CLax Announces First & Second Team All-Stars

The Canadian Lacrosse League is pleased to announce the 2014 CLax First and Second Team All-Stars:

First Team All-Stars

Name

Team

Dave DiRuscio Niagara Lock Monsters
Colin Boucher Barrie Blizzard
Tom Montour Ohsweken Demons
Chris Attwood Ohsweken Demons
Caleb Wiles Barrie Blizzard
Andrew Potter Niagara Lock Monsters

Second Team All-Stars

Name

Team

Jake Henhawk Ohsweken Demons
Tyler Burton SouthWest Cyclops
Jon Arnold Niagara Lock Monsters
Mike Burke SouthWest Cyclops
Mark Farthing Durham Turfdogs
Wayne VanEvery Ohsweken Demons

CLax Honours Top Players at All-Star Game

ClaxAll Star logoV1At Saturday’s CLax All-Star game, the league handed out its annual player awards to honour the achievement of CLax’s elite.

Offensive Player of the Year: Caleb Wiles – Barrie Blizzard

Defensive Player of the Year: Colin Boucher – Barrie Blizzard

Transition Player of the Year: Tom Montour – Ohsweken Demons

Rookie of the Year: Mike Burke – SouthWest Cyclops

Most Outstanding Player: Chris Attwood – Ohsweken Demons

Goaltender of the Year: Dave DiRuscio – Niagara Lock Monsters

Most Valuable Player: Dave DiRuscio – Niagara Lock Monsters

Coach of the Year: Jeff Dowling – Niagara Lock Monsters

Official of the Year: Brent Coulombe

CLax League Representative Chris Newsome said, “We would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners on their outstanding achievement.  They have all shown incredible dedication, passion, and determination to excel.”

CLax All-Stars and Niagara Lock Monsters Put on a Show in Wilmot

TeamPhotoOn Saturday afternoon, the CLax All-Stars took on the 2014 Creator’s Cup Champion Niagara Lock Monsters at the Wilmot Recreation Complex.

In the first quarter, the All-Stars showcased why they were named the league’s best as they jumped out to an early lead, led by two goals in the quarter by Barrie’s Travis Gibbons. The All-Stars inundated Niagara’s Dave DiRuscio with numerous chances and led 5-1 at the end of the first.

In the second, the All-Stars continued to roll scoring 6 goals in the quarter, which included Barrie’s Caleb Wiles completing a hat-trick in the first half. Niagara would begin to claw back into the game as they potted four straight goals before the half way point of the quarter. Going into half-time, the All-Stars led 11-6.

The third quarter was all Lock Monsters, led by an incredible 3 goals from Dylan Llord in under sixty seconds. John Rae would answer for the All-Stars and the Lock Monsters trailed by 1 going into the final frame.

In the fourth, the All-Stars would find their stride again led by two goals each in the quarter from Ohsweken’s Roger Vyse and Wayne VanEvery. The Lock Monsters would push in the final minutes of the quarter but came up short, as the All-Stars went on to a 19-16 victory.

CLax All-Star Roster Announced

ClaxAll Star logoV1With the Niagara Lock Monsters’ Creator’s Cup victory last Friday, they will now take on a team of CLax All-Stars this Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Wilmot Recreation Complex.

The Canadian Lacrosse League is pleased to announce the roster of the CLax All-Stars as selected by their team management and coaching staff:

Barrie Blizzard: Colin Boucher, Caleb Wiles, John Rae, Travis Gibbons, and Derek Collins
Durham Turfdogs: Mark Farthing, Dylan Goddard, Michael Cudmore, and Ryan Masters
Ohsweken Demons: Chris Attwood, Kedoh Hill, Wayne VanEvery, Roger Vyse*, and Josh Johnson
SouthWest Cyclops: Mike Burke, Matt Spanger, Kim Squire, and Ryan Campbell

This will be an incredible day of lacrosse in Wilmot and will feature the following schedule:
11 a.m. – Wilmot Wild Blue & White Intersquad Game
2 p.m. – CLax All-Star Game
5 p.m. – Jr. B Six Nations Rebels vs. Guelph Regals

Tickets are available through Ticketpro.ca, by calling 1 888 655 9090 or at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on game day.

*Roger Vyse will be playing in place of Blue Hill, who is unable to attend.

Niagara Wins Overtime Thriller to take 2014 Creator’s Cup

KavanSullivan_SMLOn Friday evening the Ohsweken Demons and the Niagara Lock Monsters clashed at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in a battle for the 2014 Creator’s Cup.

The Demons were the first on the scoresheet with just over four minutes left in the first when Blue Hill found the back of the net.  Two minutes later, Andrew Potter would answer back for the Lock Monsters and the first quarter would end tied at 1.

