Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Brooklin Redmen improve to 2-0 with 11-9 win over KW Kodiaks

Shawn Williams had 6 points to lead
Brooklin. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Special teams often spell the difference between winning and losing. It’s usually power play goals that propel a team to wins, though. Last  night, the Brooklin Redmen scored 3 shorthanded goals, including a pair just 21 seconds apart in the third period to provide the margin of victory in an 11-9 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. The win moves the Redmen to 2-0 on the young Major Series Lacrosse season and drops KW to 0-2.

Derek Suddons scored the first of the shorthanded markers at 17:10 of the second. It was the final goal of the period and gave Brooklin an 8-7 lead. They were up 9-7 when defender Jeff Gilbert took a checking-from-behind double minor at 5:25 that ostensibly gave KW an opportunity to get right back in the game. But Shawn Williams and Cam Holding scored during the second half of the penalty to extend the lead to what proved an insurmountable 4 goals.

KW got one back with a shortie of their own, Aaron Wilson scoring his third of the game to go with 2 assists just over halfway through the period. They couldn’t get another, though, until the final minute of the game when they had goalie Mike Poulin pulled for an extra attacker.

Derek Hopcroft had a hat trick for the Redmen while Williams scored twice and added 4 assists for a game-high 6 points. Jesse Gamble had two goals for the Kodiaks, both coming on passes from Poulin. Steve Fryer stopped 37 of the 46 shots he faced to earn his first MSL win.