The Redmen came in to tonight’s game up 2-1 in the series looking to extinguish any momentum the Excelsiors may have taken the other night after an 11-7 win at Iroquois Park. The Excelsiors on the other hand wanted to make this series a best two of three; the home team had their plan realized.
Both defenses were on display again tonight as each goalie was able to see the ball and make some crucial early stops that made them a big part of the game early on. The Excelsiors won the opening frame 2-0 with goals 1:30 apart, Dan Dawson’s goal came as Anthony Cosmo was on the bench for a delayed Redmen penalty.
The middle frame was identical in that teams were up and down the floor with Cosmo and Aaron Bold both continuing to make big stops. The home side scored twice more, one that Bold stopped but the energy behind the ball allowed it to trickle in, 4-0 for the Excelsiors after forty minutes.
The Excelsiors opened the gap with a goal four minutes in from Whitby product Zack Greer. Less than a minute later Steve Priolo and Shawn Williams found themselves in front of Cosmo, Williams fed Priolo who waited for the Brampton back-stop to go down before he coolly dropped it over his shoulder to ruin the shut-out. Redmen fans in attendance were hoping this was the start of something good and sure enough the Redmen reeled off three straight in two and a half minutes to close the gap to 5-4 with 7:35 on the clock. Jarrett Davis scored to increase the lead to two goals again and it stayed that way, 6-4 for the Excelsiors and a 2-2 series.
Things got heated in the third, of the 28 total penalty minutes that Shawn Grenier and Wayne Paddick called on the night 24 of them occurred in that frame thanks in part to a tilt between Dan Ball for the Redmen and Tyler Burton for the Excelsiors. The Redmen did manage one goal on the man advantage.
The scene shifts to Whitby for game five on Thursday night at 8 pm. The Redmen will have to regroup and focus on the numerous positive aspects of the 2011 season so far and come out playing with fire to keep the Excelsiors at bay.
The Redmen will have a pre-game ceremony to honour Shawn Williams who was named leading scorer and MVP for the 2011 season today by the league. Game six is Sunday night at Brampton at 7 pm. Game 7 if needed is Monday at 8 pm at IPSC.
Brooklin – Priolo (1), Buchanan (1), Hopcroft (0,2), McNulty (0,1), Williams (1,1), Cotter (1,1)
Brampton – Cosmo (0,1), J Resetarits (0,1), Rubisch (1), Dawson (2,1), Walters (0,1), Davis (1,1), B Greer (0,1), F Resetarits (0,1), Ross (1), Z Greer (1)