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Lakers heading to MSL Final!

 

August 8, 2022
by Anna Taylor


Don’t tell anyone, but veteran goaltender Matt Vinc still gets nervous before lacrosse games.

You’d never know it, though, from the way he played in his 2022 Peterborough Century 21 Lakers debut, guiding the team to an 11-8 win over the Brooklin Lacrosse Club in front of 2784 fans at the Memorial Centre. The Lakers take the Major Series Lacrosse semi-final four games to one and continue on in their quest for a fourth consecutive Mann Cup.

“If you don’t have any nerves that’s when you shouldn’t be playing anymore,” Vinc said. “As a goalie, most people would be lying if they said they weren’t nervous before games. Especially playoff games, and especially the way this series has gone.”

Vinc made 43 saves in his return from a hand injury sustained during the NLL playoffs in June. Lakers defensive coach Bobby Keast said it had been the plan that Vinc would start tonight.





“He wanted to get a certain number of shots before he went into game mode and we were able to get him those shots the last couple warmups so he was good to go,” Keast explained.

The Lakers came out on fire, firing four shots at Riley Hutchcraft in the opening minute. Thomas Hoggarth scored on their third shot, picking up a Shawn Evans rebound and popping it in low glove side. They led 5-1 after the first period.

Peterborough led 9-2 midway through the second. Brooklin outscored them 6-2 in the second half of the game but never got closer than three goals.



“[Brooklin is] a hardworking team and they made it tough for us,” Vinc said. “I’m happy we were able to pull this out here tonight because I think it would have been a tough test for us back on the road.”

Earlier in the day, the Lakers learned the Ontario Lacrosse Association had upheld Brooklin’s Game 2 forfeiture for using a suspended coach.

The Lakers had to forfeit two games against Brooklin in the 2010 playoffs after Kyle Laverty was suspended in the final game of the regular season, and then three of their first four games of the 2014 season after Scott Evans was suspended at the end of the 2013 season.

“I’ve twice been a part being on the other foot,” said Keast. “It’s not textbook but at the end of the day, rule are rules and you do your best to follow them.”

Brooklin’s head coach Jason Crosbie was angry the series came down to politics.



“Ball doesn’t lie. We won the game. So we should be going back (to Brooklin) and the series should be not done,” he stated. “It’s corrupt and it’s brutal that the OLA can’t get out of their own way. We won the game. It had nothing to do with the guy on the bench. Zero.”

He also questioned the Lakers for launching the protest in the first place.

“It was not the best move to do that. If they were really champions they’d go through that and not worry about that kind of shit but whatever, it is what it is. We didn’t play well enough today. If it was a full series I’d give them the credit but right now I can only give them three games of credit… It’s odd and it screams a lot of politics and bullshit.”

Shawn Evans led the Lakers with three goals and one assists. Joe Resetarits scored three goals. Cory Vitarelli scored two goals and two assists and Thomas Hoggarth two goals and one assist. Kiel Matisz had one goal and one assist, and Holden Cattoni, Taite Cattoni and Matt Gilray all contributed three assists.

The Lakers will meet the winner of the Six Nations Chiefs vs Cobourg Kodiaks series in the MSL Final. Six Nations leads that series 3-0 with Game 4 on Wednesday in Baltimore.


Ontario Lacrosse Association officially awards Game 2 to Peterborough

 

August 8, 2022


The Ontario Lacrosse Association ruled today that the Brooklin Lacrosse Club must forfeit Game 2 of their Major Series Lacrosse semifinal against the Peterborough Lakers.

That means the Lakers are currently leading the best-of-seven series 3-1 with Game 5 tonight at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre. If necessary, Game 6 is in Brooklin on Wednesday with Game 7 Thursday back in Peterborough.

Brooklin assistant coach, and former Laker, Gavin Prout, was handed an Abuse of Officials game misconduct near the end of Game 1, which comes with an automatic suspension. The Lakers realized after Game 2 that Prout should not have been allowed on the bench and protested. Brooklin appealed the OLA’s initial ruling but were unsuccessful during Monday afternoon’s hearing.

“The OLA made the only decision they could,” stated Lakers’ board member Bill Joiner, who represented the Lakers at the meeting with John Grant Sr. “At the latest AGM the OLA said they were cracking down on the abuse that referees face.”

The Lakers would like to thank Lee Vitarelli for his assistance in preparing the Lakers arguments.


Lakers lead series 3-1 after big road win over Brooklin

 

August 7, 2022
by Anna Taylor


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have to win two battles on Monday to close out their first round MSL playoff series against the Brooklin Lacrosse Club.

As it stands, after a 12-8 win over Brooklin in Game 4 Sunday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, the Lakers lead the series 3-1.

The Ontario Lacrosse Association overturned the result of Brooklin’s Game 2 win after the Lakers protested that Brooklin assistant coach, and former Laker, Gavin Prout was on the bench. Prout was assessed an abuse of officials game misconduct near the end of the Lakers 12-8 Game 1 win Monday night in Peterborough, which carries an automatic suspension.

The clubs will face off in a hearing to determine the final outcome of Game 2 at 3 p.m.

“I think we followed the right protocol,” said Lakers General Manager Paul Day. “Our side is prepared, but we’re also preparing for tomorrow night regardless.”

The Lakers head into the game feeling positive after getting their first win this season at Iroquois Park. The concrete floor has been notoriously hard on the team but they finally used it to their advantage and were able to shut down Brooklin’s dangerous transition.

“It was our game plan to shut down their transition and use our guys,” said goaltender Doug Buchan, who made 46 saves. “They have some wheels back there. The offence did a great job today cutting down transition.”

As the offence capably picked up more loose balls to prevent those transition attempts, the defence grabbed more too, allowing the Lakers to go on runs of their own.



Rookie defender Mitch Ogilvie was a big part of pushing the ball up the floor.

“I’m just trying to run the floor, do my part and help the guys,” Ogilvie said. “The easier we can get up the floor and clear the ball, the easier it is for our offence to get out there and score goals. They were making the ball fall and running their defence while we locked it up on our back end.”

Chad Tutton’s goal put Peterborough up 10-6 at the end of the second period. Tutton came out of the corner with the loose ball and cut low in front of the crease.

Matt Gilray scored the insurance marker and also added three assists from the back end, one of which came as he shot the ball off the glass behind Brooklin goaltender Nick Damude, which allowed Cory Vitarelli to pick up the rebound and put the ball over his right shoulder.



The defence was aided by another strong performance from Buchan, particularly to begin the second period. With the Lakers down 4-3, Brooklin won the opening draw and attacked quickly; Buchan made three difficult saves in a row to turn the momentum towards the Lakers.

“Dougie stood on his head like usual,” praised Ogilvie. “He’s solid right now. He’s seeing the ball well. He’s making saves he shouldn’t make and we’re so thankful for it.”

Holden Cattoni rewarded Buchan’s saves with a goal 46 seconds into the second. Brooklin got that back but the Lakers went on to score four in a row to pull away, outscoring the home team 7-2 in the period.

Thomas Hoggarth, Joe Resetarits and Cattoni each scored twice for the Lakers, while Mark Matthews, Taite Cattoni and Kiel Matisz also scored.

Ryan Lanchbury and Connor Kearnan led Brooklin with two goals and two assists each. Dyson Williams scored once and added four assists.

The Lakers also benefitted from a full lineup, with Day calling game four “our best team effort of the year.” Austin Hasen, Jordan Stouros and Eric Shewell were scratched but Day expects them to be in the lineup tomorrow to give the team some fresh legs.

Game five begins at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre.

Lakers fall 11-10 in double overtime

 

August 4, 2022
by Anna Taylor


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are in a weird position. Although they lost both game two and game three of their series against the Brooklin Lacrosse Club, they lead the series 2-1. For now.

The organization learned prior to Thursday’s game three that the OLA has granted them the game two win due to Brooklin’s use of a suspended coach. Brooklin will forfeit the game, although they have appealed the decision.

Near the end of Monday’s game one, BLC assistant coach Gavin Prout was assessed a game misconduct for (verbal) abuse of officials. That penalty comes with a suspension, yet Prout coached in game two.

Should Brooklin win the appeal, they will lead the series 2-1.

Now. Onto the game.



Had the Lakers won, they would have been up 3-0 and ready to finish off the BLC on Sunday. However, they fell 11-10 in double overtime in a game that had seven lead changes. Each period ended in a tie.

The Lakers failed to control the ball on the double overtime opening draw, and then failed to cover Connor Kearnan as he moved to the front of the Lakers’ net, scoring just 16 seconds into the sudden death period.

“I think we made a lot of mistakes, not just in overtime,” said captain Robert Hope. “That’s sudden death... They capitalized on it; they played fast.”

Brooklin also capitalized off the game’s opening draw, scoring 21 seconds into the first period as Jake Stevens got off a sharp bounce shot, something that Lakers’ head coach Mike Hasen wasn’t happy with.



“It’s something that we try to stress with the guys, the first loose ball matters and the last loose ball matters,” he said. “And the last loose ball where we gapped and sort of watched and hoped, buried us.”

Austin Hasen parked himself on Nick Damude’s crease and beat him up high a minute later for the game’s first tie. Jr. A call-up Tyler Hendrycks and Taite Cattoni gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead before Brooklin rattled off three in a row. Thomas Hoggarth’s first of four in the game tied the game at four after the first.

There were a flurry of goals in a short span in the second: Hasen scored at 3:01, Carter McKenzie at 3:14 on a fast break after a turnover, and Hoggarth at 3:52, dodging a defender after a crisp pass from Joe Resetarits. Later in the period, Ryan Barnable tied things back up 6-6.

Each team only managed two goals again in the third, but Brooklin had turned on the jets and had several transition attempts. The Lakers couldn’t match that energy.

“It’s up to these guys to find that extra little bit of will inside them and make sure they’re doing the right things,” Hasen said. “We lost a body halfway through the third (Austin Hasen, who briefly left the game but returned for overtime) and that put a little strain on some of the guys, but we weren’t generating very much in the period. We’ll take the one we got to tie it up but to a man we have to be better on Sunday.”

