After a 1-year hiatus, ILIndoor’s Junior of the Year awards are back. It’s the fifth edition of these awards, and we’ve also lined up our All-Canadian teams, comprised of the best Junior A players across Canada. As in years past, criteria for these awards are based on statistics from the regular season, hardware handed out for each of the Junior A loops in Ontario, B.C., and Alberta, and input from writers and coaches. So after the jump, check out who made what and if the accompanying photo wasn’t enough of a clue, you can also find out who ILIndoor’s Junior Player of the Year is. READ MORE »
Archive for the ‘Road to the Minto Cup’ Category
If you’ve never had the pleasure to battle for a Minto Cup, then you might have some trouble connecting with the emotions left behind by the Whitby Warriors, the New Westminster Salmonbellies, the Coquitlam Adanacs and the Okotoks Raiders. Because no matter where these teams finished in the tournament standings, there’s little doubt about the investment each player makes to get this far. With investment comes risk and the stubborn thing about that is just 1 team reaps the reward. And this year, that team is the Whitby Warriors. The Warriors wrapped up their second Minto Cup title in 3 seasons on Sunday night, but there’s plenty of talking from all directions. The winning. The losing. The joy. The pain. And of all the words spoken, ILIndoor has rounded up some of the best for your reading enjoyment. READ MORE »
It took overtime in Game 4, but for the second time in three years the Whitby Warriors are Minto Cup champions. A day after walloping New Westminster 13-4 in Game 3, the Warriors had to score the last goal of regulation time to get to the extra frame against the resilient Salmonbellies, but once there they scored the only 2 goals to pull out a 10-8 win and hoist the trophy that they also won in 2011.
Whitby scored on all four of their power play chances in the first two periods to take a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes and put the title squarely in their sights. New Westminster showed early in the third, however, that they weren’t about to give up without a fight, although this time it was figurative rather than literal as it had been a night before when four players on each team were ejected for fighting. The Bellies got goals from Jeremy Bosher, Luke Gillespie and Anthony Malcolm in the first three minutes of the third period to pull into a 6-5 lead. READ MORE »
Clearly, the Whitby Warriors didn’t like losing a game in the Minto Cup’s best-of-five finals. After dropping a close decision to New Westminster in Game 2 of the series, the Warriors dismantled the Salmonbellies 13-4 last night to take a 2-1 lead in a game that turned rough, with four fights and a total of 224 minutes in penalties. Whitby outscored New West 3-1 in each of the first and third periods. As has been the case for much of the tournament, though, it was the second period where the Warriors did most of their damage, outscoring the Salmonbellies 7-2 thanks to two of their four 3-goal runs in the game. Michael MacDonald led the way with 3 goals and an assist, but the scoring was well spread out. Ten different Warriors scored goals and Ryan Keenan had 4 assists. Alexis Buque stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in the Whitby net and Josh Delves stopped both of his shots after relieving Buque with a few minutes to play. Josh Byrne scored a pair of goals for the Salmonbellies. READ MORE »
It’s not often that 4 goals will win a lacrosse game, but that was enough for the Victoria Shamrocks last night. Scott Ranger scored the only goal of the overtime period to give them a 4-3 win over the Langley Thunder, evening up the Western Lacrosse Association finals at two games each. The lack of scoring wasn’t for a lack of shots, as the Shamrocks outshot the Thunder 61-50 in the game, but Brodie MacDonald made 57 saves and Matt Vinc 47 to keep the goal totals down. Cory Conway opened the scoring for Victoria but Langley responded with a pair from Brett Mydske and Alex Turner to lead 2-1 after the first period. Each team scored just once in the second period, with Mydske and Conway connecting again. Rhys Duch’s power play goal at 5:55 was the only marker of the third period, setting the stage for the extra frame. Conway and Matt Yager set up Ranger for the overtime goal that came at 2:09 and the Shamrocks held on the rest of the way to keep the series alternating wins at each team’s home arena. READ MORE »
