Founders’ Cup: Calgary And Six Nations Remain On Top

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Day three of the 2019 Founders’ Cup is in the books and only two days of round robin play remain. Through three days of play, the Calgary Shamrocks and Six Nations Rebels are the only two teams that still remain unbeaten. 

Calgary Shamrocks 12, North Shore Kodiaks 5

The Calgary Shamrocks used a second period surge to get past a hungry North Shore Kodiaks team searching for their first win of the tournament. Calgary got on the board first, followed by a two-goal run from North Shore to end the first period. In the second is where Calgary started to step on the gas as they score six unanswered goals to take a 7-2 lead heading into the third. Calgary extended their run to eight goals early in the third before North Shore finally ended their long scoring drought. While North Shore did wake up a bit in the third, Calgary was able to stay on top and walk away victorious. 

Calgary was led by Cordell Hastings with four points (3G/1A) in the win. In addition, Mason McQuiggin tallied three points (2G/1A) and Dylan Ferrier score two goals. 

Evan Reynolds led North Shore with three goals while Mikael Briere and Massimo Thauvette each score one goals, as well. 

Coquitlam Adanacs 17, Saskatchewan SWAT 4

Coquitlam absolutely devoured Saskatchewan in a game that really was never that close to begin with. While Coquitlam only led 2-1 heading into the second, they started the second with two straight goals before Saskatchewan answered, cutting the lead to 4-2. Coquitlam then went on a nine-goal run that stretch from midway through the second through midway in the third. Saskatchewan finally answered, but it was much too late for any type of comeback as Coquitlam secured the blowout win. 

Matthew Smigel led Coquitlam with seven points (4G/3A) while Daniel Chand tallied five points (2G/3A). In addition, Beau Chetner put up four points (3G/1A) in the win. 

Saskatchewan was led with Nick McKee who tallied four points (1G/3A) in the loss. Jordan Boyenko also had two points (1G/1A) for Saskatchewan. 

Six Nations Rebels 12, Seneca War Chiefs 7

The Six Nations Rebels used a big third period push to help them stay undefeated, and secure a win in a game that was very back-and-forth throughout. In the first, Six Nations got the scoring started early on before Seneca went on a two-goal run to take the lead. Six Nations answered with a two-goal run of their own, taking a 3-2 lead heading into the second. The back-and-forth nature of the game continued through the second as both side kept answering each other. With a narrow 6-5 lead heading into the third, Six Nations went on a five-goal run midway through the third to seal the deal, securing the win and move to 3-0 in the tournament. 

Six Nations was led by Tonatiuh Salinas with six points (2G/4A). In addition, Maon Hill tallied four points (3G/1A) and Chayton King also put up four points (2G/2A) in the win. 

Cody Bielec and Bryce Williams led the way for Seneca with three points (1G/2A) apiece. Brian Smith also scored two goals for Seneca in the loss. 

Calgary Shamrocks 17, Manitoba Blizzard 6

In a battle of undefeated teams, the Calgary Shamrocks showed their prowess as they blew out the host team Manitoba Blizzard. Calgary got on the board early in the first and Manitoba didn’t answer until midway through the period. Calgary then went on a three-goal run to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second. Calgary really took over in the second period as they used a few big runs in between Manitoba goals to take control and start to put this one to bed early. With a 13-5 lead heading into the third, Calgary had pretty much secured the win, but added on a few more in the third. Manitoba scored once in the third period, but couldn’t really spark anything from it as Calgary walked away with another blowout victory. 

Calgary was led by Cordell Hastings who tallied six points (2G/4A) in the win. Also, Colby Fraser and Dylan Ferrier put up five points (3G/2A) while Eric Lemire had five points (2G/3A). Bryce Timmer also had five points (1G/4A) for Calgary. 

Jackson Klewchuk led the way for Manitoba with three points (2G/1A). William Lutz also tallied two points (1G/1A) for Manitoba in the loss. 


