Thistles suffer first setback of season

BRANTFORD – The Fergus Thistles saw their unbeaten streak to start the Ontario junior C lacrosse season come to an end Friday night when they were dropped 11-4 by the Brantford Warriors in a chippy game at Brantford Civic Centre.

The Thistles had started the season with four consecutive wins including a 9-3 win over Brantford at Elora May 5.

Friday, the Warriors scored the first five goals of the game to head to the victory. Brantford led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 9-3 after the second.

Justin Beaulieu had a hat trick for the Thistles while Cole Danemman scored the other goal. Adam Lantz and Dean Sealey each had two assists while Louie Ristov and Mitchell Bernier had one apiece.

Ethan Riggs, Caleb Wells, Hunter Aggus and Michael Comeau scored twice apiece for Brantford while single goals were netted by Cole Robillard, Jacob Parkinson and Jayden Drage. Comeau, Parkinson, Lucas Nagy and Ryan Dorr each had two assists while Drage, Connor Merritt, Austin Giles, Max Lewis, Jordan Ackie and Robillard had one each.

While the game was a chippy affair with 147 minutes in penalties (85 to the Thistles) being called, neither team took advantage on their power plays. Brantford went 1-for-15 and held Fergus scoreless on seven power plays.

Marquez Stonefish picked up the win in net for Brantford while starter Bill Wilson took the loss for Fergus. He was replaced by Owen Bratton at 8:42 of the third following Brantford’s 11th goal.

The win lifts Brantford to 2-3-0 on the season.

Next game for the Thistles is a match against the Six Nations Warriors (4-0-0) at the Elora and District Community Centre Thursday at 8 p.m.


Warriors 11 Thistles 4
First Period
1. Brantford, Riggs (Comeau, Drage) 9:09
2. Brantford, Riggs (unassisted) 11:59 pp
3. Brantford, Robillard (Merritt, Giles) 19:20
Penalties: Stovel Ferg (illegal cross checking, illegal cross checking game misconduct), 5:54; Giles Brant (slashing), 8:10; Casey Ferg (high sticking), 10:29; Beaulieu Ferg (roughing), 10:39; Wesley Brant (roughing), 11:39; Aggus Brant (checking from behind double minor), 12:47; Mcleod Ferg (high sticking), 15:25; Aggus Brant (high sticking), 19:32.
Second Period
4. Brantford, Wells (Parkinson, Lewis) 3:42
5. Brantford, Parkinson (Ackie) 4:13
6. Fergus, Danemman (L.Ristov) 5:26
7. Brantford, Aggus (Parkinson) 10:43
8. Brantford, Aggus (Comeau, Nagy) 12:46
9. Fergus, Beaulieu (Lantz, Bernier) 13:28
10. Brantford, Wells (Nagy) 14:55
11. Fergus, Beaulieu (Sealey) 17:27
12. Brantford, Comeau (Dorr) 19:08
Penalties: Beaulieu Ferg (slashing), 0:51; Sealey Ferg (slashing), 5:53; Casey Ferg (illegal cross checking, fighting major, fighting game misconduct), Lewis Brant (fighting major), Merritt Brant (illegal cross checking), 11:55; Sealey Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 13:56; L.Ristov Ferg (slashing), 15:45; Giles Brant (slashing), 17:19; L.Ristov Ferg (slashing major), 17:45.
Third Period
13. Brantford, Drage (Dorr, Robillard) 3:41
14. Brantford, Comeau (unassisted) 8:42 en
15. Fergus, Beaulieu (Lantz, Sealey) 14:57
Penalties: Lewis Brant (slashing), 2:35; Beaulieu Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 3:12; Sealey Ferg (illegal cross checking), 8:42; Mcleod Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct), Lewis Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct), Solazzo Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 10:34; Wesley Brant (hooking), 13:08; Danemman Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), Wells Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 13:22; Bernier Ferg (high sticking), 18:05; Flaherty Ferg (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), Aggus Brant (interference, fighting major, fighting game misconduct), 19:12.
Shots on Goal
Not recorded
Goalies: Wilson (L), Bratton (8:42 of third), Fergus; Stonefish (W), Brantford.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Fergus 0-7; Brantford 1-15.


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