story by Gary Mark, photos by Tim Prothero
September 6, 2010
Shawn Evans goal with just 1:04 remaining in the third period last night vaulted the Peterborough Lakers into the 2010 Mann Cup. Evans found himself directly in front of Brampton goalie Anthony Cosmo, at the dotted line. He stopped, and created enough separation between him and his defender, then rifled a shot, waist high into the right side of the net. The goal brough the 3925 fans to their feet and the celebration was on. Moments later, Steve Toll would intercept a pass in his own end, and race the floor cautiously ensuring he deposited the ball into the open net to capture Game 7. The final score was 11-9 Lakers.
The two teams came out of the gate, both firing early as the first period score of 4-4 would indicate. The opening 20 minutes was as fast paced as this entire series has been, with end to end rushes, non stop. Throughout the first frame, neither team would hold more than a one goal lead.
In the second period, Brampton came out and scored twice, only two minutes in to open up a 6-4 lead. Aaron Wilson and Dan Dawson’s goals only 32 seconds apart gave the Excelsiors the lead and they looked to be getting the momentum in the game. But Mike Thompson would hit Mark Steenhuis with a pass and Steenhuis, as he has done all series (and season) would transisiton the ball nicely down the floor. Steenhuis would take care of it himself, and get the Lakers back to within one. More importantly, he brought the fans back to their rowdy state of mind. Dawson would score again for Brampton, and Tracy Kelusky notched one for Peterborough. Brampton would take a 7-6 lead into the 2nd intermission.
In the third, the newly refreshed and rejuvenated looking John Grant Jr. would bring the crowd to their feet after wiring one from the dotted line, tying the game at 7-7. Grant, who had gone missing for a few games in this series, roared back with a vengeance in Game 6, and continued his solid play in Game 7. But Grant’s heroics were short lived, as Kevin Ross, would score an almost impossible goal. Being checked to the outside of the crease, Ross drove his way to the front of the net as best he could, and reached around Mike Thompson to put Brampton back up 8-7.
Scott Evans and Tracy Kelusky would then score back to back goals in 28 seconds and the uneasy feeling in the stands, again quickly turned to jubilation, with the Lakers enjoying an 8-7 lead. That would hold up for the next 10 minutes as goalies Mike Thompson and Anthony Cosmo would both show their stellar abilities in each net. These two golaies have different playing styles, but they both excelled in the late stages of this game, keeping everyone guessing what the end result would be.
Josh Sanderson would collect his 7th point on the night when he raced down the floor form the bench, and buried a shot to the low left corner of the net. And he would create that uneasy feeling in the air again as the game was now tied at 9-9. Captain Tracy Kelusky, one of the true leaders on the Lakers would then make the play to solidify the win for Peterborough. Kelusky took a pass from John Grant and decided to drop his shoulder and charge his way to the net. Kelusky attracted a few Brampton defenders, and the ball would fall loose, rolling back in the direction of an awaiting Shawn Evans. The MSL socring leader in the regular season made no mistake, and the over 3900 in attendance were deafening.
This series and most of the individual games were as up and down as the most enjoyable roller coasters out there. Fortunately, for all in attendance, or watching last night on televsion or our web cast, both teams and both goalies put on a display of manificent lacrosse. I only hope that this seaons Mann Cup can prove to be as exciting as this series was.
This now sets up the Mann Cup in Peterborough starting this Friday night, September 10th, between the home town Lakers and the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Game tickets will be on sale, at the Peterborough Memorial Centre Box Office. Lacrosse Inside The Game wil lalso be web casting the games on the Internet. More details and purchase options will be available as of this Thursday morning.
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