DAY Four SCHEDULE

Saskatchewan SWAT vs Six Nations Rebels – 10:15am CST

North Shore Kodkais vs Seneca War Chiefs  – 1:15pm CST

Calgary Shamrocks vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 4:15pm CST

Saskatchewan SWAT vs Manitoba Blizzard – 7:15pm CST

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

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Founders’ Cup: Calgary, Manitoba, Six Nations Stay Perfect

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Through the first two days of play at the 2019 Founders’ Cup, the Calgary Shamrocks, Manitoba Blizzard, and Six Nations Rebels are all still undefeated with 2-0 records.

On day two of the Founders’ Cup there were certainly much better games than there were on day one. The last two games of the day were especially good, being just one-goal games. However, the first two games of the day were in fact blowouts. 

Calgary Shamrocks 16, Seneca War Chiefs 5

While the first five minutes of the game were pretty close, Calgary soon took over and never took their foot off the gas. Calgary used a four-goal run to close out the first quarter and take a 6-3 lead into the second. Seneca ended their nearly eleven minute scoring drought early in the second, but Calgary answered quickly with a seven-goal run to take a 13-4 lead into the third period. While Calgary had this one pretty much wrapped up, the fourth was slower and saw more back-and-forth play. Calgary was able to walk away with another fairly easy win. 

Calgary was led by Cordell Hastings who tallied five points (4G/1A). In addition, Colby Fraser tallied three points (2G/1A) and Kade Lundell dished our four assists in the win. 

Cameron Carpenter led Seneca with four points (2G/2A) in the loss. Brian Smith, Cody Bielec, and Efrain Barretto all recorded one goal, as well. 

Six Nations Rebels 11, Coquitlam Adanacs 5

This game was closer than the score presents, and it was a case of Six Nations taking advantage of every opportunity they had to help get ahead and stay ahead. Coquitlam and Six Nations went back-and-forth early on, trading multi-goal runs. After Coquitlam tied things up at 3 late in the first, Six Nations sprinted into the first intermission. They scored two straight to take a 5-3 lead heading into the second period. It was a slower and more defensive heavy second quarter as Six Nations expanded their lead to 8-4. It was a six-goal run from Six Nation that lasted from early in the second through early in the third that helped them not let Coquitlam get much going and secure the 11-5 victory and not let Coquitlam get much going. 

Mason Hill led Six Nations with four points (2G/2A) while Owen Martin tallied three points (2G/1A). Also, Sidney Powless had three points (1G/2A) to help lead the way for Six Nations. 

Coquitlam was led by Beau Chetner, Adam Noakes, and Brian Smith who each had three points (1G/2A) in the loss. 

Saskatchewan SWAT 8, North Shore Kodiaks 7

It was a very tight back-and-forth battle, especially down the stretch, as Saskatchewan was able to come out on top and keep North Shore searching for their first win of the tournament. North Shore got the first goal of the game four minutes in, but the rest of the first was slower and more defensive heavy. Saskatchewan scored late in the first to to tie things up heading into the second. Following a Saskatchewan goal midway though the second, North Shore went on a three-goal run to help them take a 4-3 lead heading into the third. A four-goal run for Saskatchewan to start the third ultimately helped them retake the lead and gain a ton of energy. However, North Shore answered with a three-goal run tie things up at 7 late in the game. With just seconds left in the game, Nick McKee found the back of the net, scoring the game-winner for Saskatchewan. 

Nick McKee led Saskatchewan with five points (4G/1A) while Austin Pope and Justin Porga each had four points (1G/3A) in the win. 

North Shore was led by Davin Miller and Raphael Lamothe who each tallied three points (2G/1A) in the loss. 

Manitoba Blizzard 11, Seneca War Chiefs 10

This game could have been very one-sided, but a huge second period from Manitoba allowed them to comeback and secure the win to move to 2-0. Manitoba got the scoring started early on, but Seneca went on a 5-1 run through the majority of the first to take a 5-2 lead heading into the second. While the second period was a little back-and-forth early on, Manitoba exploded midway through the period, going in a five-goal run that lasted through the beginning of the third period, as well. Trailing 10-7 early in the third, Seneca made a comeback in the third, but they fell short as Manitoba walked away with one-goal win to remain perfect. 

