Week 7 sees the Timbermen earn 1st win with terrific all around effort

by Paul St. John

Week 7 of the ALL is in the books and we saw the Peterborough Timbermen break into the win column with a big 17-9 win over the Toronto Monarchs at the Tribute Communities Centre early this Sunday afternoon. The Timbermen's offense was dynamic today as lefties Dan Michel,  Caleb Wiles and Cody McMahon all had 7 or more points in the game. Add in righty sniper Tim Bergin's 6 pts and the Timbermen's offense were firing on all cylinders. Ryan Masters came in early in quarter 1 and shut down the Monarchs potent offense, holding them to 6 goals in relief of Nolan Clayton. The Timbermen's win comes after another tough 1 goal loss in Paris Saturday night. The Timbermen scored 31 goals in their two games this weekend and the breakout couldn't have come at better time as they host the front running Oshawa Outlaws in their first "true" home game Sunday February 26th at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough.

 In the 2nd game of the doubleheader the Oshawa Outlaws continue to roll avenging their only loss on the season with a big 14-5 win over the St. Catharines ShockWave, a team that looked weary after a tough 11-8 loss the night before in Six Nations. The Outlaws continue to get outstanding goaltending from Zach Higgins, who made many point blank stops including four on Jeff Wittig during one shift in the second quarter when the game was still within reach. Mike Triolo had 5 goals for the Outlaws and Ryan McMichael chipped in with 2 and 3 assists. Matt Bowman saw his first action of the ALL season and held the fort in just under 5 minutes of play, allowing no goals on 6 shots.

 Saturday's games were the opposite of today as both games were close and could have gone either way. In Six Nations the St. Catharines ShockWave got out to a 7-2 lead early in the 2nd quarter and seemed to be cruising. In comes Chase Martin and the Snipers ride what arguably could have been the goaltending performance of the ALL season to date and shut down the ShockWave, holding them to 1 goal the rest of the way, winning 11-8. Roger Vyse continues to show is still a force to be reckon with as he had 4 points on the last 5 Snipers goals (goal and 3 assists) to go along with an early goal to continue to keep his spot atop the ALL scoring race.

 In Paris, it looked early like this one would be a laugher for the RiverWolves as they jumped out to 8-2 and 10-4 leads. But the Timbermen showed as they have in most of their losses to date that they have the resilience to compete and by late in the 3rd quarter had knotted things up at 10. The RiverWolves regained their composure and went up 15-11 only to see the Timbermen again not roll over as they came back with 3 of their own and had a few chances to tie but Kevin Orlemen would close the door and the RiverWolves held on for a 15-14 win. The big three of the RiverWolves - Thenhaus, Keane and Burke all had big games but the addition of lefty Mike Melanchenko proved to be the difference with 5 goals and an assist.

 Next Weeks games see the both the Toronto Monarchs and Peterborough Timbermen play actual home games and this should build for some excitement for both teams. 

 Saturday February 25th:
 Paris RiverWolves at St. Catharines ShockWave - 4pm - ILA
 Six Nations Snipers at Toronto Monarchs - 8:30pm - TRAC

 Sunday February 26th:
 Oshawa Outlaws at Peterborough Timbermen - 1pm - Peterborough Memorial Centre
 St. Catharines ShockWave at Toronto Monarchs - 4pm - Peterborough Memorial Centre (Fans Pay for 1, Stay for Two)