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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.
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.
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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.
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.
The @JuniorAdanacs goalie Christian Del Bianco is playing some lacrosse this evening. The vets don’t want to take off their jerseys. @NLLRoughnecks #yyc pic.twitter.com/zvZHDF5hNg
— Minto Cup 2018 (@MintoCup2018) August 23, 2018
And yet somehow the spirit of the game survives. Great stuff @cdelbianco35 pic.twitter.com/3zPtexGKoM
— Jesse Fehr (@JFehr__) August 23, 2018