May 29, 2011
This day was about celebrating the memory of Redmen legend Scott McMichael as well as acknowledging all of the minor lacrosse players in Durham Region. Number 23 would have been proud as the Redmen gave the boisterous crowd reason to cheer as they defeated the defending Mann Cup champs by a final of 12-8.
Aaron Bold acquired in the off-season started and played well in the Redmen net. The Redmen welcomed back Shawn Williams and he wasted no time with a three goal and six assist effort. Derek Hopcroft continued with his established role as an offensive threat with three goals and two helpers. First round pick for the Redmen Kiel Matisz also made an impression with a goal and three helpers. Gavin Prout and Steve Hutchins joined Steve Toll and Darryl Gibson who were once Redmen players now playing for the Lakers.
It was Williams who opened the scoring as the Redmen ran out to a 3-0 lead by the middle of the opening frame and took a healthy 7-2 lead to the first break. Scott Evans scored the first of four for the Lakers in the middle frame compared to a lone goal from the Redmen and after forty minutes it was 8-6 for the Redmen with the Lakers clawing their way back in to the game.
Less than a minute in to the third period Evans scored his second of the game and the Lakers were down by one goal. However, the combination of the return of Williams, the core of veterans and the fact that many of the young Redmen had another year of experience meant there would be no panic tonight. The home team continued to execute the smart and hard working game plan that had taken them this far. Williams and Hopcroft answered to open the gap to 10-7 and the Redmen scored two in the final 60 seconds for the 12-8 win and all important early season two points.
There were a total of 74 penalty minutes handed down by Jon Watson and Bob Hollingsworth, 41 to the Lakers and 34 to the Redmen. The Lakers scored three on the power play and the Redmen one on the power play and one shorthanded.
The Redmen host the Ajax Rock on Wednesday at 8:00 pm and then travel to Six Nations on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. matinee.
Redmen – Bold (0,1), Crashley (1), McDonald (0,1), Holman (2,1), Buchanan (1,3), Hopcroft (3,2), Brownell (0,1), Matisz (1,3), Campbell (0,1), Patterson (1), Holding (0,1), Williams (3,6)
Lakers – Croswell (0,1), Steenhuis (2,1), Tavares (2,1), Evans (2,2), Wasson (1), Vitarelli (1), Kelusky (0,2), Prout (0,1), Clancy (0,1)