Archive for the ‘Ontario Junior A’ Category


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 »


OLA Jr A Power Rankings: Excelsiors pressing for top spot, but not quite yet

Whitby and Six Nations are both looking to overcome early semifinals deficits. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Whitby and Six Nations are both looking to overcome early semifinals deficits. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The semifinals are under way in the OLA Jr A playoffs. Peterborough provided the early surprise of the semis by dumping the Six Nations Arrows 12-7 in their opening game. It shouldn’t really be much of a surprise, though. The Lakers are a typical junior team in that they can be world beaters one night and ordinary the next. They showed that in their quarterfinal win over Kitchener-Waterloo, needing all five games to take out a team that on some nights seemed overmatched. Against the Arrows, Peterborough put together a great second period, scoring the same number of goals (seven) as Six Nations scored in the whole game. Expect the Arrows to turn things around as the series progresses. While the Lakers are fully capable of taking the Arrows out, they won’t be getting many more 7-goal periods against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league, by a substantial margin, in the regular season. READ MORE »


Last night: Excelsiors take 2-0 series lead with 12-10 win over Warriors


The Brampton Excelsiors overcame five special teams goals to beat the Whitby Warriors 12-10 and take a 2-0 lead in their best of seven OLA Jr A semifinal series. Whitby went four of five on the power play and scored a shorthanded goal, but it wasn’t enough against the Excelsiors, who are looking to build on a second-place regular season finish with a trip to the finals and a chance to head out west for the Minto Cup. Impressively, Brampton won for the second straight game without veteran leaders Zach Herreweyers and Shane MacDonald. Brandon Robinson and Jeff Teat had hat tricks to lead the Excels to the win while Philip Caputo and Clarke Petterson had 2 goals each. Randy Jones and Tyson Gibson chipped in with 5 assists and 4 assists, respectively. Ryan Keenan was the top gun for Whitby with 2 goals and 4 assists, Reilly O’Connor had 2 goals and 3 helpers for the Warriors and Austin Shanks added a goal and 4 assists. Brampton led from start to finish. They got on the board on the power play 1:43 into the game, led 3-2 after the first period and 8-5 after the second. The series resumes Thursday night in Brampton. 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 »


Road to the Minto Cup: B.C., Alberta set to kick off finals, Ontario enters semifinals

And so we’re off to the semifinals in Ontario, while B.C. and Alberta are gearing up for their finals. All went as expected in B.C. with New Westminster and Coquitlam advancing to the finals for the fourth time in 5 seasons. In Alberta, the Okotoks Raiders will play the well-rested Junior Mounties, who haven’t played a game since their July 6 season finale because of a bye in the first round. And in Ontario, the scene shook out according to seeds with the exception of No. 5 Peterborough knocking out No. 4 Kitchener-Waterloo in 5 games. So before the next rounds get started, let’s take a look at what’s going on in each province. 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 »


Last night: Salmonbellies and Adanacs tighten WLA playoff race with wins


The New Westminster Salmonbellies and Coquitlam Adanacs tightened up the Western Lacrosse Association playoff race with wins Saturday night. New West downed the Nanaimo Timbermen 9-6 and Coquitlam beat Maple Ridge 7-5, creating a three-way tie between themselves and the Langley Thunder for the fourth and final playoff spot in the seven-team league. All three teams have six wins for 12 points, putting them four back of third-place Burnaby and three ahead of last-place Nanaimo. The Adanacs have two games left in their regular-season schedule; Langley and New Westminster have three each. Brendan Ranford and Jeff Cornwall each scored twice to pace the Salmonbellies, who won for the third time in their last four games to boost their post-season chances. New West scored 24 seconds into the game and added three goals in the final two minutes of the first period to make it 6-1 after 20 minutes, then coasted home from there. Coquitlam followed a similar path to their win; the Adanacs outscored the Burrards 5-2 in the first period then rode their defence to break a five-game losing streak. Matthew Dinsdale had 2 goals and 2 assists and Darryl Veltman 4 assists to lead the Adanacs. READ MORE »


Last night: KW Braves force fifth game with 10-9 OT win over Peterborough Lakers


The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves made it obvious that they didn’t want their season to end. Facing a 2-1 deficit in games in their best-of-five OLA quarterfinals and trailing the Peterborough Lakers 9-5 with 14 minutes to play, the Braves scored the final four goals of regulation time and the only goal of overtime to earn a 10-9 win and the chance to head back home Sunday for the deciding game of the series. Matthew Lee bounced home and outside shot at 3:43 of overtime for what would prove to be the winning goal. At the other end of the floor, goalie Kevin Orlemans was outstanding for KW, turning aside everything the Lakers threw at him over the final 14 minutes. Joel Tinney led the way offensively for the Braves with 2 goals and 4 assists. Kyle Jackson, Drake Smith and Lee each scored twice. Josh Currier had a hat trick and an assist and Holden Cattoni 2 goals and 3 helpers for Peterborough. 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 »


Road to the Minto Cup: New Westminster, Brampton and Six Nations advance

There’s still plenty to be decided, but 3 teams are a step closer to their ultimate goal. In Ontario, Brampton and Six Nations are through the first round with sweeps of their opponents, while New Westminster in B.C. is through after dispatching Delta. A few more series will be decided this weekend, including the other B.C. semifinal where Coquitlam has a 2-0 lead on Victoria. A Coquitlam win on Saturday sends the Adanacs to the B.C. finals, where they’d play the Salmonbellies for all the marbles for the fifth time in 6 seasons. READ MORE »