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Founders Cup bracket play would start on Friday as the semifinals in both Tier I (championship) and Tier II (consolidation) brackets took place. We would see some fantastic games as we have all week long, but the stakes were even higher in these games.
Tier I Bracket (championship)
Elora Mohawks vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 15-5
The Mohawks dominated as they came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. The Mohawks offense was on point the whole first period as they went up 9-0. The Mohawks were playing great all around lacrosse with a ton of energy and that really helped them put this game away early. The Adanacs would be able to find some energy in the second and third periods, but they just couldn’t supress that huge Mohawks lead. The final would be 15-5 Mohawks as they advance to the championship game.
The top performers for the Adanacs were Beau Chetner, Anthony Buono, and Daniel Miller. Chetner would lead the team with four points (3G,1A) while Buono and Miller each had one point each as they both had a goal. For the Mohawks Cole Spear, Klayton Hoelscher, and Kurtis Woodland would lead the team. Woodland lead the team and game with eleven points (2G,9A) and Spear woud be right behind him with ten points (4G,6A). Hoelscher would end the game with five points (3G,2A) in the Mohawks win.
Seneca War Chiefs vs Manitoba Blizzard – 9-8 (OT)
This game was very tightly contested as we needed an extra period to find out who would walk away victorious. The War Chiefs would seem like the much better team in the first period as they got out to a 5-2 lead heading into the second. The Blizzard would finally wake up in the second as they started with a three goal run and would outscore the War Chiefs 4-1 in the period. With the game tied at 6-6 heading into the third you could already feel that this game could go into overtime. The War Chiefs and Blizzard literally just kept trading goals in third. The big ones would come at the end when the War Chiefs score late and it felt like they had it all but wrapped up until the Blizzard score with two seconds in the game to force overtime. Just about two and a half minutes into overtime Sherman Williams would find the back of the net for the War Chiefs to secure the overtime win and a spot in the championship game.
The top scorers for the Blizzard were Kelson Boriensko, Colin Poitras, and Andy Szun. Boriensko would finish the day with four points (2G,2A) while Poitras and Boriensko each tallied two points with two goals and one assist a piece. For the War Chiefs Keelan Seneca had four points (2G,2A) while James Chadwick and Sherman Williams each had two points a piece with each having one goal and one assist in the victory.
Tier II Bracket (consolidation)
Mohawk Medicine Men vs North Shore Kodiaks – 7-11
The game would start off very tight as both squads went back and fourth in the first period. Coming into the second the Kodiaks held a 3-2 lead. That lead would continue to grow as the Kodiaks dominated the majority of the second period. The Medicine Men would start to string together a comeback that would stretch from the end of the second through the midway point of the third. That would make it a one goal 8-7 Kodiaks lead. The Kodiaks would wake up again in the third as they ended the game on a three goal run to secure the 11-7 victory.
The Kodiaks top performers would be Andrew MacArthur and Stuart Johnston. MacArthur would finish the night with three points (2G,1A) as Johnston had two points (2G). For Medicine Men Joshua Huiatt and Issac Thrasher would lead the way. Huiatt lead his team and the game with six points (3G,3A) while Thrasher put up four points (3G,1A).
Saskatchewan SWAT vs Calgary Shamrocks – 9-10
This really was a game of two halves as the Shamrocks dominated the first period as they lead 5-2 heading into the second. In the second the Shamrocks would continue with a ton of energy until the midway point. The SWAT would take over with six goal run that would give them a ton of energy and last from late in the second to early in the third. That would make it 9-8 SWAT lead midway through the third period. The Shamrocks would pick up the pace to close out the game with a two goal run to secure the 10-9 victory.
For the SWAT their top performers were Talon Badaway and Aaron Greyeyes. Badaway would have seven points (4G,3A). Greyeyes finished the game with two points (2G). The Shamrocks leading point scorers would be Colby Fraser who literally carried this team in the first period and Connor Pupp. Fraser seven points (5G,2A) and Pupp would finish the day withs six points (2G,4A) in the win.
11:00 AM: North Shore Kodiaks vs Calgary Shamrocks – Tier II Championship (Fifth Place Game)
2:00 PM: Manitoba Blizzard vs Coquitlam Adanacs – Bronze Medal game (Fourth Place Game)
5:00 PM: Seneca War Chiefs vs Elora Mohawks – Championship Game
Tier I Bracket (Championship Bracket)
Tier II Bracket (Consolidation Bracket)