A couple of good games last night – playoff matchups are clarified, Gord and G2 streaks end. Overall a pretty good night of lacrosse at Kinsmen…
Team Dirka with the healthy bench and Team Blair a little thin. On paper, Team Dirka had a pretty strong lineup and the results were immediate – 2 quick goals and it looked like Team Dirka was on fire. Team Blair settled down and responded in kind with the teams ending up tied 2-2 at the end of the 1st period. In the 2nd the Team Dirka would score and Team Blair would quickly respond before taking the initiative and pulling into a 1 goal lead late in the period. A last minute minute Team Dirka goal tied it up and the teams were deadlocked at 5 at the end of 2. In the 3rd, an early exchange of goals followed by quick Team Dirka goal as a result of some inattentive Team Blair play quickly followed by a penalty shot goal eventually resulted in a 3 goal lead for Team Dirka. The game was in the bag…NOT. As usual, Team Blair only had to start shooting to see some results – a seeing eye goal followed by a nice IanG over the shoulder shot that skimmed the inside of the post brought Team Blair to within 1 and it looked like Team Dirka would be able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory …again. But, not this week – some crucial loose ball pickups and critical pass interceptions and disciplined ball control (who would have thought) allowed time to run out on a tight 9-8 victory for Team Dirka. A number of pinpoint accurate shots from ScottW eluded Justin and helped give him his 2nd defeat of 2017 and allowed G2 to break his 6 game losing streak (finally!).
The 2nd game started slow with Team Lia holding a single goal advantage for most of the period. BrentY played the puppet master making Justin dance from in close but the goal was called back for a crease violation and Team Lia exited the 1st still leading by 1, 3-2. In the 2nd it was all Team Lia with DylanE putting on a show, scoring a couple of nice goals. Team Lia scored 4 allowing only 2 and ended the 2nd period ahead 7-4. The 3 goal lead looked like it would be enough and Team Lia didn’t have to call on KevinL to seal the deal. In the 3rd, the teams went back to exchanging goals but the damage was done – Team Lia powered to an easy 9-6 victory breaking Gord’s 6 game winning streak and putting Justin back on the winning track.
With the Team Blair loss, Team Jacquie is assured a 1st place finish with Team Dirka as their playoff opponent. Team Blair and Team Lia will fight it out next week to see who gets goalie choice and again the week after to see who goes to the show and who is relegated to the Toilet Bowl. As a reminder, for the playoffs goalies will switch teams at half time. The team with the better record gets to choose their starting goalie. The jury is still out whether this matters or not.
Next is Week #16, the regular season finale – Wednesday August 16, 2017 Kinsmen Arena
Team Dirka vs. Team Jacquie 8:00pm – 9:00pm.
Team Blair vs. Team Lia 9:00pm – 10:00pm.
See you on the floor.