Can-Am Lacrosse League is Expanding

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The Can-Am Lacrosse League is expanding after they announced the addition of three new teams for the 2019 season. Of the three new teams coming into the league in 2019 there is a Canadian, American, and First Nations team.
For those who don’t know the Can-Am Lacrosse League is a Senior B box lacrosse league in Canada and Upstate New York. The Can-Am winner advances to the Canada Senior B championship, the Presidents Cup.
The Toronto Tigers were they first team announced to join the Can-Am Lacrosse League next year. They will be known as the Hamilton Tigers. The Tigers are a fairly new team as they were just founded in 2017. They are a travel senior men’s box lacrosse team that has played in multiple tournaments in the USA and Canada over the past year. Some of the tournaments that they have played in include the Western Door Tournament, Battle of the Boarder, Montreal Winter Classic, and more.
The second team that the Can-Am Lacrosse League announced as an expansion team in 2019 was the Pelham Raiders. The Raiders are based in New York and this will be their first ever senior men’s team ever. Pelham has established teams at the Peewee, Paperweight, Novice, Midget, and Bantam level. They also have a U19 and U15 field teams. This will be the first time that the Niagara region of NY has had a Senior B team since 2015.
Akwesasne is third and final team that the Can-Am Lacrosse League has accepted as an expansion team in 2019. The Indians are from the Mohawks territory of Akwesasne and have been playing Jr. B lacrosse in the OJBLL for a long time. The Indians now have a Senior B team and look to have the same kind of success that they have had with their Jr. B program.
With the addition of these three expansion teams in the Can-Am Lacrosse League there will be eleven teams in the league starting in 2019. Because of this increase in teams the schedule will change slightly as well. Each team will play ten home games and ten away games in the regular season. That means each team will have a total of 20 games instead of 14 like last season.
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Peterborough Completes the Sweep, Captures Second Straight Mann Cup

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The Peterborough Lakers defeated the Maple Ridge Burrards 11-8 in game four of the Mann Cup to capture their second straight Mann Cup. Peterborough is the first team to complete a sweep in the Mann Cup since 2008 when the Brampton Excelsiors did it.
It was a very close and tightly contested game as both sides played a fantastic game. Entering the second period Peterborough would hold a two point 5-3 lead over Maple Ridge. In the scoring would be pretty low as Maple Ridge was able to get things into gear and cut it to a one goal 7-6 Peterborough lead heading into the third. Peterborough would be able to pull away with four goals in the third period to help secure the 11-8 victory.
Maple Ridge was led by Dan Taylor and Mike Mallory. Taylor had 5 points (2G,3A) while Mallory put up 4 points (1G,3A). Curtis Dickson and Ben McIntosh also contributed with 3 points a piece. In goal for Maple Ridge Frank Scigliano had 42 saves off of 52 shots.
Kyle Buchanan and Shawn Evans would be the leaders for Peterborough. Buchanan had 9 points (1G,8A) while Evans put up 5 points (1G,4A). Adam Jones, Holden Cattoni, and Cory Vitarelli also contributed heavily for Peterborough. Matt Vinc made 29 saves off of 47 shots in the win for Peterborough.

Big Third Period Aids Peterborough in Game Three Win

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The Peterborough Lakers have taken a 3-0 lead in the Mann Cup after defeating the Maple Ridge Burrards 11-6 on Monday night. The game remained relatively close throughout the first and second periods as it was a 6-4 Peterborough lead heading into the third. Defense was more or less the name of the game for both sides early on but that would change in the third as Peterborough’s offense took over. Peterborough would take over in the third as they had five goals from five different scorers. That would help seal the deal and put them ahead 3-0 in the Mann Cup as they just need one more win to sweep Maple Ridge and claim the Mann Cup Championship.
Each squad would play very hard and had some good individual performances at each end of the floor. For Maple Ridge they would be led by Curtis Dickson and Ben McIntosh. Both guys would have the same stat line with 3 points (1G,2A). Riley Loewen and Jean-Luc Chetner also contributed for Maple Ridge on the offensive end. In goal for Maple Ridge it was another good performance from Frank Scigliano as he had 35 saves off of 46 shots.
Peterborough was led by Shawn Evans and Kyle Buchanan. Evans led the team and game with 8 points (8A). While Evans was dishing out assist Buchanan was able put up 6 points (3G,3A). Cory Vitarelli and Thomas Hoggarth also made big contributions for Peterborough with 4 points a piece. In goal for Peterborough Evan Kirk had 23 saves off of 29 shots.
Game four of the Mann Cup will be played on Tuesday night at 8PM and as always you can watch the game with Lacrosse TV. If Peterborough wins on Tuesday it would be the first Mann Cup sweep since 2008 when Brampton swept New Westminster.

