Minto Cup: Orangeville Defeats Victoria In Back-And-Forth Contest, Completes Finals Sweep

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The Orangeville Northmen defeated the Victoria Shamrocks 7-5 in a very back-and-forth contest to complete the 3-0 sweep and hoist the Minto Cup for the first time since 2012. It was some very strong play late in the third that helped Orangeville pull ahead and secure the win. 

Orangeville was led by Jonathan Donville with four points (3G/1A) while Ty Thompson also tallied three points (1G/2A) in the win. In net, Rylan Hartley made 43 saves with a .896 save percentage for Orangeville. 

Jackson Boyd and Austin Madronic led the way for Victoria with two points (1G/1A) apiece. Cameron Dunkerley made 46 saves with a .868 save percentage in net for Victoria, as well. 

Orangeville opened up the game with two quick goals from Dawson Tait and Jonathan Donville, giving them an early lead. Zach Manns got Victoria on the board midway through the first, cutting the Orangeville lead to 2-1. Each team scored once more to end the period with Orangeville holding a 3-2 lead. 

Following a Kyle Waters Goal to put Orangeville up 4-2 just seconds into the second, both sides started to vamp it up on defense as seven minutes went bye without a goal. Midway through the period, Patrick Dodds found the back of the net for Victoria, cutting the lead to just one. Jackson Boyd tied things up at 4 for Victoria with just over a minutes left in the second. 

The third started with some more heavy defensive play, but Ty Thompson broke the silence with an Orangeville goal at the 9:03 mark. Denton Macdonald scored for Victoria just minutes later, tying things back up at 5. That would be Victoria’s last goal of the game as they were never able to capitalize on any more opportunities. Jonathan Donville scored two straight for Orangeville to end the game and secure the 7-5 victory. 

Minto Cup: Orangeville Handles Victoria In Game Two Of Finals

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Orangeville was able to go up 2-0 in the Minto Cup Finals, defeating Victoria 11-5 on Thursday night. While things started off very back-and-forth, Orangeville eventually took over on both ends and really ran away with this one, not allowing Victoria to even sniff a comeback. 

Jonathan Donville led the way for Orangeville with six points (4G/2A) while Kyle Waters tallied four points (3G/1A), as well. In net for Orangeville, Rylan Hartley made 27 saves with a .844 save percentage. 

Victoria was led by Zach Manns with three goals while Patrick Dodds and put up two points (1G/1A). Cameron Dunkerley made 45 saves with a .804 save percentage in net for Victoria. 

The game started off very back-and-forth as both teams kept trading goals throughout the first period. Jonathan Donville got Orangeville on the board first with a power-play goal, but a penalty on Donville allowed Victoria to get on the board with a power-play goal from Zach Mann less than a minute later. Midway through the period Dylan Watson ripped one for Orangeville, scoring another power-play goal and putting them up 2-1. 

Victoria ended the first period with a two-goal run from Patrick Dodds and Zach Manns late in the period. Manns goal came just after the penalty clock expired to give them a 3-2 lead heading into the second. 

Orangeville started took charge in the second, getting it done at both ends. Kyle Waters got the first goal for Orangeville in the second, kicking off a four-goal run that included three goals from Jonathan Donville to put them up 6-3.

Just when it looked like Orangeville could run away with it, Zach Manns stopped the bleeding for Victoria with a rip from downtown in the dying seconds of the shot clock. Less than a minute later Caleb Kueber found the back of the net in transition for Victoria, cutting the Orangeville lead to 6-5 heading into the third. 

Orangeville closed out the game strong in the third, scoring five unanswered goals, including two from Kyle Waters, to secure the 11-5 victory and go up 2-0 in the series. 

With Orangeville now leading 2-0 in the best of five series, they can capture the Minto Cup tomorrow night with a win to sweep the finals. 

Minto Cup: Orangeville Holds Off Victoria, Captures Game One of Finals

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The Orangeville Northmen were able to hold on down the stretch, warding off a very string comeback from the Victoria Shamrocks to secure the 10-8 and go up 1-0 in the Minto Cup Finals. 

It was a great offensive effort from Jonathan Donville and Dylan Watson as the two combined for all ten of Orangeville’s goals. Watson ended the game with 10 points (7G/3A) while Donville had nine points (3G/6A). 

