Thistles force West quarter-final to its limit
OAKVILLE – The Fergus Thistles have earned themselves another game.
The Thistles downed the Oakville Buzz 12-5 Friday night in Ontario junior C lacrosse league playoff action at Oakville’s Joshua’s Creek Arena to square the best-of-three West Division quarter-final playoff series at a win apiece.
Four consecutive goals in the second period turned a two-goal advantage by the Thistles at the end of the first period into a 7-1 lead just past the seven-minute mark of the middle stanza.
Trent Spear struck for five goals for the Thistles while Zach Cameron and Jonah White scored twice each. Logan Cameron, Adam Lantz and McCaiden Dixon added single goals. Brett Harrison had five assists while Logan Cameron had four, Justin Beaulieu and Spear had two each and Lantz and Zach Cameron had one each.
Conner Smith tallied twice for Oakville while single goals were added by Matt Gorman, Graydon Power and Vincent Milantoni. Thomas MacDonald assisted on three of the goals while Adam Brown, Ben Doherty, Power and Ryan Churchill each had one assist.
Noah Nixon picked up the win in net for Fergus while Ryan Fitzgerald took the loss for Oakville.
The Thistles scored five power-play goals on seven chances and held Oakville scoreless on its seven power plays.
Deciding game in the series is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Elora and District Community Centre.
The winner will play the first-place Wilmot Wild in the best-of-five West semifinal. Fergus finished the regular season in fourth place in the division while Oakville was fifth.
Thistles 12 Buzz 5
1. Fergus, Z.Cameron (unassisted) 4:24 pp
2. Fergus, Spear (Harrison) 5:49
3. Oakville, Milantoni (Doherty, MacDonald) 11:15
4. Fergus, L.Cameron (Harrison, Spear) 12:54 pp
Penalties: Bench Oak (too many men), 1:51; Gorman Oak (roughing), Beaulieu Ferg (roughing), 3:43; Z.Cameron Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 6:09; Doherty Oak (high sticking), 11:56; McLeod Ferg (high sticking), 17:38.
5. Fergus, Lantz (Beaulieu, L.Cameron) 1:17
6. Fergus, White (unassisted) 3:20
7. Fergus, Spear (L.Cameron, Harrison) 5:42 pp
8. Fergus, Z.Cameron (Spear) 7:02 pp
9. Oakville, Smith (Brown, MacDonald) 7:24
10. Fergus, Spear (Harrison, Lantz) 8:44
11. Oakville, Power (MacDonald) 11:28
12. Oakville, Smith (Churchill) 11:40
13. Fergus, Spear (Z.Cameron) 16:17
Penalties: Brown Oak (illegal cross checking), Power Oak (holding), 5:38; Ristivojevic Oak (roughing), Roberts Ferg (illegal cross checking), 11:05; Ristivojevic Oak (roughing major), Roberts Ferg (slashing major), Gorman Oak (interference), 13:22; Garcia Oak (unsportsmanlike conduct), Harrison Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:17.
14. Fergus, Dixon (L.Cameron) 6:39 sh
15. Oakville, Gorman (Power) 15:32
16. Fergus, White (Harrison) 16:58
17. Fergus, Spear (L.Cameron, Beaulieu) 17:53 pp
Penalties: Ristivojevic Oak (high sticking), 4:38; Z.Cameron Ferg (tripping), 5:52; Gabura Oak (high sticking), 10:48; Gorman Oak (high sticking), 17:41; Ristivojevic Oak (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), Stevenson Ferg (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), 18:41.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Nixon (W), Fergus; Fitzgerald (L), Oakville.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Fergus 5-7; Oakville 0-7.
- Guelph Sports Journal