Thistles open account with win over Orangeville
ORANGEVILLE – The Fergus Thistles started their Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season Friday night by thumping the Orangeville Northmen 11-2 at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Complex.
The Thistles scored the final eight goals of the game to break open a close match.
Fergus Thistles 11 Orangeville 2
The Northmen played the game with 16 players, including two goalkeepers, as they’ve been hit hard by a flu bug.
Fergus led 3-1 at the end of the first period before Orangeville scored first in the second period at the 7:23 mark. However, the Thistles started their eight-goal run 74 seconds later.
Keegan Detweiler had a hat trick for the Thistles while Aiden Mcdougall and Brock Redwood each had two goals. Scoring once apiece were Carter Coffey, Connor Willmets, Owen Tovell and Garret Warnaar. J.J. Swanston assisted on four of the goals while Willmets and Curtis Dietrich each had three assists, Redwood and Detweiler each had two and Mcdougall, Warnaar and Coffey each had one.
Scott Clapham and Preston Gear netted the goals for Orangeville while Bryce Barwick and Jack Fitzpatrick assisted on both goals.
Each team had a power-play goal in the match. Fergus was whistled for 12 minutes in penalties while Orangeville was called for 29 including a checking-from-behind major and accompanying game misconduct to Nick Martino.
Eric Krauter and Ethan Bratton split time in net for Fergus with Krauter starting and yielding both goals in the first 33:10.
Orangeville also used both of its goaltenders. Lucas Johnston started and gave up four goals in 29:31 while Shane Peirce yielded seven goals the rest of the way.
Shots on goal were not recorded.
The game was the first league outing for the Thistles since they were swept in four games by the Whitby Warriors in the 2019 league final.
Fergus has two players listed on their roster on the league website who played in the 2019 playoffs — Brodie Rice and Swanston.
The Thistles are to host the Brantford Warriors Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Elora and District Community Centre.
The game is one of two home contests the Thistles are to play in Elora this season. The other is May 29 against Orangeville. They’re also to play the Barrie Bombers in a home game at the Arthur Arena June 24. The other six home games are to be played at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex in Fergus.
Brantford edged the Six Nations Stealth 14-13 in a home match Friday night.
- Guelph Sports Journal