For Victoria, Austin Madronic and Caleb Kueber led the way with three points (2G/1A) apiece. Jackson Boyd also tallied four points (1G/3A) for Victoria. 

Rylan Hartley made 31 saves with a .795 save percentage for Orangeville while Cameron Dunkerley made 57 saves with a .851 save percentage for Victoria. 

Orangeville got on the board first with Dylan Watson scoring two straight early in the first period. After some back-and-forth play, Ben Preston finally got Victoria on the board midway through the first, but that would be the last of their offensive feats in the first. Orangeville dominated the rest of the period and really dusted Victoria, taking a 5-1 lead into the second. 

While Jonothan Donville pushed Orangeville’s lead out to 6-1 early in the second, it was a much more defensive heavy period. Both goalies and the defense in front of them really stepped up big in the second, not allowing much by them. Victoria got their second goal of the game with 10:05 in the second via Teioshontathe McComber and Dylan Watson increased Orangeville’s lead to 7-2 with 4:34 in the period. 

The third quarter was a much different story, as Victoria flew out of the gate with an early three-goal run to start the period, cutting the Orangeville lead to 7-5. While Dylan Watson stopped the bleeding for Orangeville, scoring just about a minute later, Austin Madronic answered right back for Victoria. 

Orangeville scored two straight midway through to give them a 10-6 cushion. While Austin Madronic and Patrick Dodds scored two goals late in the game for Victoria they could not complete the comeback as the Orangeville defense stood tall in the final minutes of the game to secure the 10-8 win. 

Minto Cup: Victoria Defeats Okotoks in Overtime, Advances to Finals

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For the first time since 2008, the Victoria Shamrocks are heading to the Minto Cup finals where they will face the Orangeville Northmen. Victoria defeated Okotoks in overtime of the semifinal game to advance to the finals, which start on Wednesday night. 

Jake Gillis got Okotoks on the board first, but Victoria didn’t take long to answer and take the lead with Jackson Boyd and Zach Manns scoring back-to-back goals in less than a minute. Okotoks scored the last two goals of the first, taking a 3-2 lead into the second. 

The back-and-forth play continued in the second as both teams continued to answer each other. Victoria took back the lead with an early two-goal run before Okotoks answered with a two-goal run of their own. Following a two-goal run from Victoria late in the second, Okotoks caught fire and scored three straight to go ahead 8-6 heading into the third. 

While there was a ton of back-and-forth play to start the third, offensively it was all Victoria. Patrick Dodds and Austin Madronic scored two straight to tie things up at 8 for Victoria early in the period. Both Okotoks and Victoria had opportunities to score coming out of a timeout with just seconds left on the clock, but neither could convert as both defenses stood tall, forcing overtime. 

Both defenses were very stout through the early part of the overtime period, but Victoria’s offense really popped off at the end to secure the victory. Austin Madronic scored and Ben Preston scored two straight within a minute to give Victoria the 10-8 lead with 2:16 in the period. Liam Phillips and Brian Robb added some sugar on top with two empty netters in the final minute to put this one to bed, giving Victoria the12-8 win. 

Okotoks was led by Zach Mantei with five points (1G/4A) and Levi Anderson who tallied four points (2G/2A). In net, Jack Bruzell-Friesz made 51 saves with a .836 save percentage. 

Austin Madronic led the way for Victoria with five points (2G/3A). Zach Manns also had four points (2G/2A) in the win for Victoria. In net, Cameron Dunkerley made 41 saves with an .837 save percentage. 

Minto Cup Finals Schedule (Best of Five)

Wednesday, August 21st: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT

Thursday, August 22nd: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT

Friday, August 23rd: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT

Saturday, August 24th: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT (If Needed)

Sunday, August 25th: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT (If Needed)



Minto Cup: Round Robin Play Wraps Up

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Through three days of play, the round robin portion of the Minto Cup has concluded, and the semifinal game and finals are on the horizon. 

After Saturday’s contest, Victoria, Okotoks, and Orangeville will be moving on while Coquitlam has seen their season come to an end following an upset loss. Victoria and Okotoks will face each other in the semifinal game on Monday, and the winner will face Orangeville in the finals which start on Wednesday. 

Orangeville Northmen 11, Okotoks Raiders 4

Thing started very back-and-forth in this one as things were tied at 2 heading into the second. Orangeville used a six-goal run from late in the first through late in the second to really get ahead and start to put this one away early. Okotoks was able to answer, but they couldn’t overcome the deficit. Orangeville led 8-3 heading into the third and then expanded on it. Okotoks got the last goal of the game, making the final an 11-4 win for Orangeville. 

Jonathan Donville led the way for Orangeville with nine points (5G/4A) while Dylan Watson also had six points (2G/4A) in the win. In net, Rylan Hartley made 36 saves with a save percentage of .923. 

Okotoks was led by Ethan Landymore who scored two goals in the loss. In addition, Marshall Bloomfield dished out four assists for Okotoks, as well. Jackson Brown made 41 saves with a .788 save percentage. 

Victoria Shamrocks 15, Coquitlam Adanacs 7

Victoria came out firing as they were able to gain a 6-0 advantage heading into the second period. While Coquitlam finally started to find their offense in the second, Victoria was always there to answer. Victoria was able to stay ahead and take a 10-3 lead into the third and final period. This one was pretty much over, but Victoria continued to pile on and Coquitlam was able to answer as they continued to find ways to have success, despite the seemingly insurmountable deficit. Victoria sustained their lead and walked away with a very surprising win to keep their hopes alive. 

Patrick Dodds led Victoria with six points (2G/4A) while Zach Manns tallied five points (3G/2A) in the win. Also, Ben Preston and Austin Madronic recorded five points for Victoria, as well. In net, Cameron Dunkerley made 43 saves with a .860 save percentage. 

Coquitlam was led by Will Clayton who tallied four points (2G/2A) in the loss. Reid Bowering also scored three goals for Coquitlam in the game. Nate Faccin made 25 saves with a .735 save percentage for Coquitlam. 

Playoff Schedule

Semifinal Game

Monday, August 19th: Okotoks Raiders vs Victoria Shamrocks – 7:00pm PST 

Finals (Best of Five) 

August 21-26: Orangeville Northmen vs TBD

Minto Cup: Orangeville Continues To Roll, Okotoks Defeats Victoria

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Day two of round robin play at the Minto Cup is in the books as Orangeville and Okotoks claimed wins on Saturday night. The Okotoks Raiders were able to take down the Victoria Shamrocks in a very back-and-forth affair, and the Orangeville Northmen continued to roll as they defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs pretty handedly. 

Okotoks Raiders 13, Victoria Shamrocks 10

The Okotoks Raiders were able to handle a pretty strong effort from the Victoria Shamrocks as they made some big plays down the stretch to help secure the win. Victoria started the game on a two-goal run, but Okotoks soon got things going and netted three straight to take their first lead of the game.

While Austin Madronic did tie things up at 3 for Victoria midway through the first, Okotoks continued to spark as they put together a four goal run that stretched into the second period. Victoria did answer, but Okotoks was able to hold onto an 8-5 lead heading into the third. 

Both sided constantly went back-and-forth in the third as Okotoks always seemed to have an answer following any multi-goal run Victoria put together. With things tied at 12 midway through the third, Sean Kriwokon scored the first of  three consecutive goals for Okotoks that helped them gain a lot of momentum and put a lid on this contest. 

Okotoks was led by Zach Mantei who tallied five points (3G/2A) and Levi Anderson who had four points (2G/2A) in the win. In addition, Marshall Bloomfield dished out three assists and Ethan Ladymore had three points (1G/2A) for Okotoks. 

Austin Madronic was The Guy for Victoria in this one as he tallied eight points (3G/5A). In addition, Ben Preston and Tieoshontathe Mccomber tallied three points (2G/1A) apiece.

In net, Cameron Dunkerley made 37 saves with a .755 save percentage for Victoria and Jack Bruzell-Friesz made 33 saves with a .786 save percentage for Okotoks. Jackson Brown also saw some time in net for Okotoks as well. 

Orangeville Northmen 12, Coquitlam Adanacs 7

While it was pretty tight for a while, Orangeville was able to use a few runs late in the game to break away and secure the win. Orangeville got on the board first, but Coquitlam answered with a two-goal run to take the 2-1 lead. After some back-and-forth play, Orangeville went on a two-goal run late in the period and take the lead. Dennon Armstrong scored in the dying seconds of the first to tie things up at 3 for Coquitlam heading into the second. 

While the back-and-forth nature of the game continued in the second, Orangeville came out of the break hot. A three-goal run put Orangeville up 6-3 before Coquitlam answered about midway through. That same trend of Coquitlam interrupting an Orangeville three-goal run continued into the early part of the third. 

Those runs really gave Orangeville an edge as they could pretty much close this one up. Coquitlam was able to cut into the lead late with two goals in the third, but any through of a comeback was far too gone as Orangeville walked away 12-7 victors in this one. 

Jonathan Donville led Orangeville with six points (1G/5A) while Ty Thompson had five points (1G/4A) in the win. In addition, Dylan Watson tallied four points (3G/1A) while Sam Firth and Kyle Water each tallied four points (2G/2A). 

Coquitlam was led by Dennon Armstrong who score two goals in the loss. Haiden Dickson and Braydon Cresswell each tallied two points (1G/1A) for Coquitlam, as well. 

Rylan Hartley made 41 saves with a .854 save percentage for Orangeville and Nate Faccin made 30 saves with a .714 save percentage for Coquitlam. Matteo Tack also saw some time in net for Coquitlam during this game. 


Orangeville Northmen vs Okotoks Raiders – 4:00pm PST

Victoria Shamrocks vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 7:00pm PST

Minto Cup: Orangeville Opens Round Robin Play Strong

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Day one of round robin play at the Minto Cup is in the books as the Orangeville Northmen and Coquitlam Adanacs got the tournament started with wins. 

On day one, both Orangeville and Coquitlam got wins but it was Orangeville who made the biggest splash. Orangeville steamrolled Victoria from the beginning and never looked back, setting the tone and letting their presence be well known. Coquitlam had a more difficult time as Okotoks gave them some trouble in a game that was back-and-forth pretty much the whole way. 

Orangeville Northmen 12, Victoria Shamrocks 1

This was never really was much of a contest as Orangeville started the game hot, sprinting out to a 4-0 lead heading into the second period. Early in the second, Zach Manns found the back of the net off a feed from Teioshontathe Mccomber to get Victoria their first and only goal of the game. Orangeville closed out the game with a five-goal run that lasted from late in the second through late in the third to secure the blowout win. 

A big part of Orangeville’s success was their defense, and in particular goalie Rylan Hartley. He came up big with 43 saves and a save percentage of .977. On offense, Orangeville was led by Johnathan Donville, Dylan Watson, and Ty Thompson who all recorded five points in the win.

Cameron Dunkerley played the majority of the game in goal for Victoria, and made 45 saves and had a save percentage of .818. On offense, Zach Manns was their only scorer. 

Coquitlam Adanacs 11, Okotoks Raiders 9

Coquitlam was able to pull away late in the third to secure the win over Okotoks in a very back=and-forth battle. Okotoks started the scoring early in the first before Coquitlam netted two straight to take their first lead of the game. Both teams traded goal for most of the period, but a two-goal run for Coquitlam late in the first helped them take a narrow 5-4 lead heading into the second. After Okotoks tied things up at 5 early in the second, Coquitlam went on a two-goal run to push their lead out a little further. That run helped them stay ahead through some more back-and-forth play, giving them a 9-8 lead heading into the third. Okotoks tied things up at 9 early in the third, but the Coquitlam defense was able to hold them and subdue any kind of comeback they may have had. Coquitlam score two straight to end the game and secure the 11-9 win. 

Thomas Semple led Coquitlam with five points (2G/3A) in the win. In addition, Max Semple dished out five assists and Dennon Armstrong tallied four points (1G/3A), as well. In goal, Nate Faccin made 28 saves with a .757 save percentage. 

Okotoks was led by Zach Mantei who tallied five points (2G/3A). Also, Adam Wolf and Ethan Landymore each tallied three points (1G/2A) for Okotoks as well. In goal, Jack Bruzell-Friesz made 42 saves with a .792 save percentage. 

Day Two Schedule

Victoria Shamrocks vs Okotoks Raiders – 4:00pm PST

Orangeville Northmen vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 7:00pm PST

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.

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.

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.