Game One – Brampton!

Well it took me all of 38 seconds to realize this team from New Westminster was for real.  I have to admit that coming in to this Mann Cup, looking at the roster of the 2008 Salmonbellies, I did not recognize a lot of names.  Of course, many “in the know” did tell me that they are a young, fast, team, with skill players, just not a ton of household names. While I did not recognize all the names, I was not naive enough to ignore their record this season, and figured I just had not seen many of these guys. That was the case for sure. 

And who scored the first goal of the 2008 Mann Cup?  The leading playoff scorer for the Bellies; Cliff Smith.

Brampton on the other hand is an All-Star “who’s who” of the NLL.  With a star studded cast and a great goalie in Anthony Cosmo, there are not a lot of weaknesses in Brampton.

Game one ended with Brampton taking step one toward a Mann Cup Championship with an 8-5 victory. The game started out though with the visitors scoring first, and holding a fair bit of play in Brampton’s end.  Brampton did have a number of chances early as well, but New West goalie Tyler Richards was equal to anything thrown at him for the first 10 minutes.

However, in what amounted to four goals in roughly 4 1/2 minutes in the second half of the first period, Brampton opened up a 4-1 lead.  After Smith’s goal to open the game New West could not get a sniff in the Brampton end and Cosmo was there if they did.  Late in the first period Brodie Merrill and Clint Westwood decided to exchange unpleasantries which got the crowd a little excited.  Slight edge went to Merrill on the decision.

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Brampton would score two more in the second to open the lead to 6-1.  On Brampton’s fifth goal Dan Dawson controlled the ball while a man down.  Dawson zig zagged in the New West end for roughly 30-40 seconds before splitting two defenders, driving the net and burying a short handed effort.   Jordan McBride would score his first of two on the night, and that was it for scoring in the second period.  The score after two was 6-2 Brampton.

New West, on a four minute Power Play to start the thrid period would score early, courtesy of Cliff Smith again.  But that momentum was quickly squashed when 49 seconds later Dan Teat would score from Colin Doyle.  Mike Hominuck would then salt the game away with two just over a minute apart (to give him the hat trick on the night).  Immediately following Hominuck’s second goal, Clint Westwood and Paul Dawson would share a dance at center floor (Westwood’s second of the night, which got him ejected).  And while Dawson had a noticeable size advantage, I felt that Westwood got the upper hand in his second round of the night.  I was able to catch this one on film and it, along with roughly the last 10 minutes of the game are below”

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Other game notes:

– Neither Power Play was on fire at all tonight.  Although both teams had a number of opportunities, Dan Dawson of Brampton, and Ilija Gajic of New West were almost one man penalty killers for their respective teams.  Between the two, they probably killed 7-8 minutes of opposing Power Play time.
– New West outshot Brampton 39-33 but both goalies I felt played well.
– Outside of the four goal burst by Brampton, this was a very close game. It just seemed that whenever New West would scratch to get close, Brampton would respond with quick goal to stifle momentum.
– This one could get rough, and could last a while!
– A great job by the Staff at the Powerade Center who went out of their way to ensure the Internet connections were working tonight (apparently there was not any Internet access in there until today)
– Players of the Game? Brampton – Dawson, New West – Smith
– Brampton fans, get off your couch and get down to the game. The crowd tonight, although energetic was nowhere near the numbers that should have been there.

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6 Comments

  1. Who writes an article on a game and doesn’t include who won or what the final score was?

  2. “Brampton fans, get off your couch and get down to the game. The crowd tonight, although energetic was nowhere near the numbers that should have been there”

    Greedy ticket prices will continue to keep the power aid centre empty !

  3. Hi Graeme,

    That would be me who does that. Of course it was 2:00 a.m. locally when I got back home and finished uploading the video and writing the story.

    Thanks for pointing that out, I will modify the post to include it.

    As for ticket prices Mark, I don’t think $18 is a greedy price to pay given it is the Canadian Championship Final. But that is just my thought…

    Marksy

  4. Is there any chance of you doing live video for the remaining games? Thanks

  5. Robin, I am going to try to for tonight’s game. I am leaving soon to try to get a Firewire cable and I’m going to try it out……

    I will know by 5-6pm EST if this can be done……check the site.

  6. Woo hoo! It’s up and running! Thanks, Marksy!


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