Manitoba was led by Jackson Klewchuk who tallied six points (4G/2A). In addition, William Lutz put up six points (2G/4A) and Blaze Bezecki had five points (1G/4A) in the win. 

Andrew Johnson led Seneca with five points (3G/2A) while Efrain Baretto tallied four points (3G/1A) in the loss. 


DAY Three SCHEDULE

Calgary Shamrocks vs North Shore Kodiaks – 10:15am CST

Coquitlam Adnacs vs Saskatchewan SWAT – 1:15pm CST

Seneca War Chiefs vs Six Nations Rebels – 5:15pm CST

Calgary Shamrocks vs Manitoba Blizzard – 8:15pm CST

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

Founders’ Cup: Blowouts Highlight Day One

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The 2019 Founders’ Cup got under way in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday with four games being played throughout the day. With the exception of the final game of the day, they were all blowouts as the first three games saw double-digit margin of victories. 

Six Nations Rebels 15, North Shore Kodiaks 4

In the first game of the tournament Six Nations devoured North Shore, and it all started from the beginning. Six Nations went up 2-0 early in the first before North Shore got themselves on the board just minutes later. Holding a 5-2 lead heading into the second period, Six Nations scored six unanswered goals before North Shore finally found the back of the net late in the period. Heading into the third, the game had been pretty much over for quite sometime as Six Nations led 12-3. They added just a little more on in third, walking away with the 15-4 victory. 

Six Nations was led by Mason Hill with six points (5G/1A) and Weylon Abrams with four points (2G/2A). In addition, Marshall Powless dished out six assists in the win. 

Alexis Simard led North Shore with three points (2G/1A). Evans Reynolds also tallied two points (1G/1A) for North Shore. 

Coquitlam Adanacs 12, Seneca War Chiefs 3

Coquitlam opened up the Founders’ Cup to a high note, absolutely burning Seneca in their first game of the tournament. Bryce Williams scored just :22 seconds into the game for Seneca, but the rest was all Coquitlam. Liam O’Connor got Coquitlam on the board 4:20 into the first, kickstarting their eleven-goal run that lasted through midway in the fourth quarter. Seneca scored two straight goals in the fourth, but things were already too far out of hand. Brian Smith scored the last goal of the game for Coquitlam late in the fourth to put the lid on this one. 

Liam O’Connor led the way for Coquitlam with four goals while Beau Chetner also contributed three points (2G/1A). 

Emerson Shenandoah led Seneca with two points (1G/1A). Ryan John and Bryce Williams each scored one goal as well. 

Calgary Shamrocks 23, Saskatchewan SWAT 9

Forty Four seconds into the game Calgary got started with a goal from John Geib. They scored once more before Austin Pope got Saskatchewan on the board 5:38 into the first. From that point on, Calgary took control of the game as they went on a fourteen-goal run that lasted through early in the second. Saskatchewan scored two goals in the second, but each came after a multi-goal run from Calgary. With a 21-3 lead heading into the third Calgary backed off a bit, and Saskatchewan started to find the net once again. Calgary walked away with the easy 23-9 victory to start the tournament. 

Calgary was led by Connor Pupp who tallied eight points (1G/7A), Eric Lemire with seven points (5G/2A), Cordell Hastings with six points (4G/2A), among others. 

Saskatchewan saw Austin Pope lead the way with four points (3G/1A). Dryden Quinn and Ashton Hall also had three points (1G/2A) apiece. 

Manitoba Blizzard 16, North Shore Kodiaks 13

In the best game of the day the host team, Manitoba, was able to subdue the comeback from North Shore and secure the win. Jonah Lockart got Manitoba on the board first early in first period and Matthew Pearson followed up quickly with one from North Shore. Manitoba went on a 7-2 run that stretched to a bout the midway point of the second period. Finally, North Shore woke back up again and started getting back into the game, going on a three-goal run to help cut Manitoba’s lead to 10-6 heading into the fourth. With Manitoba up 15-9 midway through the fourth North Shore went on a three-goal run to cut the lead, but Manitoba’s defense stood tall in the final minutes to help secure the win. 

Manitoba was led by Blaze Bezecki with eight points (4G/4A). In addition, William Lutz and Cayden Onagi each tallied seven points in the win. 

