Game Five – Brampton

Peterborough, Ontario
August 29, 2010

Game five of the Eastern Semi final went tonight in Peterborough between the Lakers and the Brampton Excelsiors. To say it was a game for the ages, is not even fair. Brampton held an 11-7 lead with under 3 minutes left in regulation time. Queue the comeback. Tracy Kelusky scored three and Johnny Tavares one, to tie the game at 11-11 and send us to Overtime.

In the extra frame Scott Evans scored almost three minues in, on a solo drive to the net. Two minutes later Evans again would cut through the middle of the floor and build the OT lead to 2 for the home side. But penalties again would prove costly for the Lakers, as Brampton would score twice in the last 1:21 of OT, to tie the game at 13-13.

Queue Sudden Death Overtime. We played almost four minutes of Overtime, and (with all due respect) one of the last guys you would have expected sent the home fans out of the Memorial Center, hoping to see their team again this season. Drew Petkoff rushed up the floor to join Dan Dawson and with the shot clock winding down, Petkoff found himself alone in front of Mike Thompson with the ball. Looking like #6 or #18, Petkoff, threw a couple of fakes, and went over top of Thompson for the game winner.

Tied at two games each and needing to win at least one game in the other barn, the Brampton Excelsiors won the pivotal game by a score of 14-13. With penatlies galore being called, the Excelsiors also won the special teams battle. Dan Dawson (4G, 7A ) and Josh Sanderson (3G, 6A) were nothing short of dynamite for Brampton on this night, leading their squad to within a game of hosting the Mann Cup in 2010. And let’s not forget Anthony Cosmo. Cosmo stood on his head making two huge saves in Sudden Death Overtime. Both teams played quite an undisciplined game, but the Lakers penalties proved more costly. John Tavares did his part for the Lakers, scoring 4 goals and adding 1 assist. Tracy Kelusky also had 3,4 to help the cause. But the Excelsiors kept John Grant Jr. to three assists.

The night started with the Excelsiors scoring three Power Play goals in the first ten minutes of the game. Sandwiched in was a short handed marker by one of the unsung performers of the Lakers Ryan Sharp. Sharp deflected a pass in his own end and raced the floor on a breakaway. Cosmo got a piece of his shot, but it had enough to roll into the net.

In the first period, after a scrum behind the Brampton net, in which Cosmo was knocked to the floor, the Lakers lost the services of the MSL leading scorer Shawn Evans for 14 minutes. The Excelsiors lost Patrick Merrill for the same. Merrill would later be ejected from the game for too many penalties.

Pretty much everyone knew going into the Eastern Final of the MSL, that the two team on the floor did not care for each other. And most educated lacrosse folk, suggested that this series would go six or seven games. Well Brampton now has the chance to end it in six games on their home floor this coming Thursday (September 2nd).

Other Game Notes:
– Angus Goodleaf started in net for Peterborough and was replaced by Mike Thompson.
– Josh Sanderson continues to show his game smarts in this game. His no look pass in the 1st to set up Aaron Wilson was a thing of beauty
– Cory Vitarrelli also continued his strong playoff. On the Lakers 3rd goal of the game, with his back to Anthony Cosmo, he whacked the stick of a Brampton defender reaching for a ball. He scooped it up, turned to the net, made a move, and buried one.
– scores after each period, 4-3 Brampton (1st), 8-6 Brampton (2nd), 11-11 tie (3rd), and 14-13 Brampton(Final)
– Shawn Evans had a tussle with Chris Corbeil and brother Scott went at it with Brodie Merrill. Both bouts were in the third period.



  1. Thanks for the quick and detailed summary. Sounds like it was an incredible game.

    • great game one of the best i have seen this summer GO BE GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Brampton, has Gotten Better each Game while Peterborough is Deteriorating as each Game passes and They Play Even Worse in Brampton. After Thursday Night Brampton WILL Be Hosting The 2010 Mann Cup vs The Bellies … Cheapest Shots Ever Last Time they Played in Brampton with the Game Out of Reach and time Winding Down Both Evans
    Go After (Of All People) The Best Goaltender in The Game “Anthony Cosmos” … Sucker Punching Him While He was in His Crease and Shawn Hits Hit Again Causing a Big Gash Over His Eye .. Blood dripping Everywhere .. Typical Cheapshot from The Both The Sore loser Brothers .. Not to Mention Very Poor Sports and It Looks Bad on Peterborough as a City and Why is Mark Steenhuis Playing Defense ??? Another Thing, My Mother could have Won The MSL Scoring Title is She Got to Play “5” Regular Season Games Against what is For All Intents and Purposes a Sr. “B” Ajax Team … The Guy That Won it Would never hav e won it if The schedule wasn’t So Tilted in Ptbo’s. Favor .. and in Closing … It Doesn’t Matter How Many Stars Ted Went Out and bought with Jamie B. (Who Will Probably Lose His Job if Ptbo. Loses Thursday and I Believe they Will) If I was Mark Syeenhuis I Would Not Return to Ptbo. Next year and that’s for Sure … I Wonder how He feels … I remember the other Evans Guys Losing Year After year to Gary Gait and The Brooklin Redmen …. For Any Young Guys reading This It is very true that, The Native People’s Invented The Game of Lacrosse and When They Originally Played the Game, They Used Wooden Sticks With Animal Hide Strings and Told All That The Game of Lacrosse, as They Considered it, and Many Still to This day Agree that, It (The Game) was and Still is a Gift From God and That it Should be Played With The Utmost Respect for Their Fellow Man … So Play The Game with Dignity and Respect for Others … It is Not Mean’t to Be a Game Played with
    Dirty, Cheapshot, Type Players who are Also Not Team Players.
    Thank You and have a Good One !

    Mr. Intellect

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