Back to our regular six game week – week seven saw a few surprises. Everything was copacetic early in the week as Brampton lost to the Oakville Rock and first place Brooklin and second place Peterborough picked up wins against Kitchener and Oakville respectively in high scoring affairs. Seemingly sick of having two points tacked onto their losing column the Brampton Excelsiors defeated the Redmen in overtime on Thursday night before picking up another two points in Six Nations on Saturday. To round out the week, the Rock won the first game in a Sunday-Monday home-and-home series with the KW Kodiaks. READ MORE »
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The Brampton Excelsiors went into their game against the Six Nations Chiefs with a game plan to limit the Chiefs chances and run down the clock. They executed it to perfection to take a tight-checking 4-3 win over the Chiefs Saturday night behind a sensational goaltending performance by Tye Belanger. Brampton got three goals in the first period, one in the second, then held on for dear life in the third to achieve the upset. Six Nations scored once in the first and twice in the third but weren’t able to get the tying goal. “That’s exactly how we drew it up. Don’t let them score goals, waste clock, we’ve got to wear them down,” said Brampton Head Coach Clem D’Orazio. “The message was, don’t poke the bear. They’ve got some great offensive players over there that we wanted to just contain. We were on hands but we’re still in a contain defence. The boys just helped each other out all over the floor. It was really nice to watch.” READ MORE »
Much should be clarified about the Major Series Lacrosse standings soon. The Peterborough Lakers’ appeal of their forfeiture of the first four games of their season for using an ineligible player will be heard Monday night at the Ontario Lacrosse Association offices, the team has announced. There appear to be three potential outcomes. The OLA could uphold the original ruling and the Lakers would permanently lose the three games they had won on the floor. The association could decide that the Lakers will only forfeit the first game in which Scott Evans appeared while he should have been suspended for one game. Or, they could return all three wins to the team. One or the other of the first two is clearly the most likely outcome; there appears to be almost no chance that the team will recover their season-opening win over Brampton. IL Indoor will bring you all the news as it becomes available. In the meantime, make the jump to read about what’s happening on the floors around MSL. READ MORE »
The Brooklin Redmen and Six Nations Chiefs have both taken steps to bolster their lineups for the Major Series Lacrosse playoff stretch and a run at the Mann Cup with trades at the MSL trade deadline. Brooklin acquired goalie Mike Poulin from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in an unusual trade that gives Poulin the option to return to the Kodiaks at next summer’s deadline. Brooklin also gets lefty forward Mike Teeter. In return, KW receives righty transition/forward Joel Matthews, lefty forward Mike Melnychenko and goalie Steve Fryer. If Poulin opts to return to KW next summer, Brooklin will get Fryer back as well as KW’s best pick in the 2016 MSL draft. Six Nations, meanwhile, has added defender Patrick Merrill from the Brampton Excelsiors in exchange for second and third round picks in the 2017 draft and future considerations. READ MORE »
It’s interesting how quickly fortunes can change on a dime. The Brampton Excelsiors discovered that this week when they found an extra 2 points due to 1 of Peterborough’s 3 forfeits. Add to that the first game this summer for goalie Anthony Cosmo and the Excelsiors got another 2 points with Thursday’s 10-8 win over Kitchener-Waterloo. “This was a stepping stone. This is a team we need to catch,” coach Clem D’Orazio told the Brampton Guardian. Having Cosmo back means Tye Belanger steps aside, but D’Orazio said the difference in confidence was notable. “He brings a presence,” said D’Orozio. “That gives the team confidence and it gives him confidence. Tye Belanger has played great for us (in goal) but we never gave him the support we had tonight.” That, and wins, are what the Excelsiors need most if they’re to achieve their goal of returning to the Major Series playoffs after missing out last summer.
