(ORANGEVILLE, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks midget lacrosse team were due. After two consecutive appearances in ‘A’ level tournaments and only silver to show for it, pride was on the line for the Midgets as they showed up to the Barry Burman Shoot-Out finals on Sunday in Orangeville, hoping to set the record straight.
They started the tournament on Friday, taking out the 12th-ranked Toronto Beaches by a 7-3 score. The next day, they beat the hometown Northmen, who are ranked sixth in the province, 3-1 followed by an 8-0 win over the Guelph Regals.
Marcus Stanley earned the shutout in the victory.
That night, the Warlocks met the eighth-ranked Brampton Excelsiors in the semi-finals, dispatching them with a 4-1 win. And on Sunday, Windsor tangled with the fifth-ranked Mississauga Tomahawks in an attempt to bring home their first tournament win of the year.
Xander Derkatz opened the scoring for Windsor with just under five minutes left in the opening frame on a set up from ‘Crash’ Rosa and Zane Dalpe. In the dying seconds, Rosa struck as well, with help from captain Kaden Brennan.
Late in the middle act, Mississauga’s Calvin Hopeland split the lead by half but, again, in the dying seconds Dalpe blasted the Tomahawks’ netminder to make the score 3-1 going into the third.
The final stanza was all Warlocks as Dalpe scored twice and a helper from Brennan as goalie Griff Salaris cemented the win between the pipes. Salaris had a standout performance in the tournament, adding to it with a pair of shutout periods in the final.
Dalpe was a scoring machine throughout the tournament and Jacob Fields helped lead a rock-solid defence that anchored the win.
With the tournament championship, the Warlocks (23-3-0) are now ranked 2nd in the province and will set their sights on ‘A’ Qualifiers, beginning this month. If they can place, the Warlocks will compete in the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Whitby this August for the big prize.
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