Saturday, June 20, 2015

Excelsiors score last two goals to down Kodiaks 7-5

A lot of attention is directed to the two teams atop the Major Series Lacrosse standings, but in behind Six Nations there is a battle raging between three teams for the next two spots--and the final two playoff positions--that features some good lacrosse and exciting games. Brampton scored the last two goals of the game Thursday at home to take a 7-5 decision over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks that pulls them within a point of KW for third place with a game in hand.

Dan Keane scored what proved to be the winner, and his third goal of the game, at 7:15 of the third period with assists from the two players Brampton received from KW in a recent trade--Dylan Goddard and Mike Melnychenko. First overall draft pick Tyler Ferreira added a goal and 2 assists and Tyler Carlson made 39 saves to earn the win. The game was the first of the year for Brampton defenders Kyle Rubisch and Sandy Chapman and the second for Chris Corbeil, all of whom were taking part in the NLL Champions Cup finals, and their presence provided depth and experience to the Brampton defence.

Davide DiRuscio stopped 42 of the 49 shots he faced in a losing cause. Luke Laszkiewicz was the only multiple-goal scorer for KW with a pair. Aaron Wilson had a goal and 2 assists and Corey Fowler 3 assists for the Kodiaks, who are now 3-3-1 for seven points. Brampton improved to 3-3 for six points.

Both teams face the hungry 0-7 Oakville Rock and their new head coach Matt Sawyer in their next game. The Rock travel to KW Sunday for a 6pm start then play host to Brampton Monday at 8pm.

Brampton 7, KW 5
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