Peterborough Goes up 2-0 in Mann Cup

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It was a ones-sided affair on Saturday as Peterborough dominated Maple Ridge to get the 10-1 win and go up 2-0 in the Mann Cup. Maple Ridge would score the opening goal of the game and then that was it as Peterborough dominated the rest of the way. There were multiple opportunities for Maple Ridge to get back in the game but they just couldn’t get it done as the Peterborough defense prevailed behind goalie Matt Vinc.
Things would start to get a little chippy near the end of the second and that was just the start. With Peterborough holding an 8-1 lead entering the third things would get even more chippy as we saw 21 penalties in the third and Maple Ridge would even have a few guys ejected. Peterborough goes up 2-0 in the Mann Cup after the dominating performance.
Mike Mallory scored the lone goal for Maple Ridge off an assist from Dan Taylor. In goal for Maple Ridge Frank Scigliano had 51 saves off 61 shots. For Peterborough Holden Cattoni led the way with 4 points (3G,1A). Matt Vinc had 30 saves off of 31 shots in goal for Peterborough.
Game three of the Mann Cup will take place on Monday night at 8PM ET. As always you can watch that game via Lacrosse TV.

Peterborough Takes Mann Cup Game One in Sudden Death OT

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The Mann Cup got underway on Friday night in Peterborough with an instant classic. After a seven point second period that put Peterborough up 10-5 heading into the third Maple Ridge would mount an impressive comeback and force overtime.
Entering overtime it was tied at 11 all and both sides would get their fare share of looks on cage. Neither team wanted to give in as we would head to a second sudden death overtime with it tied 13 all. Adam Jones would score off a Corey Small assist to give Peterborough the 14-13 in in game one.
Maple Ridge would be led on offense by Ben McIntosh, Curtis Dickson, and Dan Taylor among others. McIntosh led the team in points with 8 (4G,4A). Dickson followed with 7 points (3,G,4A) while Taylor put up 6 points (6G,2A). In goal for Maple Ridge Frank Scigliano had 56 saves off of 69 shots.
For Peterborough they were led by the likes of Shawn Evans, Adam Jones, and Holden Cattoni. Evans put up 8 points (2G,6A) while Jones had 6 points (4G,2A). Cattoni was able to tally 4 points (1G,3A) in the win. Matt Vinc played a little bit in goal for Peterborough, but Evan Kirk got the majority of the minutes. Kirk ended the game with 44 saves off of 57 shots in the win.
As game one was an all-time classic it really set the stage for what to expect for the rest of the Mann Cup. Game two will be played Saturday night at 7PM. You can watch all the action from the 2018 Mann Cup with Lacrosse TV.

2018 Mann Cup Preview

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The 2018 Mann Cup gets underway on Friday as the Maple Ridge Burrards and Peterborough Lakers will battle it out in a best of seven series for Canada’s Senior A lacrosse championship. In the Mann Cup the Peterborough will represent Ontario and the MSL while Maple Ridge will represent British Columbia and the WLA.

Team Previews

Peterborough Lakers

The Peterborough Lakers are heading to the Mann Cup for the second straight year after winning the MSL championship. In the regular season Peterborough went 12-3 as they sat atop the league and clinched the number one seed in the MSL playoffs. In the first round of the MSL playoffs Peterborough defeated the Brooklin  4-3 in the best of 7 series. Against Oakville in the MSL finals the series would go to six games as Peterborough won 4-2 in the best of seven series to capture the 2018 MSL title.
Peterborough has no shortage of talent as their top three point scorers are Shawn Evans, Holden Cattoni, and Kyle Buchanan. Evans led the team in the playoffs with 53 points (13G,40A). Cattoni had 42 points (19G,23A) while Buchanan also put up 42 points ( 12G,30A). Adam Jones, Corey Small, and Josh Currier are just a few other names that have contributed heavily for Peterborough as well.
On defense Peterborough is strong with the likes of Jake Withers, Brock Sorenson, Robert Hope and others gracing the floor. In goal for Peterborough Matt Vinc played the majority of the minutes during the playoffs. Vinc would rack up 352 saves with an 82 percent save percentage as he helped lead them to an MSL championship.

Maple Ridge Burrards

Maple Ridge is heading back to the Mann Cup as WLA champions for the first time since 2016 when they lost to Six Nations. In the regular season Maple Ridge went _ in the regular season. During the playoffs they defeated New Westminster in the first round to secure a spot in the WLA finals. Against Victoria in the finals Maple Ridge won the best of seven series 4-1 to capture the WLA championship and clinch a Berth in the Mann Cup.

Curtis Dickson, Ben McIntosh, and Dan Taylor are Maple Ridge’s leading point scorers. In the playoffs Dickson had 42 points (28G,14A). McIntosh was able to put up 41 points (20G,21A) whole Taylor had 27 goals (9G,18A). Mike Mallory and Riley Loewen also contributed heavily for Maple Ridge on the offensive side of the floor.

