Peterborough Lakers 2010 Mann Cup Champions

story by Gary Mark, photos by Tim Prothero

September 17, 2010
Peterborough, Ontario

The Peterborough Lakers are the 2010 Mann Cup Champions after their 15-9 win tonight over the New Westminster Salmonbellies in game six of the best of seven series. With the win the Lakers capture their 13th Mann Cup Championship which ranks second to the Salmonbellies total of 24 wins.

Tonight’s games started off well for the Salmonbillies who scored the first two goals of the game. Jamie Floris and Peter McFetridge would score only 21 seconds apart with the game less than 5 minutes old. But the Lakers John Tavares would get the Lakers to within one goal only a minute after McFetridge’s goal. The teams would trade goals throughout the rest of the period and after one, it was tied at 4-4.

In the second frame, the Lakers would outscore the Bellies 4-2, with two goals coming on the Power Play. The turning point of the game came near the end of the second period with under 10 seconds to go. Kyle Ross taking our some frustrations, would give Scott Evans a punch to the back of the head, knocking Evans’ helmet off and him to the floor at the dotted line in front of goalie Matt Roik. The call was a 5 minute major for roughing to Ross, meaning the Lakers would have the benefit of a Power Play to open the third period.

And the Lakers would put the game away early in the third. Shawn and Scott Evans would both score on the major penalty, and shortly after with the Lakers a man down, John Grant would split a double team and break down the center of the floor. Grant made a few nifty moves on Roik, and deposited a bounce shot between Roik’s legs. The Lakers were on a roll now leading 11-6. Cliff Smith would score on the Power Play, but the L:akers would again go on a three goal run to all but put the game out of reach.

Scott Evans led all scorers with six goals and two assists on the night. John Grant had three goals and five assists, while Shawn Evans would get a goal and six assists. For the Bellies, Jamie Floris and Cliff Smith both scored twice to lead the way. Players of the Game tonight were Scott Evans and Jordan Hall. Shawn Evans was the MVP of the Mann Cup, surpassing Josh Sanderson’s series record point total in the process.

This was a very interesting but enjoyable Mann Cup final. Two teams came together and battled for their respective teams. I found it to be a series of runs as both teams had their moments to shine, going on a surge to widen a lead, or to battle back while down. There was a fair bit of undisciplined play on both sides, and Power Play chances throughout the series proved costly on the scoreboard. While I do not for a minute think that this rivalled last year’s final (who many believe might have been the best Mann Cup ever), it was still a very enjoyable series.

The Lakers proved that their age was not as big an issue as many thought it would be. They are a veteran team with great leadership and that showed. Also, although Pat O’Tooole has taken a summer off of lacrosse, Mike Thompson filled in very well, winning his first Mann Cup. Thompson did not really have a bad game at all in this series and he deserved the win tonight.

On the other hand, the Salmonbellies have now lost this Championship three years in a row. This was my first chance to see them since 2008 in Brampton. And while I am sure it is a tough one to take for them and for their fans, they are a vastly improved group. I am sure that they will continue to work at building the team that it will take to win their 25th Mann Cup. Many thought that it would be this year, but it will happen. This team, while many call them young, is building a core group, that is getting the experience they need to become dominant. They are in B.C. already, and I am sure once it starts with their first Mann Cup together, they will go on a run of a few.

Lastly, I wanted to part with a few words about our web casts. I need to send out a huge thank you to Ron Messer, Stephen Stamp, and Jake Mark who joined me in the booth for the six games of this series. Tim Prothero of Vintage Lax.com, thanks for the fantastic photos to accompany my game recaps. To all of our guests that provided some great stories, and entertained us I certainly appreciated it. To Jim Brady the commissioner of Major Series Lacrosse here in Ontario, who believed in our idea to web cast these games. I think Jim; we have proved that lacrosse fans around the globe care about the Mann Cup. To G2 Stream for offering up a great feed to all of our viewers, fabulous job. And last but certainly not least a big thank you to all of the lacrosse fans around the world that tuned in over the past 6 games in 8 days; it was a blast for me to do this, and I thank you all for watching.

The Pointstreak game sheet for the final can be viewed Right Here

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