Brampton Excelsiors are Mann Cup Champions

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Allsports here with his final Mann Cup sports news and sports on the web article. So the Mann Cup is over for another year and the host city of Langley did a great job of looking after everyone. They did a top notch job of the event and were great to the visitors from Brampton. If you are counting at home it was the 102nd Mann Cup.

Brampton Excelsiors logo

Brampton Excelsiors logo

The citizens of Langley did a great job hosting the Mann Cup but it was too bad the home side did not fare a little better on the floor. After two heart breaking one goal losses the Thunder knew their backs were against the wall. They had run out of wiggle room. Although Brampton was a young team they were not nearly as young as the Thunder. They did have previous Mann Cup experience in the locker room and the Brampton squad seemed to ride that through. The likes of Dan Dawson and Anthony Cosmo, guys who knew what it took to win were towers of strength for the Excelsiors.

Langley Thunder Logo

Langley Thunder Logo

But back to the game at hand for now. The first period belonged to Brampton and like a shark smelling blood, they were in going for the kill, building a 3-0 lead after the first period. To the Thunders credit they did not fold up the tents after the first and came out in the second with renewed determination, scoring three quick goals in the first five minutes to draw  even but Jarrett Davis a B.C. boy, restored the Brampton lead.

Brampton presented the Mann Cup

Brampton presented the Mann Cup

In the third period it was all Brampton and this was when the experience really showed. Brampton ragged the ball and used their full 30 seconds with most every possession. Using good clock management to keep the ball away from the Thunder players as much as possible. When Langley did get an opportunity, Cosmo was there to deny them. Davis scored again for Brampton at the nine minute mark and Frank Resetarits put the final nail in the Thunders coffin with just over two minutes left in the game.The final score was 6-3 for Brampton and gave them a 4-1 Mann Cup series win.

Brampton Excelsiors, the 2011 Mann Cup Champions

Brampton Excelsiors, the 2011 Mann Cup Champions

Some game notes and statistics. This was Dan Dawson’s fifth Mann Cup win (4 with Brampton and 1 with Victoria) and allsports thinks Anthony Cosmo has won just as many. If you look closely at the picture of Dawson with the Mann Cup you will see a bleeding gash on his forehead. That was caused by a high and cheap cross check by Thunder defenseman Rob Van Beek. Dawson though refused to let anyone retaliate for the questionable blow. The series on a whole though was very clean with few penalties and only one fight which happened in game one. It will be remembered  for its intensity, clean play and outstanding defensive and goaltending efforts.

Allsports with the Mann Cup on the left and the Minto Cup on the right

Allsports with the Mann Cup on the left and the Minto Cup on the right

Cosmo had a GAA of 4.5 making 130 saves in the four games he factored in on, as he won his third Mann Cup MVP.

With the win the East gains a 52-50 advantage over the West in Mann Cup victories and it was the 6th win in a row for the East.

Look for the Langley Thunder to make some noise in future Mann Cups if they can stay together. They are a very young team with great skills and now with some experience and seasoning you could see them representing the West for the next few years.

No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

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