Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lakers down Redmen 11-10 behind Steenhuis hat trick

Mark Steenhuis buries the winning goal in Peterborough's 11-10 victory over Brooklin Wednesday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers took care of business on the floor Wednesday night, downing the Brooklin Redmen 11-10 thanks to a goal with just under two minutes to play by Mark Steenhuis. The goal, driving in from the wing to tuck the ball home as he does so often, gave Steenhuis a hat trick to go along with an assist. Aaron Wilson led all scorers, adding 2 goals and 5 assists for the Lakers. Curtis Knight, Derek Hopcroft and Mike Melnychenko each had 2 goals and an assist for Brooklin while Shawn Williams had his third five-assist game of the season for the Redmen.

The Lakers used their transition game to lead 5-2 after the first period and stretch the lead to 7-3 early in the second before Brooklin got its act together. The Redmen fought back with a strong second, though, outscoring the Lakers 7-4 in the frame to tie things up at 9-9 by the second intermission. Brooklin took the lead again just 14 seconds into the third an stayed ahead for 11 minutes until Aaron Wilson tucked home a quick stick on a nice three-way passing play.

Steenhuis wasn't surprised that the Redmen battled back into the game after trailing early. “Every time you come here it's a hard-fought game. They play real well in this arena,” he said. “We snuck it out in the end. We probably wanted to win by a few but at least we were able to get the W and try to help our record out and see what the league does with the other games.”

The running game has been a key for the Lakers, who have inserted some young legs into the lineup and like to push the pace when they can. Brooklin got back into the game when they started to contain the Peterborough fast break and turn the game into more of a 5-on-5 contest.

“We dug ourselves a hole early. We gave them a lot of transition,” said Brooklin forward Shayne Jackson. “They had three breakaway goals there. But it's good [that we were able to get back in the game]. It's early in the year. We were able to battle back and just came up a little bit short.”

Jackson says the Redmen offence is clicking nicely thanks to familiarity and veteran players making everyone feel part of the team. “A lot of us have played together before and we've got [Derek Hopcroft] and [Shawn Williams] and [Gavin Prout] who are all easy to play with. We move the ball east and west and we're getting a lot of good looks so far.”

Brooklin's next game is next Monday when they travel to Oakville to play the Rock. Peterborough is right back in action tonight, playing host to the Six Nations Chiefs.