The Peterborough Lakers defeated the Victoria Shamrocks in game five of the Mann Cup close out the series and secure their third straight Mann Cup. It was a very defensive heavy and hard fought battle from both sides through the entire contest.
Kyle Buchanan led Peterborough with five points (1G/3A) in the win. Also, Shawn Evans scored two goals and Turner Evans dished out three assists. Mike Poulin made 38 saves off of 43 shots and was named 2019 Mike Kelley Mann Cup MVP at the end of the game.
Graeme Hossack and Larson Sundown led the way for Victoria with two points (1G/1A) each. Steve Priolo also dished out two assists for Victoria. Peter Dubenski made 47 saves off of 54 shots on net.
Victoria got out to a very quick start with Chris Wardle bouncing one right over Mike Poulin’s foot just fifty seconds into the game. Wardle’s goal wouldn’t be answered for quite some time as both defenses, especially the goalies, stepped up and made stop after stop.
Kiel Matisz and Shawn Evans got Peterborough’s offense going late in first with back-to-back goals just seconds apart. Victoria’s offense started to spark again with Larson Sundown and Tyson Gibson scoring each finding the back of the net in the final minutes of the period.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the second, Peterborough really started to take control on both ends of the floor despite Victoria continuing to stay in the fight with tireless effort. Peterborough saw three goals courtesy of Cory Vitarelli, Shawn Evans, and Kyle Buchanan in the second, putting them ahead 5-3.
Graeme Hossack finally got Victoria back on the board late in the second, but Holden Cattoni put scored late for Peterborough, giving them a 6-4 lead heading into the third and final period of play.
The third period saw both defenses stand stout, limiting any offensive effort early on. Chris Boushy broke the ice in the third, scoring off a Larson Sundown feed to pull Victotia within one. Thomas Hoggarth put the nail in the coffin late in the game, scoring a power-play goal in transition with 4:30 on the clock.
Hoggarth’s goal proved to be the be the game-winner as the Peterborough defense shut down any opportunity that Victoria could sniff late in the game. Peterborough was able to walk away with the 7-5 victory and their third consecutive Mann Cup.