Peterborough Takes Mann Cup Game One in Sudden Death OT

Photo Credit: Jessica Nyznik/Peterborough Examiner
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.

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.