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Weekend Watch: Six Nations heads into big MSL matchup against Oakville

Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

As the final week of the regular season of the Major Series kicks in, here’s what we know: Brooklin can’t be caught, and Brampton can’t catch anyone. As for everyone else in between, there’s a lot to be decided and there’s a game this week that will have a lot to say about that. The Redmen have a league-best 26 points and although second-place Peterborough (20) can’t overtake the top spot, they’ve got some pursuit from Kitchener-Waterloo (16) and Six Nations (14). Those are the top 4 teams and would be the playoff field if the season ended today, but the season does not end, so let’s see what all the fuss is about the weekend matchup. READ MORE »


Last Night: Whitby avoids 0-3 deficit, while Peterborough tops Six Nations in OT

Dan Michel, left, and Peterborough have Greg Longboat and Six Nations in a tight spot. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Dan Michel, left, and Peterborough have Greg Longboat and Six Nations in a tight spot. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

One step forward, one step back. That’s how it went down in the Ontario Junior A playoff scene last night. The Whitby Warriors took the step forward, posting a 14-9 win over the Brampton Excelsiors to avoid a 0-3 deficit in the series. The Excels still hold a 2-1 lead, but if they’re to knock out the defending Minto Cup champs, at least they know now it won’t happen quietly. As for the step back, the No. 1 seed Six Nations Arrows did that as the Peterborough Lakers took a 2-1 series lead with last night’s 12-11 overtime win. It’s a bit of a surprise to see the Arrows in this situation, and that’s not a knock on the Lakers, who have been playing some of the best lacrosse in the province in the last half of the season. But when an Arrows team starts a season 14-0, it looked as though there were few challengers. The Lakers certainly are letting the Arrows know otherwise. READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings: Redmen back on top, Chiefs fighting to make playoffs

The Chiefs and Lakers could be on a collision course for a first-round playoff meeting. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Chiefs and Lakers could be on a collision course for a first-round playoff meeting. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Who would have thought the Six Nations Chiefs would be battling for a playoff spot at this point in the Major Series Lacrosse season? Before the summer started, the defending Mann Cup champs looked like they’d be the class of the league again. But an unsettled roster and uninspired play has left them sitting in fourth place, needing some wins to make sure they get a spot in the post-season. Six Nations is a game ahead of Oakville with a home and home coming this week against the Rock. While the Chiefs should have their full lineup together now that the world field lacrosse championships are done, they still have to find chemistry and they need to do it in a hurry. The second through fifth spots are still uncertain, but what we do know is that Brooklin will finish in first and Brampton will miss the playoffs. The rest will play out over the next eight days. Make the jump to see where everyone stands with the regular season waning. READ MORE »


Last night: Arrows get back to their game, down Lakers 15-10 to even series

Johnny Powless and the Arrows had a 9-goal third period to beat the Lakers. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Johnny Powless and the Arrows had a 9-goal third period to beat the Lakers. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

This time, it was the Six Nations Arrows’ turn. After giving up a 7-3 second period to lose game one of their best-of-seven OLA Jr A semifinals Monday night, the Arrows laid a 9-4 third period on the Peterborough Lakers to take game two 15-10 Wednesday. The Lakers had leads of 3-0 and 5-2, but the Arrows clawed back to tie it up 6-6 after two periods then dominated the third. They got hat tricks from four players: Johnny Powless, who added 4 assists, and Quinn Powless, Joseph Maracle and Brandon Montour who added a pair of assists each. “We just knew what we had to do,” said Quinn Powless. “We had to get back to our game, pick up our intensity and come flying at them.”

Both Powless and Peterborough’s Holden Cattoni talked about the need to push the tempo of the game. Powless said that the Arrows’ transition made a big difference, scoring some big goals. Cattoni said the Lakers got complacent when they got ahead for the second straight game, and they can’t do that. “We have to keep scoring, we have to keep pushing the tempo,” Cattoni said. “When we control the game it’s our defence pushing the tempo and our offence controlling the ball, limiting their touches in transition and limiting the amount of possessions they get in the offensive end because they’re very skilled.”

Cattoni and Turner Evans each had 2 goals and 4 assists to lead the Lakers. Dan Michel and Josh Currier added 2 goals and 2 assists each. Peterborough went 4-for-6 on the power play but gave up a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period that helped swing the tide in the Arrows’ favour. Six Nations added a pair of empty net goals to extend the margin of victory. The teams are right back at it, playing tonight in Six Nations then back in Peterborough Friday for game four. READ MORE »


