Redmen Pick Up An Important Two Points on the Road

The Redmen regular season started a week ago and after tonight’s game they have already recorded five games. Of the five games, only one has been at home and prior to tonight that was their lone victory. Coaches McGough, Becker and Fusco were happy to see Mike Accursi arrive at the rink to see his first action of the year in a Redmen uniform. His impact was immediate as he scored three and added three helpers in a thrilling 10-9 win for the Redmen.

Accursi started off the scoring on the night as he deposited one behind Kodiaks starter Mike Poulin, Toronto Rock understudy to Bob Watson. Kevin Ross scored his first of three on the night a couple of minutes later. The teams traded goals the rest of the way including a power play marker for Shawn Williams. Geoff Griffiths scored a well earned goal at 13:04 as he fought off the hacking and checking of at least two Kodiaks defenders to give the Redmen a 4-3 lead after the opening frame. Shots on net after one were 20 for the Kodiaks and 17 for the Redmen.

Stephen Hoar was assessed a slashing penalty early in the second. With the Kodiaks pressing, Steve Toll snared a pass and fed Shawn Williams who sent Jon Durno in on Poulin. Durno did not disappoint as the short-handed marker made it 5-3 for the Redmen. Hoar’s transgression would not go unpunished however, as Jamie Rooney scored for the Kodiaks on the power play just a few seconds later to close the gap. The Kodiaks tied the game at 5-5 just 10 seconds later as NLL Rookie of the Year, Ryan Benesch dropped one behind Wagar. Brock Boyle would get the second man down goal for the Redmen of the period and the Redmen won the second frame 4-3 to make it 8-6 after forty minutes. Shots after two were 21-17 for the Kodiaks.

The teams were tentative to open the third as scoring did not occur until five minutes in to the period. The teams scored seconds apart again; Ross with his third for the Kodiaks and Accursi with his third. The Kodiaks would tie the game at 11:32 with a power play marker. Williams’ goal two minutes later on the power play gave the Redmen the slim 10-9 lead. Mark Gardonio called Williams for holding with 1:23 on the clock to give the Kodiaks a late power play opportunity. The Redmen defence held tight and Toll corralled the ball late and called a time out with just over 30 seconds on the clock. This was enough time to kill the clock and the Redmen held on to the 10-9 win.

The Redmen host the Six Nations Chiefs on Wednesday June 6, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. to try and get back to .500 at the 1/3 mark of the season. Things don’t get any easier for the 1-3 Kodiaks who host the 4-0 Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday night.

Gardonio and Gary Martin assessed 14 penalty minutes to the Redmen and 10 minutes to the Kodiaks.



Accursi (3,3), Williams (3,1), Hoar (1), Griffiths (1), Boyle (1), Durno (1,1), Toll (0,3), S. Campbell (0,1), Taylor (0,1)


Ross (3), Orth (1,1), Rooney (1,1), Benesch (2), Monroe (1,2), Arbuckle (1), Poulin (0,1), Brown (0,3), Watt (0,2), Wilson (0,1), Tinning (0,2), Kikot (0,1)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624


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