Davin Miller led North Shore with five points (3G/2A) while Raphael Laothe also had seven points (4G/1A). Zachary Miller and Alexis Simard each had four points in the game, as well.


Day Two Schedule

Calgary Shamrocks vs Seneca War Chiefs – 10:15am ET

Coquitlam Adanaca vs Six Nations Rebels – 1:15pm ET

North Shore Kodiaks vs Saskatchewan SWAT – 4:15pm ET

Seneca War Chiefs vs Manitoba Blizzard – 7:15pm ET

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

 

 

CLA History: The Minto Cup

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As summer starts to wind down so does the summer box season across Canada, and that means that the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) national championships are on the horizon. 

This year, I wanted to take a dive into the history of each of the four CLA National Championships that will take place from August through September. After looking at the history of the Founders Cup, we move onto the Minto Cup which is the championship for Junior “A”. 

The Minto Cup is by far the oldest trophy competed for amongst Canadian lacrosse, pre-dating box lacrosse. Donated by the Governor-General of Canada, Sir Gilbert John Murray Kynynmond Elliot 4th Earl of Minto, in 1901, the Minto Cup was intended to be for amateurs only. The Ottawa Capitals won the first Minto Cup in 1901, defeating the Cornwall Colts. The Montreal Shamrocks won the next seven seasons (1902-1907), becoming the first Minto Cup dynasty. 

By 1910, The Minto Cup had essentially been taken over by professionals and the Mann Cup was introduced for the Senior amateur championship. However, the last amateur challenge for the Minto Cup was in 1913 when the Mann Cup champions Vancouver Athletic Club challenged the Minto Cup champions New Westminster Salmonbellies. It is the only time in history that the Mann Cup champions and Minto Cup champions ever faced each other. 

From 1909 until 1924 the Minto Cup was a professional competition, completely escaping its amateur roots. During the professional era of the Minto Cup, the New Westminster Salmonbellies dominated the competition as they held the cup 21 out of 29 years, including sitting on the cup from 1925-1937. The only time during this period that the Minto Cup was not contested was during World War I in 1916 and 1917. Also, the Minto Cup was only competed for by teams in British Columbia from 1913 onward and had been in the hands of a British Columbia team since 1908.

In June of 1924 the Coast Professional League-known as the British Columbia Lacrosse Association-folded, thus marking the end of the Minto Cup’s professional era. The cup was brought back the the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) in 1937 to be the trophy for the Canadian Junior “A” champions. 

The Orilla Terriers won the Minto Cup in 1937, becoming the first junior champion to win the cup. However, it is unclear if they were ever given the cup or if they were just given the title due to the Minto Cup going missing following the passing of Charlie Welsh, the last surviving trustee of the Minto Cup. 

In 1938 the Mimico Mountaineers won the series and became the first team outside of British Columbia to hoist the cup in 31 years. The modern era of the Minto Cup as we know it today really started in 1960 when the practice of adding players to the provincial champion to create a sort of all-star team was abandoned. 

Since 1960, there have been multiple streaks, but nothing compares to the Oshawa Green Gaels dynasty. The Gaels won seven straight Minto Cup’s from 1963-1969. While they were led by many greats of the game, from 1964-1967 the Gaels were led by the legendary Gaylord Powless. Each Minto Cup winning Green Gaels team was collectively inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000.

Peterborough and Burnaby have also won at least three straight Minto Cups as well. The Coquitlam Adanacs have been in every Minto Cup since 2014, but have only won two of those five times, 2016 and 2018. 

In 2019, the Minto Cup format is the same as it has been for quite sometime. The top two teams of the BCJALL (British Columbia), winners of the OJALL (Ontario), and winners of the RMLL (Alberta) will all compete in a round robin style tournament. The top two teams then face each other in a best of five series to determine to gets to hoist the cup. 

The 2019 Minto Cup will be played in Langley, BC from August 15th-26th. 

For a much deeper look at the history of the Minto Cup and lacrosse on the west coast, I highly suggest you check out Dave Stewart-Candy’s Old School Lacrosse website.