The interesting thing about the tear that this Whitby Warriors team is on at the Minto Cup is that the Warriors have not exactly been a model of consistency. At least on offense. In 2 of their 4 games, they’ve been shut out in the third period. But they’ve also scored 9 goals in a period twice, and 7 in another period. Last night, in Game 1 of the finals against the New Westminster Salmonbellies, it was not one of those inconsistent games. The Warriors were pressed hard by the ‘Bellies for a little more than 1 period, and when Josh Byrne scored at the 12:19 mark of the second, it gave New West a 4-3 lead. But from there, the Warriors went on to score 13 of the next 15 goals and walked out of Queen’s Park Arena with a 16-6 win (box score) that left no doubt as to which team is on track to add another Minto Cup to its trophy case. READ MORE »
The Queen’s Park Arena was buzzing with fans from both sides and lacrosse fans from across Canada and Washington State, confirmed by the licence plates that jammed the parking lot outside. The history, tradition and pride that hits you as you enter the Park gates is unmistakable and the huge banner spread across the roof, shouting ‘Home of the New Westminster Salmonbellies’ confirms that you are about to experience something special. The Coquitlam Adanacs did their part to add to the atmosphere as they were giving away old A’s jerseys that gave their fans the unmistakable purple and gold flair while supporting a great group of young men that the generations following them aspire to be. Captain Tyler Garrison, assistant Sam Goodman and offensive stars Reid Reinholdt and Steven Neufeld, homegrown products of Coqutilam gave their fans great performances to cap off their junior careers. READ MORE »
In the end, the Six Nations Chiefs were just too much for the Brooklin Redmen in Game 1 of the Major Series Lacrosse championship finals. The Chiefs won each period en route to a 12-7 win. Kasey Beirnes had a hat trick and 2 assist to lead Six Nations. Craig Point, Jesse Gamble and Cody Jamieson all added 2 goals and Colin Doyle scored once and added 5 assists for the Chiefs. Shawn Williams topped the Redmen with 2 goals and 2 assists, although it was a goal with which he wasn’t credited that had the Brooklin players shaking their heads after the game.
With the score 7-6 for Six Nations late in the second period, Williams broke in on Chiefs goalie Evan Kirk and shot the ball low to the far side of the net. It appeared to bounce into the mesh and back out but was not signalled a goal by the officials. The replay didn’t make it clear whether or not the ball had gone in, but Williams said “From all the players on their team that told me it was in, I’ll say it was in.” READ MORE »
Last Night: Whitby rolls into Minto finals; semifinal between Coquitlam, New West will be their 10th meeting this season
The domination is on full display at the Minto Cup, and the Whitby Warriors are the standard bearers. The Warriors improved to 3-0 at the tournament in New Westminster with a convincing 12-7 victory over the Coquitlam Adanacs. The Warriors have outscored their Minto opponents 41-16, by far the most goals scored and fewest goals allowed of the 4 teams competing. Last night’s result pushes the Warriors into the 5-game finals, which start on Thursday. They’re waiting for the winner of tonight’s semifinal game between the Adanacs and their B.C. rival, the New Westminster Salmonbellies. To call this game a rematch is an understatement as the teams will be playing each other for the 10th time this season. New West is 5-4 against Coquitlam in 2013, the last meeting being a 9-7 win for the ‘Bellies on Sunday night. But tonight’s 8 p.m. game is the most important of them all as the winner advances to play Whitby in the finals. READ MORE »
The Salmonbellies pride had been trampled on by the Whitby Warriors on the first day of the Minto Cup at their own Queen’s Park Arena, so odds are that the team that played them on Day 2 was going to get a much more focused opponent, no matter who it was. Their rivals from Coquitlam drew the short straw on Sunday night. Head Coach of the ‘Bellies, Dan Perreault, said it best. “I thought we played sixty minutes of quality lacrosse tonight for this time of year. Our team was pretty solid, defence, goaltending, offence, we were solid in all areas.” The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. New West did most of its damage in the second, outscoring the Adanacs 5-2 to give them a 7-4 lead, which was enough for them to hold on for the win. READ MORE »