Holden Cattoni put the Lakers up 7-6 3:41 into the third, scoring on the team’s first power play. In total, there were only three penalties called in the game – one to the Lakers and two to Brooklin.

Barnable scored a pair of unassisted transition goals 1:23 apart to give Brooklin an 8-7 lead. With the minutes ticking down, a Holden Cattoni shot was blocked by Damude, but Thomas Hoggarth scooped up the rebound on the top of the crease and made the leaping shot, finding the open cage.



Peterborough struck first in overtime, with Hoggarth tallying his fourth. This one came on a Cory Vitarelli rebound; Hoggarth shoveled the ball in the net for the lead. Dyson Williams and Brady Kearnan scored 1:11 apart, putting Brooklin on top, yes, again. Joe Resetarits capitalized on a lucky power play chance to send the game to sudden death.

“We’re running out of lessons here,” said Hope. “We have to learn from our mistakes a lot quicker and we have to be ready to go a lot earlier in the game. We can’t spot them goals or easy mistakes.”

Should Brooklin’s appeal be denied, Hasen won't take any comfort in it. He said the Lakers are lucky, and that’s all.

“We haven’t earned it by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “They took it to us. We hung in there and we had our opportunities, but they made the most of theirs. But we’ll take it and be ready for Sunday.”

Sunday’s game is at 7 p.m. at Iroquois Park Sports Centre, with game five set for Monday, August 8 at 8 p.m. back at the Memorial Centre. If necessary, game six is at IPSC on Wednesday, August 10.





NOTES:
- It was the Lakers annual fan appreciation night, with a number of fans winning prizes during the game including game worn jerseys, commemorative 150th anniversary golf shirts, and copies of Ed Arnold’s new book. Discounted t-shirts and hats from Imprinted Apparel flew off the shelves and some lucky fans caught game worn shorts or warmup shirts in the crowd. Despite the loss, the players were happy to stay after the game to sign autographs for fans.
- This was the first meeting between the two clubs this season that was won by the visiting team.

Series tied 1-1 after 12-10 loss on the road

 

August 2, 2022
by Anna Taylor


Five more minutes and the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers could have had that one.

But a game is 60 minutes, and without a full 60-minute effort, you won’t win too many games. The Lakers fell 12-10 to the Brooklin Lacrosse Club in game two of their best-of-seven MSL semi-final series on Tuesday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

The Lakers trailed the entire game, and didn’t find their spark until a five-goal run in the third period brought them back within a goal of the home team at 11-10.

“We need 60 minutes and a complete game from everyone and we didn’t get there,” defensive coach Bobby Keast said. “The effort was there in the third and we made it a close game but it’s just not good enough.”



Peterborough managed only two goals in the opening period. Mitch Ogilvie tipped a loose ball to himself in transition and found Thomas Hoggarth in front of the net, which tied the game 1-1 at the time. Brooklin scored three more before Joe Resetarits notched his first of three in the game. They trailed 5-2 after the first.

“We have to come out a bit better with a quicker start,” Resetarits said. “They wanted it more than us, that’s the simplest way to put it. They jumped out early on us and got a big lead.”

A nice surprise for the team upon arrival to the arena was the installation of air conditioning. It made what is usually an uncomfortable playing surface a little more bearable and allowed the players to concentrate more on the crazy bounces the ball takes on the concrete floor than wiping the sweat off their foreheads.

“The first couple of shifts [on the concrete] were tough,” Resetarits admitted. “The bang of your feet going on the ground is a little hard but once the adrenaline kicks in it feels normal.”



Paul Dawson got the Lakers on the board in the second, jumping up into the offense. Brooklin quickly replied. Resetarits dodged a defender and beat Nick Damude with a wicked shot to the far side. Mark Matthews got the Lakers within a goal at 6-5, coming out of the corner to cut to the net. Connor Kearnan scored Brooklin’s seventh goal with a behind-the-back shot. As Kyle Waters put BLC up 8-5, Matt Gilray dumped his man and some pushing and shoving ensued, with Gilray landing in the box for five minutes and Luke Pilcher for four. Curtis Knight scored a transition goal four-on-four to give BLC a 9-5 leading heading into the third.

Mike Poulin replaced Doug Buchan after Brooklin’s ninth goal.

Brooklin quickly went up 11-5 with two goals scored six seconds apart to start the third. Resetarits kicked things back into gear for Peterborough, with his hat trick goal. Holden Cattoni got on the board 20 seconds later.



Nick Damude then made an error on a pass, allowing Taite Cattoni to intercept an attempted long pass. Damude made up for it with a diving save, but Hoggarth came out of the corner with the ball to score. Cattoni’s helmet was ripped off in the process and he and Chris Willman both sat for four minutes.

Chad Tutton scored Peterborough’s last two goals of the game; the first on a breakaway that just squeaked across the line and the second shorthanded, after a BLC forward gave up fighting for the ball by the bench. Tutton went in, dodged a defender and just stayed out of reach of another for the diving shot.

“Tutton really stood out tonight,” said Keast, and also gave praise to Poulin, who kept the Lakers in it in the third. “I thought Poulie did a great job coming in in relief for Dougie who has been solid for us all year, but didn’t have his best game.”

Brooklin’s transition was difficult to contain for the Lakers, with the ball much harder to control on the concrete. Stopping that transition will be key as the series goes on. With transition attempts generated in the offensive end, it’s up to the forwards to lock it down.



“Transition is as killer in this sport; it can change a game in a matter of seconds,” Resetarits said. “We know that’s what they do to stay in games. They’re a great team athletically and they have a lot of young talent so we have to use our veteran experience and slow the game down a bit.”

Paul Dawson and Jay Thorimbert returned after missing Monday’s game. For the first time, the Lakers had to choose two players to sit out, a benefit of a full lineup, so Bryce Sweeting and Blake McDonald were chosen. Shawn Evans is still in Germany with Team Switzerland at the European championships.

Game three is Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre, with game four back in Brooklin on Sunday, August 7 at 7 p.m. Game five is now necessary, and will be played at the Memorial Centre on Monday, August 8 at 8 p.m.

“We’ve all played this game; we’ve all been in these playoff series,” Resetarits said. “Teams are going to steal one here and there but it’s all about how we respond next game. We’re going to have to come out on fire like we did in game one and hopefully knock the wind out of their sails.”


12-8 victory gives Lakers 1-0 series lead over Brooklin

 

August 1, 2022
by Anna Taylor


A friendly face joined the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers in game one of their best-of-seven semi-final opener on Monday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

Joe Resetarits returned to the Lakers’ lineup for the 12-8 win and scored one goal and one assist in his debut. Resetarits missed the regular season recuperating from an ankle injury sustained in the NLL, where he was third in NLL scoring this season with 111 points (including 47 goals, tops in the league).

“Rezzy’s a top-calibre player and a great guy. It’s nice to see his face. He cheers everybody up,” teammate Cory Vitarelli said.

“My ankle was pretty sore all season and I just had to rest it and get some PT,” Resetarits said. “You don’t think two months is a lot but it is. I was obviously a little stiff, and I had to get the lungs back in the first period, but once the adrenaline kicks in you don’t feel anything. After a few shifts I felt comfortable again.”

A classic Holden Cattoni goal opened the scoring 2:13 in. Eight minutes went by before the next one went in. Thomas Hoggarth scored on a sweet crease dive to put the Lakers up 2-0. Brooklin’s Luke Pilcher quickly replied but Vitarelli thread the needle in front of the net, converting Taite Cattoni’s pass into a goal.

Peterborough added three more late in the period. Cattoni’s second came off a pass from Vitarelli who was tied up with a defender. Alex Pace finished off a two-on-one with Ian Llord for his first MSL goal. Resetarits put the Lakers up 6-1 with a strong shot up the middle.

“We swung the ball well early, and then to be able to get up by a few helped us ease into it,” Vitarelli said. “Our success is by committee and it’s been a weird year for having a different lineup every night. But as long as we’re swinging the ball anybody can score and that’s how we’re going to be successful.”

Brooklin’s Kyle Waters opened the scoring in the second, only to be answered right back by Vitarelli’s second. Mark Matthews put in a bounce shot after a flip pass from Vitarelli. Brooklin went on a mini three-goal run, scoring twice before the period hit the midway point and then adding a sidearm rip shorthanded with 3:09 left. Peterborough had the last possession of the game and used it to draw up a play: Thomas Hoggarth came from behind the net to catch Kiel Matisz’s cross-crease pass and beat Riley Hutchcraft over the right shoulder for a 9-5 lead.

Each team scored three times in the third. Austin Hasen scored 1:02 in. Taite Cattoni got his own rebound and passed to Vitarelli who got the hat trick. Dyson Williams one back for Brooklin just 26 seconds later. Twenty-three seconds after that, Mark Matthews put in a sneaky backhand. Brooklin scored two more before the game concluded. The last three minutes featured some penalties, including Hoggarth wanting to take on Pilcher. It’s likely not the last time guys will try to stir things up in this series.

Brooklin assistant coach Gavin Prout was ejected from the game with 1:33 remaining.

The Lakers are back in action Tuesday night on the road at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby. Face off is 8 p.m.

Brooklin won both games played during the season series at IPSC, an arena that has concrete floors and has yet to install air conditioning, so it’s a vastly different, and potentially uncomfortable, environment to play in.

“It’s been awhile since I played on concrete,” said Resetarits. “It’s how we grew up playing; we’ll definitely feel it after the game, the change of surface. But that’s part of the game we play in the summer. These aren’t the easiest games to win. That’s why the Mann Cup is so hard to win. Mid-week games and you finish the series in a week and a half, but at the end it’s all worth it.”

The Lakers return home to host game three of the series on their usual Thursday evening, August 4, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Memorial Centre box office.

PLAYOFF INFORMATION

 

July 30, 2022


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers will open their first-round playoff series against the Brooklin Lacrosse Club on Monday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

The Lakers secured home-floor advantage for the semi-final round by placing second in the Major Series Lacrosse regular season. It is a best-of-seven series with the winner to face either the Six Nations Chiefs or Cobourg Kodiaks in the MSL Finals. The winner of that series hosts the 2022 Mann Cup.

