Brampton takes the Lead in Mann Cup final

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Brampton Excelsiors logo

Brampton Excelsiors logo

So the Mann Cup has gotten underway out in Langley British Columbia. The series started last Wednesday and as of today there are three games in the books. If you have not been paying attention the East representative, Brampton Excelsiors have flown west to play the Langley Thunder for the 2011 Mann Cup.

Langley Thunder Logo

Langley Thunder Logo

A jet lagged and short handed Brampton team came out for game one and kept it close for the first period going into the intermission tied at 3. But the second and third periods belonged to the Thunder as they cruised to an 11-3 victory.

Game two was a different story though. Brampton’s number one goalie and arguably one of the best in the world, Anthony Cosmo arrived with captain Dan Dawson and a more rested Excelsior team handed the home side a 9-4 loss.  Cosmo made 39 saves in the game and Dawson contributed with five assists. Cosmo is a school teacher and Dawson is a Brampton area fireman. So you cam understand how hard it is for them to get time off for the final.

Cosmo foils a Thunder attempt

Anthony Cosmo

Game three was a hard fought, close contest that saw Brampton jump out to a 4-0 first period lead. Langley fought back scoring the next six goals before the Excelsiors got two late goals to tie it a six going into the third period. The Thunder drew first blood in the third period but Brampton got the last two goals of the game to win it 8-7 and take a 2-1 series lead. Cosmo made 31 saves in the game. Dawson had 3 goals and 1 assist and Joe Walters kicked in three helpers. Athan Iannucci was Langley’s top point producer with two goals and two assists.

Game 4 goes tonight with Brampton holding a 2-1 series lead. Can the Thunder answer tonight? They can’t afford to let the Excelsior’s get up three games to one. If the Thunder can answer the series will likely go the full seven, if not, it could be over fairly quick. Tonight is a huge game for both teams.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

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