CLA History: The Founders Cup

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As summer starts to wind down so does the summer box season across Canada, and that means that the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) national championships are on the horizon. 

This year, I wanted to take a dive into the history of each of the four CLA National Championships that will take place from August through September. I will be going in order of when each takes place. So, first up is the Founder’s Cup which is the championship for Junior “B”. 

Just like anything else, the Founders Cup has gone through many changes in throughout its history. The first Junior ‘B” championship in Canada occurred in 1964, but it wasn’t the Founders Cup that they were playing for. The Castrol Cup, a silver cup donated by Castrol Oils, was the original trophy for the Junior “B” championship. 

During the Castrol Cup era, the Elora Mohawks (Ontario) were the most dominate team. They won the first Castrol Cup in 1964 as the Guelph Mohawks, and then won two straight as the Elora Mohawks in 1967 and 1968. In addition, an Ontario team won five out of the eight years that the Junior “B” championship was known as the Castrol Cup.

It wasn’t until 1972 that the CLA retired the Castrol Cup and introduced the Founders Cup. The CLA named the Founders Cup in honor of the founders of organized lacrosse, especially William George Beers. Beers wrote the first rulebook for the sport and helped found the Canadian National Lacrosse Foundation which then became the Canadian Lacrosse Association. 

While the CLA introduced the Founders Cup in 1972 it wasn’t given to the Junior “B” champion until 1973. During that ’72 season, the Founders Cup was awarded to the Long Branch PCO’s who were the Junior “C” champions. In 1973 the Niagara-on-the-Lake Warriors won the Founders Cup, making them the first Junior “B” team to hoist the trophy. 

Not only has the trophy and name changed over time, but also the structure of the tournament. While it is a round-robin style tournament that plays down to the championship nowadays, the Founders Cup used to be an invitational style championship. 

The one thing that has not changed about the Junior “B” championship over the years is the dominance of Ontario teams. Since moving from the Castrol Cup to the Founders Cup, the Junior “B” championship an Ontario team has won each year except three years, 1980 with the Enoch Tomahawks (Alberta), 1999 Edmonton Miners (Alberta), and 2009 Calgary Mountaineers. 

In terms of the number of championships, the Six Nations Rebels hold the record with seven while the Elora Mohawks had six titles. Also, the Clarington Green Gales and Point Edward Pacers have each won four titles in their teams’ histories. 

The longest winning streak is owned by the Six Nations Rebels who captured the championship four years in a row from 2011 to 2014. During those four years, the Rebels had players such as Vaughn Harris, Zed Williams, Austin Staats, Doug Jameison, and others that made up all-star caliber rosters each year. 

In 2019, the Founders Cup will be played in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 12th-18th. There will be seven teams participating from six different provinces as well as a First Nations team. As of writing this, the Manitoba Blizzard (Host team), Saskatchewan SWAT, and North Shore Kodiaks are the only three teams that have qualified for the Founders Cup thus far. The four slots left are Alberta (RMLL), British Columbia (WCJBLL), First Nations Lacrosse Association, and Ontario (OJBLL). 

Israel to Compete in 2019 WJLC

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International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL) and the World Junior Lacrosse Championships (WLJLC) announced on Monday afternoon that Israel will be one of the six nations competing in the 2019 WJLC. The event will take place in Hamilton, ON at the FirstOntario Centre from August 6th-11th. 

Israel is the fifth nation added to the 2019 tournament after Australia was added back in November.

In a press release WJLC Chair and General Manager Chris Fox said, “The growth of lacrosse in Israel has been amazing. We’re excited to welcome Israel back to the World Juniors and to see their experience and development pay off.”

At the 2019 WJLC Israel will join Canada, Iroquois, United States, and Australia. A six nation will be announced over the next few weeks.

 

Player Profile: David Anderson

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David Anderson is a junior attackman/midfielder at Culver Military Academy (IN) and plays JR. A for the Toronto Beaches in the OJALL and JR. B with the Oakville Buzz in the OJBLL during the summer as well. Anderson also played for the Iroquois last summer in Saskatoon at the World Junior Lacrosse Championship (WJLC).

Back in November of 2018 Anderson announced his commitment to play lacrosse at Yale University. 

