MSL Playoff Preview: Rock, Lakers, Chiefs, and Redmen

Six Nations Chiefs vs. Cobourg Kodiaks. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
August 1, 2016

It came down to the second last day of the regular season for MSL playoff matches to be decided and what an August it will be! With the Mann Cup pushed back to September 9, teams have until the 18th to settle their first rounds. Brampton and Cobourg are the two teams on the outside looking in while Peterborough, Brooklin, Six Nations, and Oakville are now all fighting for the…

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Lakers Win Season Series With Chiefs

Peterborough Lakers vs. Six Nations Chiefs. (Photo credit: Kendall Taylor)
July 25, 2016

Just imagine if the Peterborough Lakers and Six Nations Chiefs face-off in the first round of the MSL playoffs. What a series that would be. But with such a tight race in the MSL, opponents won’t be known until the final regular season buzzer goes on July 28. The perennial powerhouses played each other Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. It was the highest attended MSL game of the…

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Brampton Keeps Cobourg Winless at Home

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July 13, 2016

There’s always something to play for. Even when your season is a write-off. Even when everyone else has lost interest in you. Even when you don’t believe in yourself anymore. But there is always pride. And there is always another chance next season. That’s what both the Brampton Excelsiors and Cobourg Kodiaks are playing for at this point in the 2016 MSL season. Both mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the…

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Redmen Bounce Back to Get Past Kodiaks

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July 8, 2016

A day after the Brooklin Redmen dropped a 10-7 decision to the Six Nations Chiefs at the ILA they came roaring back to defeat the Cobourg Kodiaks 16-7 at Iroquois Park in Whitby. Recent trades strengthened Brooklin’s defense and Chris Corbeil and Kyle Rubisch made their debuts for the Redmen on Wednesday night. The Kodiaks showed flashes of offensive desire that kept the score close in their two prior meetings,…

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Lacrosse Day in Durham Put Together by Lacrosse n Motion

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July 6, 2016

Saturday, June 25 was a big day in Durham Region – declared by the mayor of Whitby to be “Lacrosse Day in Durham.” The grassroots organization Lacrosse in Motion, which is made up of eleven different lacrosse clubs in the region, put together what they hope will be an annual event featuring the best Durham has to offer in lacrosse. For those unfamiliar with Ontario geography, Durham is the area…

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Excelsiors Clean House Ahead of Trade Deadline

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July 5, 2016

The MSL’s Brampton Excelsiors appear to have given up on the 2016 season. The Excels currently sit in last place in the six team league, one point back of Cobourg for fifth, but the divide between the top four and the bottom two is insurmountable with half the season still left to play. Peterborough, Brooklin, Six Nations, and Oakville are all strong teams with double digits in points and strong…

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Kodiaks Suffer Loss At Hands of Chiefs

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June 27, 2016

The Cobourg Kodiaks were presented a gift by the Six Nations Chiefs on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Kodiaks couldn’t capitalize on the fact that the Chiefs showed up to the Cobourg Community Centre with only 14 runners, none of whom were named Jamieson, Staats, Smith, or Benesch. They even put their backup Warren Hill in goal but the Kodiaks suffered a nearly 40 minute power outage on their home floor as…

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Major Series Lacrosse: Rock on a Roll

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June 23, 2016

Week 3 of the MSL season saw a logjam at the top of the standings between four teams, with two teams far on the outside looking in. The Oakville Rock are on a hot streak, winners of two games this week, 13-5 over Brooklin and 7-5 over Brampton. Stephan Leblanc had nine points and Rob Hellyer seven. The pair are heating up at just the right time and Nick Rose…

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Lakers Knock Off Kodiaks Twice

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June 20, 2016

It didn’t take long for the Cobourg Kodiaks to see the Peterborough Lakers as their arch-rivals. The two MSL teams played each other this weekend for the first time since the Kodiaks move from KW. The teams combined for 163 penalty minutes in two games. It wasn’t quite WLA levels of stupidity (nobody fought off the floor), but each game had moments as the teams got used to each other….

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MSL Power Rankings: Redmen Get Poulin Back, Stay at Top

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June 15, 2016

1. Brooklin Redmen Brooklin got a boost this week with the return of #1 goaltender Mike Poulin, in addition to several NLL stars fresh from the championship final in Mark Matthews, Curtis Knight, John Lafontaine, Steve Priolo, Mitch Wilde, Adrian Sorichetti, and Kevin Brownell. Despite the added strength and experience, they still only beat the Cobourg Kodiaks 8-6. The Kodiaks transition game killed the Redmen, who allowed three shorthanded goals…

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