The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) will enter into the 2014 season with a five team league featuring the Barrie Blizzard, Durham TurfDogs, Ohsweken Demons, Niagara Lock Monsters, and a travel team based out of Southwestern Ontario called the SouthWest Cyclops. Additionally, each team will play one game versus the Tuscarora Tomahawks based out of Cattaraugus, New York over the course of the season. The 2014 season will begin in early February and will consist of nine games plus playoffs. READ MORE »
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Dirty Dozen: Buffalo’s streaks within the streak, Iroquois score impressive CLax title, and what impact will a third NLL ref have?
So the Buffalo Bandits are spectators for the National Lacrosse League playoffs for the first time since 2002. Much has happened in this 11-year span. Heck, the war in Iraq hadn’t even started. But here we are, about to kick off an NLL postseason without the Banditos and if it hasn’t started already, the Bandits are examining everything they can to find out what went wrong. Of course, a 6-game losing streak didn’t help, but even that can be overcome. Buffalo did it last year. The bigger problem with this year’s skid was the timing because it came toward the end of the season, which left little room for recovery. So what went wrong in Buffalo? The issue wasn’t singular, but there is one thing that jumps out. Really jumps out, and it was the unanswered run. READ MORE »
CLax: Iroquois Ironmen hold on to claim Creators Cup with 14-11 championship game win over Toronto Shooting Stars
The Iroquois Ironmen jumped out to a 6-1 start, led 12-5 at half time and held on to win the Creators Cup 14-11 over the Toronto Shooting Stars Sunday. The Ironmen didn’t score for the final 22:59 of the game but made their lead hold up thanks in part to the play of goalie Jake Lazore, who made 40 saves as the Shooting Stars wound up outshooting the Ironmen 51-44 for the game.
Travis Hill scored a hat trick for the Ironmen and four other players had 2 goals each, including Josh Johnson who added 4 assists. Josh Ruys, Mack O’Brien, Aaron Grayson and Connor Daly each scored twice for the Shooting Stars, who bounced back and forth between starting goalie Gary Muzzin and backup Craig Robertson. Neither goalie had a strong afternoon. Their struggles combined with some accurate Ironmen shooting to produce a .682 save percentage that spelled much of the difference in the game. READ MORE »
The Iroquois Ironmen are back in the Creators Cup championship game for the second straight year after a thrilling 16-15 overtime win over the regular-season champion Niagara Lock Monsters yesterday in the Canadian Lacrosse League semi-finals. The Ironmen, who lost last year’s title game to the Ohsweken Demons, will meet the Toronto Shootings Stars in the final. Toronto also had to go to overtime but pulled out an 11-10 win over the Durham Turfdogs in the second semi-final.
Iroquois overcame a 5-goal Niagara run to the mid-point of the fourth quarter and a 5-minute major penalty that kept star forward Chris Attwood off the floor until the final 2:20 of the game to earn the win. Kraig Maracle scored the winning goal on a rocket from outside. READ MORE »
Dirty Dozen: Looks can be deceiving in NLL, props to Toronto Rock owner Jamie Dawick, and Stealth get creative with car giveaway
Of the 9 teams in the National Lacrosse League, only 2 might finish with records better than .500 for the regular season. We may have 5 teams finish with 7-9 records and only 1 team may reach double-digits in victories. What’s going on here? Is it really that bad in the NLL? Hardly. To the contrary, it’s really that good in the NLL. “I’ve seen all of them,” said Philadelphia Wings owner Mike French, who has been on board with the Wings since their inception in 1987 and became part of the ownership group in 1998. “And every year the distance between the outhouse and the penthouse seems to be much less. It’s the most competitive it’s been in recent memory.” The way this season is shaping up with regard to team records, it’s reminiscent of the East Division of the mid-2000s when Toronto, Buffalo and Rochester would finish the season packed in a bunch with records that were deceivingly mediocre. Fact is, they were beating the snot out of each other and reaping the rewards in the playoffs. To a degree, that’s what we’re seeing league-wide today. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League has announced Niagara Lock MonstersConnor Danko as the 2013 CLax Goalie of the Year and the Brampton Inferno’s Ben McCullough as the 2013 CLax Defensive Player of the Year.
In his rookie campaign, Connor Danko helped lead the Lock Monsters to an 11-3 regular season record. In nine regular season games, Danko posted a 7-1 record tying the Clax single season wins record. He also finished second in the league in both goals against average (10.20 GAA) and save percentage (.809). Earlier this week, Danko was also named a 2013 CLax First Team All-Star. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League has announced Niagara Lock Monsters Andrew Potter and Toronto Shooting Stars Mack O’Brien as Clax major awards recipients for the 2013 season. Potter has been named the 2013 Clax Offensive Player of the Year while O’Brien was selected as the 2013 CLax Transition Player of the Year.
After being selected first overall in the 2013 Clax entry draft, Potter helped lead the Lock Monsters to an 11-3 regular season record. He finished the season second in league scoring registering 31 goals and 48 assists for 79 points. Potter also tied teammate Corey Fowler for a new CLax single season assists record with 48. Earlier this week, Potter was also named a 2013 CLax First Team All-Star.
“It was obvious early on that Andrew would be able to put up some big numbers but I think what most people don’t realize how good of a player he is at both ends of the floor,” said Lock Monsters GM / Head Coach Jeff Dowling. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League has announced the 1st and 2nd Team All-Stars for the 2013 season. Niagara Lock Monsters rookie goaltender Connor Danko and teammate Andrew Potter both earned CLax first team honours. In nine regular season games, Danko posted a 7-1 record tying the Clax single season wins record. He also finished second in the league in both goals against average (10.20 GAA) and save percentage (.809). After being selected first overall in the 2013 Clax entry draft, Potter finished second in league scoring registering 31 goals and 48 assists for 79 points. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League has announced that Wayne Paddick is the 2013 CLax Official of the Year. “CLax is proud of the officiating and leadership of Wayne Paddick during the 2013 season,” said CLax Commissioner Paul St. John. ”He was voted the top official by our league GM’s and Head Coaches. As all fans know these gentlemen take this game very serious and when you are selected as the top official it tells you have respect by your peers, congratulations Wayne.” Paddick has been involved in lacrosse as a player, an executive and as a referee. He is a Level 5 Official at Ontario Lacrosse Referee’s Association and recently served as the President of the Ontario Lacrosse Referee’s Association.
The Canadian Lacrosse League is pleased to announce Barrie Blizzard forward Caleb Wiles as the 2013 CLax Rookie of the Year. ”As a newcomer to CLax, Caleb proved to be one of the most dynamic and prolific scorers in our game,” said CLax Deputy Commissioner Jim Veltman. “Game in and game out he would produce highlight reel goals made of magic.”
In his first season, Wiles finished fifth in league scoring registering 63 points including 35 goals and 28 assists in 12 regular season games. He collected 10 power play goals and led the league with seven shorthanded markers. His 35 goals was also tied for the second highest in CLax history.
Wiles played his Junior A career with Orillia and has been a member of the Major Series Brooklin Redmen the past two seasons. The league also announced the 2013 All Rookie Team. READ MORE »