Evans and Evans Spark Lakers to Game Five Win

story by Gary Mark, photos by Tim Prothero

September 15, 2010
Peterborough, Ontario

Scott Evans had to have been chomping at the bit to get back onto the lacrosse floor in the Mann Cup. Evans was back in the Laker lineup tonight after serving his three game suspension for his hit on the Salmonbellies Jamie Floris in Game 1. And he looked as though he had never missed a beat, scoring three goals and adding an assist in a 14-9 Laker win. His brother Shawn, also seemed to be sparked by his return, assisting on no less than seven Peterborough goals. The Lakers are now one game away from a Mann Cup Championship. It would be the clubs first since 2007.

The game started very similar to that of game three, where the Lakers scored early and often, with the New Westminster Salmonbellies taking a number of undisciplined penalties, and never really getting into a rhythym. Fortunately for the Bellies, the Lakers only scored on two of their nine Power Play attempts tonight (while they themselves were one for one). But the rash of penalties throughout the game meant that there was not an opportunity for the team to really ever get anything going on offense.

Matt Roik started in net for New West, but literally after 48 seconds of play, on a Salmonbellies posession, Roik scurried to the bench, in favour of Tyler Richards. Richards would play the entire game from that point forward. And Richards was busy. The Lakers fired 65 shots at him, while Mike Thompson faced 38 New West shots.

Peterborough led after one period by a score of 5-2. After 40 minutes they led 10-5. A few minutes into the third the Bellies scored twice, making one remember the comeback in game 3. But that would soon be put to rest as Peterborough would tear off three consecutive to put the game away.

Along with Evans’ three goal performance, John Grant and Tracy Kelusky both fired home three of their own. John Tavares chipped in with two goals, and singles went to Mark Steenhuis and Cory Vitarelli. New West was led by Jordan Hall, who was great on this night. Hall scored four goals and assisted on two others. Jamie Floris scored once, with the other singles going to Ilija Gajic, Alex Gajic, Jordan McBride, and Cliff Smith.

Both teams will now get tomorrow night (Thursday) off and game six will resume on Friday night. If the Salmonbellies are to force a game 7, they will need to play a much more disciplined game than they did tonight. They took 45 minutes in penalties to the Lakers 9 minutes, and were clearly frustrated. That frustration again spilled over at the end of the game as both Rory Smith and Shayne Bennett went looking for dance partners, with no takers from the Lakers side. Time is running out on New West and going into Friday night, their backs are to the wall.

If a game 7 is necessary, it will take place on Saturday night with the usual 7:45 pm EST start. Our web cast will again be on air for game six (and 7 if necessary), at approximately 7:15 EST.

The Pointstreak copy of tonight’s game sheet can be found Right Here

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3 Comments

  1. Maybe if New West concentrated more on playing lacrosse and less on trying to hurt as many people as possible, it would have been a different game. They certainly don’t look like the classy organization that everyone says they are.

    The fans are definately starting to get to them. At the end of the game Jordan Hall thought it prudent to give a fan a shower when he couldn’t handle the taunting. I won’t condone the few fans who thought they needed to throw garbage during game 3, but this type of fan interaction (the yelling and taunting) is a big part of the game and so called “professionals” shouldn’t be acting like such babies.

    The Salmonbellies tweeter complained that the Lakers didn’t stay on the floor for the player of the game awards in game 2. Well, last night the Bellies player of the game wasn’t there (nor were several other bellies players). It certainly looks like the “class” of this organization is really starting to show.

  2. What a well written article depicting Game 5!! I finally had the chance to check out your website and it is wonderful!! As far as the Salmonbellies go they are definately showing a poor side to all our fans and theirs, and for a Canadian Championship this is very sad to see! However if they continue to act in this manner, we will be having a celebration on Friday night?? See you friday!! Cathy

  3. Awesome website. From my iPhone your articles and pictures look great and this is the best place to get info on the oldest championship in Canada that can’t even make the TSNor Sportsnet websites.

    Thank you.


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