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Week 9 MSL Players of the Week

Scoring the game winner with three seconds left in the game: Matisz named Transition Player of the Week, Redmen secure first overall. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Scoring the game winner with three seconds left in the game: Matisz named Transition Player of the Week, Redmen secure first overall. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

What a week for one goal decisions; including two game winners for first place Brooklin Redmen in the final seconds of Monday’s and Wednesday’s games. In the only game that wasn’t decided by one goal, the Peterborough Lakers – playing their lone game of the week – breezed past the Brampton Excelsiors. In a quest to finish in the middle of the playoff pack, the KW Kodiaks were victorious in both of their one goal decisions last week. Rounding out current postseason quartet, the Six Nations Chiefs lost early in the week to the Redmen before adding two points to their standings with a win against the Oakville Rock on Saturday. Despite close finishes in three of four games, the Rock and Excelsiors lost all week 9 games they played. READ MORE »


MSL 3 Stars: Steenhuis, Jamieson and Vitarelli stand out

Cody Jamieson had a 6-point night against Oakville in Six Nations 7-6 win. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
Cody Jamieson had a 6-point night against Oakville in Six Nations 7-6 win. (Photo: Darryl Smart)

Teams are battling for playoff positioning as the Major Series Lacrosse season gets into its final week, the tenth of the summer season. The IL Indoor MSL 3 Stars for Week 9 are led by a very familiar face, a player who isn’t battling for the scoring title because he has it salted away. Mark Steenhuis just keeps doing it for the Peterborough Lakers. He is leading the scoring race by 30 points. Steenhuis leads the league in goals, assists, points, power play goals, shorthanded goals and game winning goals. He’s done just about everything the Lakers could ask for and more for the team this season, and he’s done it consistently. Steenhuis is one of four Lakers to play every game this season, with just one contest to go in Brampton this Thursday. He also played in every game last summer. He’s a fan favourite for his flashy play, but there’s plenty of substance to go with the style. READ MORE »


Last Night: Six Nations Arrows top Peterborough to advance to Ontario finals

Goalie Doug Jamieson and the Arrows celebrate their series-clinching victory over Peterborough. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Goalie Doug Jamieson and the Arrows celebrate their series-clinching victory over Peterborough. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

It looked a little shaky there for a moment. But in the end, the Six Nations Arrows were just too strong. A game Peterborough squad built a 2-1 lead in this Ontario Junior A semifinal series, only to see the Arrows respond with 3 straight victories, including last night’s 9-7 victory that eliminated the Lakers and clinched a berth in the OLA finals for Six Nations. Goals from Johnny Powless and Ian Martin midway through the third period helped the Arrows pull away from a 7-7 tie and lock up a spot in the OLA finals for the third straight season. READ MORE »


Last night: Chiefs edge Rock 7-6 to strengthen playoff position

Cody Jamieson had 6 points in Six Nations' 7-6 win over Oakville. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
Cody Jamieson had 6 points in Six Nations' 7-6 win over Oakville. (Photo: Darryl Smart)

In a game with major playoff implications, the Six Nations Chiefs scored the only two goals of the third period to edge the Oakville Rock 7-6 in Major Series Lacrosse play Saturday night. The win moves the Chiefs into a third-place tie with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks; both teams are 8-8 with a pair of games remaining, including the season-ending game for each team against each other next Wednesday. Oakville missed a chance to pull into a tie with Six Nations for fourth. They have another shot at the Chiefs Monday in Oakville. With almost their full roster together for one of the few times this season, Six Nations got plenty of production from their veteran leaders. Cody Jamieson, last year’s playoff and Mann Cup MVP, scored 3 goals and 3 assists. Colin Doyle and Kasey Beirnes each scored 1 goal and 3 assists. Brandon Miller stepped in between the pipes and bested his Toronto Rock teammate Nick Rose, making 32 saves to earn the win. Oakville, playing without leading scorer Stephan Leblanc, got big games from a pair of youngsters. Junior callup Danny Lomas had a hat trick and rookie Jacob Ruest added 4 assists. READ MORE »


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 »