Six Nations@Peterborough Game ReportAugust 3 2001 at 10:35 AM
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LAKERS EXIT, IN STYLE
by thistles forever
PETERBOROUGH- Believe it or not, the temperature was 32 degrees in Peterborough at game time, plus the air as filthy to breath as can be imagined. None of that stopped the two most entertaining teams in Junior from putting on a fast paced show of action packed lacrosse. An absolute treat for fans from start to finish. Unluckily it was the last meeting of the year for these two squads. Six Nations ended the series with a tight 11-10 victory.
The opening period saw the Arrows looking the best they have all series. Jason Henhawk was absent and Jamie Taylor not very noticeable, however Delby Powless was as good as ever, while Brett Bucktooth, Russ Davis and Kyle Jamieson had outstanding efforts. It was evident early that the Lakers could be in trouble. It's bad news when Davis scores twice from outside and Jamieson tallies on a breakaway. Throw in two lovely Bucktooth markers and Peterborough was playing catchup all period long. They stayed close, thanks to a couple of Scott Evans goals, and concluded the 20 minutes down 5-3. Like much of the series, the Lakers matched the Arrows stride for stride and chance for chance. Shots favoured the visitors by only a 16-15 margin. Once again the offensive depth of Six Nations was the difference.
Cole Murray led his club this far but King Cole was not on his game Thursday night. The Black and Orange blitzed him early in the second and extended their lead to 7-3. Enter Jamie McIntyre. he instantly transformed the contest. The Arrows had all the momentum for the next few minutes and should have blown the game open, yet McIntyre turned them away every time. On top of that, Big Mac jump started the Green Machine's fast break with his long bomb passes. In the opening period, Peterborough cleverly created their fast breaks by releasing Brad Self or Evans early. In the second frame, McIntyre's lazer passes did the work for them. It was an arrow in the eye at the Battle of Hastings which felled Harold Godwinson and changed the history of England and Europe forever. It was with equal accuracy that the Pete's netminder kept this game humming with more end to end action.
Self started the Laker rally by scoring on a behind the back shot. But trouble loomed for the home side. Referee Canfagna hit them with four minor penalties on two plays. This time the Six Nations' power play would be bested. Not by ragging. Every time McIntrye made a save Peterborough attacked the Arrows goal. He made one stop on his knees and a split second later planted a pass in the stick of a fast breaking Self. Jake Henhawk spoiled the play with a great stop. The next save Big Mac's magical wooden stick was at it again. He hit Brian Croswell coming off the bench and the big guy scored to make it 7-5. This was the stuff of Barry Maruk or Don Madole! At the conclusion of the last penalty, Croswell struck again. Yet more trouble loomed for the Green Machine.
Behind the play, Jake Henhawk knocked Scott Evans to the floor. The hero who kept his poise throughout the Orangeville series lost it on this occasion. Evans picked himself up and crosschecked Henhawk in the head. Travis Hill was close at hand and he hit Evans in the head. That was the end of it, though the penalties were very curious. The initial hit was missed, it only merited a possession call. Evans was given 7 minutes, I'm not sure how he earned the minor penalty. Hill somehow came away with 6 minutes. Very peculiar. But the major to Evans would have dire consequences later on.
Kyle Jamieson's game has improved leaps and bounds. The Arrows #6 could do just about anything, except score. That appears to have changed now. Jamieson scored on his second breakaway of the night to give Six Nations an 8-6 edge at intermission. His goal ended McIntyre's string of 19 consecutive saves. The visitors had a period shot advantage of 24-10.
The final 20 minutes was understandably played at a slower pace. It was still very well played as so much was on the line. With their backs to the wall, Peterborough came out stronger and it looked like their game to win. They had tied it 8-8 by the 5 minute mark. Croswell scored first, then Dan Carey set up Josh Wasson. Next came the call which turned the tide. Battling for a loose ball, Scott Evans slashed a Six Nations' player across the leg. I barely saw the slash so it was not that blatant. Many similar loose ball slashes have gone unpunished over the years. Vito Canfagna caught this one. The key was that Evans' victim was injured on the play. Had he popped right up I'm certain the Peterborough player would have received only 2 minutes. Instead the Lakers were forced to play shorthanded for 5 minutes - a harsh decision. More importantly, it was Evans' second major, meaning a game misconduct and costing the home side their top gunner for the rest of the contest.
It should be noted that there were two officials in attendance Thursday evening. Don McGrath was the other referee. He was content to stand aside and watch the free flowing contest, interferring as little as possible.
It was a call the Arrows needed at that time. Jamie Taylor scored a power play marker to put them back in front. The Green Machine battled back to tie it at the midway point. Chris White won a hard fought loose ball then sent Brad Self deep for the tying counter. Six Nations replied 3 minutes later as Delby Powless set up Taylor. Next Roger Vyse scored from outside to extend the lead to 11-9. Greg McIntyre gave the Lakers some hope as he scored with 4 minutes remaining. After the restart, Little Mac got mixed up with Jamie Taylor and Taylor was tagged with an extra minor penalty. This meant Peterborough would finish the game on the power play. That advantage diminished as Powless took possession with 40 seconds left on the clock and ragged the ball for 25 seconds. Then he inexplicibly threw it away. Thus the home team had one last chance. They turned the ball over without a shot.
So ends the Cinderella story of the Peterborough Lakers. They claimed one brilliant upset before finding themselves out of their depth against an outstanding Six Nations team. But in a, supposedly competitive league, were four game sweeps have become the norm, the Green Machine can be forgiven for such an early dismissal. They'll be back next year and as entertaining as ever. The team loses only two players, Ryan Creamers and Chris White. Creamers was one of the foot soldiers who did so well throughtout the post-season run. Not enough can be said about White. He was the Lakers most outstanding player and brought back memories of Andy Turner during St.Catharines '98 playoff run.
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