Thistles bounced by Brantford in Game 4

BRANTFORD – Turnaround is fair play.

The Brantford Warriors dropped the Fergus Thistles 11-2 in Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League playoff action Wednesday night at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex two days after they were dumped by the Thistles in Game 3 of the West Division final.

Wednesday’s result means the best-of-five West final is down to a one-game, winner-take-all situation as the series is deadlocked 2-2. Game 5 is to go Friday at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex in Fergus.

Each game of the series has been won by the home team.

Wednesday, Brantford responded to each Fergus goal with a run of goals. The Warriors scored six in a row after Mitchell Bernier opened the scoring 61 seconds into the game and the hosts connected for five consecutive goals after Dean Sealey scored midway through the second period for the Thistles.

Jayden Bushy, Adam Lantz, Sealey and Scott Stovel each had one assist for Fergus.

Ty Argent led Brantford with a four-goal outing while Hunter Aggus, Max Lewis and Caleb Wells scored twice each. Michael Comeau had the other goal. Wells assisted on three of the goals while Aggus, Ryan Dorr, goaltender Lucas Nagy, Jacob Parkinson and Cole Robillard each had two assists and Quinn Drysdale, Connor Gillis and Connor Merritt had one each.

While Nagy picked up the win in net for the Warriors, Bill Wilson took the loss for the Thistles. He was replaced by Tyson Reeves at 11:24 of the third period after Brantford’s 10th goal.

Game time for Game 5 Friday is 8 p.m.

Winner of the game advances to play the defending champion Clarington Shamrox in the league’s best-of-seven Meredith Cup championship series. Clarington defeated the Peterborough Lakers 9-5 Wednesday night at Bowmanville to sweep the East final in three games.

 

Warriors 11 Thistles 2
First Period
1. Fergus, Bernier (Sealey, Lantz) 1:01
2. Brantford, Lewis (Aggus) 2:16
3. Brantford, Wells (Robillard, Dorr) 5:56
4. Brantford, Aggus (Gillis) 9:06 sh
5. Brantford, Argent (Nagy) 9:43 sh
6. Brantford, Argent (Wells) 16:13 pp
Penalties: Solazzo Brant (interference), 3:30; Riggs Brant (interference), 8:28; Columbus Ferg (slashing), 9:06; Wells Brant (slashing), 10:30; Comeau Brant (tripping), 13:18; L.Ristov Ferg (illegal cross checking), 14:25.
Second Period
7. Brantford, Lewis (Aggus) 6:07
8. Fergus, Sealey (Stovel, Bushy) 10:13
9. Brantford, Argent (Wells, Parkinson) 14:38
10. Brantford, Comeau (Dorr, Wells) 16:31
Penalty: Mcleod Ferg (holding), 0:00.
Third Period
11. Brantford, Wells (Drysdale) 9:42
12. Brantford, Argent (Merritt, Robillard) 11:24
13. Brantford, Aggus (Parkinson, Nagy) 15:41
Penalties: Argent Brant (holding), 2:19; Wells Brant (roughing), O.Ristov Ferg (roughing), 13:38; Comeau Brant (roughing), O.Ristov Ferg (roughing), 16:05.
Shots on Goal
Unavailable.
Goalies: Wilson (L), Reeves (11:24 of third period), Fergus; Nagy (W), Brantford.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Fergus 0-5; Brantford 1-3.

 

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