Dick­son, Jones on brink of win­ning their first Mann Cups

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR MDavies@post­media.com

Cur­tis Dick­son and Adam Jones have never won a Mann Cup and they seem on a mis­sion to make this their year.

The duo scored three goals each, Dick­son com­ing up big each time the game was on the line, as the Peterborough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers edged the New West­min­ster Sal­monbel­lies 11-10 Wed­nes­day night for a 3-2 lead in the be­stof-seven se­ries.

Thurs­day was a day off with Game 6 Fri­day and if nec­es­sary Game 7 on Satur­day, both 10:30 p.m. EST starts.

Holden Cat­toni also scored three, re­deem­ing him­self af­ter be­ing ejected early in Game 4 for il­le­gal equip­ment (wear­ing a neck­lace).

The host Sal­monbel­lies, who led the se­ries 2-0, are push­ing Peterborough to the limit each night.

They never seem out of a game. Trail­ing by four goals on two oc­ca­sions, they reeled off three straight twice in­clud­ing the game’s fi­nal three mark­ers to force fre­netic end­ings. It took a Matt Vinc save with 30 sec­onds left off Kevin Crow­ley to seal the win.

“We just out­lasted them,” said Lak­ers head coach Mike Hasen. “We got up early and, I don’t want to say we hung on be­cause I thought we did a good job of get­ting in lanes de­fen­sively, but they came at us with a bar­rage. We got the ball at the right time in the last 30 sec­onds and killed the rest of it.”

The Lak­ers led 7-3 early in the sec­ond be­fore New West, led by Mitch Jones’s heroic nine-point ef­fort, scored three sec­ond pe­riod goals clos­ing the gap to 8-7.

That’s when Jones and Dick­son stepped up.

With the Lak­ers reel­ing, Jones knocked the ball loose from a New West for­ward and Dick­son scooped it up and took off down the floor beat­ing Alexis Buque to stop the New West wave. Dick­son’s tenac­ity on a loose ball set up the next goal with 41 sec­onds left in the sec­ond. He one-handed a pass to Cat­toni who flipped a shot around his back to make it 10-7 af­ter two pe­ri­ods.

The Lak­ers were outscored 3-1 in the fi­nal pe­riod but Dick­son’s strike at 4:56 proved to be the win­ner. Cousins Shawn and Turner Evans got the ball to Dick­son who bounced off a check to give

Peterborough the four-goal bulge in turned out they needed. Lo­gan Schuss, Brett Mydske and An­thony Mal­com scored in suc­ces­sion to cre­ate the dra­matic fin­ish.

“Cur­tis has been real good all se­ries long but it seemed when we were kind of get­ting scram­bly, and they were com­ing back, he put the ball in his stick and he started to carry us,” Hasen said.

“He’s one of the best play­ers in the world,” Jones said, of Dick­son. “He’s never had the op­por­tu­nity to win a Mann Cup and I know he wants it bad. We’re room­mates and all we do is talk lacrosse. It’s all about in­vest­ment and giv­ing your­self to the team. He had some big goals for us tonight.”

Cat­toni led the MSL in goals this year but had been rel­a­tively quiet in the Mann Cup un­til Game 5.

“He was fresh tonight so he had a lit­tle bit of jump in his step and had some­thing to prove,” Hasen said.

Cat­toni said he was def­i­nitely mo­ti­vated by his Game 4 ejec­tion.

“It was a dou­ble-edged sword. I’d ob­vi­ously rather have played and com­peted with my team­mates but there was a lit­tle bit of an up­side with it be­ing three games in three days of hav­ing a lit­tle bit fresher legs,” Cat­toni said.

“It was aw­fully dis­heart­en­ing for me to let my team­mates down like that over some­thing that is pretty mi­nus­cule in the grand scheme of the game. I def­i­nitely came out mo­ti­vated for my­self and my team­mates tonight.”

The team to score first had won the pre­vi­ous four games and New West jumped to an early 2-0 lead on a power play goal by Joel McCready and Schuss’s shot from the dot­ted line.

Jones got the Lak­ers on the board at 6:52 and Cat­toni scored on an out­side rip on the power play to tie it at 13:17. Zach Cur­rier caught the ‘Bel­lies nap­ping to score on a tran­si­tion break from Ian Llord at 14:45.

Con­nor Robin­son briefly tied it at 15:59 but Jones cor­ralled a ball off the boards and beat Alexis Buque at 17:28. Cat­toni struck again on a man-ad­van­tage at 18;57 for a 5-3 lead af­ter 20 min­utes.

The Lak­ers looked to be in com­plete con­trol when Shawn Evans bounced a shot home and Jones com­pleted a hat trick with a high shot for a 7-3 lead.

But noth­ing is ever easy in a Mann Cup as the home team caught fire, par­tic­u­larly Jones, reel­ing off three straight goals to rally within one. Dick­son broke the run only to have Jones drop his third of the pe­riod to make it 8-7.

KEN­DALL TAY­LOR/SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

Peterborough Lak­ers' Turner Evans and Holden Cat­toni do bat­tle with Ian Hawks­bee and the New West­min­is­ter Sal­monbel­lies dur­ing Game 5 on Wed­nes­day night at the Queen's Park Arena in New West­min­is­ter, B.C. The Lak­ers won 11-10 to take a 3-2 se­ries lead. The Lak­ers could take the se­ries with a win in Game 6 on Fri­day night. But so far in the se­ries they have been outscored by the Sal­monbel­lies.

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