Trio of Williams, Zywicki and Prout Lead Redmen to Victory

July 7, 2007
For Immediate Release
Whitby, ON

The atmosphere at Iroquois Park tonight had a distinct playoff feel. The Redmen and the visiting KW Kodiaks are fighting for the final playoff spot and round one of this weekend’s home and home series went to the Redmen.

Redmen fans had their first look at a number of new players in action after GM Barry Johnson and Head Coach Ian McGough were busy making a number of personnel changes in an effort to make a solid run for the playoffs. Matt Roik took his spot in the Redmen net while Luke Forget, Troy Bonterre, Bobby McBride and Tyler Perry all made their home debuts. The Redmen were also happy that Mike McLellan, out all season with coaching duties in St. Louis, made his return. As well, Major League Lacrosse was on an all-star break, and as a result Jeff Zywicki and Gavin Prout would be able to play a weekend game with the Redmen.

The Kodiaks showed up to play on this night and opened up a 2-0 lead by the 4:59 mark of the first. McLellan made an immediate impact as he scored the first goal for the Redmen. A power play marker from Zywicki was followed by a beautiful behind the back goal from Shawn Williams and the Kodiaks had a 4-3 lead with twenty seconds on the clock. The Kodiaks used the clock masterfully in that time. They scored at 19:40 and won the ensuing face-off. The Kodiaks called a time out and in the dying seconds surprised Roik with a late shot for a 6-3 lead after the first twenty minutes.

The second period would be much more productive for the home side. The only problem was that the Redmen found themselves in penalty trouble, which allowed the Kodiaks to score two power play goals in the middle stanza. However, veterans Shawn Williams, Gavin Prout and Jeff Zywicki scored six times that period to win the second 6-3 and the teams were tied at 9-9 after forty minutes. Prout scored shorthanded at 19:19 to give the Redmen their first lead of the night at 9-8 but thirty seconds later Sean Kimpinski tallied for the Kodiaks to even the contest.

The third period started with Forget in the box and the Kodiaks capitalized for another power play goal to break the deadlock. The Redmen would go on an offensive run and timed it perfectly. Two from Zywicki and one from McLellan and it was 12-10 for the Redmen with 12 minutes left in the period. The Kodiaks tied the game in the next few minutes and scored yet another extra man goal, this time with Stephen Hoar and Bonterre in the box. The Redmen scored their first power play goal after Kodiaks netminder Ryan Avery was sent off for an elbow that sent a Redmen player crashing through the crease. With a minute and a half left on the clock it was 14-12 for the Redmen. A late goal at 19:03 was as close as the Kodiaks would get as the Redmen held on for the 14-13 win. Bobby McBride used his speed to rag the ball after a late game time out was called and the buzzer went on what Larry “Wamper” Power called “the most exciting game of the year so far”. Redmen faithful hope that this will be one of many to come provided the Redmen can ride this win in to playoff contention.

Sean Kimpinski and Jon Durno went toe to toe in the second period and Paul Johnston and Roger Nurse called 17 minutes in penalties to the Redmen and 15 to the Kodiaks. Four power play goals for the Kodiaks, one power play and one short-handed goal for the Redmen.

The teams meet in Waterloo on Sunday night for a rematch. The Redmen will host Barrie this Wednesday and Peterborough next Saturday in their regular season home finale. They travel to Brampton on July 19, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. to close off the regular season.

Future Redmen Sixth Annual Lacrosse Camp for kids two sessions, July 9-12 and July 16-20, still a few spots. Contact Iroquois Park at 905.668.7765 for all details. Redmen Fundraiser will take place after next week’s game against Peterborough – Melanie Pringles – $ 20 gets you a ticket to the game and $ 10 worth of raffle tickets to win great prizes.

Scoring – Brooklin – Williams (5,4), Zywicki (4,1) Prout (3,5), McLellan (2), Durno (0,2), Glen (0,3), Forget (0,1), McBride (0,2), Hoar (0,2), McDonald (0,4)

Scoring – Kitchener/Waterloo – Montgomery (4), Ross (2,5), Beirnes (3,2), Monroe (1,1), Wilson (1,2), Kimpinski (2), Avery (0,1), Brown (0,1), Benesch (0,7), Tinning (0,2), Cormack (0,1), Orth (0,1)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624


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