Slow-starting Thistles clouted by Brantford

BRANTFORD – The Fergus Thistles gave up the first eight goals of the game as they were dropped 12-5 by the Brantford Warriors in Ontario junior C lacrosse league play Sunday at the Gretzky Complex.

Brantford led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 8-1 after the second.

Justin Beaulieu had two goals and two assists for Fergus while J.J. Swanston, Brett Harrison and Logan Cameron added single goals. Trent Spear, Swanston and Harrison each had one assist.

Cooper Day-Allison collected a hat trick for Brantford and Cole Robillard and Brayden Doxtator netted two goals apiece. Getting one goal each were Blake Dunford, Austin Garlow, Max Lewis, Jaden Drage and D.J. Martins. Robillard, Herman Wagnleithner, Michael Comeau and Connor Merritt each had two assists and Nick D’Amico, Dunford, Drage, Day-Allison, Lewis, Martins and Quinn Drysdale gathered one each.

The hosts outshot the Thistles 48-31 and Fergus went 1-for-15 and Brantford went 1-for-20 in the penalty-filled game. A total of 142 minutes in penalties were called with the Thistles whistled for 78.

Mitchell Dunham made 26 saves for the win in the Brantford net while starter Kent Bremner took the loss for Fergus. He stopped 22 shots in the first half of the game and Tyson Reeves stopped 14 in the second half.

The Thistles fall to 4-4-0 with the loss and Brantford improved to 5-2-1 with the win.

The Thistles are to host the Six Nations Warriors Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.


Warriors 12 Thistles 5
First Period
1. Brantford, Dunford (DAmico) 2:55 sh
2. Brantford, Robillard (Dunford, Drage) 3:11 sh
3. Brantford, Garlow (unassisted) 8:02
Penalties: Lewis Brant (high sticking), 2:31; Swanston Ferg (slashing), 8:02; Carte Brant (holding), 9:49; Lewis Brant (slashing), McLeod Ferg (slashing major), 12:45; Martins Brant (interference), 13:03; Drage Brant (slashing), 18:43; Roberts Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor), Deitweiler Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct, unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct, abuse of officials game misconduct), 19:57; Assistant Coach Ferg (abuse of officials game misconduct), 20:00.
Second Period
4. Brantford, Doxtator (Robillard) 3:39 pp
5. Brantford, Doxtator (Robillard, Wagnleithner) 4:37
6. Brantford, Robillard (Day-Allison) 6:44
7. Brantford, Day-Allison (Lewis) 10:01 ea
8. Brantford, Lewis (Martins) 13:20
9. Fergus, Beaulieu (unassisted) 13:45
Penalties: Carte Brant (delay of game bench minor), 0:00; Dorr Brant (slashing, slashing game misconduct), 1:37; Dunford Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor), 2:23; Roberts Ferg (slashing), Aitchison Ferg (slashing), 3:07; McLeod Ferg (slashing), 3:39; Drage Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:23; Harrison Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:44; Swanston Ferg (cross checking), 10:01; Roberts Ferg (roughing), 11:10; Comeau Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), Ristov Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:45; Brassard Ferg (checking from behind major, checking from behind game misconduct), 16:42; Lewis Brant (high sticking, unsportsmanlike conduct, unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct, abuse of officials game misconduct), 19:28.
Third Period
10. Brantford, Day-Allison (Comeau, Wagnleithner) 1:32
11. Brantford, Day-Allison (Merritt, Comeau) 3:43
12. Fergus, Swanston (Beaulieu, Spear) 6:36
13. Brantford, Drage (Merritt) 10:10
14. Fergus, Harrison (Swanston) 14:56 pp
15. Fergus, Beaulieu (Harrison) 16:36
16. Fergus, Cameron (Beaulieu) 17:57
17. Brantford, Martins (Drysdale) 19:39
Penalties: Ristov Ferg (holding), 7:51; Carte Brant (tripping), 14:43; Powell Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:24; Drage Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), Ristov Ferg (high sticking), Spear Ferg (slashing), 16:15; Wagnleithner Brant (slashing), 16:36; Merritt Brant (slashing), 17:31; Bauman Ferg (high sticking), 19:39.
Shots on Goal
Fergus             10-9-12–31
Brantford     14-24-10–48
Goalies: Bremner (L, 30:01, 29 shots-22 saves), Reeves (29:59, 19 shots-14 saves), Fergus; Dunham (W, 31 shots-26 saves), Brantford.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Fergus 1-15; Brantford 1-20.
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