Peterborough Completes Mann Cup Three-Peat


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The Peterborough Lakers defeated the Victoria Shamrocks in game five of the Mann Cup close out the series and secure their third straight Mann Cup. It was a very defensive heavy and hard fought battle from both sides through the entire contest. 

Kyle Buchanan led Peterborough with five points (1G/3A) in the win. Also, Shawn Evans scored two goals and Turner Evans dished out three assists. Mike Poulin made 38 saves off of 43 shots and was named 2019 Mike Kelley Mann Cup MVP at the end of the game. 

Graeme Hossack and Larson Sundown led the way for Victoria with two points (1G/1A) each. Steve Priolo also dished out two assists for Victoria. Peter Dubenski made 47 saves off of 54 shots on net. 

Victoria got out to a very quick start with Chris Wardle bouncing one right over Mike Poulin’s foot just fifty seconds into the game. Wardle’s goal wouldn’t be answered for quite some time as both defenses, especially the goalies, stepped up and made stop after stop. 

Kiel Matisz and Shawn Evans got Peterborough’s offense going late in first with back-to-back goals just seconds apart. Victoria’s offense started to spark again with Larson Sundown and Tyson Gibson scoring each finding the back of the net in the final minutes of the period. 

Trailing 3-2 heading into the second, Peterborough really started to take control on both ends of the floor despite Victoria continuing to stay in the fight with tireless effort. Peterborough saw three goals courtesy of Cory Vitarelli, Shawn Evans, and Kyle Buchanan in the second, putting them ahead 5-3.

Graeme Hossack finally got Victoria back on the board late in the second, but Holden Cattoni put scored late for Peterborough, giving them a 6-4 lead heading into the third and final period of play. 

The third period saw both defenses stand stout, limiting any offensive effort early on. Chris Boushy broke the ice in the third, scoring off a Larson Sundown feed to pull Victotia within one. Thomas Hoggarth put the nail in the coffin late in the game, scoring a power-play goal in transition with 4:30 on the clock. 

Hoggarth’s goal proved to be the be the game-winner as the Peterborough defense shut down any opportunity that Victoria could sniff late in the game. Peterborough was able to walk away with the 7-5 victory and their third consecutive Mann Cup. 

Peterborough Survives Victoria Comeback, Takes 3-1 Series Lead

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The Peterborough Lakers were able to ward off and survive a late game comeback from the Victoria Shamrocks to secure the 8-6 victory. With the win Peterborough now holds a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series. 

Peterborough goalie Mike Poulin was a hugs piece of the win, making 33 saves off of 39 shots. Offensively, Peterborough was led by Kyle Buchanan who tallied four points (1G/3A) in the win. Also, Shawn Evans had three points (1G/2A) which moved him to second on the all-time Mann Cup points list with 174 points, passing John Grant Jr. 

Victoria was led by Chris Wardle who scored two goals in the loss. In addition, Tyson Gibson and Casey Jackson each had two points (1G/1A) while Connor Robinson had two assists. In net, Peter Dubenski played the majority of the game and made 32 saves off of 24 shots. Cody Hagedorn played in the last 24 minutes of the game and made 17 saves off of 17 shots.

Chris Wardle got the scoring started for Victoria early on with a power play goal. However, Peterborough answered quickly with a Jake Withers goal a few seconds later. Withers’ goal was the first of  a four-goal run that gave Peterborough a ton of energy midway through the fist. While Victoria finally answered, Peterborough scored the final goal of the period, giving them a 5-2 lead. 

The second period was slower and more defensive heavy, but Peterborough continued their dominance. Chad Tutton and Mark Matthews score two goal midway through the period, pushing their lead out to 7-2. Larson Sundown ended the scoreless run for Victoria, but Shawn Evans found the back of the net late in the second to stretch their lead back out to five. 

Peterborough held an 8-2 lead heading into the third as things looked to be wrapped up, for the most part. Victoria did have a bit of a comeback in them as they blanked Peterborough in the third and scored three straight. Chris Boushy, Tyson Gibson, and Chris Wardle all scored for Victoria in the third. 

