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The task was simple really. Go into Peterborough, to a very visitor un-friendly atmosphere, without Dan Dawson, without Zack Greer, and win game three in these MSL playoff finals. If I were a betting man, I would have lost a bundle tonight. But the Brampton Excelsiors did just that by winning game three 12-10 against the Lakers, thus taking home floor advantage in this series.
Things looked bleak for Brampton right from the start as Shawn Evans and Tracey Kelusky gave Peterborough a 2-0 lead before many had even gotten to their seats. But in a game that saw no less than six lead changes, Brampton battled back to score three in a row, to take a 3-2 lead befoe the halfway mark of the first period. Mike Kirk, and brothers Joe and Frank Resetarits would give the Excelsiors the lead. But prior to the end of the first Shawn Evans and John Tavares would both score Power Play goals to put Peterborough back on top 4-3. Tavares’ goal was an absolute beauty. John Grant would toss a cross floor pass to Kelusky on the right crease. Kelusky had goalie Anthony Cosmo at his mercy, diving across to make the save. Kelusky very patiently went cross crease with the ball to Tavares, who had the yawning cage staring at him, and Tavares would not miss.
Special teams for the Lakers would be great on the night as Evans would score short handed in the second and Grant would notch a Power Play marker to give the Lakers their largest lead of the night at 6-3. But as Peterborough did in the first period, Brampton would score twice on the Power Play to draw back to within one at 6-5, as Mike Hominuck and Kevin Ross would do the honors. Cory Vitarelli and Shawn Evans again would score, with Frank Resetarits getting one in between for Brampton and after two periods the Lakers led 8-6.
Brampton came out of the gate in the third period and under four minutes in had tied it, before taking the lead themselves. Kyle Rubisch would intercept a pass in the defensive zone and run the floor beating Angus Goodleaf on a low bouncer, Mike Hominuck would score for me what was the goal of the night, and Kevin Ross would give Brampton a 9-8 lead. Hominuck would cut across the middle to take a shot on goal. A Laker defender hit him just as he was about to shoot, pushing him further away from the net running across the floor. Hominuck took an extra step or two, and almost out of position on his wrong side, he whipped a back hander past Goodleaf.
The Laker faithful were very quiet. But as this game proved, that only lasted 3 minutes as Brad Self would score twice in a row, his second an absolute cannon to the top left corner of the net, and the Lakers were back out in front, now 10-9. Brampton’s Hominuck was not done as only a minute later he would walk through the Laker defence and throw three fakes on Goodleaf to draw him to the top of his crease. Hominuck then deposited the ball into an open net. Joe Resetarits would fire one from the dots only 37 seconds later to once agan give Brampton the lead at 11-10.
Peterborough tried with Goodleaf on the bench to get the tying goal once again, but Sandy Champman would capitalize on the enpty net and secure the road win for Brampton. Things got a little nasty near games end with Shawn Evans and Chris Corbeil tangling, as well as Scott Evans and Kyle Rubisch.
Other Game Notes:
– Christy Evans, 4 year old niece of Shawn and Scott sang Oh Canada for the crowd tonight to a roaring applause.
– Dawson, Greer and Mark Steenhuis were all at a Reebok photo shoot tonight and did not dress. Kyle Clancy was also scratched for Peterborough.
– Lakers were 4-6 on the PP, Brampton 2-7
– Lakers had 57 shots, Brampton 50
Game 4 is tomorrow night in Brampton at the Powerade Center. Game time is 8pm, and LITG / G2STream will be there once again doing the live web cast. You can purchase the game by visiting www.majorserieslacrosse.com. Game five of the WLA finals is also slated for tomorrow night and will start at 7:45 Pacific time. That game can be purchased at www.theboxrocks.com .