Archive for the ‘Senior B’ 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 »


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 »


St. Catharines Saints to play host to 2015 Presidents Cup


The St. Catharines Saints of the Ontario Lacrosse Association have been named the host of the 2015 Canadian Lacrosse Association Senior B National Championships.

“We are very excited about the announcement and we are looking forward to hosting such a prestigious event in Niagara Region,” said Saints President Dave Colbourne. “We have a strong backing by our lacrosse community with the goal of putting on a first class National event. St.Catharines is known for its lacrosse history and is the home of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The week long tournament, involving the top Senior B indoor lacrosse teams from across Canada, is scheduled to take place August 31st – September 6th, 2015 at either the historic Jack Gatecliff Arena or the new Meridian Centre both located in downtown St. Catharines.

In their three years in Niagara, the Saints have had tremendous success winning three straight OLA Sr B Provincial Titles and in 2013 captured their first CLA Presidents Cup National Championship. This year’s Presidents’ Cup is being played in Coquitlam, BC.


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 »


Last night: Jr Lakers still on a roll, take 9th straight with 13-10 win over Brampton


Early in the season, it looked like the struggling Peterborough Lakers were going to have to battle to make the OLA Jr A playoffs. Now, with their ninth straight win coming over Brampton, the Lakers are within two points of Excelsiors for second place with each team having two games left to play. Peterborough scored the last 5 goals of the game, including an empty netter, to come back and earn a 13-10 win. The Currier brothers had 8 points between them to lead the Lakers. Zac Currier scored 3 goals and 2 assists while Josh Currier had 2 goals and 1 assist. Holden Cattoni also had a hat trick for Peterborough. Former Laker Zach Herreweyers led all scorers with 2 goals and 4 assists while Randy Jones had 3 goals and an assist for Brampton. The Lakers led 4-2 after the first but Brampton outscored them 4-2 in the second to tie things up heading into the final period. READ MORE »


Saints acquire Defrancesco and Spanger

The St. Catharines “B.H.I.” Saints and the Brooklin Merchants have completed a deal with just hours remaining before the July 2 12 p.m. deadline. Brooklin sends captain Scott Defranseco and defenseman Matt Spanger to St. Catharines in exchange for future considerations. Defranseco, a Scarborough native, comes to the Saints after playing 4 seasons with the Brooklin Merchants, most recently serving as their captain. Scott has accumulated a total of 108G 118A and 224pts while playing with Brooklin. He has also been a member of the CLAX Durham Turdogs for the last 3 seasons. Defranseco’s offensive abilities will be a very nice addition to an already potent Saints team. Spanger is in his inaugural season of the Ontario Sr. B league but comes off a very successful first season with the CLAX South West Cyclops where he was voted to the All- Rookie team. Spanger had 3G 3A and 6PTS with Brooklin before being traded to St.Catharines. Matt brings great athleticism and strong defensive prowess that will help the Saints out the back door.


Last night: Six Nations and Langley win defensive battles

Evan Kirk allowed just 5 goals as Six Nations beat Oakville. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
Evan Kirk allowed just 5 goals as Six Nations beat Oakville. (Photo: Darryl Smart)

Low scores were the order of the night Saturday in Canadian senior mens lacrosse. The Six Nations Chiefs downed the Oakville Rock 7-5 in Major Series Lacrosse and the Langley Thunder beat the Coquitlam Adanacs 5-3 in the Western Lacrosse Association. Six Nations scored the only 4 goals of the third period to earn the comeback win over Oakville. The Chiefs had trailed 2-1 and 5-3 at the intermissions. Jeff Shattler scored the first two goals of the third period en route to a hat trick while Cody Jamieson had 2 goals and 3 assists for the Chiefs. Stephan Leblanc scored 3 goals and an assist for Oakville and Rob Hellyer returned from injury to score once and add 3 assists. The win lifts the Chiefs back to .500 at 4-4. Oakville drops to 1-4, or 2-3 if the Peterborough Lakers forfeiture of their first four games this season is upheld on appeal. Evan Kirk earned the win while Nick Rose took the loss despite giving up just the 7 goals. READ MORE »


Last night: Shamrocks eke out seventh win on Alumni Night


For two periods Friday night it looked like a first-place team versus a last-place team in Victoria. Then the New Westminster Salmonbellies mounted a furious comeback that almost succeeded. In the end, the Victoria Shamrocks held on to earn an 11-10 win over the Bellies on Alumni Night in Victoria, improving their record to 7-0-1 while New West fell to 2-6 on the Western Lacrosse Association season. Jesse King led the way for the Shamrocks with 5 goals and 2 assists, including their only goal of the third period which proved to be the winner. Victoria was up 5-2 after the first period and 10-3 after the second. The Salmonbellies opened the third with a pair of power play goals that shifted the momentum. After King’s marker at 4:13, New Westminster ran off five more goals but just couldn’t find the equalizer. Keegan Bal led New Westminster with a goal and 6 assists. In the other WLA game last night, the Burnaby Lakers scored the only two goals of overtime to down the Maple Ridge Burrards 10-8. READ MORE »


St. Catharines Saints acquire goalie Davide DiRuscio

Davide DiRuscio starred for the Niagara Lock Monsters and now joins the St. Catharines Saints. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Davide DiRuscio starred for the Niagara Lock Monsters and now joins the St. Catharines Saints. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Saint Catharines Saints have made a big acquisition to aid their efforts to win a fourth straight OLA Senior B title and second straight Presidents Cup championship. The Saints got goalie Davide DiRuscio’s Sr B rights from the Peterborough Lakers on Friday. While he didn’t start their game Friday night against the Sarnia Beavers, DiRuscio entered the game and played the third period, earning the win as St. Catharines emerged with a  10-9 victory. DiRuscio was named the Canadian Lacrosse League’s top goalie and Most Valuable Player in his rookie season with the Niagara Lock Monsters and helped lead them to the Creators Cup championship. He only played once for the Lakers, shutting out the Six Nations Chiefs in his relief stretch of a 10-5 loss in Peterborough’s second game of the season.