Excelsiors End Season On A High

Gary Groob

  The Cobourg Kodiaks (2-12-2) visited the Brampton Excelsiors (5-9-2) at the Century Gardens Arena Thursday night, in what was both teams final game to the 2018 MSL 
  season. Both teams made strides forward this season, and the future is bright for both teams. The Kodiaks got off to a fast start with Zach Herreweyrs (4g,2a) scoring at 1:21, 
  but the Excelsiors stormed back with three quick goals. Jordan Dance (5g,3a), who has been red hot the second half of the season, scored on a Daryl Veltman pass at 2:22, 
  followed by Captain Mike Burke (3g,6a) scoring at 3:47, and Bennett Drake (1g,2a) scoring a power play goal at 4:56, giving Brampton a 3-1 lead. Derek Searle (1g,1a) made it a
  one goal game at 9:55, but the Excelsiors continued to pour on the pressure, scoring four more goals in a row. Cody Ward (1g,0a) scored at 10:36, followed by two more from
  Jordan Dance, the first on the power play at 15:09, and then again at 17:24. Tyler Fereira (1g,2a) scored at 18:14 increasing the Excelsiors lead, but Luke Laszkiewicz (2g,0a)
  got one back for Cobourg at 19:36.

After one period, Brampton 7 Cobourg 3.

  The second period was much the same as the first period, with Zach Herreweyrs opening the scoring at 2:36, but Brampton came back with two of their own. Dereck Downs 
  (1g,0a) scored at 3:05, followed by Mike Burke at 3:34. Zach Herreweyrs scored his third of the game for the Kodiaks at 7:34, but again the Excelsiors answered back with two
  more goals. Daryl Veltman (1g,3a) scored on the power play at 10:49, followed by Mike Burke's third goal of the game at 11:50. Cobourg kept driving, and were rewarded on the 
  power play when Kyle Killen (1g,2a) scored at 14:48, but again Brampton answered with two goals. Jordan Dance scored his fourth and fifth of the game, the fourth at 16:34 on 
  a Phil Caputo pass, and the fifth on the power play at 19:50. The game got nasty in the later stages of the period, with Jayson Crawford on the Excelsiors taking a five minute 
  high sticking penalty, followed soon after by Liam Patten of the Kodiaks taking a double minor for checking from behind.

  After two periods, Brampton 13 Cobourg 6.

  The third period had a different Kodiaks team come out, one that was completely focused at the job at hand. Brampton scored to open the period on the power play, but the rest 
  of the period was all Kodiaks. Dan Lomas (2g,4a) scored on a Kyle Killen pass at 2:49, followed by Steph Charbonneau on transition at 3:51. Lomas scored again on the power 
  play on a Ryan Lee pass at 7:20, followed by Zach Herreweyrs fourth goal of the game also on the power play at 8:52. Luke Laszkiewicz scored at 10:31, making the score 
  14-11, with Cobiurg still driving forward. Brandon Robinson (1g,0a) scored at 19:51, but it was too little too late and the Excelsiors were able to hold on.

  Final score, Brampton 14 Cobourg 12.

  Cobourg dominated the faceoffs 20-4. The Kodiaks went 3 for 5 on the power play. The Excelsiors went 5 for 8 on the power play.

  The three stars:

  1st Star Jordan Dance
  2nd Star Mike Burke
  3rd Star Zach Herreweyrs

  Top scorers:


  Zach Herreweyrs 4g, 2a
  Dan Lomas 2g, 4a
  Luke Laszkiewicz 2g, 0a

  This year the Brampton Excelsiors received a number of awards from the MSL organization (Major Series 
  Lacrosse) the governing body for Ontario Men's Senior Lacrosse

 The Bucko MacDonald Award for Leading Scorer co-won by Mike Burke

  The Gene Dopp Memorial Award for Outstanding Rookie won by Adam Wiedemann.
  A very proud day for Excelsior Lacrosse!

What the Minto Cup Finals Told Us About NCAA Lacrosse in 2019

  The Minto Cup is a big, big deal. For many of the players, the Minto Cup is the biggest lacrosse tournament of their lives. Annually it’s a showcase of the best Junior players in  
  Canada — and for the American audience, a host of NCAA talent. 
  The champion Coquitlam Adanacs and Brampton Excelsiors are filled to the brim with talent. What was most impressive about Coquitlam’s victory was the depth of 
  contributors, the chemistry and selflessness of the group. So this list isn’t exhaustive of all of the important players on either team. But, here are some faces from the finals who 
  NCAA fans should be excited about. They played well at the tournament, and the tournament will make them better players — from the sheer number of shots they take in
  warm-ups and shootarounds, to the back-to-back nature of games to the toughness on the floor.

  Jeff Teat, Brampton — Cornell
  It was odd for many NCAA fans who know the mild-mannered Teat to see him at the center of a controversy. But, this was the biggest lacrosse event of his life, and the fact that 
  his suspension and reinstatement caused such a stir is testament to his talent. He was everything advertised, a phenom who is the center of all attention from opposing teams.
  You’ll see a hungry Teat for the Big Red this fall and spring.

  Clarke Petterson, Brampton — Cornell
  Working with Teat, this tandem was fantastic to watch in Ithaca last year, and in high school, together. If you shut down one, the other is right there. The Minto Cup was no 
  different, and it was Petterson who led all scorers with 13 goals and 30 assists. Don't just look at him as the Robin to Teat's Batman — Petterson is legit.

  Jake Boudreau, Brampton — Robert Morris
  Keeping it in Pittsburgh with Robert Morris, which has a stud in Boudreau. The sophomore midfielder has a lot of big-game experience now at a young age: From the Minto, to 
  Robert Morris’ conference tournament run, to the NCAA Tournament.

Excelsiors Games Summary

June 24th Brampton 11 vs Oakville 10 OT  Ist Qt. Brampton 4 Oakville 3  2nd Qt. Brampton 4  Oakville 1
                                                                                        3rd Qt. Brampton 2  Oakville 6  OT Brampton 1  Oakville 0
Shots: Brampton 44  Oakville 53   D Brindle 2 Goals  M Burke  1 Goal  3 Assists

June 20th   Brampton 8  Peterborough 13  Ist Qt. Brampton 3  Peterborough 4  2nd Qt. Brampton 2  Peterborough 4
                        3rd Qt. Brampton 3  Peterborough 5    Shots Brampton 54  Peterborough 54
                        J Teat 3 Goals  2 Assists   M Burke  2 Goals  1 Assist.

June 13  Brampton 7  Brooklin 6      Ist Qt  Brampton 2  Brooklin 4    2nd Qt  Brampton 3  Brooklin 2     3rd Qt. Brampton 2
Brooklin 0   Jeff Teat  3 Goals  2 Assists    Brampton Penalities 8

May 26 - Brampton 6  Peterborough 13

Power Plays 0/5  Penality Minutes 10           Phil Caputo 2 Goals  &  2 Assists

May 30 - Brampton 9  Peterborough 12

Shots 48   Power Plays 1/3  Penality Minutes 16        Jeff Teat 5 Goals    1 Assit