ROUND ONE SCHEDULE:
Monday, Aug. 1 - 7 p.m. - Peterborough Memorial Centre
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - 8 p.m. - Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby
Thursday, Aug. 4 - 8 p.m. - Peterborough Memorial Centre
Sunday, Aug. 7 - 7 p.m. - Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby
Monday, Aug. 8 - 8 p.m. - Peterborough Memorial Centre*
Wednesday, Aug. 10 - 8 p.m. - Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby*
Thursday, Aug.11 - 8 p.m. - Peterborough Memorial Centre*

*if necessary

Season ticket holders have three playoff tickets included in their package.
For home game 1, use: Playoffs: Round 1 Home Game 1
For home game 2, use: Playoffs: Round 1 Home Game 2 -OR- June 9th vs Owen Sound
For home game 3, use: Peterborough Senior Lakers TBD -OR- July 14th vs Brooklin

Those who need tickets for games one and two may purchase them online at www.memorialcentre.ca beginning Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., or 3 p.m. by phone and in person.

Lakers secure home-floor advantage with 13-7 win over Brooklin

 

July 28, 2022
by Anna Taylor


After gruelling back-to-back games, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers emerged on Thursday night having secured home floor for the first round of playoffs.

The Lakers fell to the Brooklin Lacrosse Club Wednesday night 13-10 at Iroquois Park Sports Centre, but were the winning side in Thursday’s contest at the PMC, outscoring the BLC 13-7.

“We’re a little tired but everybody’s in the same boat. We really brought it tonight and you can expect that moving forward in the playoffs,” said defenceman Chad Tutton.

The Lakers and BLC have potentially seven more games against each other as they’re set to face off in the semi-finals beginning next week.

“It’s going to be a good series, good lacrosse,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “Up and down and physical. We’re going to play hard and we expect them to do the same thing.”

Peterborough and Brooklin split the season series with each team winning both games in their home barns.

Thursday night the Lakers came out with something to prove, and scored three times in the first three-and-a-half minutes. Austin Hasen opened the scoring with a crease dive. Thomas Hoggarth grabbed a rebound off the boards and put it past BLC starter Nick Damude. Kiel Matisz went with a low shot after a Cory Vitarelli pass to cap the run.

Austin Hasen took a cross check to the face and had to be helped off the floor by trainer Josh Martin. Cory Vitarelli immediately made Brooklin pay with a quick stick. Brady Kearnan got one for Brooklin, but Taite Cattoni replied on the next possession. Hasen also returned to score Peterborough’s sixth goal of the period.

They led 6-1 after the first.

“It was a great response especially after last night,” Mike Hasen said. “The first period last night was great as well, then we just got a little flat and they took it to us. But tonight we played a good first, a good second and a good third to close it out.”

Taite Cattoni shot high through traffic 22 seconds into the second. Mitch Ogilvie scored on transition after Brooklin bobbled an over-and-back call. Holden Cattoni scored his first of the game before Connor McClelland got one back for the BLC. Hoggarth picked the top corner on the power play after Shawn Evans was cross checked into the end boards. Vitarelli followed that up with another quick stick.

“We knew we were facing a possible nine in two-and-a-half weeks against these guys. We wanted to send ourselves a message that we’re here to play and play the right way,” Hasen said.

Brooklin’s special teams went to work late in the second, scoring on a shorthanded break and a power play goal.

Austin Hasen fought Carter McKenzie in the second period after receiving a high stick to the head, and the teams came together in scrums several times throughout the game.

"It’s a small league with only four teams so it’s to be expected,” Tutton said. “There was a little on the line.”

Brooklin managed three goals in the third, but the period was opened and closed by the Lakers. Holden Cattoni scored a power play goal to start it. Jr. A call-up Zach Thompson scored a breakaway goal after he came out of the penalty box where he was serving an unsportsmanlike conduct minor for Taite Cattoni. With 18 seconds left, Thompson danced his way over the crease and threw a backhand into the net. Thompson led the Jr. Lakers with 86 points this season.

Doug Buchan made 45 saves in Peterborough’s net, while Nick Damude made 39 for Brooklin.

Game one of the best-of-seven series will open this coming Monday, August 1st at 7 p.m. at the PMC. Game three will be on the Lakers’ regular Thursday evening, August 4th at 8 p.m. The rest of the schedule will be confirmed shortly.

It will be a fight, but the Lakers are prepared.

“With home-floor advantage moving into playoffs, it’s a big thing for us being able to play that first game here, and that extra game here rather than seven in Whitby,” Tutton said, before adding with a grimace “… on the concrete.”

They’ve struggled with an inconsistent lineup throughout the season but Tutton says having the same faces in the lineup will help.

“We’re going to see some more success with that,” he said, and added “it’s easier playing at home in front of the fans and that big crowd, it gives you that little extra.”


Lakers fall to Brooklin 13-10 in penultimate regular season game

 

July 27, 2022


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers (6-5-0) have one more chance to clinch home floor for the first round of the MSL playoffs after falling to the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (6-4-1) 13-10 on Wednesday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

The Lakers are fighting for second place but currently sit in third, one point behind Brooklin. Whoever wins Thursday night’s contest between the two at the Peterborough Memorial Centre secures home floor for the first-round series between the two clubs.

Brooklin led 2-0 early but the Lakers mounted an onslaught and scored six goals in six-and-a-half minutes to lead after the first period.

Brooklin quickly tied things up and it was back-and-forth the rest of the second, with the Lakers trailing 9-8 after 40 minutes.

Hard as Peterborough fought in the third, they could not find the equalizer. A late power play opportunity allowed Brooklin to pull away.

Kiel Matisz led the way offensively for Peterborough with three goals and a pair of assists. Connor Kearnan (4G/3A) and Dyson Williams (4G/1A) led Brooklin.

Tickets are available at the PMC box office for Thursday night’s regular season finale.

Scoring for the Lakers:

Kiel Matisz (3-2
Carson Moyer (2-2)
Matt Gilray (1-2)
Shawn Evans (1-2)
Holden Cattoni (1-2)
Taite Cattoni (1-1)
Keaton Zavitz (1-0)
Jordan Stouros (0-2)
Austin Hasen (0-2)
Alex Pace (0-1)
Mitch Ogilvie (0-1)
Mike Poulin: 21 saves


Lakers defeat Chiefs in OT thriller

 

July 21, 2022
by Anna Taylor


It was a happy crowd that left the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Thursday night.

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers defeated the Six Nations Chiefs 13-11 in overtime in front of 2842 fans, the largest crowd of the season. It was the first time in four meetings between the rivals this season that the Lakers have prevailed.

Taite Cattoni scored the game winner with 2:12 left in overtime and Shawn Evans added an insurance marker with 1:43 as the Lakers took the 10-minute OT period 2-0.

“That was definitely one of the biggest goals of my career,” beamed Cattoni after the game. “My birthday is tomorrow so it was a great early birthday present to score that for the team and it’s just a huge win for us.”

Something in the air felt different on Thursday. The crowd was the loudest of the season, cheering on the big hits and the big goals and heartily booing when calls didn’t go the Lakers’ way. The Lakers were also blessed with their fullest lineup of the season. Only one call-up, Keaton Zavitz from the St. Catharines Athletics, was new to the team.

“It’s funny when we get a full roster what we’re able to do,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “Playing in front of the home crowd got us going and it kept us going.”



Holden Cattoni opened the scoring with a shorthanded blast just over five minutes into the period. Vaughn Harris tied the game as the arena was working out some PA issues that caused many in the crowd to jump half out of their seats – it was distracting on the floor, as well.

Kiel Matisz swung a side-arm shot up the middle but Austin Staats replied less than a minute later after Chiefs’ goaltender Warren Hill passed the ball up the floor.

Peterborough then scored three in a row, started by Matt Gilray’s transition goal. Gilray blocked a shot with his leg in the defensive end and then finished off a two-on-one with Mark Matthews. Cory Vitarelli found Zavitz at the front of the net for his first MSL goal. Austin Hasen drove to the crease, outmuscling a defender for a 5-2 lead.

The Chiefs responded with a three-goal run of their own for a 5-5 tie.

Mark Matthews scored on a delayed penalty, finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play with Vitarelli and Shawn Evans. Chiefs’ captain Cody Jamieson took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the goal, and Vitarelli scored a quick-stick on the power play. Staats popped in one more for Six Nations after the Lakers voluntarily gave up the ball for the chance to get the last possession of the period. But, the Lakers led 7-6 after a wild first period.

After such an offence-heavy first, the teams settled down in the second. Six Nations outscored Peterborough 3-1, with Holden Cattoni tallying the only Lakers’ goal of the period. The whistles came out in the second period, with each teams racking up 20 PIMS over the last two periods. Peterborough trailed 9-8 after the second.

“Games against Six Nations were always circled on the calendar, going back to minor lacrosse,” said Buchan. “We had a good battle the other night, both teams were ready to come out and play today. [Our defence] settled in after the first and a couple of weak goals. The offence got some good goals for us and we were able to go as a six-man unit back there.”

Vitarelli tied the game at nine just seven seconds into a third period five-on-three power play after the Chiefs took two concurrent penalties. Nine minutes passed with the teams tied, until Austin Hasen scored shorthanded, with emphasis, for a 10-9 lead. Harris tied the game at 10 less than a minute later.

Holden Cattoni’s hat trick goal gave the Lakers an 11-10 lead with 5:18 remaining. It looked like the Lakers would steal the victory, until Staats was allowed to crash the crease with 37 seconds left, tying the game once again.

Word came down from the league that overtime would be a full 10 minutes, though most people still expected sudden death, as was played Sunday in Cobourg, and celebrated appropriately when Taite Cattoni came around the net and scored with an outside shot. But, there was more game to play, which meant that if you were biting your nails from nerves, you had to keep biting them for another 30 seconds until Evans put the Lakers up by two.

That was Evans’ first goal of the game, adding to his seven assists.

“It felt like a playoff atmosphere,” described Taite Cattoni. “Every time I’ve seen a playoff game against Six Nations in the Mem Centre it’s felt like that. It was an awesome feeling and the fans were great tonight.”

