True Test For Redmen As League Leading Excelsiors Come To Town

Photos courtesy of M40 Images
June 18, 2008
Whitby, ON

The top place team in the east, and second overall behind the 8-0 New Westminster Salmonbellies, the 6-1 Brampton Excelsiors made their first of two visits to Iroquois Park tonight. The Redmen were coming in to tonight at 3-3 and knew they would have to bring their “A” game to keep pace with the visitors. Colley and Vipond said before the game that if they could keep it close they had a chance.

Veteran netminder Matt Roik took the spot in net while Troy Cordingley sent in Brandon Miller for the Excelsiors. Bill Fox and Jason Wiswell were the whistle blowers.

Dan Teat opened the scoring for the visitors on a power play marker just three minutes in to the game. Derek Suddons on a breakaway tied the game before the Excelsiors scored twice more to win the period 3-1.

In the first three minutes of the middle frame the Redmen found themselves tied at 3-3 on solo efforts by rookie Matt Carroll and another by Jon Durno. Despite two goals in the last 52 seconds of the second period by the Redmen, it was 6-5 for the Excelsiors after forty minutes. It seemed that Vipond’s wish to stay close and have a chance at the end of the game might indeed come true.

The teams traded goals in the opening few minutes of the third and by 4:39 it was 9-7 for the visitors after the Redmen tied the game at 6-6 and 7-7 in a flurry of goals. Penalty trouble would hurt the Redmen as the visitors would go on to score three on the power play and one on a delayed penalty call with Miller on the bench. Important lesson for the Redmen, a veteran squad like Brampton will exploit power play opportunities and knows when to turn it on to get the win.

Dan Teat’s second of three on the night gives him 1,100 points in an Excelsiors uniform. Shawn Williams scored tonight and that leaves him two short of 600 goals for the Redmen. Aaron Wilson scored four for the Excelsiors, Bob McBride scored twice for the home team against his ex-teammates. Not to be outdone by younger brother Matt, Mike Carroll also notched a goal in the final period. The Redmen welcomed Mike McLellan back to the line-up for the 2008 season.

Redmen will travel to Akwesasne on Sunday June 22, 2008 for a 6:00 p.m. date against the St. Regis Indians. The team hosts the Peterborough Lakers Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. before a rematch against the Excelsiors next Thursday at the Powerade Centre at Kennedy Rd and Steeles Ave in Brampton.

Penalty minutes called by Fox and Wiswell totaled 24, seven to Brampton and 17 to Brooklin. One tilt in the game as Redmen Geoff Griffiths took exception to the fact that Scott Carnegie took some liberties with his captain in front of the net. Brampton scored four times on the power play and once on a delayed call with the goalie out. The Redmen did not register an odd man goal.

Scoring

Brooklin

Durno (1), Suddons (1), Mainer (1,1), Roik (0,1), Hopcroft (0,1), Gamble (0,1), Baker (0,1), McBride (2,1), Winder (0,1), Matt Carroll (1), Hutchins (0,1), Mike Carroll (1), Williams (1,1)

Brampton

Miller (0,1), Paul Dawson (1), Chapman (1), Dan Dawson (2,2), Doyle (1,3), Harasym (1), Wilson (4,1), Teat (3,4), Manning (0,1), Codd (0,1), Holmes (0,2), Shattler (0,1), Hominuck (1,3)

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