Despite Loss, Redmen Fans Treated to a Thriller at IPSC

August 6, 2010
Whitby, ON

With lacrosse action in full swing at IPSC all week a great size crowd was on hand for game two in the Brooklin v Peterborough semi final series. The Ontario Lacrosse Festival has invaded Whitby all week and will culminate tomorrow with championship Saturday. Numerous kids were on hand to witness their modern day heroes play the sport.

The Redmen lost game one by a final of 12-6 last night in Peterborough and were hoping to keep pace again tonight long enough to have a chance to pull one out at the end. The home side scored first as Derek Hopcroft fired a laser behind Angus Goodleaf. The teams traded goals in the first period but the Lakers built a 7-4 lead after 20 minutes with John Grant scoring one of his five on the night with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame.

The Lakers took it to the Redmen to start the second as they reeled off five in a row before the Redmen could respond. The score was 12-4 with 9:44 remaining in the second period as Wayne Colley decided that Kurtis Wagar had enough and sent Zack Higgins in for the balance of the game. The change seemed to have the desired impact as the Redmen settled down and went on a scoring run of their own with three in less than a minute to whittle away at the lead. Goodleaf was chased from the net after that three goal run with the score 12-7. Matt Holman scored a short-handed marker (one of two on the night for the Redmen) to make it 12-8. The teams traded goals and after two periods it was 13-9 for the Lakers.

John Grant scored first in the final period to extend the lead. Once again the Redmen dug deep and found a way to score three unanswered in the opening 12 minutes of the final frame and it was 14-12 for the Lakers who were desperately looking to stem the tide. John Grant came to the rescue for the Lakers, as he seems to be able to find an extra gear when needed. He scored the last goal of the night to allow the Lakers to take the 15-12 win and 2-0 series lead. The teams travel up Highway 115 on Monday for an 8:00 pm game and are back at IPSC on Wednesday at the same time.

Mark Gardonio and Matt Robinson called a total of 67 minutes in penalties, 43 to the Lakers and 24 to the Redmen. The Redmen scored five on the power play and two short handed while the Lakers managed three on the power play.

Kurtis Wagar started for the Redmen but gave up his spot with 9:44 gone of the second in favour of Zack Higgins while Angus Goodleaf started and was yanked for a brief time with 12:40 left in the second.

“Starr Burger Player of the Game” for the Redmen Matt Holman with three goals and two helpers.


Brooklin – Durno (0,1), R Campbell (0,4), O’Brien (1,1), Adamson (1,2), Holman (3,2), Wiles (2,3), Griffiths (0,2), Hopcroft (3,4), Brownell (1,4), S Campbell (1), Ball (0,1)

Peterborough – Self (0,1), Steenhuis (0,3), Tavares (1,5), Scott Evans (1,2), Wasson (1,1), White (0,1), Grant (5,3), Lincoln (1), Sharp (1), Toll (2), Kelusky (1,1), Shawn Evans (1,5), Crosbie (1)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416-525-5624


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