Buchan echoed the sentiment, saying the “crowd was rocking.”

A full overtime also allowed the teams to get into it at the final buzzer. After ripping off Sweeting’s helmet, Charlie Scanlan tried to call out captain Robert Hope, who had some choice words for him. Cody Jamieson was encased in the arms of referee Roger Nurse who was attempting to wrestle him away from the melee. Hope exchanged some words and finger points with Tyson Bell, who replied by faking a punch towards him, then following up with just his middle finger, which drew the ire of Eric Shewell. But, in the end, the teams were able to shake hands before leaving the floor.

“It was so important to get a win against these guys knowing that we might meet them in the playoffs,” Cattoni said. “We have to deal with Brooklin first. If they have home floor or we don’t, it doesn’t matter, but we’re hoping to see Six Nations in the finals.”

The Lakers record is now 6-4-0 and they sit in second place. Next week’s home-and-home versus Brooklin – Wednesday at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby and Thursday at the Memorial Centre – will determine which of the two clubs gets home floor in the first round of the playoffs. The Chiefs have clinched first place with an 8-2-1 record and will have home floor throughout the playoffs.

Lakers fall on the road to Six Nations Chiefs

 

July 19, 2022


The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers will not finish first in the Major Series Lacrosse standings after falling to the Six Nations Chiefs 11-7 on Tuesday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

The Chiefs clinched first place with 17 points. With three games left, the Lakers have 10, and the most they can tally is 16, though the Brooklin Lacrosse Club, in third with seven points, have a game in hand.

Tied 6-6 with 14 minutes left in the second period, the shorthanded Lakers managed only one more goal in the final 35 minutes.

Doug Buchan and Doug Jamieson each made 33 saves in goal.

Brendan Bomberry led Six Nations with three goals and five assists.

Captain Robert Hope missed the game as he was coaching the Jr. A Lakers in their playoff game versus the Toronto Beaches. The Jr. A Lakers fell 12-8 and saw their season come to an end.

The Sr. Lakers are next in action this Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. when the Six Nations Chiefs pay a return visit to the Memorial Centre. Tickets are available at the PMC box office.

Scoring for the Lakers:

Austin Hasen (1-2)
Seth VanSchepen (1-1)
Holden Cattoni (1-2)
Thomas Hoggarth (1-1)
Carson Moyer (2-0)
Paul Dawson (1-0)
Taite Cattoni (0-2)
Jacob Garcia (0-1)
Matt Gilray (0-1)
Mitch Ogilvie (0-1)
Alex Pace (0-1)


Cattoni scores winner as Lakers eke out 7-6 win over Cobourg in double OT

 

July 17, 2022
by Anna Taylor




COBOURG, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers eked out a 7-6 double overtime win over the Cobourg Kodiaks on Sunday night at the Cobourg Community Centre. It was a gorgeous weekend and the A/C was on full blast inside the CCC. The win was a relief, given that the Lakers' sticks are also feeling the chill lately.

"A win’s a win and we’ll go with that," said defenceman Matt Gilray, who scored twice. "We're just building every game, trying to get better every shift, every period. Defensively we’re doing a good job. Offensively, we’re having some not great ball luck, but I'm sure [the shots] will fall."

The Lakers haven’t scored more than nine goals in each of their last four games, a stretch in which they’re 2-2. They’re averaging 9.6 goals per game, compared with 10.9 in 2019. The offence has had players in and out of the lineup all season and the inconsistency is beginning to affect the scoresheet.

“It’s just frustrating in the sense that we’re not really on script; we’re not really playing collectively together on the offensive side of things,” said assistant coach Tracey Kelusky. “You have to be able to play to the system to have success, and in particular long term success, so the vast majority of everything we’re doing right now is on the fly and from my perspective as the offensive coach that’s not a good thing.”

Tied 6-6 after 60 minutes, the first 10-minute overtime period solved nothing. Confusion reigned as both teams made for the handshake line, but were called back to their benches by the referees to continue the game.

Holden Cattoni scored the winner at 1:48 of the second overtime after Thomas Hoggarth passed the ball from behind the net.



“Everything about this game was unsatisfying, less the two points,” said Kelusky. “I don’t want to just throw it on the guys, talking about how disappointing it is, because we had three guys who had never put on a Lakers jersey tonight on the offensive side for us. It’s not about who you’re playing, it’s about how you’re playing.”

Cobourg had four players in their lineup playing their first game of the season, and three others in their second or third.

While there were few highlight-reel goals, Doug Buchan and Kevin Orleman made up for that in goal; both stopped over 50 shots.

“[Dougie] has a calming presence back there. Our D played really good back there. [Defensive coach Bobby Keast] has those guys firing on all cylinders,” said Kelusky. “We’re successful back there because we have guys that are consistently in the lineup… they’re sticking to the process-based defensive structure that Keaster has in place.”

Brampton Jr. A call-up Ethan Harkins opened the scoring 2:14 in, fighting off three defenders and finding a hole over Orleman’s right shoulder. Chris Atwood let an underhand fly past Buchan to tie the game. Hoggarth quickly took the lead back with a swim move around a defender to get to the net. Late in the first, Brine Rice tied the game 2-2 on a fast break and then launched the ball into the empty Lakers’ net with one second left for a 3-2 Kodiaks lead.



Cory Vitarelli tied the game 3-3 with a quick-stick goal scored four-on-four. Cattoni ripped a shot from the same spot 55 seconds later. Tanner Buck tied the game 5-5 on a power play less than two minutes later.

Gilray's two transition goals sandwiched Curtis Conley’s goal early in the third period. Gilray had another good chance at the buzzer, but Orleman made the save.

“I wish that one at the end of the third there fell,” he said. “I was just getting up the floor well and shots were falling.”

The Lakers hit the crossbar several times and fired 58 shots at Orleman. Though concerned about the offence, Kelusky said the team is still successful because “we have guys that can go off script… and do things on their own that are certainly creative.



“But we really just have to take it one shift at a time, one period at a time and stay consistent with our process,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter who’s in our lineup, we have certain guiding principles… and a certain way we like to play. We have to stick to those, the things we’re going to live and die by.”

The Lakers are on the road Tuesday to face the first place Six Nations Chiefs, against whom the Lakers are 0-2 so far. Game time is 8 p.m. at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. They host the Chiefs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Centre.

NOTES: Matt Vinc backed up Buchan; Vinc took some time to rehab a minor injury after the NLL Finals but is now back with the Lakers… The official scoresheet incorrectly attributed three Laker goals – Thomas Hoggarth had one goal, Cory Vitarelli one, Holden Cattoni two, and Matt Gilray two. Blake McDonald did not score… In addition to Harkins, Bowie Horsman and Eric Ward were also called up from the Brampton Jr. A team… the Peterborough Jr. A Lakers are in the middle of their first round playoff series versus Toronto, and the Ennismore James Gang Sr. B team also played Sunday night so none of their players were available to join the Sr. Lakers.

Lakers struggle in loss to Brooklin

 

July 13, 2022
by Anna Taylor




PETERBOROUGH, ON – The concrete wasn’t kind on Wednesday night.

The Peterborough Lakers (4-3-0) had trouble controlling the ball on the hard floor at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, falling to the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (3-3-1) 13-8 in Major Series Lacrosse action.

The Lakers limped home after 60 minutes of back and forth that only led to disappointment. Brooklin dominated from start to finish, using home floor to their advantage. Peterborough shot the ball wide, missed passes, turned the ball over and gave up transition chances.

“It was one of those games where they ran us around and we just didn’t get set as much,” said Mark Matthews, who scored two goals for the Lakers. “We threw the ball away a lot and didn’t get settled in. When we did, we got on a bit of a run but we didn’t do it early enough.”





Down 9-4 heading into the third, Peterborough gave up a shorthanded marker to Jake Stevens to open the period before finally going on a four-goal run. It was their only momentum swing of the night.

Austin Hasen scored a power play goal from a sharp angle. Matthews scored a pair 1:20 apart, first sneaking a shot over Riley Hutchcraft’s left shoulder and then blasting the ball in just eight seconds into another power play.

“I probably should have had eight if I’d shot the ball a little better in the first couple periods,” Matthews quipped. “We just figured them out… as an offence, with a couple of power play goals, a couple in transition to get us back in the game, but we ultimately fell short.”

Holden Cattoni finished off his brother Taite’s pass as the lone man on Hutchcraft’s doorstep. They were within two at 10-8 but Brooklin fired in three more before the final buzzer.

“To be honest, there aren’t a lot of positives we can take from this one,” said defensive coach Bobby Keast. “We’ve made a commitment to each other that were going to get better each game. Clearly we didn’t do that tonight. We have to hold each other accountable. Come Sunday I’ll see if the boys are going to hold each other accountable.”



Each team survived the first 10 minutes, but Brooklin then cracked things open with three goals in less than two minutes. Dyson Williams capitalized on a fast break; Curtis Knight’s errant shot went in after the Lakers failed to clear the ball from their end; and Ryan Lanchbury shot through traffic.

Corey Small returned after missing nearly a month due to injury, and got the Lakers on the board, shooting Matthews’ backhand pass up the middle.

After Luke Pilcher put Brooklin up 6-2 in the second, Thomas Hoggarth took advantage of Jay Thorimbert’s next face-off win and passed to Holden Cattoni who answered right back. Cory Vitarelli then quick-sticked in a pass from Shawn Evans, lofting it over Hutchcraft’s right shoulder, but again Brooklin ended the period with three goals.



Paul Dawson made his debut as Laker after being acquired for a third-round pick from Owen Sound at the MSL trade deadline. Dawson brings an intimidating physical presence to the defence. He fit in with his new teammates immediately.

“He instantly makes us better,” said Keast. “That was noticed in the dressing room and in between periods. He’s a veteran and has kind of a nasty demeanor on the floor, but on the bench he’s well-spoken and knows the game very well. He had some great talking points for the guys. That little bit of nastiness he brings will make offensive guys second guess what they’re doing out there.”

