Lakers Grab 3-2 Series Lead With 11-10 Win

Article by Teddy Jenner

After the teams exchanged a pair of wins to start the series, Wednesday’s game five was now game one, in a best of three for the Mann Cup.  New Westminster and Peterborough were playing the third game in three nights but that didn't slow either team down as the Lakers would hang on and outlast the Salmonbellies 11-10, taking a 3-2 series lead at the Canadian Sr.A Men’s Lacrosse National Championships. 
The Lakers would buck the trend, becoming the first team to win a game in the series having not scored the opening goal, as Joel McCready and Logan Schuss scored in the first five minutes for New Westminster. However, that would be the last time they would lead in the game. 
Holden Cattoni, who was ejected in game four for wearing a necklace under his gear, came back with a vengeance, scoring three times, including a pair of power-play markers in the first period as Peterborough would take a 5-2 lead into the first intermission.
It would quickly become a five goal lead as Shawn Evans scored and Jones would get his third just two minutes into the second. The Bellies would get the next three to cut the lead to get to one but the Lakers scored three of the final four goals in the period, including a pair from Curtis Dickson, to restore their three goal lead after forty minutes. 
Five minutes into the third, Dickson would get his third of the night, and 12th of the series tying him with Crowley. It would turn out to be Dickson’s third game-winning goal of the Mann Cup as once again, the Bellies would make a late push. Much like in game four though, time would not be on New Westminster’s side. 
Jones would finish the night with nine points (3+6) and was a factor in all but one goal for the Bellies; easily good enough for game MVP honours along with Dickson, who had a six point (3+3) night. Vinc earned his second win of the series, turning aside 38 of 48 shots while his counterpart, Alexis Buque stopped 39 of 50 shots. 
Peterborough is now just one win away from capturing the franchises 15th Mann Cup and will look to repeat their six game series victory over Langley from 2012. That year, the Lakers were down 2-0, before going on to win four straight games. 
The two teams will enjoy a well deserved day off on Thursday before game six on Friday at 7:30pm. If necessary, game seven will be played Saturday. 




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