Victoria was unable to complete the full comeback as Peterborough walked away with the 8-6 win and moved to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. 

Peterborough Edges Victoria, Takes 2-1 Lead In Mann Cup

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The Peterborough Lakers edged the Victoria Shamrocks 9-8 in game three of the Mann Cup to take a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series. It was an extremely back-and-forth tilt as things came right down to the final seconds of play. 

Peterborough was led by Kyle Buchanan with six points (3G/3A) while Cory Vitarelli also tallied three points (2G/1A) in the win. Shawn Evans also dished out five assists. In net, Mike Poulin made 34 saves off of 42 shots on goal. 

Chris Boushy led Victoria with five points (2G/3A) while Tyler Pace also had four points (2G/2A) and Connor Robinson tallied four assists. Peter Dubenski made 47 saves off of 56 shots on goal. 

Peterborough controlled much of the first Period, getting out to a 4-1 lead heading into the second. Thomas Hoggarth and Kyle Buchanan struck early for Peterborough before Chris Wardle got Victoria on the board with a power-play goal midway through the period. Peterborough closed out the period strong with twi straight from Turner Evans and Kyle Buchanan. 

Down 4-1 entering the second, Victoria woke up big time as they unloaded in the second period, dominating on both ends of the floor. A goal from Chris Wardle early in the period was the first of a four-goal run for Victoria to take the lead. While they had their opportunities, Peterborough finally ended their scoring drought with a Cory Vitarelli goal late in the period, tying things up at 5 heading into the third. 

Mark Matthews got Peterborough going early in the third, scoring just 32 seconds in. Holden Cattoni followed just over a minute later, giving Peterborough the 7-5 lead. After some back-and-forth play, Casey Jackson answered for Victoria, but Cory Vitarelli struck right back with a power-play goal for Peterborough. 

With Peterborough holding an 8-6 lead under two minutes to play, Chris Boushy found the back of the net for Victoria to cut the lead to one. Peterborough struck back quickly with Kyle Buchanan stretching their lead back out to two. Tyler Pace scored the last goal of the game for Victoria with just seconds left. Peterborough was able to run the clock out and secure the slim 9-8 win. 

Evans’ Late Game Heroics Help Push Peterborough Past Victoria In OT, Tie Series At One

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The Peterborough Lakers have tied the Mann Cup series at 1 after securing a 12-10 win in overtime. It was three straight goals from Shawn Evans for Peterborough late in the third that tied things at 9, forced overtime, and gave the Lakers a wealth of energy heading into that overtime period. 

Shawn Evans led Peterborough with eight points (3G/5A) while Holden Cattoni, Kyle Buchanan, and Cory Vitarelli each had three points (1G/2A) as well. In net, Mike Poulin made 40 saves off of 50 shots.

Victoria was led by Tyson Gibson who tallied six points (2G/4A) while Connor Robinson and Casey Jackson each tallied four points (2G/2A) as well. Peter Dubenski made 62 saves off of 74 shots.

In the first, Mark Matthews got the scoring started for Peterborough early on. Victoria answered finally answered about midway through the game with a two straight power play goals from Connor Robinson and Tyson Gibson. Each team found the back of the net once more in the first, making it a 3-2 Victoria lead heading into the first intermission. 

With Thomas Hoggarth and Tyson Gibson getting things started for Peterborough and Victoria just minutes apart, the second period was back-and-forth the entire way. Both teams traded goals the entire period, even through multiple penalties midway through that saw Victoria score shorthanded twice and Peterborough score on a power play. Casey Jackson scored late in the second to give Victoria a 6-5 edge heading into the third. 

Josh Currier tied things up at 6 for Peterborough just over a minute into the third, and Victoria answered in a bit way. The Shamrocks went off on a three-goal run in four minutes, pushing their lead out to three. However, Shawn Evans stepped up late in the third for Peterborough and score three straight to tie things up and force overtime. 

Peterborough took all that energy into the overtime period and scored three more in a row to secure the win. Kiel Matisz, Corey Small, and Joe Resetaritis all scored for Peterborough in the overtime period. Graeme Hossack scored the last goal of the game for Victoria, but any though of a comeback had already died. 