When asked about how long he had been playing the game Anderson said, “Ever since I could walk,I had a stick in my hands.” Anderson says his first memories of lacrosse was at age five during a family reunion playing catch with his cousins. 

Born into the game as the grandson of the legendary Gaylord Powless who is known as one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. Anderson said that even though he never saw his Grandfather play he tries to model his game after his. 

“I have definitely felt some pressure having my Grandfather be considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. I know that he is supporting me every step of the way, and is helping me continue the legacy he has made for our family.” Anderson said when asked if he felt any pressure because of who his grandfather was. 

Anderson is a great player and in the field game you can see a big box influence as Anderson has a great IQ and is great getting into those tight areas and scoring, as well as other areas of his game. “Box lacrosse has immensley developed my level in field lacrosse, both skill-wise and mentally.”, Anderson said. 

This summer Anderson played for the Iroquois Nationals in the World Junior Lacrosse Championship (WJLC) in Sasktoon at the Sasktel Centre. Anderson helped lead the Iroquois to a silver medal as they lost to Canada in the champiosnhip game. 

When asked about his expierecne with the Iroquois at the WJLC this summer he said, “Playing with Team Iroquois in the World Juniors was one of the best expiernces of my life. I made many friends from all teams, learned new systems. I was also able to step out of my comfort zone and take faceoffs for our team, which better rounded me as a player today.”

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Hockey has also had a big influence on Anderson’s game as he has been playing since he was five years old, the same amount of time he has been playing lacrosse. Anderson is a forward on Culver’s hockey team as well. 

When asked about how Hockey has helped him in lacrosse Anderson Said, “I feel that the diversity and different skills needed in the two sports has helped me elevate as an athlethe in both sports.”

Being an athlethe at Culver is no small task as you are held to some very high standards on the field, off the field, and in the classroom. As a Military Academy a normal day at Culver is much differet than at a regular high school or even another boarding school.

“When I came to Culver, I didn’t know what to think of it, seeing it was a Military Academy. I handeled my transition academic-wise very well and I love the way lacrosse and hockey are set up here. Culver has definitely bettered my character on and off the field, as well as physically enhnced my game.” Said Anderson when asked how his transtion to Culver was. 

Looking forward a bit Anderson will be heading to Yale after next year where he will be walking into one of the best lacrosse programs and schools in the country. Anderson said he committed to Yale because of both the high level academics and lacrosse program. ” I felt very welcome and the campus was the nicest out of the schools I visited.” Anderson Said. 

As far as the 2019 season with Culver goes Anderson said, “My goals are to improve as a player and teammate, get better every day, and help my teammates achieve our goal, win.” Culver will open their 2019 season with a road trip down to Louisville, KY on March 9th and 10th as they take on McCallie (TN) and St. Xavier (KY). The Eagles are expected to be ranked as the number one team in the country coming into the 2019 season. 

 

Langley to Host 2019 Minto Cup

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The CLA has announced that the 2019 Minto Cup will be hosted in Langley, British Columbia from August 15th-26th. The Langley Thunder of the (BCJALL) will be the co-host of the tournament. This is the third time that Langley has hosted the Minto Cup. They played host of the 2014 and 2016 Minto Cup as well.

Langley Events Centre will be the host venture for the 2019 Minto Cup. Langley Events Centre has hosted a number of high level lacrosse events including playing host to the NLL’s Vancouver Stealth, now Warriors, from 2013-2018. Langley Events Centre will also play host to the 2018 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in September of 2019.

The Minto Cup is Canada’s men’s junior A Box lacrosse championship. The Championship brings the beat junior A teams from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Last year the 2018 Minto Cup was held in Calgary, Alberta as the Coquitlam Adanacs won their 2nd Minto Cup in three seasons. The Adanacs have been in the Minto Cup finals for five seasons in a row.

For more information visit the BCJALL website or the Minto Cup website.

