(LONDON, ON) – The Windsor Clippers’ early five-goal run in their Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League season opener on April 19, fueled by a Jake Rosa hat-trick, buried the hometown London Blue Devils by a 16-7 score.
London, hot off a close loss against the Wallaceburg Red Devils, found themselves quickly on their heels. Rosa slammed home an unassisted marker only 37 seconds into the game followed by a Darian Delisle rip just before the four-minute mark.
Rosa kept up the attack, ripping the mesh behind London’s Elijah Trudeau with another unassisted blast just 11 seconds later and again 11 seconds after that, with some help from Will Cecile, to complete the hat-trick.
Rosa’s speedy triple was completed 4:16 into the game and spanned 3:39; possibly a team record.
At this point, Trudeau was pulled from the game in favour of back-up Joseph Boehm, but the Clippers were not done. Although Windsor’s offence was slowed down temporarily, Brayden Mayea broke the plane just after the halfway mark of the first to make the score 5-0.
A goal by London’s Quincy Abrams broke up the run late in the period, but Alex Mayhead extended the lead to 6-1 with a last-second buzzer-beater.
In the second stanza, the game went back and forth. For Windsor, Mayea, Mayhead, Connor McManus, Aaron Dugan, Brendan Wallace, and James Morgan tallied for the Clips, while Abrams netted four in response for the Blue Devils.
Up 12-5 at the start of the final act, the Clippers cruised to the win.
Abrams scored one more time for London, making it six goals on the night. His teammate Aidan Jack also added one.
Windsor tallied four more times, with blasts coming from Wallace, Morgan, Mayea, and McManus.
Clipper Liam Tomes picked up his first win of the season, stopping 15 of 19 shots in just over 29 minutes of play. Rookie Chase Cosgrove finished the night, blocking 15 of 18 in his debut.
Boehm took the loss for the Blue Devils, allowing 12 goals on 55 shots in almost 56 minutes of play. Trudeau was peppered with 12 shots in the opening four minutes before leaving the game.
The Clippers will host the Elora Mohawks at Forest Glade Arena for their 2018 home opener tomorrow at 7pm.