Matt Gilray caught a stick on his thigh from an opponent in the second period with no call, then was caught up high several minutes later by Luke Pilcher, who had just cross checked a teammate to the floor. Gilray punched Pilcher own to the floor in retaliation and received the only penalty; his chin bled all the way to the penalty box.

The Lakers do not play at home this Thursday. They have two more road games, Sunday in Cobourg and Tuesday in Six Nations, before returning to the Memorial Centre on Thursday, July 21.

Young Lakers shine in decisive win over Cobourg

 

July 8, 2022
by Anna Taylor




PETERBOROUGH, ON – The young guns got it done for the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers on Thursday night.

The Lakers defeated the Cobourg Kodiaks 9-2 at the Memorial Centre in Major Series Lacrosse action in a game that, for the first time in recent memory, did not feature anyone with the last name of Evans.

Instead, the Lakers were led by Taite Cattoni’s five points, a three-goal game from Sr. B call-up Cole Hanrahan, and a pair of goals from Jr. A call-up Carter Page. Goaltender Doug Buchan made 40 saves.

Turner Evans is on his honeymoon, and cousin Shawn was also unavailable. He’s expected back next week.

The kids in the lineup made the most of it.

“To be honest, I’m kind of speechless,” said Hanrahan, who also plays field lacrosse at Trent University. “It was an unbelievable experience. This is probably the best place to play lacrosse in the world. I’m super humbled, super thrilled and just very thankful. All of the guys were really welcoming to the new guy. It was really easy to play with them.”

“He was a good little pickup,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “He came in with a lot of energy, a good pace and buried his opportunities. Both [Hanrahan and Page] have really good feet and good vision and were moving like little water bugs creating space.”

Hanrahan opened the scoring at the 7:48 mark, scooping up Austin Hasen’s rebound to put a low bouncer past Steve Orleman in Cobourg’s net. Taite Cattoni put the Lakers up 2-0 with a blast as he came off the bench. Hanrahan scored his second, converting Kiel Matisz’ pass into a slick crease dive. Page picked up Hanrahan’s rebound and put a lightning-fast shot overtop of Orleman. Hasen made it 5-0, pushing through three Kodiaks and faking a shot before scoring.

Cam Milligan got Cobourg on the board with a power play goal early in the second. Holden Cattoni responded 55 seconds later; Orleman got a piece of the shot but it trickled in. Page had a beautiful one-handed dunk attempt waved off on a crease call. Things quieted until Vitarelli put in a quick-stick bounce shot. Hanrahan’s hat trick goal, a quick stick in front of the net, followed that; then Page scored on an underhand shot with 9.6 seconds left.

Cobourg’s second power play marker was the only goal of the third period.

In addition to the new faces on offence, Bryce Sweeting and Chad Tutton returned to the defence. Tutton is back from his honeymoon, and Sweeting returned to the lineup after resting a wrist injury obtained in the NLL Finals.

“It took a couple shifts to get my feet under me and my lungs fired up, but overall our defence played well and talk was up so it was pretty easy to get settled in,” Sweeting said.

The chippy style of play in the second and third period suits both Sweeting and Tutton just fine, although Hasen wasn’t happy with the number of penalties handed out. Cobourg was two-for-seven while Peterborough was zero-for-two on the power play.

“They bring that energy, that physical presence,” said Hasen. “If [opponents are] going to cut through the middle, they’re going to get a stick across their hands and a cross check across their chest.”

Hasen said the flow left the game in the third as a result of the penalties.

“Here tonight there were a lot of guys that know each other very well, including a good contingent from Peterborough (on Cobourg) that want to make their stance. Animosity is going to pick up, but it’s good for lacrosse. We just have to get our power play going and capitalize on that.”

Hasen said the team played well in front of Buchan, who suited up for the first time since the 2018 season.

“He was comfortable himself, making a lot of early saves that allowed us to get going and get comfortable with him back there. Dougie is very efficient and he makes the saves he has to make.”

“He played an excellent game so we’re happy to have him back in net,” said Sweeting. “That’s one game back in the right direction and we hope we can keep things rolling next Wednesday.”

Eric Shewell fought with Joe French in the third period, responding to a hit he didn’t like on Ian Llord. Shewell was handed five for fighting, five for instigating and two game misconducts (one comes automatically with a fight, the other automatically for taking two major penalties), while French just received five for fighting.

NOTES: Attendance was 2523. The Lakers next home game is Thursday, July 21 versus Six Nations. They play three games on the road before then: Wednesday, July 13 in Brooklin, Sunday, July 17 in Cobourg and Tuesday, July 19 in Six Nations.

Lakers make moves at trade deadline

 

July 5, 2022

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers made a number of roster moves at the Major Series Lacrosse trade deadline on Monday.

The Lakers sent rookie defenceman Zach Young to the Brooklin Lacrosse Club to retain the rights to Mark Matthews, who was originally picked up for a one-year-only deal in 2019 to help the run for the Mann Cup. Matthews became an integral part of the team, and is now a Laker until the end of the 2023 season.

Next, the Lakers traded a third-round pick to Owen Sound for veteran defenceman Paul Dawson.

“Dawson brings leadership, toughness and experience that will help our group at both ends of the floor,” said general manager Paul Day.

Dawson is the captain of the Mike Hasen-coached Rochester Knighthawks, and plays with Turner Evans, Holden Cattoni, Matt Gilray, Thomas Hoggarth and Mitch Ogilvie in the winter NLL season.

Dawson will make his debut on July 13 when the Lakers visit the Brooklin Lacrosse Club. He last played in the MSL in 2017 for the Six Nations Chiefs.

Finally, the Lakers re-signed goaltender Doug Buchan, who helped the Lakers win the 2018 Mann Cup. Matt Vinc requires more time to rehab from an injury sustained in the NLL Finals, and Mike Poulin will miss some upcoming games with work commitments.

The Lakers are next in action this Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m. when the Cobourg Kodiaks pay a visit to the Memorial Centre. Tickets are available at the PMC box office.



Lakers defeated by Chiefs for second time this season

 

by Anna Taylor
June 30, 2022




PETERBOROUGH, ON – Vestiges of last month’s power outage haunted the Memorial Centre on Thursday night as the Century 21 Lakers fell to the visiting Six Nations Chiefs 9-5.

The Lakers were scoreless for a stretch of 45:50 during the game; it was the worst offensive output in recent memory. Chiefs’ goaltender Doug Jamieson was outstanding, stopping 44 shots, but the Lakers didn’t test him like they’re capable of. Shots were blocked, passes were incomplete and loose balls were left up for grabs. Six Nations blocked a lot of shots and finished every one of their checks – hard. In short, not much went right for the Lakers offensively.

“It’s on us. We just weren’t doing what we naturally do,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “We weren’t keeping the ball high, we weren’t moving our feet and we weren’t shooting when we had opportunities. When we did, we hit a post or hit a finger and hit his stick too many times.”

It came down to execution, said Shawn Evans, and the Lakers just didn’t couldn’t get it done.



“Every team in this league is good so when they come in this building they’re going to give it their all and we have to be on our game,” he said. “Tonight we weren’t putting the ball in the net. We had our chances. Doug Jamieson, we hadn’t played against him yet, he stood on his head and made it frustrating for us on the offense.”

Evans put the Lakers up 1-0 early with a spin shot while the Lakers were shorthanded. Sam Leclair replied for Six Nations on Mike Poulin’s doorstep. Fifteen seconds into a power play, Holden Cattoni let a shot rip which found the back of the net for a 2-1 lead. Charlie Scanlan tied the game 2-2 before Cody Jamieson sandwiched a second Cattoni goal. The Chiefs led 4-3 after the first.

The Chiefs outscored the Lakers 3-0 in the second. Jamieson scored his hat trick goal on a power play. Joey Cupido finished off a two-on-one attempt. A bad line change led to a Nonkon Thompson goal on a shorthanded fast break.

“We had about 15 chances right in the front of the net and we couldn’t put the ball in,” Evans said, “and they would go down and capitalize on a transition goal. Offensively, we have to be better to make sure we don’t give up transition and give up the easy goals.”



After neither team had scored for over 10 minutes of the third, Shawn Evans tried to provide a spark, sticking up for Taite Cattoni and Turner Evans, who were taking abuse from Mason Kamminga. Evans wrestled Kamminga to the ground with a few punches. Jerry Staats then cross checked Turner Evans while the play was stopped, so Cory Vitarelli came in to deal with Staats. Evans received five for roughing, while Kamminga received two. Vitarelli and Staats were sent to the showers early with 10-minute misconducts.

Evans had words with several players on the Chiefs’ bench on his way to the penalty box.

“It was 7-3 at that time and the ball was on the opposite side of the floor and the one guy took a swing at Turner there, sucker punched him in the head,” Evans explained. “We weren’t going to put up with that. We have to play tough in our building and I needed to step up and do something.”

Vaughn Harris scored as the teams played four-on-four as he was checked into the crease. With Evans already in the box, as both Ian Llord and Eric Shewell took concurrent minor penalties, the Chiefs were awarded a penalty shot. This new rule is consistent with the NLL rules – if two players are already in the box, a penalty shot is awarded instead of putting a third man in the box.

Cody Jamieson took the shot was stopped by a right-pad save from Mike Poulin.



On the next play, Holden Cattoni popped a five-on-three shorthanded goal over Doug Jamieson’s right shoulder, which cut the Lakers’ deficit in half to 8-4.

Cody Jamieson and Cattoni scored one more each in the game’s final minutes to finish the night with four goals each.

The plan is to be better the next time the Lakers and Chiefs face each other, said Hasen.

“We have two more against them so we have to make sure we’re playing our best lacrosse when we see them again and turn the tables a little bit, get back to playing the way we play and having confidence in each other.”

The Lakers welcome the Cobourg Kodiaks to the Memorial Centre next Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m. The Lakers are 2-0 over Cobourg in their season series so far. After that, the Lakers have three games on the road before returning to the Memorial Centre on July 21.



Huge comeback win for Lakers over Brooklin

 



PETERBOROUGH, ON – Landon Kells’ debut in the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers net was worth the wait.

