Spartan Force Fifth Game

Windsor AKO FratmenJuly 6, 2008

 

The Windsor AKO Fratmen fell to the St. Catharines Spartan 8-5 on Sunday night. The loss by the Fratmen sets up a fifth and deciding game in the western conference quarter final series. Game five will be played at Forest Glade Arena on Tuesday, July 8th at 8:00pm

 

Andrew Soulliere led the Fratmen offence with a pair of goals. Singles were scored by Travis Boomer, Brett Hickey and Andrew Sokolowski. 

 

Summary from the Spartan web site…

 

The Spartan Jr. B Warriors 8 – 5 home triumph over the Windsor AKO Fratmen on Sunday evening capped off a “backs-to-the wall, must-win-weekend” for the boys and evened this dramatic best-of-five playoff series at two games each. This important win for the Spartans came on the heels of the big 11 – 10 road victory on Saturday night and now extends the series to the limit.

Windsor got off on the right foot with a goal in the first minute as Andrew Soulliere rolled around a right side, down pick and took a pass to beat Spartan goalie Nate Barlow. The Fratmen looked very strong in the first few minutes and showed no immediate ill effects of their long bus ride. But the Spartans would score a quick pair (Drew Thomas and Chris Attwood) near the five-minute mark and then gather plenty of confidence in a noticeable momentum shift. Spartans’ Joel Matthews would add a couple on similar crease-crossing, inside-fake/outside-shot goals and the fans were exuberant. The Spartans would dig themselves into a bit of a hole with a series of late period penalties, but their penalty killing stood out tremendously all night long as Jordan Houtby, Corey Green, Matthews and Shayne Adams each had their own “Wandy” McMahon moments. Score after one period was 4 – 1 for the Spartans.

The Spartans defense has adjusted well to one of the Fratmens’ favourite plays of splitting wide and then rolling off screens to bust through the middle on a quick attack. All too often tonight an alert Spartan off-ball defender would jump in to close the door on a Windsor cutter and this development seemed to startle the visitors. Kyle Winterbottom would rifle in a long underhand shot on the Spartan power play at 11:19 just a little before defender Brett Stolar would gobble up the “lucy” in his own end and go coast-to-coast to give the red-and-white a 6 – 1 lead. With less than five minutes left in the period, the Fratmen would get back in it after a long scoring drought with a nice, bounce shot goal from Travis Boomer and then just 27 seconds later, cutter Garrison Matte would beat Barlow after some nice ball movement. But this was indeed the Spartans night as an overthrown pass in the late going to Shayne Adams was partially controlled by Windsor goalie Erik McLaren before Adams poked it free and tossed it in a near open net. The Spartans went to the dressing room with a 7 – 3 lead after two periods.

Period three would open with the Spartans on the power play and a pretty quick-stick goal from Adams extended the home sides lead to 8 – 3. Windsor would later battle back with a pair to close the margin…an Andrew Sokolowski in-close blast at 13:51 would be stopped by Barlow before dribbling slowly in, and then Andrew Soulliere would close out the scoring at 16:18 on a tremendous solo effort while a Spartan defender was draped all over him. The game had its “chippiest” moments in the latter portions of the third, but nothing really serious developed, and steady Greg Norris kept three defenders annoyed as he did some solo ragging deep in Fratmen territory as the clock ticked down. Final score: Spartans 8 – Fratmen 5.

It was a complete team effort by the Spartans on the night and I’ll tip my hat to the defense who really stepped up and played brilliantly….swarming, quick-footed, alert, tough & clean. As mentioned, the Spartans penalty killing stood out as well, regardless of which team held the ball. Windsor’s best scoring opportunities on this night came while they were at even strength, and more often than not it was from a gallant solo effort. This series now comes down to just one big game…Tuesday night in Windsor. Playoff box lacrosse…intensity, passion, excitement…a Canadian tradition. Go Spartans.

By Gary Gardell

 

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Mike Soulliere, G.M.

AKO FRATMEN LACROSSE 

www.akolacrosse.com

 

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