Sunday will be an off day and play will resume on Monday with game three of the best of seven series. 

Victoria Rocks Peterborough In Mann Cup Game One

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The Victoria Shamrocks handled the Peterborough Lakers in game one of the Mann Cup series. Victoria was able to get hot early and carried that momentum through the final horn, securing the 13-6 win to take a 1-0 series lead. 

A big part of Victoria’s win was the play of Peter Dubenski in net for the Shamrocks. he made 67 saves off of 61 shots for a save percentage of 91%. In addition, Connor Robinson and Chris Boushy led Victoria with four points (3G/1A) each. 

For Peterborough, Mike Poulin made 40 saves off of 52 shots for a save percentage of 77%. On the offensive end, Holden Cattoni and Mark Matthews led the way with one goal and one assist each. Also, Shawn Evans had three assists, moving himself to third all-time in Mann Cup points with 161. 

Chris Boushy got things started for Victoria early in the first, but Peterborough was quick to answer with a Zach Currier goal less than a minute later. After some back-and-forth play, Victoria took the reigns, finishing the first with three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second. 

Victoria continued their run early in the second with Tyler Pace finding the back of the net just four minutes into the second. Peterborough finally ended their nearly 19-minute scoring drought with Josh Currier answering just a few minutes later. After two straight from Victoria, Holden Cattoni gave Peterborough their third goal of the game. 

Entering the third period with a 9-3 lead, Victoria had all the energy on their side, dominating on both ends of the floor. While Victoria continued to dominate through the third, Peterborough did find a little momentum midway through with a two-goal run. Victoria closed out the game with a Tyler Burton goal to secure the 13-6 victory. 

Game two of the series will be played Saturday night at 7:00pm PST. 


CLA History: The Mann 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, Minto Cup, and Presidents Cup we move onto the Mann Cup which is the championship for Senior ‘A’ in Canada. 

Originally donated by Sir Donald Mann in 1910, the Mann Cup has one of the oldest histories of the four championships, and just like the Minto Cup it predates the box game. The Mann Cup replaced the Minto Cup as the senior mens amateur trophy in 1910 as the Minto Cup had been taken over by professional teams. 

In 1910, the Young Torontons beat the Vancouver Athletic Club and Toronto Maitlands in the challenge series to capture the first ever Mann Cup. The Vancouver Athletic Club won the next four years in a row (1911-1914), becoming the first dynasty in Mann Cup history. 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies held the trophy from 1915-1917, but there was no competition in 1916 or 1917 due to World War I. However, New Westminster was the last dynasty in the challenge cup era as the held the Mann Cup from 1922-1925 when they handed it over to the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) who created a national playoff for the trophy. 

1932 marked the year when the Mann Cup moved from field to box lacrosse, like we know the championship today. The Mimico Mountaineers defeated the Winnipeg Argos to win the first box competition for the Mann Cup. The Orilla Terriers were the first dynasty in the box era of the Mann Cup, hoisting the trophy in 1934, 1935, and 1936. 

Following Orilla, there have only been three teams to win the Mann Cup three years in a row. The Peterborough won four straight from 1951-1954 while the Six Nations Chiefs won three in a row from 1994-1996. In 2019, the Peterborough Lakers are looking to win the MSL and have the chance to win their third straight Mann Cup. They would be the first team to three peat since Six Nations in 1996. 

In addition, there have been three different Mann Cup trophies in the championships 109-year history. The first trophy was used from 1910-1985 when it was retired and donated to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The second trophy was used from 1986-2004 when it was accidentally destroyed in a bonfire by the Peterborough Lakers.

The trophy that is use now was first handed out in 2005. It is a replica of the trophy used from 1986-2004 and doesn’t mirror the 1910 trophy like the previous one. 

Just like usual, the MSL (Ontario) and WLA (British Columbia) champions will face each other this September for the Mann Cup. The WLA champions will be the host of the 2019 Mann Cup. 

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.

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.