Banner Effort By the Redmen Leads to Huge Win

July 6, 2008
Whitby, ON

First the Peterborough Lakers and now the St. Regis Indians, calls of “bring on the Excelsiors” could be heard throughout Iroquois Park tonight. The Redmen will soon be called giant killers if this trend continues. They knocked off the defending Mann Cup champs Lakers last Thursday 10-7 and tonight faced another tough opponent in the St Regis Indians. The Indians played last night in Brampton and lost 13-10 to the top ranked Excelsiors.

Tonight was a penalty filled affair with 74 minutes to the Redmen and 84 minutes to the Indians. The referee tandem of Bill Fox and Brent McCauley earned their pay tonight by keeping order as best they could. Kurtis Wagar was in the Redmen net coming off a stellar night in Peterborough the other night and Rick McCullouch backed him up, while Mike Thompson was the starting goalie for the visitors backed up by Daylin Adams.

The Indians drew first blood with a goal by ex-Redmen Pat Maddalena. Three unanswered by the Indians in a span of a minute gave them a 5-3 lead at the end of the first period.

The current edition of the Redmen honoured the Brooklin Redmen teams of 1985-1991 who in those seven years won the Eastern Canadian championship all seven times as well as four Mann Cups in that span. A number of ex-Redmen players and executive members were on hand for the banner raising ceremony.

Maddalena opened the scoring in the second frame to widen the gap. The Redmen answered with three straight of their own for to make to 7-6 for the visitors. The teams traded goals for the rest of the second and it was 9-8 for the Indians after two periods.

The Redmen tied the game at 9-9 just a minute into the last frame as Derek Hopcroft scored what would be his first of two on the night. A short-handed marker by another ex-Redmen Mike Accursi gave the Indians the lead again, briefly, that is until 11:59 of the period when Hopcroft notched his second for the tie. It would be Steve Hutchins who would be the hero on this night as he tallied at 15:35 for the winner, the Redmen held on for the 11-10 win and a record of 5-8 for 10 points and sole possession of fifth overall, two points clear of Six Nations and three up on Barrie.

The Redmen scored three times on the power play and the Indians once and one short-handed.

The Redmen have a busy week with Barrie Lakeshores in town this Wednesday July 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. followed by two on the road, Thursday July 10, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at Kitchener Waterloo and then a return engagement in Barrie on Saturday July 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.



Durno (0,1), Mainer (1,1), Hopcroft (2,1), Worden (0,1), Griffiths 90,1), Baker (0,1), O’Brien (2,4), Campbell (2), Hutchins (2,4), Williams (2,5)

St. Regis

Steenhuis (1,1), Accursi (2,1), Thomas (0,1), Bucktooth (1,1), K. Dostie (1,2), Tavares (2,3), Maddalena (2,1), Van Beek (0,1), Kilgour (0,1), F. Dostie (1)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624


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