photos courtesy of Vintage Lax
The so called rebuilding year in Brampton might soon be taking a dramatic turn. After defeating the Peterborough Lakers 13-11 on Sunday night in Peterborough, the Excelsiors are one win away from making plans for a trip to Langley, British Columbia.
This MSL final series has been an incredible swing of momentum through each and every game and tonight was no different. The Lakers would open up a 3-1 lead after one period of play, only to have the Excelsiors come back in the second to outscore them by an 8-3 margin. The Excelsiors took advantage of a very fast start scoring 5 goals in the first 7 minutes of the second period. This chased Laker starter Angus Goodleaf from the net in favour of Paddy Campbell. Brampton would lead 9-6 after two periods.
The third period started very similar to the second, with Brampton again scoring three times in under six minutes. With a 12-6 lead the game looked all but over. The Lakers would however, make it interesting, going on a four goal run of their own in the third period. However, it was a little too little, a little too late, as the Excelsiors hung on for the win.
Leading the way for Brampton was John McClure with 4 goals. Dan Dawson had 1 goal and 5 assists, while Zack Greer had 2 and 2. Tyler Burton, Branden Doran, Kyle Neufeld, Carter Bender, Kevin Ross, and Mike Hominuck all had singles. Anthony Cosmo went the distance and made 50 saves. For Peterborough, John Grant and Tracey Kelusky each scored twice, while singles went to Turner Evans, Kyle Sorensen, Mark Steenhuis, Shawn Evans, Cory Vitarelli, Brad Self, and Sean Thompson. Goodleaf made 25 saves, and Campbell 9.
Game 6 in this series will go on Tuesday night at 8pm right back at the Memorial Center in Peterborough. Due to a booking problem with the Powerade Center, the arena was not available. Game time in Peterborough is 8pm. If a seventh game is necessary, it will go Wednesday night at Brampton’s Powerade Center with the game starting at 8pm.
Other Game Notes:
– more players not in the lineup due to the MLL Finals. Missing were Geoff Snider for Peterborough, along with Sandy Chapman, Joe Walters, Jarrett Davis and Kyle Rubisch all of Brampton.
– the winner of this series will travel to Langley to play the Thunder in the Mann Cup final. For the 1st time since 1977, the BC representative in the Mann Cup will not be from New Westmister, Victoria, or Coquitlam.