In the second, the Demons opened the scoring with back to back goals from Roger Vyse and Kedoh Hill.  The Lock Monsters would claw back to tie up the game at 4-4 and with just under 2 minutes left, Wayne VanEvery went hard to the net and put the Demons up 5-4 heading into the half.

In the third, the Demons began to pull away outscoring the Lock Monsters 3-1 in the quarter building an 8-5 lead going into the final quarter.

The Demons opened the scoring in the 4th when Chris Attwood picked up his 2nd goal of the game and put the Demons up 9-5.  Then, with just under 8 minutes left in the game, the Lock Monsters stormed back with 4 unanswered goals including the tying goal by Brad Favero with just over a minute left in the game.  Both teams had chances to put the game away in the final minute but both Henhawk and DiRuscio shut the door to send the game to overtime.

In overtime, the Demons pressed hard in the Lock Monsters end in the first minute but, a big save by DiRuscio would lead to a quick Lock Monsters transition led by Andrew Potter who made a last second pass to Kavan Sullivan, and he would bury a goal behind Jake Henhawk to secure the overtime win for the Lock Monsters.

Demons & Lock Monsters Clash in a Battle for the Creator’s Cup

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After two close semi-final victories for the Niagara Lock Monsters and the Ohsweken Demons, the battle for the Creator’s Cup is now set for Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

This year’s final features two teams who sat atop the standings all season and finished as the number 1 and 2 ranked teams, respectively.  They are also two teams who are very familiar with each other with 12 players between the two teams who played together with the 2013 St. Catharines Saints Sr. B team that won the President’s Cup this summer.

Despite having coached the Saints team this season, Niagara GM/Head Coach Jeff Dowling said, “It’s not really an advantage.  You may know a player’s personal tendencies but this is a team game and you have to adjust to their game plan as a whole.”

Ohsweken leads the season series 2-0 after defeating the Lock Monsters 14-11 and 13-8 during the regular season.  Ohsweken Head Coach Randy Chrysler said, “The playoffs is a totally different scenario, and anything that may have happened during the regular season doesn’t matter.  We’re going out there to execute our game plan and do the little things that we need to do in order to win.”

GAME INFORMATION
(1) Ohsweken Demons vs. (2) Niagara Lock Monsters
Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Iroquois Lacrosse Arena

TICKET INFO:  Tickets are available at Ticketpro.ca, by calling 1 888 655 9090, or at the door on game day.

Niagara & Ohsweken Advance to the Creator’s Cup Final

Montour2SMLIn Week 9, the Niagara Lock Monsters earned a spot in the 2014 CLax Creator’s Cup Final with a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Barrie Blizzard on Saturday afternoon.  That evening, the Ohsweken Demons held off the SouthWest Cyclops for a 12-10 win, and advanced to the finals to take on the Lock Monsters.  The Creator’s Cup will be played Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

On Saturday afternoon, the Barrie Blizzard travelled to Seymour Hannah Arena for a highly anticipated match up with the Niagara Lock Monsters.  The first quarter was tightly played by both teams, exchanging scoring changes at both ends of the floor, and at the end of the first, the Lock Monsters held a slim 2-1 lead.  The second quarter was all Lock Monsters, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the quarter to build a 7-1 lead going into the half.  However, in the third, it turned into the Caleb Wiles show as he would score an incredible 6 goals in the second half, and with just under 6 minutes left in the game, we were all tied at 8.  Then, with just over 2 minutes to play, Bryan Neufeld found the back of the net to put the Lock Monsters up 9-8.  Niagara was able to hold off a late game flurry by the Blizzard in the final minutes, and went on to a 9-8 victory.

That evening, the Ohsweken Demons hosted the SouthWest Cyclops in semi-final number two.  Both teams came out cautious in the first quarter, playing close defensively; at the end of the first the Cyclops led 2-1.  There was more close play in the second as the game began to build its pace, and both the Demons and Cyclops traded goals going into halftime all tied up at 5.  In the third, the Demons began to pull away with 6 goals in the quarter, and led 11-8 going into the fourth.  The Cyclops wouldn’t go down without a fight and pulled back within 2 goals but, it wasn’t enough and the Demons held on to win 12-10.

CLax Interview with Randy Chrysler and Matt Attwood

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Podcast Season 1 Episode 4 (S1E4)

CLax sat down with the Head Coach of the Ohsweken Demons Randy Chrysler and talked about his first season in CLax, the Demons incredible 7-1 regular season and a glimpse into this Sunday’s match up with the SouthWest Cyclops.

Check out the interview here

In interview two, we hat with Niagara Lock Monsters’ Assistant Coach Matt Attwood to talk about changes with the Lock Monsters from last season to this year and he provides us with some keys to a Lock Monsters’ victory this Sunday.

