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Early exit from Junior B playoffs doesn’t diminish optimism in future for Green Gaels

The Green Gaels are disappointed with this year's early exit, but excited about the future potential. (Photo: Devyn Gallagher)
The Green Gaels are disappointed with this year's early exit, but excited about the future potential. (Photo: Devyn Gallagher)

You can run all the drills you want but in the end, the only thing that provides experience is experience. And the Green Gaels say they simply didn’t have enough of it in their Ontario Junior B quarterfinal loss to Halton Hills that ended their season. “We were short on experience and that’s not something that we were in a position to sacrifice our future for by trading or hurting our affiliates and pushing players out of spots,” coach Brad MacArthur told The Green Gaels were 17-3 in the regular season but going up against a Bulldogs team that bolstered its lineup with late-season trades proved too much. The end of the season doesn’t diminish the pride for MacArthur, however, who says he’d like to return as coach for a team he says has a bright future. “These are good kids. I’d like to see it through with them,” he said. “I asked the kids to make a commitment to the tam and they did. There were things this year they did exceptionally well and I’d like to build on it.”

Akwesasne keeps the faith in rallying past Oakville for berth in Jr. B semifinals

If you thought the Akwesasne Indians would have trouble rallying from a 0-2 deficit against the Oakville Buzz, you weren’t alone. Not many believed the Indians would pull it off, but the few who did have faith were the most important: The Akwesasne Indians themselves. “Three wins in three games, and we were shorthanded, missing six regulars. Wow. These kids just never gave up,” Akwesasne GM Roy Ledoux told the Standard-Freeholder. Making it even more impressive is that the Indians won all 3 games in Oakville after losing Games 1 and 2 at home. So now it’s off to the Junior B semifinals against Halton Hills but this time, the Indians have home-floor advantage for the best-of-5 series that starts on Friday. Of course, there is a downside to showing such pluck. “I think the team became men,” said coach Garrett Cree. “It was just a great moment, and now I expect 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 »

Stunning end to Junior B season leaves ‘empty feeling’ for Oakville Buzz

A 16-4 regular season. A 3-1 series win in the first round, and a 2-0 lead in the quarterfinals. It all means nothing now after the Oakville Buzz were stunned by 3 straight losses — on their home floor — to the Akwesasne Indians. Sunday’s 9-6 loss to Akwesasne ended the series, the season and the dream. “We came up short. There are no words that can describe that. It’s speechless and it’s empty,” Oakville coach Mike Bentivegna told Making it hurt the worst is that Oakville had its chances, and knew it. The Buzz led Saturday’s Game 4 11-8 but lost 13-11. In Sunday’s Game 5, the Buzz tied the score 6-6 in the third before the Indians responded with 2 goals in 7 seconds to pull away. “We had them. And we couldn’t keep the gas pedal down,” Oakville transition man Nick Crepinsek said. Akwesasne advances to the semifinals to play Halton Hills, with Game 1 on Saturday.

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 »

Last Night: Kitchener-Waterloo rides strong defense to win in Peterborough

Steve Fryer made 35 saves to help lead Kitchener-Waterloo to a win in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Steve Fryer made 35 saves to help lead Kitchener-Waterloo to a win in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

If you can figure out the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, please let GM/coach Steve Dietrich know what’s up. Coming into last night’s game against Peterborough riding a 4-game losing streak, the Kodiaks put it all together for an impressive 11-8 victory in Peterborough. And this isn’t a knock on K-W; the Kodiaks certainly have the talent. But consistency has not been their friend, evidenced by a win earlier this season over Six Nations, followed by the 4 losses that included a 15-7 stinker against the Lakers. But last night, a balanced offense saw 8 different players score goals, Steve Fryer make 35 saves and the defense in front of him hold Peterborough’s offense to its lowest goal total since scoring 5 back on May 31. READ MORE »

Akwesasne confident it can rally with 3 road wins against Oakville to advance in Junior B

The Akwesasne Indians have been Junior B semifinalists the last 2 summers in Ontario. If they want it to be at least 3 straight summers, they’ve got a 0-2 deficit against the Oakville Buzz to erase, and that’s something the Indians are confident they can do. But making the challenge of winning 3 straight games even tougher is that the Indians need to win all 3 games at Oakville. “Yeah, we’re going on the road, yeah, everything’s working against us, but just relax, play lacrosse, and we’ll see what happens,” Akwesasne coach Garrett Cree told the Standard-Freeholder. “Just put the emotions aside, and enjoy it. Get that sadness out of the way.” Cree said his biggest challenge is restoring his team’s confidence after losing by 4 goals and 5 goals and giving up 25 goals in the first 2 games. “It will be tough, no doubt, but if we understand that we just have to win that one game, and go from there, we’ll be all right,” said Cree. Game 3 of the series is Friday at Oakville at 8 p.m.