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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 »


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 »


CLax Players of the Week: Week 4


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

Offensive Player of the Week: Jimmy Purves – SouthWest Cyclops – Purves was on fire this weekend with 5 goals and 1 assist against the Durham Turfdogs.  Purves’ two goals in the second quarter were instrumental the Cyclops’ 8 goal run that put them ahead for good.

Honourable mention goes to Ohsweken’s Wayne VanEvery who tallied 5 goals and 2 assists in a big win over the Barrie Blizzard.

Defensive Player of the Week: Jake Henhawk – Ohsweken Demons – For the second week in a row, Henhawk was instrumental in picking up the win for the Demons allowing 9 goals against and contributing 3 assists in 55:03 played. 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 »


CLax Players of the Week

Chris Attwood of the Ohsweken Demons is the CLax transition player of the week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Chris Attwood of the Ohsweken Demons is the CLax transition player of the week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

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

Offensive Player of the Week: Bryan Neufeld – Niagara Lock Monsters – Neufeld was on fire this weekend with 10 points in two games including an incredible 6 point game against the Ohsweken Demons on Monday.

Honourable mention goes to Ohsweken’s Josh Johnson who tallied 3 goals and 6 assists in two games over the weekend. READ MORE »


Southwest Cyclops ride 6-0 fourth quarter to 12-9 comeback win over Turfdogs

Michael Burke had 4 goals to lead the Cyclops to their first win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Michael Burke had 4 goals to lead the Cyclops to their first win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Southwest Cyclops bounced back from a tough loss Friday night by scoring the final 7 goals Saturday afternoon as they beat the Durham Turfdogs 12-9 in an exciting Canadian Lacrosse League matinee game. Mike Burke had 4 goals, including 3 in the decisive fourth quarter, to lead the Cyclops to their first win of the season after dropping a pair to the Ohsweken Demons. Burke said his team was pleased that they were able to overcome a 9-6 three-quarter-time deficit to blank the Turfdogs in the fourth and earn the win.

“The hot stat after the game was they didn’t get a shot until around seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. So that’s great for us,” Burke said after the game. “[Goalie Jay] Preece kept us in the game, he gave us a shot, so for us to not let him have a shot until halfway through the fourth quarter, that’s just great all around team play. So hats off to everybody on that one.” READ MORE »


CLax Players of the Week include Van Every, DiRuscio, O’Brien and McRory


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

Offensive Player of the Week: Wayne VanEvery – Ohsweken Demons – VanEvery was instrumental in Ohsweken’s comeback win over the SouthWest Cyclops recording 7 goals and 2 assists in the win.

Honourable mention goes to Niagara’s Corey Fowler who tallied 4 goals and 4 assists against the Barrie Blizzard last Sunday.

Defensive Player of the Week: Dave DiRuscio – Niagara Lock Monsters – DiRuscio came in to relieve Connor Danko on Sunday and allowed 3 GA in 33 minutes with 29 saves (GAA 5.45/Save% .903) READ MORE »


All 5 CLax teams in action this weekend

Bryan Campbell and the Niagara Lock Monsters will look to get a jump on the rest of CLax, going for their third straight win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Bryan Campbell and the Niagara Lock Monsters will look to get a jump on the rest of CLax, going for their third straight win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

After a thrilling opening weekend in Niagara that saw the Lock Monsters defeat Barrie 16-8 and Durham 14-4, all CLax teams will be in action this weekend.  Starting on Saturday, February 8 the Durham Turfdogs host the Barrie Blizzard in their Home Opener at the GM Centre beginning at 2 p.m.  That evening, the SouthWest Cyclops make their debut against the Ohsweken Demons at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at 8 p.m.  Finally, on Sunday, February 9, the Barrie Blizzard host the Niagara Lock Monsters at the Barrie Molson Centre at 2 p.m.

Game one features two teams who are looking to bounce back after tough losses last weekend.  Durham took the 2013 Season Series 2-0 in two tightly fought battles.  Two offseason trades between the two teams saw Barrie send Ryan Masters and draft picks to Durham for Rob Koger, Zach Bowen and draft picks.  Recently, Nate Andres and Geoff McNulty were acquired by Barrie in exchange for Brian Croswell and draft picks.  This game also features the return of former Turfdogs Coach and GM Jonas Derks.  Derks will look to show the Turfdogs that the former NLL veteran still has the skill to excel in this league. READ MORE »