Defensively Maple Ridge was led by Jeff Cornwall, Mitch Wilde, and Zack Porter among others. In goal for Maple Ridge Frank Scigliano played most of the minutes for Maple Ridge. Sciglino had 349 saves with an 84 percent saves percentage in the playoffs as he helped Maple Ridge capture a WLA championship.

St. Albert Seals the Three Peat in President’s Cup Championship

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It was a fantastic championship Sunday at the President’s Cup in Nanaimo as we saw the St. Albert Miners win their third straight President’s Cup in overtime. With that win St. Albert joins some elite company as they are juts the third team to win three straight President’s Cup Championships. The other two teams were the Vernon Tigers (1976,77,78) and Fergus Thistles (1986,87,88).
In addition to the championship game we saw some great lacrosse being played in the placement games as well. The headline of the placement games had to be Saskatoon claiming fifth place after going 0-7 in round robin play.

Championship Game

St. Albert Miners 10 vs Nanaimo Timbermen 8 – OT

It was a tight game in which St. Albert actually had to comeback in the third to force overtime and secure the win. At the end of the first St. Albert held a 3-2 lead over Nanaimo. In the second period Nanaimo would catch fire as they would get out ahead, but St. Albert would subdue that lead just a little. Coming into the third Nanaimo held a 7-6 lead and it remained close the entire period. We would need overtime to settle this one as it was 8-8 as the buzzer sounded to end the third. In a ten minute overtime period St. Albert would score two goals to secure the 10-8 win and capture their third straight President’s Cup title. St. Albert would see some exceptional play from Mike Triolo as well as Aaron Bold who was stellar in cage, especially in the overtime period.

Placement Game Scores

Bronze Medal: Caughnawaga Indians 15 vs Oakville Titans 6
 
5th Place: Saskatoon Brewers 9 vs Onondaga Redhawks 8
7th Place: Ladner Pioneers 10 vs Capital Region Axemen 7

Finals Standings

1. St. Albert Miners
2. Nanaimo Timbermen
3. Caughnawaga Indians
4. Oakville Titans
5. Saskatoon Brewers
6. Onondaga Redhawks
7. Ladner Pioneers
8. Capital Region Axemen

President’s Cup Day 7: Nanaimo and St. Albert to Faceoff in Championship

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Today might have been one of the least interesting days of the President’s Cup, besides what the outcome of these game would bring. The only games that weren’t one sided were the first two game of the day that featured Saskatoon vs Ladner and Capita; Region vs Onondaga. There games were very close and exciting pretty much the whole way.

After today’s results we found out who would be in the championship, bronze, 5th, and 7th place games tomorrow on the last day of the 2018 President’s Cup.

Today’s Scores

Championship Bracket

2. Oakville Titans vs 3. Nanaimo Timbermen – 3-10
1. St. Albert Miners vs 4. Caughnawaga Indians – 14-2

Placement Bracket

6. Capital Region Axemen vs 7. Onondaga Redhawks –
5. Ladner Pioneers vs 8. Saskatoon Brewers – 8-10

Sunday Schedule

7th Place Game: Capital Region Axemen vs Ladner Pioneers – 9AM PST/12PM EST
5th Place Game: Saskatoon Brewers vs Onondaga Redhawks – 12PM PST/3PM EST
Bronze Medal Game: Caughnawaga Indians vs Oakville Titans – 3PM PST/6PM EST
Gold Medal Game: Nanaimo Timbermen vs St. Albert Miners – 6PM PST/9PM EST

President’s Cup Day 6 Recap: The Playoffs are Set!

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As we watched four games on the final day of round robin play we would see close games, blowouts, and madness in the standings. It was a fantastic way to end the round robin portion of this years President’s cup. We should expect even more on Saturday and Sunday in the playoffs.

Onondaga Redhawks 9 vs Saskatoon Brewers 7

This might be the best game I’ve seen Saskatoon play all week as they hung in there with Onondaga all game, despite the loss. It was a very tight game but Onondaga would have a big second period that helped lift them to victory.
Saskatoon would be led by Adam Saunders with 3 points (2G,1A) and Brandon Murphy who had 3 points (1G,2A). In goal for Saskatoon Hunter Wongstedt had 30 saves of of 38 shots. For Onondaga they would be led by Kori Halftown who had 3 points (2G,1A) and Chris Laurita with 3 points (1G,2A). Gerald Johnson also contributed heavily with 3 points (2G,1A). Edmund Cathers would have 31 saves off of 38 shots in goal for Onondaga.

