(NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON) – This past week at the Niagara-On-The-Lake Tournament, the Windsor Warlocks tyke lacrosse team defied expectations and cleared the table en route to the championship.
On Friday, the Warlocks locked horns with the Clarington Green Gaels, cleaning their clocks 12-5. Brock Brennan and Alex Schneider led the way with five goals each, while Travis Jankovich and Brock Bildfell also added singles. Goalie Kolten Bruchu notched a shutout period in the first on the way to the win.
The next morning, Windsor ran roughshod over the St Catharines Athletics, taking the victory by a 13-5 score. Schneider scored another five goals, followed by Brennan with four. Bildfell, Jankovich, Seth Veres, and Ryan Drake each blasted a goal apiece.
In the final game of the round robin, the Warlocks met the highly touted Toronto Beaches. After an early four-goal lead, Windsor was able to hold off a late Beaches surge to lock down a 6-4 win and top seed in the pool. Of the four goals, Brennan blasted two and Xander White and Schneider each picked up singles in the first.
Toronto’s JT Kritkovic was able to get his team on the board early in the second. Then the Beaches’ Braedon Hunter made the score 4-2, only a minute later. However, late in the period, Bildfell was able to notch another for Windsor. A late snipe from Toronto’s Emerson Young brought Beaches back within two goals going into the break.
Midway through the third Brennan for the Warlocks and Hunter for Toronto traded goals.
Brochu picked up another shutout period in the win.
Sunday morning, Windsor met the Athletics again for a semi-final match up. The Warlocks triumphed by an 11-3 score. Brennan and Schneider netted hat-tricks, while Luke Montgomery, Mason McIntyre, Jankovich, Veres, and Bildfell all labeled singles. Brochu scored another blank period, bringing his weekend tally to three.
That evening, the Warlocks earned a rematch with Beaches for the big prize and they did not disappoint.
After a short scoreless stretch to open the game, midway through the first Schneider ripped a shot past Toronto’s Kyle Currie to get things rolling. Less than a minute later, Brennan dented the mesh behind Currie as well.
The two Windsor snipers did it all again minutes later to extend the score to 4-0. Before the period could end, Toronto’s Monty Huddleston broke up the Warlocks run.
Off the opening faceoff, in the middle stanza, Brennan notched another goal, gaining the hat-trick. He was followed soon after by Jankovich. Toronto struck again only minutes later when Charles Murata put his name on the gamesheet with a goal of his own.
The two teams continued to trade blows all period. Also scoring for the Warlocks were Montgomery, Schneider, and another goal for both Brennan and Jankovich.
In the third, Beaches came out with a vengeance and tried for a comeback. Toronto’s Kritkovic put the ball behind Windsor’s Brochu, but was soon answered by Brennan’s fifth of the game.
For the rest of the third, Beaches ignited offensively and the Warlocks were forced onto the defensive. However, a natural hat-trick from Toronto’s Greydon McArthur and a single by Kaiden Khayat was not enough to overcome Windsor’s advantage on the scoreboard.
The Warlocks, who came into the tournament as massive underdogs, walked away with the NOTL Tournament championship undefeated.
The Tykes will be back in action on July 16 at Forest Glade Arena as they host the London Blue Devils for a doubleheader at 10:00am and 1:00pm.
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