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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 »


Week 6 MSL Player of the Week Awards

Brooklin veteran Kiel Matisz named week 6 Transition Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Brooklin veteran Kiel Matisz named week 6 Transition Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The busiest week of the 2014 MSL season saw seven games played last week. The third time was a charm for Brooklin as the Redmen finally picked up a win against the Peterborough Lakers. In fact, the Red Army swept their opponents last week, including a home-and-home series with the Brampton Excelsiors, marching toward a spot in the playoffs. Having trouble stringing together a series of wins, the second place Six Nations Chiefs defeated a struggling Excelsiors squad before dominating the third period but coming up short against the KW Kodiaks on Saturday. In spite of their mid-week loss to the Redmen, the Lakers bookended their week with a pair of wins; first Monday in Oakville against the Rock and Sunday against the Kodiaks. READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings: You can throw a blanket over the top three teams

Andrew Suitor and the Lakers are barely holding off the challengers atop the MSL Power Rankings. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Andrew Suitor and the Lakers are barely holding off the challengers atop the MSL Power Rankings. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

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 »


Redmen acquire Mike Poulin, Chiefs get Patrick Merrill at MSL trade deadline

Goalie Mike Poulin is the centrepiece of a deadline deal between KW and Brooklin. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Goalie Mike Poulin is the centrepiece of a deadline deal between KW and Brooklin. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

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 »


Week 4 MSL Player of the Week Awards

Recording 11 points in 2 games, MSL scoring leader Mark Steenhuis is week four's Offensive Player of the Week. (Photo: peterboroughlakers.ca)
Recording 11 points in 2 games, MSL scoring leader Mark Steenhuis is week four's Offensive Player of the Week. (Photo: peterboroughlakers.ca)

There were five games in week four of Major Series Lacrosse action. League leaders, the Brooklin Redmen dropped their sole game of the week to the Peterborough Lakers; the Lakers are the only team to get the upper hand on the Redmen in 2014. In addition to their W Wednesday in Brooklin, the Lakers picked up their second win of the week at home Thursday against the Six Nations Chiefs. The Chiefs, who had a busy week four, went 2-1 with wins against KW and Oakville. The Kodiaks split their two games last week while the Rock lost a pair and the Brampton Excelsiors had the week off. READ MORE »


Victoria Shamrocks acquire Dhane Smith via transfer for the remainder of the WLA season


Victoria, BC – The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce today that they have acquired the rights to Dhane Smith from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse in a transfer for the remainder of 2014 with an option to extend through 2015.

A six-foot-three, 200-pound forward/transition, Smith comes to the green and white as one of the most highly sought-after players in the game. In his first full-season at the senior ‘A’ level, Smith has showcased himself as one of lacrosse’s top young, dynamic players with a dangerous combination of speed and skill. In 2012, he was selected fifth-overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League Draft.

“I would consider him to be one of the best, if not the best up-and-coming player in the game today,” explained Victoria attacker Corey Small. “He is one of the most athletic players in the NLL with an unbelievable combination of size, speed and skill which allows him to be an impact player on offence, defence or in transition.” READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings: Lakers hold on to top spot with win over Redmen


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 »


Week 3 MSL Player of the Week Awards

2 unassisted goals, a forced a turnover and an assist in the OT winner, Lakers' Brock Sorensen named Transition Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
2 unassisted goals, a forced a turnover and an assist in the OT winner, Lakers' Brock Sorensen named Transition Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

There were six games in week three in Major Series Lacrosse. After being stripped of their first three wins by playing suspended Scott Evans in the first game of the season, the Peterborough Lakers’ now have one win after Thursday’s OT W against the Oakville Rock. Before Thursday’s loss, the Rock picked up their sole win of the season at home last Monday against the Six Nations Chiefs. The Chiefs, who played three games last week, flip-flopped from loss to win against Brampton on Thursday then another loss to Brooklin on Saturday evening. The league leading Brooklin Redmen won both games they played last week; last place Excelsiors have yet to notch a win in 2014; and middle of the pack KW-Kodiaks split their pair of week three games. READ MORE »


Week 2 MSL Player of the Week Awards

Peterborough Lakers veteran John Grant Jr. named MSL Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Peterborough Lakers veteran John Grant Jr. named MSL Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

There were five games in week two of Major Series Lacrosse action. With wins against the Oakville Rock and Brooklin Redmen, the Peterborough Lakers sit atop MSL standings. Making their 2014 debut in week two, the Redmen are right behind the Lakers with a pair of wins along with the one loss. Also at 2-1, last year’s Mann Cup Champs, the Six Nations Chiefs, picked up their second win over the weekend against a struggling Brampton Excelsior squad who, in addition to the Oakville Rock and Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks respectively lost all games they played last week. READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings

Derek Hopcroft and the Redmen renew their rivalry with Scott Self and the Lakers Thursday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Derek Hopcroft and the Redmen renew their rivalry with Scott Self and the Lakers Thursday night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

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 »