The Green Gaels Junior B Lacrosse Club defeated the Halton Hills Bulldogs 12 – 5 to improve to two wins and zero losses on the season.
The Gaels started the scoring 3:05 into of the first period when Neil Roberts hit Daryl Robertson with a pass leading to a fast break goal. Brendan Muise made it 2 – 0 four minutes later by putting one past Halton Hills goalkeeper Ryan Kelly. The teams then traded goals for the rest of the first period. Halton got goals from Dylan Gilbert, Tyler Ferreira, and Connor Sellars while the Green Gaels got goals from Zach Herreweyers and Dylan Goddard with the score at the end of the first period 4 – 3.
The second period was a back and forth affair, with good action going both ways. The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second when Brandon Clelland got one past Gaels goalie Neil Roberts 3:34 into the period. The Gaels answered with three straight goals from rookies, two from Zach Herreweyers and Brodie Tutton. Halton capped the scoring in the second frame when Chris Haynes took a nice outside shot that just beat Roberts with just over three minutes left in the second to make the score at the end of two periods 7 – 5.
The third period was all Green Gaels as they took it to the Bulldogs who were playing shorthanded much of the period. Zach Herreweyers opened the scoring for the Gaels on a beautiful behind the back marker five minutes into the frame. Adam Kelusky followed it up with a powerplay goal while Connor Sellars was in the box for Delay of Game. Davin Lindsay found a loose ball and scored his first of the season. Josh Gilray and Zach Herreweyers finished off the scoring notching powerplay goals to finish off the scoring in this one, making the final score 12 – 5.
Green Gaels captain Kirby Upshaw was awarded the Whitby Trophy House Player of the Game award after leading a strong and punishing Green Gaels defence. Upshaw had two big hits, and picked up 5 loose balls in the Green Gaels end.
Ryan Kelly suffered his first lost of the season in the Bulldogs net, letting 12 of the Green Gaels 49 shots past him in the loss.
Neil Roberts, starting his second straight game for the Gaels, stopped 33 of 38 shots he faced, and was extremely strong while shorthanded allowing only one powerplay goal.
The Gaels were led by Dylan Goddard (1G, 6A) who had seven points to lead the team. Rookie Zach Herreweyers (5G) followed up his big opening night game with another five goal performance. Adam Kelusky (1G, 3A) had a strong performance with three of his four points coming on the power play. Stefan Diachenko (3A) and rookie Darryl Robertson (1G, 2A) had three points each on the evening. Brendan Muise (1G, 1A), Davin Lindsay (1G, 1A), Brodie Tutton (1G, 1A), and Graeme Hossack (2A) each had strong a strong two point game. Josh Gilray (1G) had a powerplay marker and goalie Neil Roberts (1A) registered a nice assist getting both players on the scoresheet.
Scoring for the Bulldogs was Tyler Ferreira (1G, 2A) with three points on the evening. Connor Sellars (1G, 1A) and Dylan Gilbert (1G, 1A) each had two points. With one point each were Brendon Clelland (1G), Chris Haynes (1G), Jayson Crawford (1A), Kenny Blake (1A), Connor Brown (1A) and Bradley Kri (1A).
The next Green Gaels game is at home this coming Thursday night, May 5th at 8PM as the Orillia Kings (0-2) make their second visit of the season looking to avenge their opening night loss to the Gaels. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students, while anyone under 12 is admitted free under the supervision of an adult.
Gaels youtube game video can be found below: