Founders’ Cup: Calgary Defeats Six Nations, Claims Gold

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The Calgary Shamrocks completed the upset as they defeated the Six Nations Rebels 16-15 in the Gold Medal game on Sunday night, becoming the first team from outside Ontario to capture the cup in ten years. Calgary was able to get ahead early and sustain their lead, warding off a very tough Six Nations team to secure the win.

After trailing 2-0 early, a power-play goal got Calgary on the board and helped get their offense going. They were able to keep that energy going through the rest of the first, taking a 6-3 lead into the intermission. 

While the second was a little more back-and-forth later on, Calgary continued to keep their offensive juices flowing as they went up 11-5 with just under 11 minutes left in the period. Six Nations started to fight back as they did cut the Calgary lead down to 15-10 heading into the third. 

Six Nations really started heating up in the third as they used a four-goal run to cut the Calgary lead to 15-14. While Six Nations seemed ti be firing on all cylinders, Calgart had an answered as they pushed their lead back out to 16-14. Six Nations cut the lead to 16-15 with 6:36 in the third and it looked like they could start to take over once again. However, Calgary was able to hold Six Nations down the stretch and secure the win to capture Gold at the 2019 Founders’ Cup. 

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In addition to the Gold Medal game, the Seneca WarChiefs claimed fifth place and the Coquitlam Adanacs won the Bronze Medal game. In the fifth place game, Seneca got out to a big lead in the first and never looked back. They were able to put Saskatchewan away early and secure the win in blowout fashion. In the Bronze Medal game, Coquitlam was able to take control after thing being tied at 2 to end the first. Coquitlam used an offensive surge in the third to help capture the victory. 

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Founders’ Cup: Medal Round Games Set In Stone

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Through five days of play, the round robin portion of the Founders’ Cup has concluded and medal play is on the horizon. 

Saturday saw five games played to wrap up round robin play, and almost all five games were blowouts. Coquitlam defeated North Shore 18-3, Six Nations beat Manitoba 15-3, Saskatchewan beat Seneca 12-7, Six Nations beat Calgary 19-3, and Coquitlam beat Manitoba 11-5. Each team will move onto medal play tomorrow besides North Shore who finished in last place with an 0-6 record. 

On Sunday, three games will be played to decide who takes home fifth place, the bronze medal, and the gold medal. Coincidentally enough, all three games will be rematches of the last three round robin games that took place on Saturday. 

The Seneca WarChiefs (1-5) will face the Saskatchewan SWAT (2-4) in the Fifth Place game at 11:00am CT on Sunday while the Coquitlam Adanacs (3-2) will face the Manitoba Blizzard (3-2) in the Bronze Medal game at 2:00pm CT. In the Gold Medal game the Six Nations Rebels (6-0) will face the Calgary Shamrocks (5-1) at 5:00pm CT. 

 

Founders’ Cup: Six Nations And Calgary Continue To Dominate, Seneca Secures First Win

 

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Through four days of round robin play at the Founders’ Cup, the Six Nations Rebels and Calgary Shamrocks remain the two teams left unbeaten. Once again, Both teams secured wins by pretty significant margins on Friday. 

Also on Friday, the Seneca WarChiefs secured their first win of the tournament as they faced the North Shore Kodiaks who are still winless after the loss on Friday afternoon. 

Six Nations Rebels 19, Saskatchewan SWAT 4

This one was never really in question as Six Nations came out hot and never slowed down, routing Saskatchewan in yet another blowout victory. Six Nations stepped on the gas right out of the gate, taking a 4-0 lead into the second period. While Saskatchewan was able to find their offense a bit in the second, Six Nations continued their dominance on both ends as they led 12-4 heading into the third period. Six Nations put the lid on this one in the third, scoring four unanswered to capture the 19-4 win to stay undefeated.

Six Nations was led by Marshall Powless with nine points (4G/5A) in the win. Sidney Powless also had eight points (4G/4A) for Six Nations, as well.

Jordon Boyenko led the way for Saskatchewan with two goals. Jordan Ernst and Justin Porga were the other two goal scorers for Saskatchewan in the game.

Seneca War Chiefs 19, North Shore Kodiaks 14

In an exciting back-and-forth battle the Seneca War Chiefs were able to pull through in the third period and go on a huge run to help them secure their first win of the tournament. Seneca and North Shore went back-and-forth early in the first, but a five-goal run from Seneca to end the period gave them a 7-4 lead heading into the second. North Shore opened the second period with a three-goal run to tie things up at 7. While both sides went back-and-forth for most of the period North Shore was able to use a few multi-goal runs to get ahead 13-12 entering the third. Seneca started the third with a five-goal run to sprint ahead and help them secure the 19-14 victory. 

Bryce Williams led the way for Seneca with 11 points (7G/4A) in the win. In addition, Destin Montour tallied six points (4G/2A) while Andrew Johnson had five points (2G/3A). 

North Shore was led by Raphael Lamothe who tallied six points (2G/4A). Williyam Gendron had four goals and Davin Miller had four points (2G/2A) in the loss, as well. 

Calgary Shamrocks 16, Coquitlam Adanacs 6

The Calgary Shamrocks secured yet another blowout win as they defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs on Friday night. Calgary started the scoring off in the first and was able to control most of the game. Coquitlam put up a good fight in the first period, only trailing 4-3 heading into the second. Calgary took over in the second and a four-goal run to end the period pretty much put this one out of reach as they led 9-5 heading into the third. Calgary continued their run in the third, and while Coquitlam did find the back of the net it was too late as this one had already been written. 

Calgary was led by Eric Lemire with six points (2G/4A). In addition, Connor Pupp tallied five points (3G/2A) and Colby Fraser with five points (2G/3A) in the win. 

Drew Kask and Matthew Smigel led the way for Coquitlam with four points (1G/3A) apiece. Daniel Chand also tallied two points (1G/1A) for Coquitlam. 

Manitoba Blizzard 11, Saskatchewan SWAT 9

It was a tight back-and-forth battle as Manitoba was able to comeback from a slow first period and defeat Saskatchewan, bouncing back after their first loss of the tournament on Thursday. Saskatchewan started the game with a two-goal run before Manitoba got on the board. A two-goal run to end the first gave Saskatchewan a 4-1 lead heading into the second. Manitoba cam out firing in the second period, going on a three-goal run right out of the gate. While Saskatchewan went on a two-goal run midway through the second, a four-goal Manitoba run from midway in second through early in the third really gave them an edge down the stretch. Manitoba was able to hold onto the lead through a back-and-forth third period to secure the win. 

Blaze Bezecki led Manitoba with six points (4G/2A) while William Lutz also tallied three goals (2G/1A). Also, Seth Mandryk had three points (1G/2A) and Ethan Berezowski recorded three assists. 

Saskatchewan was led by Davis Sheppard with four points (2G/2A) while Justin Porga and Jordon Boyenko each tallied three points (2G/1A), as well. 


DAY Five SCHEDULE

North Shore Kodiaks vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 9:00am CST

Six Nations Rebels vs Manitoba Blizzard – 11:45am CST

Saskatchewan SWAT vs Seneca WarChiefs – 2:30pm CST

Calgary Shamrocks vs Six Nations Rebels  – 5:15pm CST

Coquitlam Adanacs vs Manitoba Blizzard – 8:00pm CST

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

 

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.

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 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). 

2018, Not a Banner Year For The CLA

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The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has not had the best track record as of late. First it was the dispute between the CLA and Player Association that almost blocked Canada from going to the FIL World Lacrosse Champions in Israel this summer. That was finally resolved and from then on it seemed like everything was going smoothly.
Well, the CLA is under fire again after what has unfolded over the past twenty four hours at the Minto Cup. First off, I want to say thanks to the Minto Cup organizers in Alberta as none of this is your fault at all. It is just a bad hand that the tournament organizers were dealt this year.
Back track to Tuesday night when the Minto Cup Finals kicked off. In a very well played and physical game between the Coquitlam Adanacs and Brampton Excelsiors Coquitlam would win and go up 1-0 in the best of five series. After the game was over Brampton head coach Dan Teat and star player Jeff Teat apparently verbally assaulted an official for some questionable calls made at the end of the game. Both Teats, player and coach, were assessed game penalties which result in a three game suspension. Jake Elliott reported the suspensions Wednesday morning as the lacrosse world started a frenzy with the #FreeJeffTeat. Little did we all know that things would get even more crazy as the day went on and eventually leading up to game two of the finals.
Before each of these national tournaments their are pre-tournament meetings to discuss things and agree on certain rules. One of those rules that was agreed on was that game penalties could not be appealed. Reminder that everyone agreed on this rule before the tournament started.
That rule would come into question after it was revealed that an appeal had been filed for the suspensions given to Jeff and Dan the night before. So, there is an appeal of what was perceived to be the game penalty assessed the night before when all teams agreed that appeals weren’t going to be allowed. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Later on reports came out that stated the CLA held a hearing and Jeff Teat may be able to play in game two.
As the teams came out to warm up for the game there was no Jeff Teat to be seen so it was clear he was still suspended, so we thought. Just minutes before the game the Minto Cup tweeted that their had been a hearing and Jeff Teat had just come on the floor. Dan Teat’s suspension was upheld. Jeff Teat was out warming up with Brampton as the officials came out onto the floor. The minute they saw Teat they left the building and said they would not officiate the game if Teat was playing.

As a result the game was delayed for a while. After what seemed like forever we finally heard news that game two of the Minto Cup had officially been cancelled.

Later it came out that Brampton was appealing the way the suspension was handled and that is completely allowed. So there were no rules broken here at all. Still it looks bad as they didn’t even inform anyone about it until the player came on to the floor to warm up. This is not any one’s fault but the CLA’s. You would also expect the officials to handle the situation a little better than they did as well.

Each and everyone of those players and coaches have put in countless hours of hard work to get to where they are and then it turns into a circus because of the higher ups. The CLA did exactly what they have done in the past, mess up. Things need to change and everyone knows it. Wednesday night was an embarrassment to everyone involved in the sport. At this point there are some people who are just calling for the tournament to be cancelled. I mean the seats have been practically empty all week and now it has turned into the circus. The sad part is that there is a lot of talent in the Minto Cup and it really is a grand event. Everyone involved in this tournament deserves much better than this.

At times like this I like to turn to the great things that lacrosse can do for people, the true medicine of the game. You didn’t have to look far away from the Minto Cup to see the medicine on Wednesday night. Coquitlam Adanacs goalie Christian Del Bianco came out after the game was cancelled and played with all the little kids that were there. Now that is what this sport is all about. Christian may never know the impact he made on those kids tonight but I can assure you that he did. It was just fantastic to see the true meaning of the game still alive and well after all that had transpired that night.

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Founders Cup: Elora Mohawks Capture Championship

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The final day of the 2018 Founders Cup was just as exciting as the rest. We had some great lacrosse on display in all three of the games. Some of the big results were Coquitlam winning a medal for the first time since 2007 and the Elora Mohawks winning the 2018 Founders Cup. It was a great way to end what was a great tournament.

