MSL - Week 1 Review
The 2019 Major Series Lacrosse season saw four games played in the first week of action with all six teams playing at least one game.
Game 1 – Peterborough (13) at Brampton (6) – Led by Turner Evans 2 goals and 5 assists, the Lakers cruised to a 13-6 win, outscoring the Excelsiors 7-2 in the third period. Phil Caputo has 2 goals and 2 assists to lead Brampton in offence. Goaltender Mike Poulin was in nets for the Lakers to record the win.
Game 2 – Oakville (8) at Six Nations (10) – In a close contest, Cody Jamieson scored once and added 4 assists to pace the Chiefs’ offence in a 10-8 win. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period; 8-8 after the second period; with the Chiefs outscoring the Rock 2-0 in the third period. Both goaltenders made some solid saves. However, Six Nations’ Doug Jamieson faced substantially more shots as the Rock outshot the Chiefs 50-38. Cory Highfield had 2 goals and 2 assists to lead Oakville scorers.
Game 3 – Brampton (9) at Peterborough (12) – The Lakers home opener was Mann Cup banner raising night. An impressive Excelsiors team led 9-6 at the end of the second period. However, Peterborough outscored Brampton 6-0 in the third period to win the entertaining game 12-9. Shawn Evans led the way for the Lakers with 1 goal and 7 assists. Rookie Jeff Teat scored five times and added an assist for the Excelsiors. Despite losing their first two games of the 2019 season, the Excelsiors exhibited plenty of skill and speed. Fans should expect them to improve on their 5-9-2 record of 2018.
Game 4 – Brooklin (9) at Cobourg (13) - Just over two minutes into the game, Brooklin had a quick 2-0 lead. The Kodiaks battled back and the first period ended tied 4-4. The second period saw Cobourg outscore Brooklin 7-1 including 3 goals in a 39 second span. The third period ended with 4 goals from Brooklin and 2 from Cobourg, for a final score of 13-9 for the Kodiaks. Cobourg’s Ben French led all point getters with 2 goals and 4 assists. Kyle Killen had a hat-trick and a single assist for Cobourg. Connor Kearnan had 3 goals and an assist for the Brooklin Lacrosse Club. Kodiaks’ goaltender Kevin Orleman made several key saves while recording the win. This is a great start to the 2019 season for Cobourg striving to improve markedly on their 2-12-2 record of 2018.