Thistles, Brantford to start West final Thursday

FERGUS – The Fergus Thistles and Brantford Warriors are to start their Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League’s West Division final Thursday night at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.

Game time for the first game of the best-of-five series is 8 p.m.

Second game of the series is set for Saturday at Brantford’s Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre starting at 7 p.m.

Third game is scheduled for Monday at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex beginning at 8 p.m.

If a fourth game is needed, it’s to go July 26 at Brantford starting at 8 p.m.

If the series goes its five-game limit, the fifth game is to be played at Fergus July 28 starting at 8 p.m.

The Thistles finished the regular season in second place in the West Division at 11-5-0 and they swept the Halton Hills Bulldogs 2-0 in the division quarter-finals and the Wilmot Wild 3-0 in the division semifinals.

Brantford was fourth in the West at 9-7-0 and they defeated the Oakville Buzz 2-0 in the division quarter-finals and the first-place Six Nations Warriors 3-1 in the division semifinals.

The Thistles and Brantford met twice early in the season with the Thistles winning 9-3 in their home opener May 5 and Brantford prevailing 11-4 at Brantford May 19.

Fergus had five players score 10 or more goals during the regular season and eight players collect 20 or more points. Brantford had seven players net 10 or more goals and six get 20 or more points.

Dean Sealey has seven goals and 13 assists in the playoffs for the Thistles while Mitchell Bernier has 11 goals and eight assists, Trent Spear eight goals and nine assists, Scott Stovel four goals and 13 assists, Jayden Bushy eight goals and eight assists and Adam Lantz two goals and 14 assists.

Austin Giles has collected nine goals and 11 assists for Brantford while Cole Robillard has two goals and five assists, Caleb Wells nine goals and five assists, Ty Argent three goals and 10 assists, Jayden Drage eight goals and four assists and Hunter Aggus nine goals and two assists.

Bill Wilson has played every minute of the playoffs in net for Fergus. He has a 6.80 goals-against average while Lucas Nagy has been the only goalie the Warriors have used in the playoffs. He has an 8.50 goals-against average.

The winner of the series will meet the winner of the East final between the Clarington Shamrox and Peterborough Lakers in the league final. That series is to start Saturday afternoon at Bowmanville.

Clarington had a bye in the East quarter-finals and swept the Whitby Warriors 3-0 in the division semifinals.

Peterborough ousted the Gloucester Griffins 2-0 in the division quarter-finals and defeated the Cornwall Celtics 3-1 in the East semifinals.

Clarington finished first in the East at 12-4-0 while Peterborough was second at 11-5-0.

The Shamrox are the defending league champions while Peterborough won in 2015.

 

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