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Akwesasne Indians face familiar deficit in Jr. B playoffs against Halton Hills

The Akwesasne Indians have been here before, so can they do it again? Down 2-0 in their Junior B semifinal series to Halton Hills, the Indians need 3 big wins, and they need them consecutively to keep their season alive, along with their pursuit of a Founders Cup. Akwesasne faced a similar situation in the quarterfinals against Oakville, and they pulled it off to get to where they are now. But heading into Friday’s Game 3, the Indians are proceeding with a cautious confidence. “It wasn’t a good weekend for us,” GM Roy Ledoux told the Standard-Freeholder. “But all we can do is take it one game at a time.” The Indians lost their only regular-season matchup to Halton Hills, and the big question heading into Friday’s game is the status of goalie Sam Verville, who left Game 2 injured in the third period. Donovan Fleischer finished that game and may hear his number called again this weekend if Verville is unable to go.

Video: Sweet short-handed goal by Laidlaw helps Halton Hills take control

The Halton Hills Bulldogs have a 2-0 series lead on the Akwesasne Indians thanks to Sunday’s 13-7 win in Game 2. Seth Laidlaw scored 2 of the 13 goals for Halton Hills and while this short-handed goal in the second period didn’t exactly win the game, it certainly didn’t hurt. Check it out as Laidlaw goes airborn after an unmarked cut and cashes in to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead in the game. Halton Hills can clinch the series with a win in Friday’s Game 3. READ MORE »

Last night: Kodiaks edge Chiefs 5-4, finish third in MSL

KW downed Six Nations 5-4 Wednesday, giving the Kodiaks third place in MSL. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
KW downed Six Nations 5-4 Wednesday, giving the Kodiaks third place in MSL. (Photo: Darryl Smart)

In a game in which neither offence generated a lot of quality scoring chances, the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks beat the Six Nations Chiefs 5-4 on a goal by Chris Cloutier with 15 seconds to play. As a result, the Kodiaks finish third in the Major Series Lacrosse standings and the Chiefs finish fourth. The final game of the regular season–Peterborough at Brampton tonight–won’t have an impact on the standings. Joey Cupido scored the only goal of a sluggish first period, finishing off a two-on-one break with Glen Bryan to beat goalie Brennor Jacobs 2:34 into the game. KW outscored the Chiefs 3-1 in the second frame, including a pair of goals from Luke Laszkiewicz, to take a three-goal advantage into the final 20 minutes. Six Nations replied with the first three goals of  the third spread over about 10 minutes to tie things up. Neither team generated much offence as the game wound down. With a four-on-four situation late in the game, the Kodiaks pulled goalie Steve Fryer for an extra attacker. A Chiefs player came off the bench at the same time; the resulting too man men on the floor penalty resulted in a penalty shot because it was in the final two minutes of play. Cody McMahon missed the net on the shot. That set the stage for Cloutier’s deciding goal as the clock ticked towards overtime. READ MORE »

Last Night: K-W builds confidence, playoff positioning with victory over Brooklin

The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks are in, so now it’s a matter of pride. Sunday’s 8-7 win over Brooklin strengthened the positioning for the Kodiaks, who sit in third place by themselves in the Major Series standings as the final week of the regular season kicks in. The Kodiaks can finish no higher than third, but their final game of the season is Wednesday against Six Nations, which sits just behind K-W in fourth with 16 points. K-W has a 2-1 series lead for the season on Six Nations, so Wednesday’s game could mean a lot between the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, especially if the Chiefs win their game tonight against Oakville. How this all shakes down obviously remains to be seen, but this is the kind of fun that brings us back to the game again and again and again. READ MORE »

Last night: Chiefs edge Rock 7-6 to strengthen playoff position

Cody Jamieson had 6 points in Six Nations' 7-6 win over Oakville. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
Cody Jamieson had 6 points in Six Nations' 7-6 win over Oakville. (Photo: Darryl Smart)

In a game with major playoff implications, the Six Nations Chiefs scored the only two goals of the third period to edge the Oakville Rock 7-6 in Major Series Lacrosse play Saturday night. The win moves the Chiefs into a third-place tie with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks; both teams are 8-8 with a pair of games remaining, including the season-ending game for each team against each other next Wednesday. Oakville missed a chance to pull into a tie with Six Nations for fourth. They have another shot at the Chiefs Monday in Oakville. With almost their full roster together for one of the few times this season, Six Nations got plenty of production from their veteran leaders. Cody Jamieson, last year’s playoff and Mann Cup MVP, scored 3 goals and 3 assists. Colin Doyle and Kasey Beirnes each scored 1 goal and 3 assists. Brandon Miller stepped in between the pipes and bested his Toronto Rock teammate Nick Rose, making 32 saves to earn the win. Oakville, playing without leading scorer Stephan Leblanc, got big games from a pair of youngsters. Junior callup Danny Lomas had a hat trick and rookie Jacob Ruest added 4 assists. READ MORE »

London Blue Devils searching for GM

Got what it takes to be the general manager of a lacrosse team? The Junior B London Blue Devils are searching for the right candidate to serve the volunteer position of GM for the 2015 season for the Blue Devils, who finished 4-16 this summer and out of the playoff picture. Team officials say they’re looking to re-establish a “strong team brand and community involvement.” Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, hiring a coaching staff, serve on the Board of Directors, develop and maintain a budget, sign players, market and elevate lacrosse in London and maintain compliance with the OLA. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 22. If you’re interested, contact dir_administration(at)

Weekend Watch: Six Nations heads into big MSL matchup against Oakville

Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

As the final week of the regular season of the Major Series kicks in, here’s what we know: Brooklin can’t be caught, and Brampton can’t catch anyone. As for everyone else in between, there’s a lot to be decided and there’s a game this week that will have a lot to say about that. The Redmen have a league-best 26 points and although second-place Peterborough (20) can’t overtake the top spot, they’ve got some pursuit from Kitchener-Waterloo (16) and Six Nations (14). Those are the top 4 teams and would be the playoff field if the season ended today, but the season does not end, so let’s see what all the fuss is about the weekend matchup. READ MORE »

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 »