Excelsiors Take 2-0 Lead

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Game 2 of the 2008 Mann Cup went Saturday night at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario.  And while the New West Minster Salmonbellies played a more complete game than their first, the Brampton Excelsiors were still able to better them by one goal with a narrow 6-5 victory.

Game 2 started out very similar to game one with New West’s Cliff Smith finding the net only 2:30 into the contest. The Bellies held the 1-0 lead until five minutes later when Dan Teat scored his first of two consecutive goals in the first period. The second goal came with just two minuntes left in the frame, and seemed to ignite the Excelsiors going into the second period.

Two quick goals in the second period again for Brampton seemed to be the problem for New West, similar to game one. Colin Doyle and Aaron Wilson extended the lead to 4-1 before Ilija Gajic scored his first goal of the series to close the gap to 4-2.

Blaine Manning scored his first of two goals to keep Brampton ahead 5-2 at the end of the second period. Manning was the beneficiary of some incredible work by Dan Dawson, who was being double teamed at the time. When Manning was able to break loose off his pick, he found himself wide open in front of starter Matt Roik with the ball and made the best of his chance.

The third period saw Manning open the scoring to widen the gap to 6-2. However, the Western Champion Bellies showed their character by coming back with the next three. Jordan Hall scored less than a minute after Manning did on a nice feed from Pete Morgan. And then probably the nicest goal on the night was Ilija Gajic’s second (pictured above). He took a shot on net, and found the ball rolling out from the crease. Gajic continued to drive to the net, after his shot. At the same time he was driving the net, Anthony Cosmo was getting up from his initial save. Gajic won the race against his defender, and was right in front of Cosmo, mere inches from being in the crease. He jumped in the air, and threw a back hander by Cosmo before landing in the crease.

Pete Morgan would then add New West’s fifth marker on a real nice launch from about 10 feet outside the dotted line with only twenty-two seconds left on the clock. New West won the ensuing face-off, and called their timeout, but were unable to penetrate the Brampton zone and get a good quality shot away.

Only seven minor penalties were called last night, and again neither Power Play seemed very effective with Brampton scoring only once on their four tries.

Other Game Notes:

– Wamp and I did a Live Internet Broadcast of the game and had a blast doing it. As we said to the viewers, we were not Professionals but we did the best we could. We will again be doing one on Monday night.
– Attendance last night was only a little better than game one.
– Again last night Josh Sanderson was a healthy scratch, and Nenad Gajic was a scratch for New West, but we could not find out the reason. Jon Harasym did not dress for Brampton either.
– Shots favored New West 46-44
=Player of the game for Brampton – Dan Teat, for New West – Jordan Hall


1 Comment

  1. WOW Josh not being dressed and a HEALTHY scratch???—Doesnt look good for him if his NLL coaches won’t let him play in the MSL?

    But their winning and I know Josh wont be happy sitting but he is a team player and would do what it takes to help the team.

    Personally I think he likely isn’t 100% and missed alot of games this year–doesn’t want to mess up the bond the team is experiencing.
    They are keeping him fresh for a Roughneck run at the cup.


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