The Green Gaels Junior B Lacrosse Club started their season off last night with a convincing 19 – 4 victory over the visiting Orillia Kings at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville, Ontario.
The Gaels got goals early and often Thursday night, with new acquisition Brendan Muise starting his Green Gaels career with a goal only 1:57 into the first period. The Gaels continued with another 5 goals in the first before Orillia got on the board when Robert Kloepfer got one past Green Gaels goalie Neil Roberts on the power play with 12 seconds remaining in the first.
The second period was a closer affair. Orillia showed good hustle and effort, and looked as though they may climb back into it. Orillia’s Garret Smith opened the scoring in the second period 4:29 in to draw the score to 6 – 2, but that was as close as they would get on the night. The Gaels answered with goals by sophomores Stefan Diachenko and Adam Kelusky, and rookies Josh Gilray and Zach Herreweyers before Orillia closed out the second period with a goal by Jesse Copeland on the power play.
The third period was dominated by the Green Gaels as they came out flying. Led in the third period by Brendan Muise and Zach Herreweyers with 3 goals each in the frame, the Gaels outscored Orillia 9 – 1 in the final stanza. Orillia’s only goal in the third came from the stick of Zach Fleming with 4:24 remaining.
Dustin Murphy was selected as the Player of the Game for Orillia after stopping 49 of the Green Gaels 68 shots, while Zach Herreweyers won the award for the Gaels on the strength of his 5 goal night. Both players’ received Player of the Game plaques provided by Whitby Trophy House.
Neil Roberts got the win for the Gaels in his first game wearing Green and White after playing last season for the Markham Ironheads. Roberts stopped 16 of 20 Kings shots.
The Gaels were led by Brendan Muise (5G, 4A) and Dylan Goddard (1G, 8A) who had nine points each on the night. With five points each were rookies Zach Herreweyers (5G) and Josh Gilray (1G, 4A), while Stefan Diachenko (2G, 2A) and Ryan Keenan (2G, 2A) both had four point nights. Davin Lindsay (3A) had a strong three point night from the back end. Adam Kelusky (2G), Ryan McCrory (2A), Brodie Tutton (2A), Darryl Robertson (1G), and Lucas Perri (1A) all found the score sheet as well for the Gaels.
Leading the charge for Orillia were Robert Kloepfer (1G, 1A), Zack Fleming (1G, 1A), Jesse Copeland (1G, 1A), and Blake Mainer (2A) with two points each. Garrett Smith (1G) and Bradley Van Dam (1A) both managed to find the score sheet with a point each.
The next Green Gaels game is at home this coming Thursday night, April 28th at 8PM as the Halton Hills Bulldogs walk into town to renew their strong rivalry with the Green and White. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students, while anyone under 12 is admitted free under the supervision of an adult.
Notes: The Green Gaels have launched a YouTube channel called “TheGaelsLax”. Game highlights will be available for viewing the following day, and will be posted on Facebook and Twitter as well… Gaels Adam Kelusky and Orillia’s Taylor Hodgkinson were both assessed game misconducts for their fight at 6:43 into the second period… Lucas Perri played his first game in a Gaels jersey since the Founders Cup Championship game in 2009… The Gaels were wearing their new home set of vintage jerseys for the first time.
Green Gaels Next Home Game – Thursday April 28th, 8PM vs. Halton Hills Bulldogs
Orillia Kings Next Home Game – Saturday April 23rd, 7PM vs. Oakville Buzz
Some Youtube footage from the game: