Monday, July 7, 2014

Lakers handle Kodiaks with ease, win 15-7

Tyler Carlson and the Lakers allowed only 7 goals in upending the Kodiaks
on Sunday evening. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers enjoyed a pair of 5-goal runs as they dominated the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks en route to a 15-7 win in Major Series Lacrosse action Sunday night at the Waterloo Recreation Complex. Cory Vitarelli had a hat trick and five other players scored twice each for the Lakers, while Mark Steenhuis led all scorers with a goal and 5 assists for 6 points.

Jay Thorimbert opened the scoring for the Kodiaks six minutes into the game, then the Lakers ran off five straight goals before the period ended. KW battled back into the game, drawing within 6-4. Then the Lakers got rolling again and ran off five more goals in a five-minute span to take thorough control. The outcome was never really in doubt after that.

KW Head Coach Steve Dietrich said his team can't afford to let the Lakers work harder than them, which is what happened in the game. “We just didn't match their intensity tonight and when you're playing against a team that has more talent than you and you let them outwork you, it's going to be a tough night,” Dietrich said.

Lakers goalie Tyler Carlson said the defenders in front of him did a good job of not letting the Olympic-sized concrete floor be a factor working against them. “All in all we played solid defence and the big floor wasn't an issue for us tonight,” Carlson said. In fact, they made it work in their favour by looking for long outlet passes to spring transition players for breaks. “That's my game. I like throwing those long bombs, so any time I can use it in a big arena I'm going to give it a try.”

Junior callup Holden Cattoni, Shawn Evans, Scott Evans and Aaron Wilson—returning to play in KW for the first time since being traded from the Kodiaks to the Lakers—each had 2 goals and 2 assists for Peterborough. The win moves the Lakers back to .500 with six wins and six losses, pending their appeal tonight of three forfeited games from the beginning of the season.

KW falls to 5-5 and remains six points ahead of both Oakville and Brampton, each of which were awarded one win when Peterborough forfeited the games. The Kodiaks return to action Wednesday night in Brooklin before a key home and home series against Oakville. “Keep your heads up,” Dietrich says he told his troops after the game. “This is a big week for us. We're fighting for the fourth playoff spot. Brooklin is a big test for us Wednesday but then next Sunday and Monday are huge for us.”

The Lakers' next action is this Thursday when they play host to Oakville.