Thistles prevail in physical home opener

ELORA – The Fergus Thistles struck for seven consecutive goals on their way to a 9-3 victory over the Brantford Warriors in their Ontario junior C lacrosse league home opener Friday night at the Elora and District Community Centre.

The scoring streak turned a one-goal lead late in the first period into an eight-goal advantage late in the third as the hosts held Brantford scoreless for 44 minutes and 44 seconds of game time.

Fergus led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 7-1 after the second. The Thistles went 4-for-18 on their power play in the physical game while Brantford went 1-for-16. A total of 197 minutes in penalties including 70 minutes on misconducts was called in the game.

The Thistles also scored three shorthanded goals while Brantford had one.

Jayden Bushy had a five-goal outing for the Thistles while Dean Sealy scored twice. Scott Stovel had a goal and five assists while Mitchell Bernier had a goal and two assists, Adam Lantz had three assists, Mitchell Daw had two assists and Eli Mcleod, Owen Ristov, winning goalie Bill Wilson, Louie Ristov, Cole Dameman and Austin Flaherty each collected one assist.

Jayden Drage scored twice for Brantford while Quinn Drysdale scored the other goal and Ryan Dorr and Caleb Wells each had one assist.

Lucas Nagy was charged with the loss in the Brantford net.

The win was the second in as many league outings for the Thistles. They’re to play the Oakville Buzz (0-0-0) at Oakville Thursday in their first of three consecutive road games as they’re also to play the Peterborough Lakers (0-1-0) at Peterborough May 13 and the Brantford Warriors (0-2-0) at Brantford May 19. Game time Thursday at the Joshua’s Creek arena is 7:30 p.m.


Thistles 9 Warriors 3
First Period
1. Fergus, Bushy (Mcleod, Stovel) 1:30
2. Fergus, Stovel (Daw, O.Ristov) 8:55
3. Brantford, Drysdale (unassisted) 13:06 sh
4. Fergus, Sealy (Lantz, Stovel) 19:08 pp
Penalties: Bernier Ferg (high sticking), 2:25; Giles Brant (Slashing), 3:55; Giles Brant (high sticking major), 12:29; Stovel Ferg (Slashing), 13:06; Dameman Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 14:34; Wells Brant (checking from behind double minor), 16:41; O.Ristov Ferg (high sticking major), 19:23.
Second Period
5. Fergus, Bushy (Stovel, Wilson) 4:36 pp
6. Fergus, Bernier (Lantz, Stovel) 6:57 pp
7. Fergus, Sealy (Lantz, Stovel) 9:09 pp
8. Fergus, Bushy (Daw, L.Ristov) 11:31 sh
Penalties: L.Ristov Ferg (delay of game), 0:21; Wesley Brant (checking from behind double minor), 3:17; Comeau Brant (checking from behind double minor), 4:09; Stovel Ferg (roughing), Sealy Ferg (holding), Wesley Brant (roughing), 7:03; O.Ristov Ferg (checking from behind), Hoegy Ferg (unnecessary roughness major), Giles Brant (unnecessary roughness major), 7:18; Riggs Brant (high sticking), 8:58; Solazzo Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor), 9:08; O.Ristov Ferg (checking from behind), 10:00; Riggs Brant (holding), 11:31; Riggs Brant (high sticking), 13:22; Wilson Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), O.Ristov Ferg (high sticking), McFedries Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:19; Hoegy Ferg (illegal cross checking), 19:42.
Third Period
9. Fergus, Bushy (Bernier, Dameman) 11:03 sh
10. Fergus, Bushy (Bernier, Flaherty) 16:37 sh
11. Brantford, Drage (Dorr, Wells) 17:50 pp
12. Brantford, Drage (unassisted) 19:59
Penalties: Aitchison Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), Solazzo Brant (unnecessary roughness major), Riggs Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:56; Aitchison Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), Riggs Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 4:56; Hoegy Ferg (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), McFedries Brant (fighting major, fighting game misconduct, kicking player major, kicking player game misconduct), 5:14; Wells Brant (slashing), 7:50; O.Ristov Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 9:52; Sealy Ferg (high sticking), 16:07; L.Ristov Ferg (illegal cross checking), 17:17; Comeau Brant (slashing), 17:56; Mcleod Ferg (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), Flaherty Ferg (charging major), Wesley Brant (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), Nagy Brant (roughing), 18:09; Bernier Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 18:33.
Goals by Period
Brantford     1-0-2–3
Fergus           3-4-2–9
Shots on Goals: NA.
Goalies: Nagy (L), Brantford; Wilson (W), Fergus.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Brantford 1-16; Fergus 4-18.
Referees: Givens, McCabe.
Attendance: 120.


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