Redmen Struggle Against High Flying Lakeshores

June 13, 2007
For Immediate Release
Whitby, ON

The Barrie Lakeshores arrived in Whitby tonight coming off a convincing 10-2 defeat over Brampton on Sunday night while the Redmen were on a seven-day layoff coming off a loss last week to the Six Nations Chiefs. The Lakeshores line-up had a distinct ex-Redmen feel as Glenn Clark, Brad McArthur, Rob Blasdell and Wayne Colley, behind the bench; all made appearances for the Lakeshores. There was a Toronto Rock look on the floor as well as Clark is the head coach with the Rock, Brad McArthur Kevin Fines and Chad Thompson (not dressed) all suit up for the Rock as do Scott Campbell and Derek Suddons for the Redmen.

The Redmen went with rookie Kurtis Wagar in net as Blasdell started on familiar turf for the Lakeshores. The Redmen honoured Doug “Bugsy” McLean with a moment of silence before the contest. McLean, a long time volunteer and friend of lacrosse in Durham Region, died in hospital June 7, 2007.

A week ago, the Redmen were down 4-0 to Six Nations after the opening period, tonight it was 7-1 for Barrie after twenty minutes. The visitors secured a 5-0 lead before Mike Accursi got the Redmen on the board at 18:28 of the first; Mark Steenhuis scored just eight seconds later to snuff out that brief spark of momentum. The period ended with the Redmen coaching staff of Ian McGough, Carl Becker and John Fusco scratching their heads in bewilderment.

The Redmen countered in the second period. With Steenhuis in the sin bin serving two consecutive penalty calls the Redmen clawed back to make it 8-3 with four minutes off the clock. The Redmen won the second frame 4-3. Fans saw some glimpses of effort and drive that was hopeful for the rest of the night. Score after the second period was 10-5 and the Redmen had 20 minutes to salvage the game.

With the Redmen in penalty trouble of their own the Lakeshores capitalized early in the third as Chad Culp scored just 38 seconds into the period. Much like the opening frame, the Lakeshores owned the final period winning it 5-1 for the 15-6 final, dropping the Redmen to 2-5 and the Lakeshores sit at 4-1 tied for second place overall.

Kurtis Wagar did not survive the onslaught as McGough pulled him at 10:21 of the final period and went with John McLellan for the rest of the night. Referees Gary Martin and Grant Spies assessed a total of 28 minutes in penalties, nine minors to the Redmen and five to the visitors.

Things do not get much easier for the Redmen as they travel to the Powerade Centre Thursday night to battle the league leading 5-1-1 Brampton Excelsiors. The Redmen return home on Saturday night for the annual Scott McMichael Minor Lacrosse Night when they host the St. Regis Indians 4-1 at 7:00 p.m. at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

Scoring Highlights

Brooklin

Williams (3,1), Taylor (1,1), Accursi (1,2), Boyle (1), Zywicki (0,4), Andres (0,1), Griffiths (0,1), Baker (0,1)

Barrie

Taylor (02), Lackey (2,5), Steenhuis (3,5), Wiles (2,2), Culp (3), Mason (2), Trottier (1), Blasdell (0,3), Chisolm (0,1), McArthur (0,1), Halls (0,2), Holman (0,1), Clark (0,2), Fines (0,3), Kazarian (0,2)

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