Tier I Bracket (Championship Bracket)

Championship

Elora Mohawks vs Seneca War Chiefs – 9-5

This was a very fun and exciting game as we did see some back and fourth play. Although it was a great game Elora was able to hang onto the lead the whole game as they looked much better on offense. That offense would start to roll in the first quarter as they started the game with a three goal run that stretched from early on until about the midway point. Seneca would be able to find some life in the first as they score one goal before Elora netted their fourth late in the quarter. With Elora leading 4-1 heading into the second period it seemed they had all the momentum. Seneca would be able to get a little energy themselves as they score two straight in the second. Elora would get one midway through the second to make it a 5-3 Elora lead heading into the third. Elora was really able to put the game away in the third as they started the period with a three goal run. Seneca would get two in the third and Elora would get one more in between. That third would finish off the game as Elora became the 2018 Founders Cup Champions.
Seneca would be lead by Clay Scanlan who had six points (3G,3A) and really impressed all week long. Sherman Williams and Tonatiuh Salinas would also contribute a goal a piece for Seneca. Elora would be lead by Kurtis Woodland, Zack Cameron, and Klayton Hoelscher. Woodland would lead his team and the game with five points (3G,2A). Cameron and Hoelscher would each have four a piece as they each tallied two goals and two assist in the Elora win.

Bronze Medal Game

Coquitlam Adanacs vs Manitoba Blizzard – 9-8

 In a very tight and action packed game Coquitlam would be able to hold off Manitoba to capture the bronze medal, their first medal at the Founders Cup since 2007. In the first quarter we would see a tight literal back and fourth battle. It seemed like every goal that one team had the other would counter. At the end of the first period it would be a one goal 4-3 Coquitlam lead. Manitoba would be able to take and take the lead in the second period as their offense was on point all period. Manitoba would use that big second period to take a 7-5 lead heading into the third and final period. Coquitlam would come out red hot in the third as they scored four straight goals throughout the course of the third. Manitoba would get one goal late but the game had pretty much already been decided. Coquitlam would walk away with the 9-8 win and a bronze medal in hand.

Manitoba would be lead by Andy Szun and Blaze Bezecki. Szun would finish the day with six points (3G,3A) while Bezecki had two points (2G). Mantioba would also see a big contribution from Kelson Borisenko who had five points (2G,3A). For Coquitlam they would see big contributions from Brian Smith and Erik Frosselius. Smith would end the day with five points (2G,3A) and Frosselius with four points (2G,2A) in the Coquitlam win.

Tier II Bracket (Consolidation Bracket)

Tier II Championship

North Shore Kodiaks vs Calgary Shamrocks 7-11

Both teams would come out fighting in the the first period as it was pretty even throughout. North Shore would start the game with two goals in a row before Calgary got their first of the game. Calgary would score two more and North Shore one more before the period ended. With it tied at 3-3 heading into the second period we would see Calgary pick up a little steam. Calgary would score the only two goals in the second about midway through. In terms of offense there wasn’t much in the second as the defenses prevailed. Heading into the third and final period Calgary would hold a 5-3 lead. The third would be pretty tight as both squads put up a pretty big fight. North Shore would cut the lead to one and two goal multiple times but Calgary was able to subdue the comeback and four goal run late in the game would effectively end this one. North Shore did get a late goal in the final minutes but time was not on their side by that point. The Calgary Shamrocks would walk away as the Tier II Champions claiming 5th place in the 2018 Founder Cup. North Shore finishes 6th place overall.
Some of the top performers for North Shore were Jeremi Phoenix-Lefebvre, Andrew MacArthur, and Mathis Couillard as they all had impressive games. Phoenix-Lefebvre would have two points (2G) while MacArthur put up two points (1G,1A). Couillard had three points (3A) for North Shore. For Calgary they would be lead by Colby Fraser, Eric Lemire, and John Geib. Fraser had four points (2G,2A) while Lemire had three (2G,1A) and Geib would have five points (5A) in the win.

Brackets

Tier I Bracket (Championship)

Tier II Bracket (Consolidation)

Founders Cup: War Chiefs and Mohawks to Battle for Championship

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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.

Saturday Schedule

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

Brackets

Tier I Bracket (Championship Bracket)

Tier II Bracket (Consolidation Bracket)