The 21-year-old backstopped the Lakers to a hard-fought 12-7 win over the visiting Brooklin Lacrosse Club on Thursday night at the Memorial Centre. Kells stopped 44 shots in the win as the Lakers improved their record to 3-1.

Kells allowed five goals in the first period but shut the doors in the second and third. Down 7-2 with five minutes remaining in the second, the Lakers scored 10 goals in a row.

“It was a shaky start the whole way around,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “There were a couple shots that we want [Kells] to save but at the same time we were giving guys good looks and open lanes. We rallied and he settled in. For a young kid in this atmosphere, he was good. He was composed and he didn’t let it bug him.”

General manager Paul Day called Kells at 12:45 Thursday afternoon, where he was working for the Township of Fergus, to inform him that he’d be starting after Mike Poulin developed the flu. Matt Vinc is taking some time off from the NLL season before returning to the Lakers.

Kells, a Jr. A Lakers graduate, spent part of the 2019 MSL season backing up Poulin and Vinc, and was Poulin’s backup for the Mann Cup. But Thursday was his first game action.

“Before I’d even finished telling [my boss] what was going on he said ‘You’d better go play,’” Kells said. “Credit to him for that, and credit to my mom for letting me take her car too! I’m glad it happened the way it did. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”



Dyson Williams potted the first two for Brooklin, nearly identical goals right up the middle. Brooklin scored two more before Holden Cattoni got the Lakers on the board with a goal as he came in from the far side. Brooklin scored again, but Thomas Hoggarth, thrice denied by BLC starter Nick Damude, finally solved the young goaltender, finishing off a dish from Shawn Evans with a close-up bounce shot.

Both teams went for a long scoreless stretch to begin the second. Sean Westley finally broke the silence with a goal, which was followed up three minutes later by Jacob Saunders. Brooklin led 7-2, and the 2334 fans at the Memorial Centre were stunned.

The Lakers finally came back to life with 4:11 left to play in the second. Kiel Matisz whipped in a sharp-angle shot, aided by some great work from Turner Evans. Taite Cattoni wired a shot on goal; Nick Damude got a piece of it but it rolled in. After Jay Thorimbert won the next face off, Matisz got the Lakers back within two, jumping to put the ball over Damude.

Matisz appeared to score again seconds later, but the goal was called back. Brooklin went down and had a goal of their own called back. Then all heck broke loose.



Ian Llord, the recipient of a two-minute roughing penalty and 10-minute misconduct, was cagey about it afterwards. Kells, who had a good view of the incident, said one of the Lakers was a recipient of a spear from a BLC player and Llord took exception.

“There was something [Jackson Suboch] did on defense that I didn’t really like, and I took a shot at one of their young guys,” Llord said. “I got him mad and he came down at me.”

Kells made two great saves on the power play before time had expired in the second.

“The biggest momentum shift was Llordy getting that penalty and sticking up for our guys,” Kells said. “That sparked the guys on the bench. It got the crowd going; it got our team going. It proves that no one can come in here and push us around. We won’t take that. We’re not only a skilled lacrosse team but we respect one another and we’re going to stand up for one another.”

The Lakers outscored Brooklin 7-0 in the third. Kells shut them out for the final 25:50.

“The first two he let in… however you look at it, whoever shot it, those are tough saves. We didn’t put our head down and sulk about it, we just kept working hard for him and he bounced back great,” Llord said.

Holden Cattoni made a good pass to his brother Taite just 59 seconds in; the younger Cattoni found an open lane and darted towards the net. Turner Evans flipped an underhand pass to Hoggarth, who tied the game 7-7 at 6:11. Hoggarth put the Lakers on top two minutes later, reaching across Damude to tuck the ball in far side.



After killing off a penalty, Holden Cattoni was able to squeak the ball past Damude. Hoggarth’s fourth of the game was a casual (absolutely ridiculous) backhand. Austin Hasen got a late one, and defenseman Thomas Whitty scored an empty netter, his first in the MSL, to seal the deal.

“The start was just nerves,” said Kells. “I looked forward to this the whole time I was here with the juniors… I wish I could have a few of the first ones back, the tricklers, but I settled in and it gave us a chance to win and that’s what we ended up doing. We came together as a team.”

The Lakers are off until next Thursday when the Six Nations Chiefs pay a visit to the Memorial Centre for a highly-anticipated game. The Chiefs defeated the Lakers 11-10 on Tuesday night. Tickets are available at the Memorial Centre box office.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Lakers honoured the 1974 Peterborough PCO team, bringing players, coaches and executive members of the team onto the floor for a special ceremony. During the first intermission, Bobby Allen and Johnny Davis were on hand to receive a scroll for the city from the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame to the city, in honour of the 150th anniversary of lacrosse and all its local inductees to the Hall, the most recent of which being Jamie Batley and Paul Day.



Lakers fall to Six Nations at ILA

 



OHSWEKEN, ON – With a short 12-game schedule, the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers (2-1) and Six Nations Chiefs (2-0) are going to be really familiar with each other – more than they’ve ever been, perhaps.

The two rivals renewed acquaintances on Tuesday night, with the Lakers falling 11-10 to the Chiefs at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in their first of four meetings this season.

It was a close as could be; the Chiefs never led by more than two goals.

“I thought we got better as the game progressed,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “Defensively, we were a little shaky to start. We still have to get comfortable with each other; the main part of playing D is being comfortable and understanding who’s behind you and having that communication so you can trust each other. It was a physical game and we didn’t go away.”

Returning to the lineup after playing in the NLL Finals were captain Robert Hope, whose Colorado Mammoth won the championship, and Jordan Stouros, whose Buffalo Bandits lost the championship.

Ian Llord also played his first game of the season.

Joining them on defense was newly signed Jay Thorimbert, on a one-year loan from the Oakville Rock, who are sitting out the season. Thorimbert, widely regarded as one of the best face-off men in the game, won 19 of 24 draws. The Lakers needed to shore up the position with the loss of Jake Withers to the Premier Lacrosse League.





“Jake is rolling; he’s very hard to beat,” said Thorimbert. “I’m just trying to win a fraction of what he does. I’m not trying to replace him by any means, just trying to do the best I can.”

So much for face-off by committee, as Hasen had said would be the case last week.

“We were trying to figure something out,” he smiled. “Jay’s a great addition. Not only did he take the faceoffs but he plays a regular shift of D for us.”

Thorimbert previously played for KW, Brampton and Six Nations, but is happy to be a Laker now.

“Honestly there was one face off where I went down and pulled up the ball and went ‘what colour am I?’” he laughed. “It’s nice to be on this side of it, finally, even though we didn’t get the W. A hard fought game with a classy organization.”

Thorimbert knows that Lakers’ fans are knowledgeable and is prepared for the pressure of playing in front of a large, loud crowd on Thursday when the Lakers host the Brooklin Lacrosse Club.

“I’ve always come into it as a visitor, so it’ll be nice to be on the home side and have them rooting for me.”

Jr. A call-up Owen Hiltz scored the opening goal for the Lakers just 1:14 into the game, finding a hole over Warren Hill’s left shoulder. Thomas Hoggarth followed that up with a fast-break goal 41 seconds later. Six Nations scored three in a row but Thorimbert brought some magic and scored off the face off to restore the lead. The Chiefs potted two more but Shawn Evans scored a backhand shorthanded to bring the Lakers within a goal at 5-4.



Six Nations led 9-8 after the second on the strength of their own shorthanded goal. Holden and Taite Cattoni, Kiel Matisz and Hoggarth scored for the Lakers.

Drew Hutchison got the start in goal with Landon Kells as backup. Hutchison said he got the call around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. He made 20 saves and was very good on a five-on-three Chiefs power play in the second.

Hoggarth and Turner Evans took turns tying the game at nine and 10, respectively, but Sam Leclair scored the game winner with 1:44 left on an athletic wraparound with his off hand.

Tickets for Thursday’s game versus Brooklin are now on sale at the Memorial Centre box office.

SCORING: Thomas Hoggarth (3-2), Turner Evans (1-3), Owen Hiltz (1-2), Kiel Matisz (1-2), Taite Cattoni (1-1), Shawn Evans (1-1), Holden Cattoni (1-1), Jay Thorimbert (1-0), Austin Hasen (0-1)

Lakers raise Mann Cup banner and defeat Cobourg in home opener

 



PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are finally home.

After 1113 days away, the Lakers made a triumphant return to the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Thursday night, raising their 2019 Mann Cup championship banner and winning 11-9 over the Cobourg Kodiaks.

“It was a great feeling, having our fans there supporting us,” said Lakers’ star Shawn Evans, “especially for the banner raising. Being back in this arena, after being a child here and growing up… in this building for so many years, it was something special tonight and it was good that we got the win for the fans and for ourselves.”

It was a sigh of relief for the Lakers after the start of the Major Series Lacrosse season was delayed due to a conflict between the league, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, Brampton and Owen Sound. The Lakers began their season on the road on Sunday, defeating Cobourg 15-11 after weeks of uncertainty about whether the season would go ahead or not.

To finally be back with his teammates made the night extra special for Evans.

“We have a special bond in this room and you can see that over the years,” he explained. “To see our buddies and play with [them] and have some fun and throw that ball around in front of our families and friends… it was a great memory.”

Evans had two goals and three assists. Thomas Hoggarth led the team with four goals.

“Hoggarth and Evans work well together, especially at home,” said head coach Mike Hasen. They feed off the crowd.”

Hoggarth scored twice in the opening frame as the Lakers led 2-1 after 20 minutes. His hat trick goal came 49 seconds into the second period.

“I was seeing the ball well,” he said. “Playing with Shawny again is a good feeling. Our offence is buzzing. I know we don’t have all our defence but other guys have stepped up.”

The Kodiaks tied the game 3-3 before the Lakers rattled off three in a row from Holden Cattoni, Evans on a power play and Kiel Matisz shorthanded. Cam Milligan and Evans traded goals before the period was out. The Lakers led 7-4 heading into the third.

