So where allsports left off in his previous post the Major Series Final between Brampton and Peterborough was all tied up at one game each. I mentioned that Brampton had the youth and young legs while Peterborough had the experience. So who do you think won with those considerations?
Game 3 in Peterborough
Brampton snuck away with a 12-10 win on enemy turf to take a 2-1 series lead heading back to Brampton for game 4. The Excelsior’s seemed to be the faster team and the Lakers were doing a lot of chasing. Loose balls were the key and Brampton got more of them. Those young legs might be doing the job.
Game 4 in Brampton
The game was a battle royal but eventually the Lakers came out on top by a 10-9 score. So the series was tied back up at two games apiece. Its smelling a lot like a seven game series now. Due to a scheduling mix up, both games five and six were played in Peterborough. Brampton will need another win in enemy territory.
Game 5 had the same hall marks as the previous contests, tight checking, great goaltending and some brilliant offense to get the ball behind the goalies. Peterborough as always controlled the ball well when they had it but Brampton was quicker on the loose balls and their defense did force the Lakers to cough the ball up once in a while. That was the difference in the game as Brampton prevailed by a 13-11 score.
Game 6 was back in Peterborough and more or less a carbon copy of game 5. Brampton controlled the lions share of the loose balls again and proved to be the faster team. Ball control is a very important aspect of the game but at the end of the day, speed kills and the Lakers found that out, taking it on the chin again in front of their home town fans by a 9-7 final score. This is the first time in quite a while where the visiting team has won three games on the other teams home floor. Brampton moves on to go west and battle for the Mann Cup winning the series four games to two.
It is somewhat poetic that Brampton ended Peterborough’s hopes of a repeat as Mann Cup Champions. Last year as I wrote in an article on September 10th, titled “Lakers deny Brampton three peat in Mann Cup” Peterborough took away Brampton’s chance to win a third straight Mann Cup. Peterborough became the host and took out New Westminster to become Mann Cup champs. Well there will be a new Champion this Year.
Brampton now travels out to Langley B.C. to play the Thunder for the Mann Cup. The Thunder defeated New Westminster in six games this year for the right to host the Mann Cup. The games can be seen on the Western Lacrosse Associations website, The Box Rocks but it will be pay per view. Here is the schedule. Allsports thinks Brampton has a good shot of bringing home the hardware because in recent years the Eastern League has been better than the West.
Mann Cup 2011 Schedule:
Game 1: Sept 7, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST
Game 2: Sept 8, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST
Game 3: Sept 10, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST
Game 4: Sept 11, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST
Game 5: Sept 12, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST*
Game 6: Sept 14, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST*
Game 7: Sept 15, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST*
All games played at
Langley Event Center
7888 – 200th Street
Langley, BC, V2Y 3J4
Ticket prices have been announced for the 2011 Mann Cup. They are as follows:
Students / Seniors………$ 12.00
In closing allsports would like to thank Paul Grottoli’s Photo Gallery for the pictures displayed in this post. Paul has 700 plus images for each of the games so if you would like to see more of his great work, head on over to his website.
“No Guts No Glory”
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