The Peterborough Lakers are either 5-1 and perched atop the Major Series Lacrosse standings or they’re the best 2-4 team in the history of lacrosse. It depends on the result of their appeal to the OLA about having to forfeit the first four games of their season for playing Scott Evans when he should have sat a one-game suspension for an incident in their last game last season. Another potential scenario that some observers have suggested is that the Lakers could wind up forfeiting just one game, their season opening win over Brampton, since the suspension was just for one game. That would leave them at 4-2 and tied with Brooklin. Whatever comes of the situation, the Lakers showed again Wednesday night that they are the class of the league early in the season, edging the Redmen 11-10. The IL Indoor Power Rankings will proceed without considering the revised standings. After all, we’re not about standings and records; we’re about who is playing the best lacrosse right now. Make the jump to see this week’s rankings. READ MORE »
The Six Nations Chiefs rode a dominant second period to a 10-7 win over the Brampton Excelsiors in Major Series Lacrosse play Saturday night. Randy Staats, Vaughn Harris and Stephen Keogh each had 2 goals and an assist to lead the Chiefs. Joe Resetarits had a hat trick and an assist for Brampton. The Excelsiors took a 2-0 lead in the game thanks to Resetarits first goal and the first career MSL goal from Justin Pychel on a transition breakout. The Chiefs tied it up on a pair of sensational goals. Harris was knocked to the ground but got back up to his knees to fire home a shot for the first one. Staats went low around a pair of defenders then dove towards the crease to tuck the ball in the far side to tie it up in the final minute of the first period and send the teams to intermission tied 2-2. READ MORE »
We’re through the first week and the first five games of the Major Series Lacrosse season and already things are getting interesting. The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks upended the defending Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs, the Oakville Rock pushed the Peterborough Lakers, including outscoring them 6-5 in the second and third periods, and the Brooklin Redmen got plenty of production from players new to the lineup as they downed the Brampton Excelsiors. The quality of play and level of competitiveness top to bottom should be the best it’s been in years, promising an exiting summer leading to the 2014 Mann Cup at the home of the MSL champion. After the jump, see the first IL Indoor MSL Power Rankings of the summer. READ MORE »
The Brooklin Redmen took a big step last year, reaching the Major Series Lacrosse finals for the first time in over a decade. They weren’t happy with the way the season ended, of course, being swept in the championship series by the eventual Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs. So this year they’re coming into the season with a bit of a chip on their shoulders, determined to prove that last year was no fluke and aiming to take another big step. They started their quest for Mann Cup glory last night with their home and season opener against the Brampton Excelsiors with some new faces in the lineup and they got contributions from the newcomers in an 11-7 victory. Shayne Jackson returns to Ontario lacrosse after a couple of years in the WLA. He led all scorers last night with 2 goals and 4 assists. The Redmen also welcomed the pair of graduates from the junior Whitby Warriors that they protected for the 2014 MSL draft, Curtis Knight and Dan Lintner. Knight, fresh off an NLL season in which he was named the Edmont0n Rush’s MVP, had a hat trick and an assist while Lintner chipped in a goal and 2 assists. READ MORE »
The Brampton Excelsiors missed the Senior A playoffs in Ontario last summer for the first time since 1990. For some perspective, that was 23 years ago, when Owen Sound and Fergus still had teams and Six Nations and Kitchener-Waterloo did not. Imagine, then, the pride that comes with being an Excelsior and how that was injured by last year’s 5-15 season. It’s something Brampton is out to rectify and coach Clem D’Orazio said it’s starting with a defense that should be among the best in Major Series Lacrosse. Kyle Rubisch, Sandy Chapman and Chris Corbeil are back, bolstered by the return of Dylan Evans and goalie Anthony Cosmo. “We might have the best defence in the world,” D’Orazio told the Brampton Guardian. Up front, the Excelsiors have a bit of youth in Joe Resetarits, Pat Saunders, Mark White and Dan Keane, who will have Kevin Ross as a veteran leader. It’ll be a lot mixing and matching to find the right combinations early on for the Excels, who open their season on May 29 and play 3 straight road games before their home opener on June 12.