Search For Answers Continues in Redmen Camp

June 24, 2007
For Immediate Release
Barrie, ON

The regular season for the Redmen has reached the 2/3 mark, 12 games gone with a record of 2-9-1 and six games remaining, three at home and three on the road. All but one of the seven OLA Major Series Lacrosse makes the post-season and as of today only the KW Kodiaks trail the Redmen as the last place team. To achieve success over the next six games the team will require a reminder of the history and pride that this great franchise has been built for the past 40+ years.

Tonight the Redmen made the trek north on Highway 400 for a game against the Lakeshores. Barrie was ripe for the picking as they came off a 13-8 loss last night at home to Six Nations. However, on this night the Redmen were always a step or two behind the Lakeshores in a 13-7 loss. Coach Ian McGough decided to go with John McLellan in net while Wayne Colley went with his veteran Rob Blasdell in the Lakeshores cage. Shawn Mowry and P.J. Johnston were assigned as the referees.

The Lakeshores took it to McLellan early as Chad Thompson scored just 37 seconds in to the game; Colin Baker with a beauty of a goal tied it a minute later. Jeff Zywicki was on the receiving end of a gorgeous passing play from Shawn Williams and Mike Accursi at 12:24 to make the game 2-2. Bryan Kazarian scored with less than two minutes on the clock as the teams went to break with the Lakeshores up 4-3 while the Redmen had the edge in shots, 15-14.

The middle frame started the same as the first as the Lakeshores scored early before the Redmen were able to answer. The Laksehores scored two of their four goals in the second period on the power play and at 12:24 had built a 7-4 lead. The Redmen displayed some hustle and creativity on a great goal by Accursi after he was fed from Zywicki and Shawn Williams. If the Redmen had been able to sustain that effort and grit that they displayed for times through the game the result would have been different. However, the home side erased that goal with one of their own and it was 8-6 for Barrie after two, shots on goal after 40 minutes was 31-30 in favour of the Redmen.
The Lakeshores built an 11-6 lead by 11:32 in the third including two on the power play. Jamie Taylor scored the lone Redmen goal of the final frame as he masterfully snared a shot that rebounded off the boards behind the net and he skilfully deposited it behind Blasdell. The Lakeshores goalkeeper used his skill and veteran savvy to turn it on when he had to and was able to turn away any semblance of a Redmen offensive threat. McGough began pulling McLennan in the last eight minutes to no avail however, as Blasdell played strong in the last minutes of the third.

Final score was 13-7 for Barrie for a record of 6-3-0 good for third overall. The Redmen are now at 2-9-1 three points ahead of KW and hanging on to the final playoff spot. The Redmen are now on an 11 day hiatus with their next action on the road July 5, 2007 in Six Nations, they return home to face the Kodiaks on Saturday July 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

Penalties on the night were only three minors to the Lakeshores and the Redmen had no power play or shorthanded goals. The Redmen dug a hole for themselves as the Lakeshores scored four times with the Redmen being called for six minor penalties.


Brooklin – Accursi (1,3), Taylor (2,2) Williams (1,4), Baker (1), Zywicki (1), Carroll (0,1)

Barrie – Kazarian (2), Culp (2,2), Sanderson (2,1), Wiles (1,4), Thompson (2,1), Steenhuis (1,6), Holman (1,3), Taylor (1,1) McArthur (0,1), Fines (0,2) Greenhalgh (0,2)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624


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