Excelsiors End Season On A High
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
Zach Herreweyrs 4g, 2a
Dan Lomas 2g, 4a
Luke Laszkiewicz 2g, 0a