Another one-goal loss for Thistles in Meredith Cup final

FERGUS – Although the Fergus Thistles trail the Whitby Warriors 2-0 in the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League’s Meredith Cup championship series, they’re proving to be worthy adversaries of the undefeated Warriors.

Whitby came from behind three times on their McKinney arena home floor Sunday night to record a 7-6 victory in the second game of the best-of-seven final.

The Thistles scored the opening goal of the game, led 2-1 later in the first period and 4-3 with seven minutes to go in the second. The teams were also tied 5-5 early in the third period.

Whitby led 3-2 at the end of the first period and 5-4 after the second before the teams scored twice apiece in the third, the Warriors netting the eventual game-winner at 4:19 of the period.

Sam MacDonald collected a pair of goals for Fergus while single goals were scored by Nick Aitchison, Brodie Schafer, Cameron Angst and J.J. Swanston. Adam Lantz, Schafer and Aitchison each had two assists while MacDonald, McCaiden Dixon, Angst, Swanston and Ryan Biggs each had one.

Matt Shand and Connor Platt hit for two goals apiece for Whitby while David Cormack, Adam Smellie and Devin Gilligan scored once each. Ben MacDonnell, Matt Andersson and Shand each had two assists while single assists were awarded to Platt, Cormack, Julian Mosier, Jackson Moroz, Mike Andersson, Gilligan and Smellie.

Shots on goal were not reported.

The Thistles went 2-for-5 on their power play and they held Whitby scoreless on four power plays. The Warriors had the top power play in the league and had also scored 20 power-play goals in their three-game sweep of the Peterborough Lakers in the East Division final.

Xavier DeMichele took the loss in the Fergus net while Adam Allman picked up the win for Whitby.

Third game of the series is set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.

The Warriors, who do have home-floor advantage in the series, are to host Games 4 and 5 if Game 5 is needed. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. and Game 5 is set for Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.

 

Warriors 7 Thistles 6
Fergus     2-2-2–6
Whitby     3-2-2–7
 
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