Oakville Titans 8 vs Caughnawaga Indians 4

In the first Caugnawaga held a 2-1 but that would change fast as Oakville controlled the final two period to secure the win. Oakville give Caughnawaga their second win of the tournament as they haven’t looked their best these final two days of round robin play, but Oakville took advantage of that.
In terms of points Caughnawaga would be led by Brett Bucktooth who put up 3 points (2G,1A). A whole host of others would get just one goal including Ty Thompson. In goal for Caughnawaga was Brandon Miller has he had 42 saves off of 50 shots. For Oakville they would be led by Ryan Johnston with 4 points (1G,3A). Cree Blakely also played a big role again with 3 points (2G,1A). Jesse Legault got most of the minutes in goal for Oakville as he had 39 saves off of 43 shots in the win.

Nanaimo Timbermen 10 vs Capital Region 4

Coming out of the fist period Nanaimo held a 5-4 lead over Capital Region. Nanaimo wouldn’t let Capital Region back in the game at all as they dominated the final two quarters on both ends of the floor to secure a 10-4 victory to close out round robin play.
Capital region was led by Austin Robinson who had 2 points (1G,1A) and Tim Bergin as he also put up 2 points (1G,1A). In goal Brett Perras got most of the minutes in goal as he had 23 saves off of 31 shots. Nanaimo was led by Jeff Shattler with 5 points (2G,3A) and Andrew Miller as he had 5 points (1G,4A). In goal for Nanaimo Pete Dubenski had 18 saves off of 22 shots.

St. Albert Miners 10 vs Ladner Pioneers 9

What an insane game this one was! It was all St. Albert early on but Ladner would start to make a comeback in the second period. As both teams continued to fight Ladner took the lead in the third but a two goal run to end the game for St. Albert would seal the deal.
Ladner was led by Tom Johnson with 5 points (3G,2A) and Tylerk Kirby who also had 5 points (5A). Nathan Clare also made big contributions for Ladner with 4 points in the game. Zach Wickett had 20 saves off of 30 shots in goal for Ladner.
St. Albert would see contributions from Mike Triolo who had 5 points (5A) as well as Derek Burak who put up 4 points (2G,2A). Nik Farris also contributed heavily with 3 points for St. Albert. In goal Matt Hiebert got the majority of the minutes as he made 36 saves off of 39 shots. Brady Johnson played some significant time in goal for St. Albert as well.

Playoff Schedule

Here is the schedule for tomorrow as the playoffs get underway.

Medal Bracket

2. Oakville vs 3. Nanaimo – 3PM PST/6PM EST
 
1. St. Albert vs 4. Caughnawaga – 6PM PST/9PM EST

Placement Bracket

6. Capital Region vs 7. Onondaga – 9AM PST/1PM EST
 
5. Ladner vs 8. Saskatoon – 12PM PST/3PM EST

President’s Cup Day 5 Recap: Capital Region Upsets Caughnawaga

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Day five of the President’s Cup was filled with more great lacrosse action. On Thursday there were some blowouts, but also some close games and comebacks, as well as a big upset. Nonetheless, we would see high level lacrosse and athletes all over the floor in each game.
*FYI: Point Streak is not working at the moment so there will be no stats for the game recaps.*

Caughnawaga Indians 15 vs Saskatoon Brewers 5

This one wasn’t much of a contest as Caughnawaga continues to roll through this tournament. Saskatoon would put together a good fight late in the game, but it was really all Caughnawaga the whole way as they cruised to victory. Charlie Goodleaf, Ty Thompson, and Blaze Riorden would have good showing for Caughnawaga. Saskatoon would be led by Ben Lukash.

Oakville Titans 16 vs Ladner Pioneers 6

It was another one-sided affair in game two of the day as well. Oakville was able to roll through Ladner and get the 16-6 win. Oakville was led by Eddy Renaud and Ladner saw an impressive performance from Dylan Lacroix.
 

St. Albert Miners 10 vs Onondaga Redhawks 5

In a fantastic game St. Albert was able to comeback from 4-2 deficit and take control of the game. That comeback gave St. Albert the energy they needed to get the 10-5 win to get back on track after their first loss yesterday. Onondaga would see an impressive performance from Edmund Cathers and St. Albert would be led by Pat O’Meara.

Capital Region Axemen 8 vs Caughnawaga Indians 7

Upset City!!! Capital Region pulled off the win of the day as they defeated the previously undefeated Caughnawaga Indians. This was a very exciting game as it was a battle until the end. Capital Region got up earlier and Caughnawaga wouldn’t be able to comeback all the way as they took their first loss. Blake Kenny had a big game fro Capital Region and Jacob Ruest helped lead Caughnawaga.

Nanaimo Timbermen 6 vs Oakville Titans 5

This game had you on the edge of your seat the entire time it was so tight. Overtime would finally decide the winner as Nanaimo was able to pull out the win as Jordan Cunningham scored the game winning goal in OT. This game was very tight as the game kept swaying from Oakville to Nanaimo and back the entire game. Oakville was led by Eddie Renaud and Nanaimo would see an impressive performance from Cory Conway in the win.