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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) has announced its Week One Players of the Week for the 2014 Season.
Offensive Player of the Week: Andrew Potter – Niagara Lock Monsters – In two games this weekend Potter accumulated 11 points with 5 goals (1 short-handed, 2 penalty shots) and 6 assists.
Honourable mention goes to Barrie’s Tyler Gibbons who tallied a hat trick against the Lock Monsters on Saturday.
Defensive Player of the Week: Connor Danko – Niagara Lock Monsters - Danko picked up 2 wins this weekend allowing only 10 goals over two games.
Honourable mention goes to Barrie’s Rob Koger. Koger picked up a goal in Saturday’s match up but, was steadfast against the Lock Monsters relentless offensive attack. READ MORE »
The 2014 Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) Season kicks off this weekend with two games at Seymour Hannah Arena in St. Catharines. The first will feature the Niagara Lock Monsters versus the Barrie Blizzard on Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m. followed by Niagara taking on the Durham Turfdogs on Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m.
In game one, the Lock Monsters look to continue their dominance of the Blizzard. Last season, the Lock Monsters swept the season series 2-0 in decided fashion, outscoring the Blizzard 42-14 over two games. However, the new look Blizzard will be looking to turn some heads this season with a revamped roster that features three 40 plus points producers from last season in Caleb Wiles, Jason Mainer and former Toronto Shooting Stars standout Aaron Grayson. READ MORE »
The Niagara Lock Monsters announced their 2014 roster today, which consists of 17 returning players from their very successful 2013 season. Headlining the roster this year are goalie Connor Danko (2013 First Team All-Star, All-Rookie Team, Goalie of the Year), and two of the league’s top offensive threats, Corey Fowler (League Leading Scorer, Second Team All-Star, Most Outstanding Player, All-Rookie Team) and Andrew Potter (Top Offensive Player, First Team All-Star). The Lock Monsters feature a large Niagara contingent boasting 17 players that call the Niagara region home and 8 players who recently played on the Canadian Championship St. Catharines Saints team. READ MORE »