Week 8 Recap, Monarchs win twice, both 1st place leaders fall

by Paul St. John

The Arena Lacrosse League officially hit the halfway point today as the Oshawa Outlaws played their 7th game of the season losing to the Peterborough Timbermen 10-7 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre before 600 fans. Each ALL team has now played 7 or more games with the St. Catharines ShockWave playing their 8th and 9th games this weekend, splitting the pair, winning 15-10 win over the Paris RiverWolves Saturday before dropping a 15-8 decision today against the Toronto Monarchs.

 The Monarchs played two home games this weekend, today in Peterborough with the aforementioned win over the ShockWave and an even bigger win last night at the TRAC in Oakville beating the Six Nations Snipers 12-10.

 Peterborough has quickly got themselves back into the playoff race with a huge victory today at home in front of a nice size Memorial Centre crowd that included many PMLA players and their families as well as many Lakers (both Sr and Jr) fans and executive members. Ryan Masters won the goaltending dual over Oshawa's Lukas Coote as both goalies put on a backstoppers clinic making several outstanding saves. Tim Bergin continues to lead the way for the Timbermen offense but on this day it was the defense that shone providing the Timbermen with back to back well rounded efforts, and victories in consecutive games.

 The Toronto Monarchs put the breaks on their 4 game losing streak with a terrific effort against the Snipers Saturday night before almost 250 enthusiastic fans at the TRAC, the majority of them cheering for the home team. Both Craig Wende and Chase Martin had stellar games between the pipes with the scoring star on this one being Jordan Critch of the Monarchs. Critch continues to rise his game to next level and it might not be long before that level comes calling. The ageless Roger Vyse continues to pile up the points and showing the way for the young Snipers roster.

 Sunday the Monarchs rode the goaltending and passes ability of Steve Fryer who was making his Arena Lacrosse League and Monarchs debut, holding the ShockWave at bay for the majority of the game and leading a fastbreak that wore down the St. Catharines team to even their record on the season to 4 and 4 and dropping the ShockWave to game below .500 at 4 and 5. 

 Not all was lost for the ShockWave as they earned a weekend split with their win Saturday at the ILA over the Paris RiverWolves. Jeff Wittig is starting to use his size and strength on a consistent basis providing defenses a tough challenge one on one (4 goals in this game), as this young man continues to develop he will get better and better and one day should be putting up similar numbers in the pro's.

 Standing after week 8
 Oshawa Outlaws 5 and 2
 Six Nations Snipers 5 and 3
 Toronto Monarchs 4 and 4
 Paris RiverWolves 4 and 4
 St. Catharines ShockWave 4 and 5
 Peterborough Timbermen 2 and 6

 Week 9 of the ALL season will see 3 games including a battle for 1st place:
 Oshawa Outlaws at Six Nations Snipers - 4pm - ILA
 Peterborough Timbermen at St. Catharines ShockWave - 1pm - ILA
 Toronto Monarchs at Paris RiverWolves - 8pm - Syl Apps Community Centre.

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