(WINDSOR, ON) – One game. The Windsor Clippers junior lacrosse club needs to win one game to save their season. They will get that chance on tonight in Orangeville.
On Monday, the Northmen showed why they were the defending national champions, as they put on a dual defence/loose ball clinic on their way to a 9-5 victory. With the win, Orangeville controls the best-of-five Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League Western Conference semi-final with a commanding 2-0 lead.
Cameron MacDonald got things rolling just two minutes in for the Northmen. Minutes later, Windsor’s Noah Bushnell ripped a power play goal, but was answered soon after by Orangeville’s Tanner Buck.
Clippers’ captain Andrew Garant knotted the game at two at the midway point, but Buck and Kyle Waters gave the Northmen a two-goal lead into the break.
In the second, Orangeville pinned Windsor down in their defensive zone and did not relent. The Northmen ripped three goals on 18 shots in the frame as the Clippers failed to gain prolonged possessions. Windsor goalie Joel Evans was left at the mercy of the Northmen snipers as they collected loose ball after loose ball throughout the frame.
Scoring for Orangeville in the middle act was Waters, Scott Dominey, and Riley Armstrong.
Down 7-2 in the third stanza, rookie Jake Rosa tried to get things rolling for the Clippers with a snipe just under four minutes in. He was rewarded for his efforts by a pair of replies, one each from Orangeville’s Cameron Spencer and Grant Scott. Evans was pulled from the Clippers’ net in favour of Liam Tomes with about 10 minutes remaining.
Seconds after the switch, the Clippers caught a break.
With plenty of time to go in the game, Windsor’s James Morgan ripped a shot on Northmen goalie Daniel Tanner just off the draw. The ball bounced behind Tanner, bumped the front of the goal post and out. Although it did not appear to cross the plain, it was called a goal to the jubilation of the Clippers and frustration of Orangeville.
Despite a surge in momentum, Windsor only managed one more goal, a blast from Dylan Riley, before the final buzzer.
Tanner was solid in net for the Northmen, stopping 30 of 35 for the win.
Despite fatiguing towards the end of his tenure between the pipes, Evans kept his team in the game and played quite well. He turned aside 34 of 43 shots in the loss. Tomes blocked all eight shots in relief.
The Clippers travel to Orangeville for Game 3 and if they can pick up the win Game 4 will take place Sunday, at 5:00pm at Forest Glade Arena.