Week 8 MSL Players of the Week

Drafted first overall, Oakville Rock's Rob Hellyer receives Rookie honours in consecutive weeks. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Drafted first overall, Oakville Rock's Rob Hellyer receives Rookie honours in consecutive weeks. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Surprisingly, Brooklin lost the only game they played in week 8; unsurprisingly, it came at the hands of the Peterborough Lakers who are one of only two teams to best the league leading Redmen this season. Second place Lakers added another win in Brampton before a home loss to the KW Kodiaks on Thursday. Determined to be kept in the playoff race, the Kodiaks lost Monday to the Oakville Rock before a recording a pair of wins – the aforementioned W in Peterborough and a Sunday night 2 points against the Excelsiors. Also determined to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Rock picked up 2 wins last week. Coming down from the week seven high, the Brampton Excelsiors lost all three of their week eight games. The Six Nations Chiefs had the week off. READ MORE »


Last Night: Brampton, Peterborough take early leads in Junior A semifinals

Ryan Keenan had 3 goals and 2 assists in Whitby's Game 1 loss to Brampton. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Ryan Keenan had 3 goals and 2 assists in Whitby's Game 1 loss to Brampton. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

It’s getting down to the nitty gritty in Junior A for Ontario and the first to draw blood in the semifinal round are Brampton and Peterborough. The Lakers pulled away from a 1-goal lead after 1 period to outscore Six Nations 7-3 in the second period en route to a convincing 12-7 win over the Arrows last night. Josh Currier scored 3 of Peterborough’s goals in the second period as the Lakers take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-7 series. In Brampton, meanwhile, the Excelsiors took a 1-0 lead in that series after they held off a big Whitby rally for a 12-11 win. The Warriors scored the last 3 goals of the game, but all that did was cut Brampton’s lead from 12-8 to 12-11. Tyler Ferreira and Jeff Teat each scored 4 to lead the way for the Excels. READ MORE »


Last Night: Burnaby making a push in WLA, K-W climbing table in Major Series

Tyler Richards made 72 combined saves in a pair of weekend wins for Burnaby. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Tyler Richards made 72 combined saves in a pair of weekend wins for Burnaby. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

We kind of figured this weekend would be a wild one, and it did not disappoint. The Burnaby Lakers won both of their Western Lacrosse Association games to jump into second place, thanks to Maple Ridge losing both of its games (one of them to Burnaby last night). Back east in Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo won its second straight game to vault into a tie for third place in the standings with Six Nations, and in Junior A and Junior B, Peterborough and Akwesasne won the clinching games of their respective playoff series. Collect your breath, make the jump and check out the scoresheets from the games of your choice to find out just who did what last night. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Tight pack in the middle of WLA has plenty to sort out

Frankie Scigliano and Maple Ridge have plenty behind them to keep an eye on. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Frankie Scigliano and Maple Ridge have plenty behind them to keep an eye on. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Victoria cannot be caught. So let the race for second place begin. The Shamrocks are 9 points clear of second-place Maple Ridge, which has 4 games left in the regular season. So while Victoria is sitting pretty, the Burrards are anything but in the Ridge. Four teams remain within striking distance of the Burrards, who have 17 points, so while winning both games this weekend won’t clinch anything, it can give them some breathing room. And that’ll have to be the focus for Maple Ridge, which is at Coquitlam on Saturday before hosting Burnaby on Sunday. READ MORE »


Last Night: Kitchener-Waterloo rides strong defense to win in Peterborough

Steve Fryer made 35 saves to help lead Kitchener-Waterloo to a win in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Steve Fryer made 35 saves to help lead Kitchener-Waterloo to a win in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

If you can figure out the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, please let GM/coach Steve Dietrich know what’s up. Coming into last night’s game against Peterborough riding a 4-game losing streak, the Kodiaks put it all together for an impressive 11-8 victory in Peterborough. And this isn’t a knock on K-W; the Kodiaks certainly have the talent. But consistency has not been their friend, evidenced by a win earlier this season over Six Nations, followed by the 4 losses that included a 15-7 stinker against the Lakers. But last night, a balanced offense saw 8 different players score goals, Steve Fryer make 35 saves and the defense in front of him hold Peterborough’s offense to its lowest goal total since scoring 5 back on May 31. READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings: Lakers regain top spot with head-to-head win over Redmen

Mike Mawdsley and the Rock have climbed two spots in the Power Rankings. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Mike Mawdsley and the Rock have climbed two spots in the Power Rankings. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

It’s coming down to the short strokes in the Major Series Lacrosse season. Peterborough has just three games left to play while no team has more than five remaining. The big news of the week was Brampton’s upsets of two of the league’s top three teams. The Excelsiors welcomed Brooklin to Brampton and stunned the Redmen, scoring the last four goals of regulation time to tie things up then outscoring Brooklin 3-1 in overtime for a 14-12 win. Brampton followed up that high-scoring game with another huge win but in a defensive battle. With both teams missing almost half their regular lineup, the Excels put a slow-down, defensive game plan in place and followed it to a tee. Behind a brilliant performance by goalie Tye Belanger they edged the Six Nations Chiefs 4-3. Brampton had a chance to make it a trifecta of wins over the “Big Three” but ran out of steam against the Lakers, who dumped them 16-7. Make the jump to see what impact the Brampton upsets have in the Power Rankings. READ MORE »