July 8, 2009
The combination of two three goal performances, one to a rookie and one to the 2008 MSL Rookie of the Year, the return of a veteran goalie and team buy-in to an “old-school” lacrosse system from Peter Vipond was enough to propel the Redmen to a 9-7 win over the Six Nations Chiefs tonight at IPSC. The win keeps the Redmen playoff hopes alive as Brooklin and Barrie are now tied with six points each for the sixth and final playoff spot.
Recent acquisition Kyle Buchanan fired a hat-trick as did Derek Hopcroft who leads all Redmen players in scoring and is 13th in the league with 21 goals, 20 assists for 41 points in 14 games played. Veteran goalie Mike Miron who has been away due to work commitments made an appearance tonight and his presence seemed to help the players in front of him. In the third period of last week’s loss to the Lakeshores, Vipond employed the two-way system and his charges bought into that approach for the entire game tonight. The lack of a front-door/back-door approach allows for fast breaks and quicker defensive set up and seemed to have the Chiefs on their heels a few times over the course of the game.
The Redmen opened the scoring tonight as Jason Mainer buried one behind Matt Vinc just 1:46 into the contest. The teams traded goals for the balance of the first as Buchanan scored his first of three on the night with 33 seconds left in the opening frame to give the Redmen a 4-3 lead after one.
The teams each found themselves in penalty trouble tonight particularly in the middle frame. However, the Redmen scored two consecutive short-handed markers to maintain the one goal lead and it was 7-6 for the Redmen after two periods.
The home side also found their power play tonight; a pair of extra man goals in the third was enough to enable them to hold on for the 9-7 win. Vinc was pulled a few times in the dying moments but Miron and his defence was up to the test and did not allow the offensive weapons like Cody Jamieson, Sean Greenhalgh, Cory Bomberry or Delby Powless to inflict too much damage.
Bill Fox and Jason Wiswell were busy defending calls, or lack thereof, from coaches and players on each bench. It was too much at the end of the game as the referees called bench minors for unsportsmanlike conduct at the buzzer to the Chiefs bench personnel. Penalties on the night were 10 minutes to the Redmen and 36 minutes to the Chiefs, two shorthanded for the Redmen and a pair of power play goals and three on the power play to the Chiefs.
Next up for the Redmen is a reunion with Shawn Williams as they travel to Brampton on Thursday night and then are off to KW to meet the Kodiaks on Sunday night. A huge game next Wednesday July 15, 2009 versus Barrie could seal post-season for one of the teams.
Future Redmen Lacrosse Camp and Redmen Golf Tournament – details on both events at www.brooklinredmen.ca
Taylor (2), Hopcroft (3,2), Buchanan (3,1), Mainer (1), Miron (0,2), O’Brien (0,2), Campbell (0,1), Hutchins (0,2)
Vinc (0,2), Squire (0,1), C Jamieson (2), Vyse (1,2), Culp (2), Powless (1,2), C Point (0,3), Bomberry (0,1), K Jamieson (0,1), Sullivan (0,1), Greenhalgh (1)
Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624