|The Peterborough Lakers and KW Kodiaks battled hard Thursday after Peterborough jumped out to a 5-0 lead. They held|
on to win 10-6. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers aren't used to losing a lot of games; they've dropped just over four per season for the past five summers. So a two-game losing streak is plenty to make them come out ready to play, even if the two losses were to the mighty Six Nations Chiefs. Peterborough jumped all over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks early Thursday night, taking a 5-0 first period lead en route to a 10-6 win that reinforced their hold on second place in the MSL standings.
Adam Jones had his biggest night as a Laker, scoring 3 goals and adding 2 assists while Cory Vitarelli also had a 5-point night including 2 goals. Evan Kirk made 30 saves to improve to 4-1 on the season. Affiliated player Mat McLeod led the way for the Kodiaks with 2 goals and an assist from his transition position.
“At the beginning of the game, I had the feeling that our defence was going to shut them down. Any time you have your defence doing that, it gives your offence a bit of confidence and some more time with the ball,” Jones said. “We got a couple early and were rolling there for a bit then in the second period we had that little lull.”
That lull allowed the Kodiaks to fight their way to an even remainder of the game, although they were never able to get closer than four goals back. Three times the Lakers answered within a minute and a half of a KW goal to keep the Kodiaks at bay.
McLeod was a positive addition for KW. He is living and working in Ottawa, so it's difficult for him to make it to many games, but Peterborough is the shortest trip for him and one that he likes to make. “It's always fun coming out here and competing against the best, so I'm hoping to make more games down the stretch,” McLeod said.
It's been hard on him being away from the game. “It was nice to get out there with the boys. It's tough having to sit out and look at PointStreak to see how they're doing. I'm really proud of how the boys battled back tonight. We had a rough start to the first period but we held it together,” McLeod added. “We have a good solid core group of young players. We think there's a bright future in Kitchener.”
McLeod said he feels like he's ready to get back into the game. “I've been working pretty hard in the off season trying to get in shape because it kind of sucks sitting out this year in the NLL. It's been giving me more motivation to come into this season in better conditioning and show the coaches what I can do. I'm probably the most healthy I've ever been. This is the longest layoff from lacrosse I've had in 20 years so I feel pretty good.”
Peterborough also had an addition to their transition game. Chad Tutton was making his home debut and is enjoying what he's experienced with the Lakers. “It feels great out there, it's a very home town feel, very welcoming. Everybody's very welcoming, even just random people coming up and welcoming me to the organization. I've never felt more welcome in my life,” Tutton said.