Mark Matthews started off the third period with a laser. Hoggarth followed that up by accepting a pass from Evans and slipping it underhand past Kodiaks’ goaltender Steve Orleman. Cobourg responded with a four-goal run highlighted by Colton Armstrong’s third transition break of the game.

Cobourg was within a goal until Austin Hasen ripped a shot in, followed by a goal from Turner Evans, who tucked the ball overtop of Orleman.

The Lakers missed their usual face-off unit of Jake Withers, Robert Hope and Kyle Buchanan, winning just three of 19 faceoffs. Hope and Buchanan are playing against each other in the NLL final, while Withers is currently playing in the Premier Lacrosse League.

“We’re going to do it a little bit by committee for now,” said Hasen, but he did admit that the team is looking at some new players to possibly bring in to shore up the position. He credited Cobourg face-off man Ryan Haigh with a good game.

Hasen also praised the senior B call-ups that joined the Lakers’ defence, including Cam Crowe, Ryley Martinell, Dalton Hill and Mitch Ogilvie.

“They were physical, in the right lanes and doing the right things,” he said.

The Lakers do not know yet when their next game will occur as the MSL is finalizing new dates.

NOTES: Ted Higgins, whose singing voice has been weakened by Parkinson’s Disease, wasn’t planning on singing the national anthem live, as has been tradition at the Lakers’ home opener. However, the audio of a past performance did not play at the Memorial Centre, so Higgins sang anyway, helped along by the crowd. Corey Small left the game in the first period after getting caught in the turf and limping off the floor. Hasen said Small will be evaluated but he doesn’t think it’s anything serious.



Scoring: Thomas Hoggarth (4-0) Shawn Evans (2-3) Turner Evans (1-4) Mark Matthews (1-4) Holden Cattoni (1-3) Kiel Matisz (1-2) Cory Vitarelli (0-3) Austin Hasen (1-0) Mike Poulin: 45 saves



HOME OPENER THIS THURSDAY

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – After a long wait the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers’ 2022 Home Opener is happening this Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre!

The team is chomping at the bit to get back on their home turf and anxious to get back on the floor in front of the absolute best fans in the league and their incredibly supportive sponsors.

The celebrations begin at 7:50 p.m. when the team will raise their 2019 Mann Cup championship banner to the rafters. The Lakers are happily welcoming back, as usual, members of the PMLA to the floor to celebrate with them.

The Lakers then welcome the Cobourg Kodiaks to the floor where they will face off on the Memorial Centre carpet for the first time in 1112 days.

In addition to the talented National Lacrosse League players on the Lakers, like Shawn and Turner Evans, Cory Vitarelli, Thomas Hoggarth and Holden Cattoni, the Kodiaks feature NLLers like Colton Armstrong, Cam Milligan, Scott Dominey and Kevin Orleman. Also on the roster are several current and former members of the ALL’s Peterborough Timbermen like Aaron Woods, Brine Rice, Doug Utting, and Ethan Woods.

The Lakers defeated the Kodiaks 15-11 in their season opener this past Sunday in Cobourg. Turner Evans had seven points and Shawn Evans five as the Lakers mounted a second-half onslaught.

Those who purchased tickets for the Lakers’ previously-cancelled June 2nd game, including season ticket holders, are asked to present those tickets at the door for entry.

Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased when the Memorial Centre box office opens on Wednesday.

“We’re raising the banner for the 2019 Mann Cup so hopefully the community will come out and support us like they always have,” said Holden Cattoni. “It’s awesome to be back in the Memorial Centre, especially with the extra year we were away. Hopefully everyone will come and support the Lakers and we’ll give them a good show.”



NOTE: Those who purchased tickets for other games this season (seasons and single-game tickets) are asked to hold onto them while the MSL continues to work out the rest of its revamped schedule. The Lakers hope to have more information regarding the new schedule and broadcast/webcast information in the coming days.



Lakers beat Cobourg 15-11 in season opener!

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers were finally allowed to begin their Mann Cup defense on Sunday night and they defeated the Cobourg Kodiaks 15-11 in the MSL season opener. It was their first game since they hoisted the Cup on September 11, 2019. After two years with pandemic delays and two extra weeks with internal league issues, it was both a relief and exciting to be back on the floor.



“It’s exciting to be back with everybody,” said Holden Cattoni, who scored twice and added two assists. “It was nice to see the guys that I played against in the [NLL] and be teammates again. We felt a lot of chemistry right off the bat.”

Ten players from the 2019 roster suited up on Sunday. The Lakers expect at least 11 more back, although General Manager Paul Day earlier said the roster might not be fully intact until July while the NLL playoffs and other commitments wrap up. But eventually the nucleus of the team that won three Mann Cups in a row will be back.

“It’s been a long couple years and to see our group back is a good feeling,” said head coach Mike Hasen. “I like the way we came to play right off the bat. Our offense was good and responsible. Our defense was missing a few bodies but they were good; they kept a great tempo and that was great to see.”

The Lakers filled their opening night roster with newcomers Austin Hasen, Thomas Whitty, Caleb Creasor, Mitch Ogilvie and Zach Young, and four players called up from the Junior A team.

“We had some young guys that played for us and they did well but it takes a bit of an adjustment to get used to the speed of this level,” Cattoni said. “It took us about a period and a half to get accustomed to playing with each other.”



The Lakers and Kodiaks played to a 4-4 tie after the first. Peterborough took an early 3-0 lead on goals from Turner Evans, Cory Vitarelli and Corey Small. Cam Milligan and Kiel Matisz traded goals midway through, and then Cobourg rattled off three in a row to tie the game.

Turner Evans scored 18 seconds after Cobourg’s Aaron Woods put the Kodiaks up 6-4 in the second, and Thomas Hoggarth followed that up by beating Kevin Orleman stick side on a Corey Small rebound to tie the game back at six. Bennett Drake scored for Cobourg but Peterborough ended the period on a three-goal run. Cattoni scored two in a row and Small scored as he was pushed into the goal.

Peterborough then scored six more to begin the third. Vitarelli’s second of the game came just 13 seconds into a two-man advantage. After that, the kids took over to put the game away.

Junior call-up Ben Trumble, Ogilvie, Hasen and Creasor all scored their first MSL goals. Trumble and Ogilvie both scored on fast-break chances. Hasen picked a top corner for his first, and promptly scored his second just over a minute later. Creasor’s was a beautiful shot: he lightly floated the ball around Orleman to score.



Austin Hasen, the son of head coach Mike Hasen and a Brampton Jr. A graduate, was impressed with his new teammates and said his first game was really fun.

“It was a lot of fun to get out there with that offensive group… What I can do better and keep the game going the way we want it. There’s no panic in them; they’re very professional,” he said. “We were down for a little bit and there was no worry, we knew we were going to come back.”

Hasen is used to having his father on the bench, as he also coached Austin with the Jr. A Brampton Excelsiors.

“I know how he coaches, he’s a good coach. I’m sure I’ll hear in the car on what I need to do better,” he chuckled.

Coach Hasen had praises for all of the youngsters on the team.

“I thought Austin was good, he was inside a lot. Zach Young was a big body. Mitch Ogilvie, Thomas Whitty, those guys are steady and they’re going to be pushing for spots all year long. Grandel was really good on those faceoffs and we gave him the game ball because he was grinding all night long. All three of them were good. Holden Lowes was good, Trumble is a bid body and he was good and had a nice goal in transition. It’s early, it’s our first game and there were a lot of firsts out there.”

Shawn Evans had five assists in the game. Mike Poulin picked up his first win of the season in goal. Milligan led Cobourg with three goals and three assists.

At press time, the Lakers were still unsure who their opponent for Thursday’s home opener will be.

Regardless, the younger Hasen is looking forward to finally being on the turf after watching his dad coach the Lakers for several years.



“It’s going to be a fun home crowd,” he said. “I love the atmosphere when it’s packed. I don’t think I’ve ever played in a building that’s going to be that full so it’ll be something new and I’m looking forward to it.”

Cattoni wants the lacrosse community out in force.

“We’re raising the banner for the last Mann Cup so hopefully the community will come out and support us like they always have,” Cattoni expressed. “It’s awesome to be back in the Memorial Centre, especially with the extra year we were away. Hopefully everyone will come and support the Lakers and we’ll give them a good show.”



Lakers take the floor in Cobourg on Sunday in season opener

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are back! The team will take the floor for the first time this season on Sunday, June 12 at the Cobourg Community Centre to face the Kodiaks. Game time is 6 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

The Lakers' home opener is set for this Thursday, June 16 at the Memorial Centre. Further ticket information and scheduling updates are forthcoming as the team adjusts to five teams for the season.

 


Home opener cancelled; MSL postpones start of season

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are sad to announce today that the 2022 Home Opener, scheduled for this Thursday, June 2, is cancelled. The Lakers had a spectacular event planned to kick off Peterborough’s 150th lacrosse anniversary and begin the chase for our fourth consecutive Mann Cup Championship, and a return to a full season in the Peterborough Memorial Centre for the first time since our 2019 home opener.

 

Last week the MSL released a statement that read: "It is with tremendous disappointment that Major Series Lacrosse must postpone the start of the 2022 season. The financial risk brought on by potential litigation is just too great to overcome by both our privately and community operated teams. We will continue to work towards a resolution to bring our teams, players, officials and in particular our fans back to the floor as soon as the risk is minimized."

 

We are devastated and appalled at the willful disregard for our Canadian National game of box lacrosse. The Ontario Lacrosse Association and the few individuals involved in a dispute that should never have left Brampton... seem to be willing to put themselves before all lacrosse in Ontario by making it impossible for the other teams to play.

 

Although we feel this great frustration we also know our fans, sponsors, players and volunteers feel the same. Our fans and supporters are our number one concern. We know that they have all been as excited as the team to get back to regular play. There are many questions to be answered and priorities to be changed for the sake of the game. The Lakers ask for a little more patience while we continue to advocate for and help find a solution. All MSL teams want to play so we hope by our next scheduled game that the issues will be settled enough to start our run for a historic fourth Mann Cup in a row!  


