CLax: TurfDogs Hit the Road Against Demons

The Durham Turfdogs (5-4) will battle the Ohsweken Demons (6-5) at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Friday night at 8 p.m .  This game is critical for the Turfdogs as they sit two points back of the Demons.

The Turfdogs are coming off a 15-12 victory over the Brampton Inferno on March 9th, which saw Nic Gasby collect three goals and five assists with complimentary scoring from Scott Defrancesco, who tallied three goals and one assist.  Courtice, Ontario native, Zach Higgins made 53 saves and collected his fourth victory of the season.

Durham sits in fourth place and have two wins in their last five games.  They will be looking to their top two offensive threats; Nic Grasby (15G, 53A) and Shane Scott (21G, 10A), to provide spark in the first quarter and beyond.  Durham’s starting goalie, Higgins, was recently placed on the active roster for the NLL’s Minnesota Swarm.  The Turfdogs will be relying on John Chesebrough to carry the duties for the remainder of the season with, Peterborough, Ontario native, Kalvin Thomas, being named their backup.

The Ohsweken Demons lost their fifth game of the season on the road Wednesday night to the Niagara Lock Monsters by a score of 16-9.  Kyle Isaacs led the Demons with two goals and two assists.  Tom Montour and Cory Bomberry each tallied one goal and two assists.

Jeff Powless and Randy Johnson split time between the pipes, making a combined 45 saves.

Ohsweken remains in third place after their loss on Wednesday night and sit four points back of Niagara who are on top of the CLax standings.  Demon’s Delby Powless (54 pts) and Wayne VanEvery (53 pts) are second and third in CLax scoring, respectively.  These two will be relied on to lead the offensive at home.  Jeff Powless (13.48GAA) and Johnson (14.96 GAA) have been shaky as of late and will need to have a strong showing at the ILA if the Demons want to secure a win.

The Demons are (37/74) on the power play this season with the Turfdogs sitting at only (30/67).  If the Demons are able to excel on their power play opportunities, then this could be the edge that the Demons need to find the win column.