Arena Lacrosse League East Weekly Recaps - Week 15

by Gary Groob

In the final week of the Arena Lacrosse League East regular season, four games were showcased. 

Friday Night at the Children's Arena in Oshawa, Ontario 

Brampton Express 9  Whitby Steelhawks 13

The Express had won their last seven games, and were playing their best lacrosse of the season.  Whitby had only one loss all year.  The stage was set for an epic showdown, and it didn't disappoint. 

The Express went toe to toe the entire game with Whitby, and with the exception of the last three minutes of the second quarter, matched them goal for goal.

With Whitby up 4-3 near the end of the second quarter, Nikolai Farrus, Devin Pipher, and Tyler Goodchild scored in 1:46 to give the Steelhawks a four goal lead.

The second half literally had the teams match each other goal for goal.  However, Brampton was never able to get any closer than a three goal deficit.   A hard earned 13-9 victory for the Steelhawks was the final result.

Colton Lidstone (2g,5a), Nikolai Farrus (2g,3a), Luke Keenan (2g,1a) and Devin Pipher (2g,1a) led the way for Whitby.

Curtis Ward (2g,3a) and Cam Mancini (2g,1a)led the  Brampton offense, with Mikael Chullin (0g,3a) as the playmaker. 

The Three Stars:

1. Colton Lidstone (Whitby)
2. Curtis Ward (Brampton)
3. Kaleb Martin (Whitby)

Saturday at the Children's Arena in Oshawa, Ontario 

Early Game 

Ohsweken Bears  15  Peterborough Timbermen 12

Both teams came into the game on losing streaks, and were hoping to get on track for the upcoming playoffs.  Peterborough got out to a two goal lead, but three unanswered tallies by Ohsweken had the Bears in front.  The Timbermen then scored twice more to retake the lead midway through the second.  Ohsweken broke the game open scoring five times in 3:28 to take an 8-4 lead at the half.

Special teams took over in the third quarter.  Five of the six goals scored were on the power-play.   The Timbermen scored four of the first five goals to get within one, but the Bears answered with five of the next six to grab a 14-9 lead.  The Timbermen put together another comeback bid, but fell short dropping their seventh straight game 15-12.

Lucas Beaver (5g,3a), Eddie Renaud (3g,3a), Heron Snow (2g,4a) and Kent Baker-Printup (2g,2a) led the Bears offense.  Kaine Kettle (1g,7a) and Dan Kritausky (1g,5a) were the playmakers. 

Dylan Goddard (4g,1a), Fred Hartley (2g,1a) and Jacob Gasperetti (2g,1a) led the Timbermen's offense.  Riley Curtis (1g,6a) and Jared Downey (0g,3a) were the playmakers.

The Three Stars:

1. Sam Forbes (Ohsweken)
2. Lucas Beaver (Ohsweken)
3. Riley Curtis (Peterborough)

Late Game

Toronto Monarchs 21  Oshawa Outlaws 17

With a scoring title on the line, these two teams had plenty to play for in their last game of the regular season.  John St. John of Oshawa and Parker Pipher of Toronto were neck and neck in points heading into the game.

Toronto got off to a quick start jumping out to a 5-0 lead just 4:00 into the game.  To The Outlaws credit, they kept chipping away, and by the end of the first quarter were only down 7-5.  The second quarter had more of a flow with the Monarchs getting up 10-5, but again the resilient Outlaws fought back to a two goal deficit.  By halftime Toronto was up 12-9.

The second half had more of an intensity to it, with Oshawa getting within one goal in the third quarter.  In a penalty filled fourth quarter, special teams took over.  A power-play, and two shorthanded goals put Toronto up 18-13, but three power-play goals by Oshawa in the fourth kept them alive.  Parker Pipher scored into the empty net at 13:59 and sealed the game and the ALL 2023-24 scoring title.

Parker Pipher (7g,6a), Owen Rahn (4g,3a), Riley Ford (4g,1a) and Patrick Thomson (3g,2a) led the offense for Toronto.  Tanner Buck (0g,7a) and Nathan Ethier (0g 3a) were the playmakers. 

Alec Simons (5g,3a), Josh Gilray (3g,1a) and Austin Blumbergs (2g,1a) led the offense for Oshawa.  John St. John (2g,7a), Gareth Haigh (1g,6a) and Chris Attwood (1g,4a) were the playmakers. 

The Three Stars:

1. Parker Pipher (Toronto)
2. John  St. John (Oshawa)
3. Alec Simons (Oshawa)

Sunday Afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario 

Six Nations Snipers 23  Paris RiverWolves 11

The Six Nations Snipers saved their best for last.  A first half where they could do no wrong had them up 11-1 heading to halftime, led by ten different scorers.  Dustin Hill was sensational in net, giving up just one goal.

The RiverWolves tried to make a game of it in the third quarter scoring four goals, but another eight goal run from the Snipers put this game out of reach.  Paris again tried to make a comeback scoring six goals in the fourth, but the lead was just too big to overcome.  Six Nations wins 23-11.

Josh Miller (3g,5a), Brent Longboat (4g,2a), Wes Whitlow (3g,3a) and Cheyton King (3g,1a) led the way from the Snipers.  Thunder Hill (2g,6a) and Andrew Vredenburg (1g,4a) were the playmakers. 

Paris got goals from nine different scorers, but were led by Alex Kew (2g,3a), Marley Angus (1g,3a) and Andy Campbell (2g,1a).

The Three Stars:

1. Dustin Hill (Six Nations)
2. Josh Miller (Six Nations)
3. Alex Kew (Paris)
The playoffs start this Friday, March 22nd.

Friday at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario - 8 pm

Peterborough Timbermen vs. Brampton Express 

Saturday at the Children's Arena in Oshawa, Ontario 

Early Game - 1pm

Six Nations Snipers vs. Oshawa Outlaws 

Late  Game - 5 pm 

Ohsweken Bears vs. Whitby Steelhawks 

Sunday At the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario - 2 pm

Toronto Monarchs vs. Paris RiverWolves