K-W Braves on brink after Game 2 setback
KITCHENER – The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves will try to prevent being swept from the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League playoffs Wednesday when they tangle with the Brampton Excelsiors at Brampton’s Memorial Arena.
Brampton grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five quarter-final series with a 10-7 victory Tuesday night at the Activa Sportsplex’s Patrick J. Doherty Rink.
The Excelsiors, who finished the regular season in second place, broke a 6-6 tie with a pair of goals six seconds apart in the final three minutes of the second period. Brampton led 3-2 at the end of the first period and 8-6 after the second.
Damon Currie and Mackenzie Iacocca scored twice each for seventh-place K-W while Shawn Lantz, Cole Spear and Jake Stevens added single goals. Lantz had three assists and Mason Noble had two while single assists were awarded to Quinn Commandant, Zack Dybowski, Cody Hamley, Tye Kurtz, Spear, Stevens and Kurtis Woodland.
Jeff Teat struck for five goals and three assists for Brampton while Tyson Gibson had two goals and three assists. Austin Hasen, Kyle Vince and Adam Wiedemann also scored while Campbell Parker had four assists, James Whiteford had two and Andrew Borgatti, Jake Boudreau, Connor McClelland, Vince and Mason Wright each had one.
Brampton went 2-for-8 on its power play while the Braves were 1-for-4.
Tyler Smyth picked up the win in net for Brampton while Steven Orleman took the loss for the Braves.
Game time Wednesday for Game 3 is 8 p.m.
All four quarter-final series stand at 2-0 with first-place Six Nations Arrows leading eighth-place Toronto Beaches, third-place Mimico Mountaineers leading sixth-place Orangeville Northmen and fourth-place Whitby Warriors leading fifth-place Burlington Chiefs.
Excelsiors 10 Braves 7
1. Brampton, Gibson (Teat, Wright) 1:04
2. Kitchener-Waterloo, Iacocca (Dybowski, Noble) 4:38
3. Kitchener-Waterloo, Currie (unassisted) 10:20 pp
4. Brampton, Teat (Gibson) 16:39 pp
5. Brampton, Gibson (Teat, Parker) 19:58
Penalties: McClelland Bramp (slashing), 8:52; McClelland Bramp (holding), 12:34; Lantz K-W (roughing), Noble K-W (slashing), Vince Bramp (roughing), 16:13; Medeiros Bramp (high sticking), 19:07; Nay K-W (checking from behind double minor), 19:49.
6. Brampton, Wiedemann (Boudreau, Borgatti) 0:33
7. Kitchener-Waterloo, Lantz (Stevens, Spear) 0:56
8. Kitchener-Waterloo, Stevens (Commandant, Noble) 2:04 sh
9. Brampton, Teat (Gibson, McClelland) 3:20 pp
10. Kitchener-Waterloo, Spear (Hamley, Lantz) 5:32
11. Brampton, Teat (Whiteford, Parker) 8:42
12. Kitchener-Waterloo, Iacocca (Lantz, Kurtz) 14:13
13. Brampton, Teat (Vince, Parker) 17:51
14. Brampton, Vince (unassisted) 17:57
Penalties: Iacocca K-W (slashing), 5:48; Iacocca K-W (checking from behind double minor), 9:40.
15. Brampton, Hasen (Teat, Parker) 0:28
16. Kitchener-Waterloo, Currie (Woodland, Lantz) 3:24
17. Brampton, Teat (Whiteford, Gibson) 19:01
Penalties: Cole K-W (slashing), 3:57; Burton Bramp (roughing double minor), Cole K-W (roughing), 7:23; Reid K-W (butt-ending), 10:37.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Smyth (W), Brampton; Orleman (L), Kitchener-Waterloo.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Brampton 2-8; Kitchener-Waterloo 1-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal