Redmen Suffer Heartbreaking Loss to the Excelsiors in Overtime

June 20, 2007
For Immediate Release
Whitby, ON

The Brampton Excelsiors handed the Redmen a convincing 12-3 defeat last week at the Powerade Centre and came in to tonight’s contest tied for first overall with the Peterborough Lakers. The Redmen were coming off an 11-11 overtime tie against St. Regis just five days ago. Redmen fans would be given extra value for their money again tonight, as the teams settled nothing after three periods. The result was not as positive as Brampton took the two points on an 11-9 final to drop the Redmen to 2-7-1 as the second half of the season is now underway.

The Redmen went with rookie Kurtis Wagar in net with John McLellan on the bench, Troy Cordingley decided on Brandon Miller as his starter with Anthony Cosmo in the back-up role. Jon Watson and Brent McCauley were assigned by the OLA to officiate the contest.

Brock Boyle set the tone for the night for his mates as he went toe to toe with Aaron Wilson just 22 seconds into the game. Zac Greer coming off a stellar season at Duke University suited up for the Redmen as his brother Bill continues to nurse an injury, he got the Redmen on the board with Josh Sanderson answering that goal a minute later to tie game at 1-1. Teams traded goals throughout the period as the Redmen played their best 20 minutes of lacrosse of the season. Brooklin got two power play markers in the first and in a display of things to come the visitors scored with 31 seconds on the clock as Mike Carroll looked on from the penalty box and the teams went to the room tied at 4-4 after one.

The second period has been a struggle for the Redmen the last couple of games out and tonight was no different as the Excelsiors opened a two goal lead with six minutes off the clock before they went on to an 8-6 lead after two periods. The second period also saw a fight between Gavin Prout and Phil Sanderson where Prout displayed that he is also a smart pugilist and not just a pretty playmaker.

The Redmen decided to help Shawn Williams celebrate his 33rd birthday in style as he was set up for two beauties in the third to give him a hattrick on the night. The Redmen clawed back to take a 9-8 lead at 14:03 of the third period. The defence tightened up for the Redmen, the line-changes were clean and the offence maintained possession of the ball. However, the Excelsiors are a veteran team that showed patience and determination and just as in the opening frame a late goal buy the Excelsiors at 19:30 would be the difference tonight. The Redmen had a last gasp with 20 seconds on the clock with Wagar off for the extra attacker but it was not meant to be tonight. The teams took a two-minute break before the start of the full 10 minute overtime period.

Once again the Redmen had trouble penetrating a solid Brampton defence and Brandon Miller turned away a solid Redmen offence. The visitors took the win with an 11-9 final. Gavin Prout voiced his displeasure near the end of the game with a little too much vigour and Watson had heard enough as he was given two for unsportsmanlike and a 10 minute misconduct. Ex-Redmen Cam Woods continues to fight the demons in the Iroquois Park Sports Centre. He went down in a heap late in the third with what appeared at first to be a fairly serious ankle injury; Excelsiors training staff determined it was not broken.

Penalties on the night were 34 minutes to the Redmen and 22 minutes to the Excelsiors.

Things do not get much easier for the Redmen as the defending Mann Cup champion Peterborough Lakers come to town Friday June 22, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. The Redmen will close out the week on the road with a game at the Molson Centre on Sunday June 24, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. when they face the Barrie Lakeshores. The team is then on an 11 game hiatus as they hope a few injuries will heal to help them with a play-off run.

Scoring – Brooklin – Williams (3,3), Prout (2,3), Boyle (1), Z. Greer (1), Zywicki (1,5), Taylor (1), Toll (0,1), Reed (0,2), Hoar (0,1)

Scoring – Brampton – Wilson (3), Teat (2,2), Manning (1,2), J. Sanderson (3,3), Shattler (1,5), Hominuck (1,3), Chapman (0,1), Dickie (0,1)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624


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