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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 »


Last night: Tye Belanger’s 53-save performance leads Excelsiors to 4-3 win over Chiefs


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 »


Colin Doyle to return to Six Nations tonight

Colin Doyle, right, will play his first game of the 2014 season for Six Nations tonight. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Colin Doyle, right, will play his first game of the 2014 season for Six Nations tonight. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Six Nations Chiefs aren’t exactly in trouble, but their 7-6 record is a long way from last summer’s 16-3-1 mark that was tops for the regular season in Major Series Lacrosse. But in tonight’s home game against Brampton, the Chiefs will welcome a familiar face in Colin Doyle, who will be playing in his first game of 2014. Doyle’s return is timely, too, considering the Chiefs are without a host of studs who are with the Iroquois Nationals in Denver. Doyle has been nursing a lower body injury suffered during the National Lacrosse League season and Six Nations GM Duane Jacobs isn’t alone when he says he’s excited about Doyle’s return. “We’ve missed his presence on the floor and in the locker room,” Jacobs told the Six Nations web site.


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 5 MSL Player of the Week Awards

Offensive Player of the Week, Brooklin Redmen vet Shawn Williams records 10 points (2G 8A) in week five. (Photo: brooklinredmen.ca)
Offensive Player of the Week, Brooklin Redmen vet Shawn Williams records 10 points (2G 8A) in week five. (Photo: brooklinredmen.ca)

There were six games in week five of Major Series Lacrosse action. In the first of two home-and-home series of the week, league leading Redmen swept the Rock, winning in Oakville Monday then in Brooklin Wednesday. In the second series, the Peterborough Lakers and Six Nations Chiefs split their games with each club winning on the road. Playing in Brampton’s iconic Memorial Arena, the Excelciors picked up their first win of the season against the KW Kodiaks. The Kodiaks bounced back Sunday night defeating the Oakville Rock. 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 »


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 »


Last night: Brooklin Redmen down Six Nations Chiefs 8-6

Steve Fryer made 27 saves to help the Redmen down Six Nations 8-6 Saturday. (File photo: Tim Prothero)
Steve Fryer made 27 saves to help the Redmen down Six Nations 8-6 Saturday. (File photo: Tim Prothero)

Last year, the battle for fewest goals allowed in Major Series Lacrosse was hotly contested between the Brooklin Redmen and Six Nations Chiefs, going down to the final game of the year with the Chiefs prevailing by two goals. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the first game of 2014 between the two teams was a defensive struggle with a total of only and 14 goals. Brooklin withstood a burst of three Six Nations goals in two minutes in the third period to win the game 8-6 and move into a first-place tie with Peterborough at 4-1, while the Chiefs dropped to 3-3. READ MORE »