(PETERBOROUGH, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks midget lacrosse club travelled to Peterborough last weekend for the Laker Classic Tournaments and finished with a top-four finish.
“The coaching staff is very proud of how the boys competed all weekend,” said coach John Rosa. “Even through the adversity of losing one of our top players to injury, Rhett Bellaire, every game we saw improvements that will continue to help us be a competitive ‘A’ team in the OLA.”
On May 26, the Warlocks went head-to-head with the Nepean Knights to open the tournament. Bellaire opened the game with a mid-first period blast to give his team an early lead. Chase Cosgrove picked up the shutout period for the Warlocks as they went into intermission up 1-0.
In the second, the Knights drew the game even with a goal from Isaac Bennett. Windsor responded when Kale Couvillion bent Nepean’s twine to go up by a goal. Nepean bit back late in the period, tying the game, then taking the lead, with goals from Jared Downey and Zach Thompson.
The Knights extended their lead to two early in the third with a marker from Tyler Hendricks. But in the third, Nepean ran into a plethora of penalty trouble; 25 minutes in the sin bin in the final 10 minutes of play. Queue the comeback.
Brandon Coulter snapped home a power play marker with just over five minutes to go to bring the game to within one. Then a pair of unassisted snipes from Brayden Mayea tied, then sealed the deal for the Warlocks.
Cosgrove picked up the 5-4 win for Windsor.
The next morning, the Warlocks met the Oshawa Blue Knights and put them through the ringer. Windsor’s Connor McManus opened the first with a goal just two minutes in, followed by a tally from Blake Paterson to go up 2-zilch.
Later, Oshawa’s Jaydon Ocomar and Jack Bodway nailed a couple markers to knot the game going into the break. In the middle stanza, Oshawa’s Benton Oliver started things rolling, giving his team the go-ahead, but he was quickly answered by Zane Dalpe and Paterson to put the Warlocks into the lead.
Windsor took over from there, as McManus lit the lamp, followed by Dalpe with a power play marker, and a pair from Mayea to close out the game, the first of which on the man-up. Griffin Salaris backstopped the 8-3 win with a shutout period in the third. Oshawa’s Malcolm Vivian took the loss.
In the early afternoon, the Warlocks hit their first speed bump, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Orangeville Northmen. Dalpe and Mayea each scored a pair in the game, while Salaris took the loss between the pipes.
Windsor had their third game of the day later that evening, lighting up Toronto Beaches 11-3. Mayea opened the game with a pair of snipes, followed by Dalpe to give the Warlocks an early 3-0 lead. Before the period could end, Toronto’s Jaxon Raposo got his team on the board.
In the middle act, Windsor went on a big run led by Dalpe, with the natural hat-trick, as well as Kaden Brennan and Jacob Fields each adding singles.
Cosgrove picked up the blank period in net for his team.
Josh Rosa and McManus scored in the third and Mayea finished his hat-trick to finalize a game that was no longer in question. Beaches answered twice with goals from Linus Deck and Raposo.
Cosgrove hammered down his second win of the tournament with the 11-3 victory.
With the win, the Warlocks advanced to the tournament semi-final and set a date with the hometown powerhouse Peterborough Lakers. On Sunday, Windsor kept the game close with the Lakers until the second half of the final stanza, falling to the eventual champions 7-3.
Scoring for the Warlocks were Rosa, McManus, and Dalpe.
Salaris and Cosgrove split the loss, with Salaris allowing two in the first half, Cosgrove with four in the second half, with an empty-netter late in the game.
“Griffin Salaris and Chase Cosgrove both played fantastic in net,” said Rosa, adding that the two goalies were the team’s top players over the weekend. “Our captains, Kolton Couvillion, Brayden Mayea, and Blake Paterson, were true leaders, showing our other players what it takes to play at this level. We will continue to work hard and improve to be ready for our next ‘A’ tournament in Oakville on June 9-11.”
The midgets are next in action this Sunday with a pair of games against the London Blue Devils at Forest Glade Arena at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Also playing home games this weekend on Sunday will be the midget girls at 11:00am and 2:00pm, and the intermediate girls at 12noon and 3:00pm.
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