Braves drop series opener to Brampton
BRAMPTON – The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves opened their Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League quarter-final playoff series with a 9-4 loss to the Brampton Excelsiors Sunday night at Memorial Arena.
Three unanswered goals in the third period by the host Excelsiors extended their lead. The teams had been tied 3-3 six and a half minutes into the second period before a pair of goals by Brampton 41 seconds apart put the Excelsiors ahead for good.
Brampton led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 6-4 after the second.
Jeff Teat led Brampton with two goals and five assists while Tyson Gibson, Seth Van Schepen and Mason Wright each had a goal and two assists and Travis Burton and Campbell Parker each had a goal and an assist. Austin Hasen and James Whiteford scored the other goals and netminder J.J. Jensen had an assist.
Damon Currie and Dawson McKenzie each had a goal and an assist for K-W while Zack Dybowski and Mackenzie Iacocca added single goals. Jackson Reid assisted on three of the goals and Tye Kurtz had one assist.
Brampton went 2-for-8 on its power play while K-W went 1-for-7.
Jensen picked up the win in the Brampton net while Steven Orleman was charged with the loss for the Braves.
Brampton had finished the regular season in second place at 14-6-0 while the Braves were seventh at 8-11-1.
The teams split their two regular-season meetings, both games requiring overtime. The Excelsiors won 11-10 in Brampton June 16 and the Braves won 13-10 in Kitchener last Tuesday.
Second game of the best-of-seven quarter-final is slated for Tuesday at Kitchener’s Activa Sportsplex at 8 p.m. The third game is scheduled for Wednesday at Brampton’s Memorial Arena, also at 8 p.m.
Excelsiors 9 Braves 4
1. Brampton, Teat (Van Schepen, Gibson) 5:27
2. Kitchener-Waterloo, Currie (Reid, McKenzie) 8:57
3. Brampton, Wright (Teat, Van Schepen) 14:18
4. Brampton, Parker (Teat) 18:53 pp
Penalties: Wright Bramp (roughing), 2:28; Commandant KW (high sticking), 6:00; Boudreau Bramp (roughing), Iacocca KW (delay of game), 9:31; Van Schepen Bramp (holding), 10:09; Dybowski KW (interference), 17:20.
5. Kitchener-Waterloo, McKenzie (Reid, Currie) 4:27 pp
6. Kitchener-Waterloo, Dybowski (unassisted) 6:30
7. Brampton, Teat (Parker, Jensen) 8:02
8. Brampton, Gibson (Burton, Teat) 8:43
9. Kitchener-Waterloo, Iacocca (Reid, Kurtz) 10:28 sh
10. Brampton, Whiteford (Teat) 17:22
Penalties: Dybowski KW (holding), 1:07; McClelland Bramp (slashing), 3:19; Radbourne KW (holding), 9:26; Dol Bramp (roughing), 11:42; Medeiros Bramp (high sticking, roughing), Iacocca KW (high sticking, roughing), 14:16; Walker Bramp (illegal equipment), 16:13; Dybowski KW (slashing), 17:07; Noble KW (slashing), 17:22.
11. Brampton, Hasen (Gibson, Wright) 0:35
12. Brampton, Van Schepen (Teat, Wright) 2:50 pp
13. Brampton, Burton (unassisted) 15:11
Penalties: Iacocca KW (interference), 1:43; Medeiros Bramp (interference), 5:59; Burton Bramp (facemask, roughing), McKenzie KW (facemask), 11:05; Teat Bramp (slashing), Cole KW (slashing), 16:50; Boehm KW (roughing), 18:00.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Orleman (L), Kitchener-Waterloo; Jensen (W), Brampton.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Kitchener-Waterloo 1-7; Brampton 2-8.
- Guelph Sports Journal