July 10, 2010
For those who may have thought that this team had neither heart nor drive, tonight’s effort proved that was a faulty theory. The season has not gone according to plan; of that there is no doubt. The team last won a game on June 4 but never gave up and that paid off tonight with a hard fought 14-12 win against Six Nations, in a game that the Redmen led the entire way starting with a goal just one minute in to the contest.
The trip got off to a slow start as bus troubles meant that the team had to load up cars and vans and travel to what is normally the second pick up spot at Victoria Park and 401 to wait for a replacement coach. The team arrived at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena half hour before the game start, which only allowed for one quick warm up.
Once the game got under way it appeared that the Chiefs had bus legs as the Redmen reeled off three straight for the early lead with six minutes off the clock. John Cheeseborough in the Redmen net made crucial saves all night long in order to stop any attempt at a momentum shift by the Chiefs. Score after the opening frame was 5-4 for the Redmen. Rookie Coady Adamson scored a pretty behind the back shot after stabbing a rebound from a shot by his teammate Derek Hopcroft.
The Chiefs did tie the game 50 seconds into the second period. Once again, Cheeseborough and the defence in front of him were called upon to stop the offensive powers of Colin Doyle, Stephen Keogh, Cody Jamieson and Craig Point. The Redmen chased starter Jake Henhawk from the Six Nations net as Head Coach Rich Kilgour tried to settle his team down. The change did not have the desired effect as the Redmen scored to make it 8-5 to open the gap. Adamson scored another great goal as he ran around the back of the net and split the Chiefs defence. Score after two was 12-10 for the Redmen.
The opening goal of the final frame was credited to the great forechecking efforts of Hopcroft and Kevin Brownell. That play combined with great goaltending, solid defence and an unwavering attitude led to the 14-12 road win for the Redmen. The Chiefs had some chances to tie the game late but the Redmen would not be denied.
The Redmen are now at 3-10-1 and with seven points are ahead of last place Ajax Pickering Rock and just behind fourth place KW Kodiaks. The Redmen have two regular season games remaining Wednesday July 14 and 21 both at home at 8 pm and both against the Brampton Excelsiors (change from original schedule).
Ryan Campbell, acquired as part of last years trade for Shawn Williams, and Kevin Brownell with four goals each, led the Redmen to the win tonight.
Blair Ferguson and Matt Robinson called six minors to the Chiefs and three minors to the Redmen, Brooklin was 50 % on the man advantage with three power play goals while the Chiefs scored once on the extra man.
Brooklin – Cheeseborough (0,1), Gillies (0,1), Ryan Campbell (4), Suddons (1), O’Brien (0,2), Adamson (2), Holman (0,2), Wiles (0,1), Hopcroft (1,4), Brownell (4), Dunn (1,2), Colley (1,1), Ball (0,2)
Six Nations – Craig Point (2,5), Thenhaus (2,1), Keogh (1,1), D Powless (0,1), Vyse (0,1), Jamieson (3,2), Doyle (2,2), Secord (1), Montour (1,1), Marshall (0,1), Porter (0,1), Smith (0,1), Henry (0,1)
Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624