Lakers' schedule released

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Gear up, lacrosse fans! The Peterborough Lakers have released their 2022 schedule. The home opener and 2019 Mann Cup banner raising ceremony is set for Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. vs the Cobourg Kodiaks. It will be the Lakers first game at the Memorial Centre since their 2019 home opener. 

 

It's a 17-game schedule with eight away games and nine home games. All home games are set for 8 p.m. except for a 7 p.m. Saturday evening tilt against the Six Nations Chiefs as part of Lacrosse Day in Peterborough on June 18th. The Lakers and Chiefs are the marquee matchup after Brooklin plays Cobourg at 1 p.m. and Owen Sound plays Oakville at 4 p.m. with all games at the Memorial Centre. 

 

 

FULL SCHEDULE 

 

HOME 

AWAY 

Thursday, June 2 – Cobourg Kodiaks 

Monday, June 6 – Oakville Rock 

Thursday, June 9 – Owen Sound 

Sunday, June 12 – Cobourg Kodiaks 

Saturday, June 18 – Six Nations Chiefs 

Wednesday, June 15 – Brooklin LC 

Thursday, June 23 – Oakville Rock 

Thursday, June 16 – Owen Sound 

Thursday, June 30 – Six Nations Chiefs 

Friday, July 8 – Owen Sound 

Thursday, July 7 – Cobourg Kodiaks 

Sunday, July 17 – Cobourg Kodiaks 

Thursday, July 14 – Brooklin LC 

Tuesday, July 19 – Six Nations Chiefs 

Thursday, July 21 – Owen Sound 

Wednesday, July 27 – Brooklin LC 

Thursday, July 28 – Brooklin LC 

 

 

Season tickets are now on sale at the Memorial Centre box office. Fans can call 705-743-3561 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the box office in person Wednesday through Friday. Current season ticket holders have until April 29th to renew their seats; after which those seats will be released to the general public. Those who previously renewed for the 2020 season must still contact the box office to confirm this year's renewal. 

 

Peterborough Century 21 Lakers draft three

 

March 20, 2022

 

OAKVILLE, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers added three new players through Sunday's Major Series Lacrosse Draft held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.

 

Austin Hasen was the Lakers first pick at 11th overall, Caleb Creasor was taken 23rd and Cole Hanrahan was picked at number 29, making them the newest members of the Lakeshow.

 

Hasen, the son of head coach Mike Hasen, is a graduate of the Brampton junior lacrosse system. A right handed forward, he is an off-ball player that is a proven scorer at every level he plays at.

 

"We were surprised he was still available," said Lakers' general manager Paul Day. "Most players like to play with the ball and he is tough and plays inside without the ball."

 

Hasen is currently in his junior year at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina where he has scored 13 goals in seven games. As a junior Excelsior, he amassed 105 goals and 102 assists over 69 games prior to the pandemic.

 

Creasor, a left-handed defenseman, made stops with his hometown Huntsville Hawks and the Barrie Lakeshores before playing the 2021 OJLL tournament with the Brampton Excelsiors where he suited up with Hasen and Lakers 2021 draft pick John Vezina.

 

"He is a young defender with a great future," Day described. "He has a great lacrosse IQ. He's a goaltender in the NCAA; he's a very versatile player."

 

Creasor, a junior, is currently guarding the nets at Lehigh University.

 

The Lakers last pick, Cole Hanrahan, is already familiar with the Peterborough area as a member of the Trent Excalibur. He also currently leads the Arena Lacrosse League in power play goals as a member of the Whitby Steelhawks. Day said that Hanrahan adds depth to the Lakers' right side. 

 

The Lakers also made a trade; acquiring righty defenseman Alex Pace through a trade with Owen Sound. The Lakers gave up four picks which included returning Owen Sound's 2022 third rounder and 2023 second rounder which they held from a previous trade, plus the Lakers own 2022 third rounder and 2023 second rounder. Pace plays for Day in Philadelphia. 

 

"He was their first round pick in 2020; with him we add a very strong defenseman who has chemistry with some Peterborough guys from his play with the Wings, plus Thomas Whitty who he played with in junior with St. Catharines. Going into the draft we wanted to add a ready D-man into our lineup and the trade for Pace accomplished that.


"We need to get some youth into our lineup and these players, along with Mitch Ogilvie, are young players getting a great deal of experience at the NLL level." 

 

Thomas McConvey, a Mimico graduate, was the first overall pick by Owen Sound. Full draft results can be found at https://www.majorserieslacrosse.ca/news/2022-msl-entry-draft-results.

 

Season tickets are now on sale at the Memorial Centre box office. Fans can call 705-743-3561 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the box office in person Wednesday through Friday. Current season ticket holders have until April 29th to renew their seats. Those who previously renewed for the 2020 season must still contact the box office to confirm this year's renewal.

 

2022 Lakers Season Tickets On Sale Now


March 10, 2022

 

Season tickets are available for purchase or renewal in person at the Grant Thornton Box Office at the PMC or over the phone at 705-743- 3561.


The current Season Ticket Holder Renewal Deadline is Friday April 29 at 5:00 pm. Any seats that are not renewed by that time will be released for sale.

 

2022 Season Tickets & Contract Cards will be available for pick up at the Grant Thornton Box Office as of Wednesday May 11.


Season Ticket Prices

 

Class Regular Bowl Club
Adult $135 $175
Senior 65+ $103.50 $144
Student $90 $130.50
Child $45 $85.50

 

 

PMC HOURS OF OPERATION - 2022 SEASON TICKETS

 

Monday and Tuesday 9:30AM to 5:00PM by phone only

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30AM to 5:00PM in person and by phone

 

IF YOU PURCHASED 2020 TICKETS

Please note, if you wish to purchase your seats for the 2022 season you must contact the Box Office, even if you purchased for the cancelled 2020 season


The 2022 schedule has not yet been released.

 

 

 

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SINGLE-GAME TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY FOR PETERBOROUGH CENTURY 21 LAKERS 2022 SEASON 

 

May 19, 2022

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – There are just two weeks until the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers begin their defense of the Mann Cup! This Friday, fans can purchase single-game tickets through the Peterborough Memorial Centre Box Office for all home games. 

On Thursday, June 2nd, the Lakers kick off the 2022 season at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre versus the Cobourg Kodiaks. Fans can look forward to the 2019 Mann Cup banner being raised to the rafters. It will be the first time the Lakers have played at the Memorial Centre since their 2019 home opener. 

 

Adult tickets in the regular bowl are $18.50 or $23.00 for the club section. Senior tickets are $14.00 for the regular bowl or $18.50 for the club section. Student tickets are $11.00 for regular bowl or $15.50 for the club section. Bring your children for just $4.00 (regular bowl) or $8.50 (club)! 

 

Tickets for restaurant seating are $22.50 per person. 

 

 

Fans can call 705-743-3561 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the box office in person Wednesday through Friday, or purchase online at 

www.memorialcentre.ca 

 

HOME SCHEDULE 

Thursday, June 2 – Cobourg Kodiaks 

Thursday, June 9 – Owen Sound 

Saturday, June 18 – Six Nations Chiefs* 

Thursday, June 23 – Oakville Rock 

Thursday, June 30 – Six Nations Chiefs 

Thursday, July 7 – Cobourg Kodiaks 

Thursday, July 14 – Brooklin LC 

Thursday, July 21 – Owen Sound 

Thursday, July 28 – Brooklin LC 

 

 

Peterborough 150th lacrosse anniversary flag to fly

 

Peterborough mayor Diane Therrien will make a special proclamation on May 4 at 11 a.m. about the city's 150th anniversary of lacrosse, the city's most successful sport with 29 national championships in junior and senior and more than 100 provincial championships.

The chairperson of the 150th lacrosse anniversary committee, Tim Barrie, and representatives from lacrosse organizations will be attending the ceremony outside city hall at the flag pole.

Everyone is welcome as Tim unveils the new flag celebrating the anniversary.

The lacrosse season has already started with youth field  lacrosse, the Boro Boys, and junior teams getting going soon before the Century 21 Lakers senior team starts at the first of June.

The Lakers are going for their fourth consecutive national championship and  will celebrate the 150 years of lacrosse with a special ceremony every home game.

On June 18 their Major Series Lacrosse league will showcase their teams for the anniversary with all them playing regular season games in a triple header at the Peterborough's Memorial Centre. More games and events are planned that will be announced throughout this special summer of lacrosse.

 

PETERBOROUGH CENTURY 21 LAKERS PROTECT THREE PLAYERS AHEAD OF MSL DRAFT

 

March 19, 2022 

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers have protected three graduating junior players ahead of Sunday's MSL Draft: Landon Kells, Mike Robinson and Zach Young.

 

Kells spent much of the summer of 2019 called up as the Lakers' third goaltender and backed up Mike Poulin at the 2019 Mann Cup. The 21-year-old from Fergus is currently serving as the Calgary Roughnecks' backup behind Christian Del Bianco.  

 

"Kells is one of our goalies of the future," stated Lakers' general manager Paul Day.  

 

Robinson, a defender from Peterborough, spent three seasons with the Jr. Lakers, scoring 17 goals and 7 assists in final year in 2019. He's also an attackman at the University of Delaware where he was named the Colonial Athletic Association's 2021 Rookie of the Year. 

 

"Robinson is having great success at Delaware and obviously had a very good Jr. A career. We look forward to his continued development," Day said. 

 

Young, a defenseman from Oshawa, spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with Peterborough before being traded to Mimico. He contributed 12 points over 33 games with the Jr. Lakers. Young is currently playing with the University of North Carolina, the alma mater of Lakers' defenseman Chad Tutton.  

 

"Young is a great athlete with two or three years left of NCAA eligibility. He's a big defender with a bright future," said Day. 

 

The MSL Draft occurs this coming Sunday, March 20th. The draft consists of five rounds. Peterborough is without a first-round pick; that belongs to Brooklin as part of the deal that brought Mike Poulin to the Lakers.  

 

Season tickets are now on sale at the Memorial Centre box office. Fans can call 705-743-3561 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the box office in person Wednesday through Friday. Current season ticket holders have until April 29th to renew their seats. Those who previously renewed for the 2020 season must still contact the box office to confirm this year's renewal. 

 

 

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