Thistles advance to face Wilmot in divisional semifinals
ELORA – The Fergus Thistles survived their do-or-die game to continue in the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League playoffs.
The Thistles dropped the Oakville Buzz 14-5 Saturday night at the Elora and District Community Centre in the third and final game of their West Division quarter-final series.
The Thistles scored twice in the first five minutes and never trailed. They were ahead 6-2 after the first period and 10-4 after the second.
Zach Cameron and Brett Harrison each had hat tricks for the Thistles while McCaiden Dixon and Trent Spear scored twice each. Getting one goal apiece were Kyle Deitweiler, Logan Cameron, Adam Lantz and Jonah White. Logan Cameron and Spear each had four assists while Lantz had three, Deitweiler, Justin Beaulieu and Zach Cameron had two each and Louie Ristov, Jacob Hayne, Dixon and Harrison had one each.
Thomas MacDonald scored two of the goals for Oakville while Conner Smith, Josh Martino and Vincent Milantoni netted one apiece. Single assists were awarded to Adam Brown, Smith, Ben Doherty and Milantoni.
The Thistles outshot Oakville 44-27 and went 6-for-9 on their power play while Oakville went 1-for-3.
Noah Nixon made 22 saves to collect the win in the Fergus net while Ryan Fitzgerald had 30 saves in a losing cause in the Oakville net.
Fergus, the division’s fourth-place finishers, move on to play the first-place Wilmot Wild in the best-of-five division semifinals.
That series is to start Monday at the Wilmot Arena at 8 p.m.
Game 2 is to go Friday at 8 p.m. at the Elora and District Community Centre.
Game 3 is to be played July 15 at Wilmot at 3 p.m.
If a fourth game is needed, it’ll go July 18 at Elora at 8 p.m.
Game 5, if required, is to be played July 19 at Wilmot at 8 p.m.
Thistles 14 Buzz 5
1. Fergus, Harrison (Hayne) 1:42
2. Fergus, Z.Cameron (Lantz, Ristov) 4:05
3. Oakville, Milantoni (Brown) 5:55
4. Fergus, L.Cameron (Beaulieu, Harrison) 6:41 pp
5. Fergus, Harrison (Spear, Beaulieu) 7:30 pp
6. Oakville, MacDonald (Doherty) 7:42
7. Fergus, Deitweiler (Z.Cameron, Spear) 11:10 ea
8. Fergus, Spear (unassisted) 16:52 pp
Penalties: Brown Oak (slashing), 6:26; Brown Oak (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:41; Clark Oak (high sticking), 11:10; Clark Oak (unsportsmanlike conduct), MacDonald Oak (high sticking), 13:18; Beaulieu Ferg (roughing), Gorman Oak (roughing), 13:42; Clark Oak (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct, unsportsmanlike conduct game misconduct), 15:18; Beaulieu Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), Martino Oak (high sticking), 16:52.
9. Oakville, MacDonald (Smith) 0:29
10. Oakville, Smith (unassisted) 4:08
11. Fergus, Harrison (Spear) 5:59
12. Fergus, Dixon (Z.Cameron) 10:18 pp
13. Fergus, Lantz (L.Cameron) 11:58 pp
14. Fergus, Dixon (Deitweiler) 16:59
Penalties: Martino Oak (checking from behind double minor), 7:20; Milantoni Oak (tripping), 11:26
15. Fergus, Z.Cameron (Lantz, L.Cameron) 2:07
16. Fergus, Z.Cameron (Dixon, L.Cameron) 4:20
17. Oakville, Martino (Milantoni) 7:57 pp
18. Fergus, White (Deitweiler, Spear) 9:01 sh
19. Fergus, Spear (Lantz, L.Cameron) 16:31 pp
Penalties: Stevenson Ferg (checking from behind), 5:12; Stevenson Ferg (checking from behind), 7:22; Ristov Ferg (tripping), 7:57; McLeod Ferg (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), Martino Oak (fighting major, aggressor major, fighting game misconduct, second major in game game misconduct), 12:11.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Fitzgerald (L, 44 shots-30 saves), Oakville; Nixon (W, 27 shots-22 saves), Fergus.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Oakville 1-3; Fergus 6-9.
- Guelph Sports Journal