gavin Prout who tallied 4 goals and 3 assists in a losing effort for the Turfdogs. READ MORE »


Lock Monsters down Cyclops 11-7

Dave DiRuscio swallows up a shot from the Southwest Cyclops in Niagara's Friday win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Dave DiRuscio swallows up a shot from the Southwest Cyclops in Niagara's Friday win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Niagara Lock Monsters will be playing host to a playoff game. They assured themselves of second place in the Canadian Lacrosse League with an 11-7 win over the Southwest Cyclops Friday night. The game was tight throughout until the Lock Monsters went on the only run of more than 2 goals in the entire contest, scoring three times in 1:17 midway through the fourth quarter to take a stranglehold. Both teams put in strong defensive efforts and their goalies rewarded them with outstanding play when called up to make tough saves. Dave DiRuscio gave up a goal on the first shot he faced but was excellent from then on out, stopping 46 of the 53 shots that Southwest directed at him. Jay Preece may have been even better at the other end, turning aside 51 of 62 shots including several spectacular saves. READ MORE »


Blizzard earn first win of CLax season thanks to new additions including Travis Gibbons

Not even two guys in the net could stop Wayne Van Every, who had four goals to help the Demons down the Turfdogs Saturday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Not even two guys in the net could stop Wayne Van Every, who had four goals to help the Demons down the Turfdogs Saturday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Barrie Blizzard haven’t had much success in their brief Canadian Lacrosse League tenure. They’re hoping Saturday marked the start of a change for the better. The Blizzard, who went 3-11 in their inaugural CLax season in 2013, were winless in four starts heading into yesterday’s match with the Southwest Cyclops but they’ve made plenty of personnel changes in the last couple of weeks. All of the additions appear to be helping the team, but none have had the immediate impact that the trade for Travis Gibbons had yesterday.

Gibbons, who arrived from the Niagara Lock Monsters along with AJ Masson for Scott Gamble and a first-round draft pick just a few days ago, had a monster first game to help the Blizzard down the Cyclops 13-12, including scoring the winning goal just 12 seconds into overtime. The overtime marker gave Gibbons a hat trick for the game to go along with 6 assists. He also played a strong defensive game and was a hard-working leader with his new team. READ MORE »


Demons down Lock Monsters 13-8 to remain perfect in CLax

Tom Montour and the Ohsweken Demons soared over the Niagara Lock Monsters 13-8 Friday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Tom Montour and the Ohsweken Demons soared over the Niagara Lock Monsters 13-8 Friday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Ohsweken Demons passed another challenging test Friday night, downing the second-place Niagara Lock Monsters 13-8 to improve to 5-0 on the Canadian Lacrosse League season. The Demons were led by the two-headed scoring monster of Wayne Van Every and Chris Attwood, each of whom scored 4 goals to extend their standing at the two leading goal-scorers in the league. Van Every now has 21 in four games while Attwood has 19 in five games and has added 17 assists to lead the league with 36 points. Corey Fowler and Andrew Potter each had 2 goals and 4 assists for the Lock Monsters. READ MORE »


Blizzard acquire Gibbons, Masson for Gamble and first round pick


The Barrie Blizzard continue to retool their roster after their head office and coaching shuffle last week.  Today, the Blizzard acquired Travis Gibbons and AJ Masson from the Niagara Lock Monsters in exchange for a First Round Draft pick in 2014 or 2015 and player Scott Gamble.

After beefing up their defence last week, the Blizzard have added some scoring punch with their recent acquisitions.  Owen Sound native Travis Gibbons has been a consistent offensive force chipping in 16 goals and 32 assists in 18 games with the Lock Monsters.  Newmarket native AJ Masson was selected in the first round, fourth overall by the Lock Monsters in the 2013 Entry Draft.  The transition player was selected 12th overall by the Philadelphia Wings of the NLL this past year but was unable crack the roster.  Currently, Masson is on the practice roster with the Toronto Rock. READ MORE »