Arena Lacrosse League East Quarter Finals Recap

by Gary Groob

Arena Lacrosse League East Quarter Finals Recap

Saturday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario

Peterborough Timbermen 10  Toronto Monarchs 16

The Toronto Monarchs jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back.  Led by Jordan Dance (4g,6a) the Monarchs controlled the majority of play, and when Peterborough would mount an attack Bailey Brown stood tall in the Toronto net.  Special teams played a big part in this game with Toronto scoring 4 power-play goals, while the Timbermen scored 3, also scoring a shorthanded tally.

Jordan Dance (4g,6a), Joel Taylor (2g,4a), and Dan Williams (2g,4a) led the way for Toronto.  The Monarchs showed their balanced attack having eight different scorers in the game.  Bailey Brown was superb in net making 36 saves.

Riley Curtis (4g,1a), Cole Hanrahan (2g,1a), and Jack MacAlpine (2g,1a) led the offense for Peterborough.  Ethan Woods was solid in the Timbermen net making 37 saves.

The Three Stars:

1. Jordan Dance (Toronto)
2. Bailey Brown (Toronto)
3. Riley Curtis (Peterborough)

Sunday at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario

1 pm Game

Six Nations Snipers 15  Oshawa Outlaws 13

Six Nations jumped out to a 5-0 lead with an aggressive start to the game.  The Outlaws, showing their resolve, put up a strong fight tying the game 7-7 in the second quarter.  The Snipers finished the half with two late goals for a 9-7 halftime lead.  The second half had the teams exchange goals throughout the half with the Snipers coming out on top for a 15-13 upset victory. 

Of note, Alec Simons (2nd in Outlaws scoring) was not in the lineup for the Oshawa.

Justin Porga (2g,4a), Todd Thomas Jr. (2g,2a), and Mike McGlaughlin (3g,0a) led the offense for the Snipers, with Vern Hill (1g,5a) and Brent Longboat (1g,3a) being the setup men.  Dusty Hill was spectacular in net facing 55 shots, making 42 saves.

The Outlaws were led by Cam Milligan (4g,3a), Geoff Mcnulty (3g,2a), and Josh Gilray (2g,2a), with John St. John (1g,8a) being the playmaker.  Jackson Brown was spectacular in relief of Deacan Knott in net making 43 saves on 53 shots.

The Three Stars:

1. Dusty Hill (Six Nations)
2. Jackson Brown (Oshawa)
3. Justin Porga (Six Nations)

4:30 pm Game

Paris RiverWolves 18  Whitby Steelhawks 17 in Overtime

A game that went back and forth all day long, with no team jumping out to a big lead.  There were ten seperate ties throughout the game, including a beautiful set play by Paris to tie the game with just 0:23 seconds left in the fourth quarter.  In overtime Andy Campbell converted a Marley Angus feed at 1:44 to send the underdog RiverWolves to the next round.

Paris was led by Kyle Dawson (4g,2a), Andy Campbell (3g,3a), Eric Lemire (2g,3a), and Alex Kew (2g,2a) with Marley Angus (1g,6a) as the setup man. 

Devin Pipher (4g,6a), Liam Osbourne (6g,1a), and Trent Boyd (3g,2a) led the offense for Whitby, with Tyler Goodchild (0g,5a) as the setup man.  Matt Boissoneault was dominant on faceoffs for Whitby all game.

The Three Stars:

1. Andy Campbell (Paris)
2. Liam Osbourne (Whitby)
3. Marley Angus (Paris)

8 pm Game

Ohsweken Bears 13   Brampton Express 15

The Ohsweken Bears jumped out to 2-0 and 5-2 leads in the first half before the Express started rolling.  Chris Attwood (7g,1a) put the Bears on his back leading the Ohsweken charge.  Brampton finally got rolling in the second quarter putting together a five goal run, carrying a 9-7 lead at the half.   Give the Bears credit, they hung on throughout the second half.  Ohsweken tied the game on four seperate occasions, trading goals with Brampton throughout the half.  With under 6:00 to play in the fourth, Brampton scored twice in 0:31 seconds to take the lead, and were able to hold on for the 15-13 win.

Mitchell Geoffrey (4g,2a), Sam Dramnitzke (4g,2a), Ryan Campbell (2g,4a), and Mikael Chullin (2g,2a) led the way for Brampton, with Zac Sunderland (0g,7a) being the playmaker. 

Chris Attwood (7g,1a) led the Ohsweken attack, with help from Heron Snow (2g,1a), James Whiteford (1g,3a), Kaine Kettle (1g,2a), Oakley Thomas (1g,2a), and Danton Miller (1g,1a).

The Three Stars:

1. Chris Attwood (Ohsweken)
2. Mitchell Geoffrey (Brampton)
3. Sam Dramnitzke (Brampton)

The Semi-Finals will take place at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) Friday, April 7th.

Six Nations Snipers vs. Toronto Monarchs at 3 pm.

Paris RiverWolves vs. Brampton Express at 8:30 pm.

The winners will play the championship game Saturday, April 8th at 7 pm at the TRAC.