Check out the interview here

Six Nations Rebels & Guelph Regals added to All-Star Game Festivities

RebelsRegalsThe Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) is pleased to announce that the Jr. B Six Nations Rebels and Guelph Regals will play an exhibition game as part of CLax’s All-Star festivities on Saturday, April 12 at the Wilmot Recreation Complex.

The day is shaping up to be a great day of lacrosse in Wilmot headlined by the first ever CLax All-Star game featuring the 2014 Creator’s Cup Champions vs. a team of CLax All-Stars.

Schedule:

11 a.m. – Wilmot Wild Blue & White Intersquad game
2 p.m. – CLax All-Star Game
5 p.m. – Jr. B Six Nations Rebels vs. Guelph Regals

Tickets are available through Ticketpro.ca, by calling 1 888 655 9090 or at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on game day.

CLax Week 8 Power Rankings

Power rankings provided by Matt Caruk

No matter what sport, playoffs do funny things to the motivation of a sports team. How many times do the top seeds face an early exit, while those who are the hottest come playoff time end up running the table? As the Canadian Lacrosse League gets set to kick off the 2014 playoff season the top seeded Ohsweken Demons come into the post season on a losing note while the Barrie Blizzard enter red hot after just a few short weeks ago seeming to have no hope of making the post season.

The outcome of two playoff matchups will be determined Sunday, March 30th before the Creator’s Cup is awarded the first weekend of April. Will the top teams all season come away victorious, or will the teams with momentum move on? Weekly Power Rankings considers all factors while answering the question “if each team were pitted against each other, which would come out on top?”

Here is the answer after week eight, and the regular season.

1. Ohsweken Demons (record: 7-1, last week’s rank: 1st)
Week 8: bye
Semi-final: Sunday March 30th, 8pm vs Southwest

Yes, the Ohsweken Demons dropped their final regular season game. However, it was to the streaking Barrie Blizzard and it was without Jake Henhawk in net, or now two-time league goal scoring champion Wayne Van Every. With Southwest limping into the post season having lost their last four the Demons should have no trouble clinching a home floor Championship date.

2. Barrie Blizzard (record: 4-4, last week: 3rd)
Week 8: 15-9 win vs Southwest
Semi-final: Sunday March 30th, 4pm @ Niagara

The Blizzard continue to rocket up the power ranks with their improbable win streak. A massive first half saw the Blizzard hold an 11-3 lead at halftime Sunday, which they never relinquished. Barrie did lose the second half 6-4, but their powerplay and transition game continued to shine. Angus Dineley was massive facing over seventy shots, including forty-six in the middle quarters, and allowing just two goals in the first and fourth quarters. It’s a toss up between him and Niagara’s Davide DiRuscio for hottest CLax goalie, and they’ll go toe-to-toe this weekend.

3. Niagara Lock Monsters (record: 6-2, last week: 2nd)
Week 8: bye
Semi-final: Sunday March 30th, 4pm vs Barrie

Niagara doesn’t drop a spot because of their play, they drop because Barrie has been on such a roll, and they had to move up. Having said that, the Lock Monsters continue to win games in front of DiRuscio. Niagara finishes the season with a staggering seventy goals allowed, well ahead of the next best total (Ohsweken’s ninety-seven). The Lock Monsters did finish second in goals scored (again, behind Ohsweken) but their ninety-nine is just two goals ahead of Barrie’ ninety-seven. Will the streaking goaltenders prevail, or the hot offenses? Don’t miss this semi-final!

4. Southwest Cyclops (record: 2-6, last week: 4th)
Week 8: 15-9 loss @ Barrie
Semi-final: Sunday March 30th, 8pm @ Ohsweken

The Cyclops could not match the speed of Barrie in the first half Sunday. Through the first two quarters Michael Burke and Ryan Campbell (their two offensive leaders) combined for just three shots on net. Jay Preece had an off-day as well being lifted for Craig Wende before halftime, though he did return in the third quarter. Despite the scoreboard Southwest did manage seventy-four shots and controlled the ball through the majority of the third. Their extended pressure resulted in four third quarter power-plays and a penalty shot. They’ll be looking to build off the momentum gained in the third and fourth quarters as they clash with the Ohsweken Demons. However, in their first meeting of the season, Southwest gave the Demons a scare before dropping a 21-19 decision (with the twenty-first goal coming in the empty net). Can Southwest score that one extra goal this time?

5. Durham Turfdogs (record: 1-7, last week: 5th)
Week 8: bye
Missed Playoffs

The post-season will be more ‘what-ifs’ for Durham. They were eliminated from the playoffs after week seven but they should have at least a few representatives at the inaugural CLax All-Star Game April 12th at the Wilmot Recreation Centre.