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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


All 5 CLax teams in action in the course of 3 games this weekend

The Lock Monsters and Demons will lock horns in a battle for first place in CLax Friday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Lock Monsters and Demons will lock horns in a battle for first place in CLax Friday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

In Week 4, the SouthWest Cyclops evened their season record at 2-2 with an 18-14 victory over the Durham Turfdogs (1-4) Saturday night at the ILA.  On Sunday, the Ohsweken Demons (4-0) remained unbeaten with an 18-10 win over the Barrie Blizzard (0-4) at the Barrie Molson Centre.

Week 5 starts off with the much anticipated rematch between the Niagara Lock Monsters and the Ohsweken Demons.  In the first match up, the Demons shut out the Lock Monsters in the second quarter, and that was the difference maker as they went on to win 14-11.  Niagara is coming off a bye week and is looking to give the Demons their first loss of the season. READ MORE »


Southwest Cyclops and Ohsweken Demons win CLax Week 4 games

Chris Attwood's 6 goals led the Ohsweken Demons as they remained perfect in CLax Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Chris Attwood's 6 goals led the Ohsweken Demons as they remained perfect in CLax Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

In Week 4, the SouthWest Cyclops evened their season record at 2-2 with an 18-14 victory over the Durham Turfdogs (1-4) Saturday night at the ILA.  On Sunday, the Ohsweken Demons (4-0) remained unbeaten with an 18-10 win over the Barrie Blizzard (0-4) at the Barrie Molson Centre.

At Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, the Cyclops and Turfdogs met in the rematch of last Saturday’s game in Oshawa.  The Turfdogs came out with revenge on their mind scoring just 27 seconds into the game.  This led to a back and forth first quarter that had Durham leading 5-3 heading into the second.  The second quarter was all Cyclops as they scored 8 straight goals and led 11-6 at the half.  Durham pulled it together in the third but, was never able to narrow the gap any closer than a 4 goal difference and went on to an 18-14 victory. READ MORE »


Barrie Blizzard and Durham Turfdogs complete 5-player trade in CLax


The Barrie Blizzard have acquired Wes McDonald, Scott Gamble, and Geoff Griffiths from the Durham Turfdogs in exchange for Jason Mainer and Cal Kitson.

With these three acquisitions, Barrie significantly toughens up on defense.  6’3”, 215 lbs Wes McDonald is a Toronto Beaches Jr. A product and graduate of the Hobart College lacrosse program.  Scott Gamble is a fellow Beaches player and brings a wealth of CLax experience to the Blizzard.  Gamble is now in his third CLax season spending a year with the Oshawa Machine, Toronto Shooting Stars and most recently the Durham Turfdogs.  Finally, Geoff Griffiths is entering his second CLax season having also spent last year with the Toronto Shooting Stars.  The strong two-way player brings significant experience to the team. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast- Brad MacArthur trying to wear as many hats as possible

Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.
Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.

We’ve spoken lately to a few lacrosse people who aren’t happy with just one job and they try to fill their lives with as much stress and duties as possible. There was Dane Stevens who’s a forward for the Minnesota Swarm and Burnaby Lakers, a rock star and jeweller. Then there was Quint Kessenich who’s not only a mainstay broadcaster for NCAA/MLL lacrosse but also an NCAA college football/basketball analyst and an avid horse racing enthusiast. Just goes to show that lacrosse people aren’t one trick ponies.

Well, Brad MacArthur may not know how to slap the bass or report from the paddocks at the Kentucky Derby but the man can sure coach lacrosse and he’s starting to get this just due. Earlier this week he was named as the latest head coach of the Barrie Blizzard, stemming off the his recent naming as head coach of the Clarington Green Gales but maybe most surprisingly, taking on the role with Team Israel for the upcoming 2015 World Indoor Championships.

A seven year NLL veteran, MacArthur has been coached by some of the sport’s best and learned many of their trick of the trade, now he’s taking his passion for playing the game and translating it to the coaching realm. This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast we go one on one with the man of man hats, Brad MacArthur READ MORE »


Barrie Blizzard replace Rob Blasdell with Brad MacArthur behind the bench


An 0-3 Canadian Lacrosse League start after a 3-11 season last year has led the Barrie Blizzard to switch things up behind the bench, relieving Rob Blasdell of his head coaching duties in favour of Brad MacArthur. Blasdell will stay on as the General Manager of the team. MacArthur has a busy slate ahead of him; following the CLax season he will take on his new duties with the Clarington Green Gaels, where he will move from assistant to head coach after Jason Crosbie moved on from that position. He’s also the head coach for Israel as they prepare to make their international box lacrosse debut at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Buffalo and the Onondaga Nation. READ MORE »