Canada is the world champions of box lacrosse, again!
Canada continued their undefeated streak at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship as they beat the Iroquois Nationals 19-12 in the Gold medal game. It is the fifth consecutive Gold for Canada and fifth Silver for Iroquois.
Led by Curtis Dickson with seven points (5G/2A) and Dane Dobbie with 10 points (3G/7A) Canada was seemingly flawless all game. They were able to get their offense clicking early on and really attacked the goal all night long, wearing down and going right through the Iroquois defense.
Iroquois, led by Zed Williams with six points (5G/1A), had a tough time getting quality shots off consistently and started to settle for more and more outside shots as the game went on. However, they were able to get it done on both ends but just couldn’t handle the Canadian attack on both ends for a full sixty, even with Lyle Thompson back in the lineup.
In net for Canada, Mike Poulin played the whole game and made 42 saves off of 54 shots. For Iroquois, Warren Hill made 37 saves off of 57 shots in net.
Iroquois got on the board just 19-seconds into the game with a Zed Willams goal and Canada answered fairly quickly with Dane Dobbie finding the back of the net just over one minute later. The back-and-forth nature of the game continued with Randy Staats getting Iroquois their second of the game with 10:55 in the first.
Canada got hot midway through the first, scoring three consecutive goals in just over a minute. Robert Church, Ben McIntosh, and Dhane Smith all scored during that Canada run. A power-play opportunity got the Iroquois going again with Kyle Jackson converting on the power-play and Zed Williams scoring on their next possession.
While Iroquois cut Canada’s lead to 6-5 in the final minute of the first, Canada was able to hop in the driver’s seat in the second quarter. A Dane Dobbie power play goal helped spark a four-goal run that put them up 10-5 late in the second as they dominated for the majority of the quarter. Iroquois was able to get a goal and end their sixteen minute scoring drought with just seven seconds left in the second quarter as Zed Williams converted on a power-play.
Even with the Iroquois being able to find a little more success on the offensive end in the third, Canada continued to dominate as a three-goal run midway through the quarter helped them take a 14-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Tehoka Nanticoke scored the final goal of the third for the Iroquois to get them to eight goals in the game.
While both sided went back-and-forth throughout the fourth quarter, Canada was able to hang on for the win, even despite the Iroquois being able to grab a lot of energy down the stretch. In the final minutes of play, Dane Dobbie and Chris Corbeil scored the final two goals for Canada to put this one to rest and officially secure the 19-12 win.