Season Opener on the Road Ends in Heartbreak

May 28, 2008
Ohsweken, ON

The Brooklin Redmen began the Peter Vipond/Wayne Colley era tonight in Six Nations against the Chiefs. After missing the playoffs two of the last three years a major shake-up ran through the organization and tonight was the first chance to see how it would work out. Prior to the game pacing in the back hall, Vipond said that he was unsure of what to expect as he has only put his players through their paces in practice and a game situation would be different.

Kurtis Wagar got the start for the Redmen with Matt Roik on the bench while Chiefs Head Coach Jeff Dowling went with Matt Vinc with Ken Montour in the back up role. Mark Gardonio and Wayne Paddick were dispatched by the OLA to oversee the game.

Things got off to a shaky start for the Redmen as the Chiefs opended a 2-0 lead on goals by Dean Hill and Jason Henhawk. At the midpoint of the opening frame Scott Campbell got the Redmen on the board. Captain and team leader Shawn Williams scored his first of four on the night but the Chiefs were relentless and took a 6-2 lead into the first break. Casey Powell, American field lacrosse legend, signed this year by the Chiefs and Vinc’s teammate with the New York Titans of the National Lacrosse League, scored twice in the first, one on a power play marker.

Gewas Schindler scored with less than a minute off the clock in the second period to stretch the lead for the home side. With 6:40 off the clock it was 8-3 for the Chiefs when Vipond decided to shake things up and gave Wagar the hook in favour of Roik. The move had its desired effect as the defenders in the Redmen end settled down. The Redmen were very effective in the second with five goals, three on the power play and one a man down. The game was 9-7 Six Nations after two periods.

The Redmen players left the floor after 40 minutes knowing they were still very much in the game and two quick tallies by Geoff Griffiths and rookie Steve Hutchins with his second of the night tied the game at 9-9 with three minutes off the clock in the final frame. The Chiefs opened the lead again to a two-goal gap before Derek Suddons flew down the floor on a feed from Roik to bury the ball behind Vinc. That was as close as the Redmen would get as the final buzzer sounded giving the Chiefs an 11-10 lead to leave them at 1-1 on the season and dropping the Redmen to 0-1.

Penalties on the night were 12 minutes for the Chiefs and 10 to the Redmen. Five power play goals for the Redmen and one short handed compared to only one power play goal for the Chiefs.

Redmen open their 2008 home schedule on Sunday June 1, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at Iroquois Park Sports Centre for Scott McMichael Minor Lacrosse Night when they host John Tavares and the St. Regis Indians.

Scoring

Brooklin

Williams (4,2), Hutchins (2,1), Baker (2,1), Griffiths (1,1), Suddons (1,1), Campbell (1), Roik (0,2), Girdler (0,1), Mainer (0,2), Savoie (0,1) Winder (0,2)

Six Nations

Powell (2), Point (1,3), Hill (2,1), Jacobs (1,1), Schindler (2,3), Henhawk (2,2), Montour (1,1), Timmerson (0,1), Smith (0,2)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624

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