OJCLL Announces Changes Following Annual General Meeting

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Over the weekend the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League (OJCLL) held their annual general meeting where commissioner Reg Holinshead announced many changes for the 2019 season. These changes included the addition of new teams and teams leaving the league. There were also some executive changes as well.
The Mimico Mountaineers will be taking a one year hiatus to try and regenerate some new interest into the Jr. C team and regroup. Mimico will also use this year off to try to get some more volunteers that will be able to run the club. In 2018 Mimico went 5-10 as they finished sixth in the west. In the OJCLL playoffs they went 0-2 losing in the first round to Six Nations.
In addition to Mimico taking a one year hiatus, the Gloucester Griffins are withdrawing from the league due to decreasing revenue year after year. Gloucester went 2-12 in 2018 as they finished last, fourth, in the far east division. They  would lose in the second round of the playoffs to Whitby.
Due to Gloucester exiting the league Nepean will be having their rebirth in 2019. The Nepean Knights left the league in 2012 and have been voted back in the league.
During the annual general meeting two new teams were voted into the league as well. The North Shore Kodiaks (Kodiaks Rive Nord) and the Eastern Township Extreme Eagles (Aigles Extreme de I’Estrie) have been admitted as dull members after a one year probationary status. Both squads come from Quebec and North Shore made it to the Founders cup last season where they finished last, eight place, with a 1-4 record.
With the addition of two new full members the OJCLL will examine the league structure and scheduling at the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) annual general meeting. This is due to the fact that there is now a nine team east division and a 7 team west division.
There are two executive changes as Barry Trood has stepped down as Chairman of the Board and Wayne Paddick will be the Covenor of the west division. Lisa Cartman will be the new Chairman of the Board. Reg Holinshead remains as the OJCLL commissioner while Jean MacDonald will remain as the Secretary/Treasurer. Also, Debbie Reynolds will remain as the Covenor for the east division.

Coquitlam Silences Brampton in Overtime to Win the Minto Cup

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The best game of the tournament would need overtime to decide the outcome as the Coquitlam Adanacs captured the Minto Cup championship. Brampton would put together an impressive comeback and force overtime, but Coquitlam used those extra ten minutes to their advantage.
Early on in the game it was all Coquitlam as they dominated both ends of the floor. Coquitlam started the game with a four goal run that lasted the majority of the first period. During that run Josh Hofseth would get two goals while Will Clayton and Dennon Armstrong had one a piece. Brampton would answer as Justin Robinson and Austin Hasen. That would make it a 4-2 Coquitlam lead heading into the second period.
The second period was a little slower than the first but Coquitlam still had the upper hand for the majority of the period. Coquitlam started the second with a three goal run as Dennon Armstrong scored one and Larson Sundown followed with two in a row. Brampton would finally find the back of the net as Justin Sykes scored late in the period to cut the Coquitlam lead to 7-3.
In the third Brampton would come out hot as they put together an impressive run to eventually force overtime. Brampton would start the third with a four goal run that lasted until about midway through the period. During that run Brampton would see Clarke Peterson score two while Jeff Teat and Jake Boudreau each score one. With the game all tied up 7-7 midway through the period Coquitlam would take back the lead 8-7 with ten minutes left in the period. Brampton would tie The game back up at 8-8 with 13:02 in the period. That would be the last goal of regulation as the defenses prevailed down the stretch.
The overtime period would get off to  slow start, offensively speaking. Both squads had some decent looks at the cage and multiple oppourtunities. The defense was stellar from both Coquitlam and Brampton early on. As the overtime period was winding down Will Clayton would score to put Coquitlam up 9-8. Coquitlam would get another goal by way of Ethan Ticehurst that would put them up 10-8 and that would be the game. It was a fantastic game, but Coquitlam would be able to make the plays in crunch time to secure the win.
Brampton was lead by Clarke Petterson who had 6 points (2G,4A). Justin Sykes would bethe second leading point scorer for Brampton with 4 points (1G,3A). In goal for Brampton Steve Orleman had 52 saves off of 62 shots. For Coquitlam it would be Will Clayton that would lead them with 7 points (3G,4A). Dylan Foulds also had 5 points with 5 assist. Larson Sundown and John Hofseth also contributed with 4 points a piece. In goal for Coquitlam Christian Del Bianco had 29 saves off of 36 shots to help Coquitlam capture the Minto Cup.