(ORANGEVILLE, ON) – Friday’s series opener in Orangeville didn’t go as planned for the Windsor Clippers junior lacrosse club, but after the high emotions and euphoria of their quarter-final victory over the Wallaceburg Red Devils, their 12-6 loss to the Northmen may serve as an appropriate wake-up call.
Orangeville, who completed the dispatching of the seventh-seeded Owen Sound North Stars, are known as Ontario Junior B’s defensive juggernaut; stingy at the worst of times, impenetrable at their best. But, it was their offence which showed up at home on Friday.
Shane Hillis opened up scoring for the Northmen less than a minute in, but Windsor’s Chase Kavanaugh responded just over a minute later.
Orangeville’s Cameron MacDonald notched a pair to give his team an early spread, but Jake Rosa and Andrew Garant were not having it, and brought the period back to equilibrium for the Clippers. Nik Farrus gave the Northmen a 4-3 lead late in the frame, which held until intermission.
Windsor’s goalie Joel Evans stood on his head in the opening frame, turning aside 21 of 25 shots in an absolute shooting gallery.
In the middle stanza, Blain Wallace leveled the game at four early on, but the Northmen finally found a chink in the Clippers’ armour and poured in a five-goal run over the next half period to blow the game wide open.
Scoring for Orangeville was MacDonald twice, Mike Sutton, Scott Dominey, and Tanner Buck.
Kavanaugh ended the Northmen’s run with just over two minutes left in the frame, but the damage was already done; 9-5 Orangeville and Windsor standing back on their heels.
In the third, MacDonald blasted his fifth of the game, while Dominey and Malcolm Young also tallied for the home side.
Kavanaugh also picked up his third of the match, but was the Clippers’ lone scorer in the final act.
Evans was solid in net for Windsor, continuing his reliable play from Game 3 and 4 against Wallaceburg, as his team was outshot 57-35.
Orangeville goalie Daniel Tanner was tested at the other end, but not like Evans. His stellar season continued with another win for the Northmen.
The Clippers are an intelligent and resourceful team, and coach Jerry Kavanaugh will no doubt have something up his sleeve for game 2 in the series as it shifts to Windsor. The match-up takes place tonight at Forest Glade Arena starting at 8:00pm.