photos (coming) courtesy of Vintage Lax
The Brampton Excelsiors have booked themselves a date in the 2011 Mann Cup in Langley, British Columbia. Tonight the Excelsiors eliminated the 1st place Peterborough Lakers by a 9-7 final, taking the series in six games. Three of the Brampton wins came at the Memorial Center in Peterborough.
Zack Greer had a big night for the visitors, scoring two of his three goals on the night in the first period. His last goal in the third period was the eventual game winner. Mike Hominuck who played a great six game stretch in his own right was the playmaker tonight, tallying five assists.
The teams played a close game through the first period, tied at 3-3 after one. In the second the Lakers looked to take a 5-4 lead into the dressing room. However, Anthony Cosmo would hit Dan Dawson off the bench with only 46 seconds remaining in the period, and then Joe Resetarits, would put Brampton up by one, scoring with only 13 seconds left in the second frame. Resetarits rung one off the post and in behind Angus Goodleaf.
In the third, the two teams played almost half of the period before Geoff Snider would walk down the center of the floor and put a low shot past Cosmo to tie the game. But Brampton as they have done throughout the series would battle back and score three straight to take control of the game once again.
Tracey Kelusky would score a late goal to bring the Lakers to within one, but that was as close as they would get.
Peterborough outshot Brampton 55-40 on the night. Neither team scored on the Power Play with Brampton getting two opportunities, the Lakers getting three. The Lakers did have an extended five on three Power Play late in the first period, with three Excelsior players in the box, but could do nothing to capitalize on it.
The Excelsiors will now travel to Langley, to face the Thunder in the Mann Cup. Games start on Wednesday September 7th, and will be web cast from B.C. Check out www.theboxrocks.com or www.majorserieslacrosse.com for web cast details.