Monday, July 15, 2013

Excelsiors down Lakers 9-7 to bolster playoff hopes

Joe Resetarits, here against Brooklin, scored 6 points to 
lead the Excels over the Lakers Sunday night. 
(Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
The Brampton Excelsiors took a 5-1 lead against the Peterborough Lakers Sunday night, squandered it, then scored the last 2 goals to pull out a 9-7 win. The Excelsiors victory came a night after the Lakers had crept closer to the top of the standings with a win over the league-leading Six Nations Chiefs. Peterborough entered the game in Brampton hoping to pull within a single point of Six Nations. Instead, they ran into a Brampton team that had recently moved out of last place in Major Series Lacrosse and looks like it has no intention of slipping back into the cellar.

Joe Resetarits led the Brampton attack with 3 goals and 3 assists. Mike Hominuk had 2 goals and 2 assists and Mike Burke scored once and added 3 assists. Josh Gillam responded with a hat trick for the Lakers and John Grant, Jr. added 2 goals and 2 assists.

Brampton, which led 3-1 after the first period and 7-6 after the second, outshot the Lakers 55-43. Anthony Cosmo made 36 saves to earn the win while Tyler Carlson made 46 saves in a losing effort.

Brampton's next action is Tuesday night, when they travel to Kitchener-Waterloo to face the Kodiaks in a game that the Excelsiors hope can pull them closer to KW in the playoff race. They are back home Thursday night against the Brooklin Redmen. The Lakers return to the floor Thursday when they play host to the Kodiaks.