|Matt Crough is one of 3 Peterborough players headed to Cobourg in |
exchange for Joel Matthews. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Cobourg Kodiaks have completed their first Major Series Lacrosse trade just days after moving from Kitchener-Waterloo. Cobourg sent righty forward Joel Matthews to their new Highway 28 rivals the Peterborough Lakers in exchange for a trio of young players. Right forward Matt Crough, lefty forward Dylan Goddard and defender Pete Rennie are headed to the Kodiaks. Peterborough had acquired Goddard recently from the Brampton Excelsiors for goalie Don Alton, whom they drafted last year but who never played for the team.
The trade gives the Lakers some size up front. Peterborough GM Paul Day is also a coach with the National Lacrosse League's Rochester Knighthawks, where Matthews plays in the winter. “We saw him play in Buffalo two years ago. He drove us nuts one night so as soon as he became available we grabbed him,” Day said of the KHawks acquiring Matthews.
Day has been impressed with how Matthews adapted to what was needed of him in the NLL and believes he will capably fill a similar role for the Lakers. “He's 24, you know he's just ready to make the next step, he works so hard on his fitness and his game,” Day said. “In junior he was a guy who carried the ball. Now he's a guy who words hard inside like a Cory Vitarelli for us, works off ball. Not many goal scorers will change their game. He's completely morphed his game. We need someone to open up some space for some of our O guys.”