Lak­ers of­fence looks to step it up against big Rock goalie Nick Rose

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor

The onus has shifted to the Peter­bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers to keep the home team’s un­blem­ished record in­tact in the Ma­jor Se­ries Lacrosse fi­nal.

The Lak­ers have two wins at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre and the Oakville Rock two vic­to­ries at the Toronto Rock Ath­letic Cen­tre. The best-of-seven se­ries is now down to a best-of-three head­ing to Game 5 at the PMC on Thurs­day at 8 p.m. The Rock took Game 4 in over­time 8-6 on Tues­day night.

“It’s a se­ries,” said Lak­ers’ head coach Mike Hasen.

“It’s go­ing to be a long se­ries and we knew that com­ing in. We need to make sure we have a much bet­ter ef­fort Thurs­day than we did in both games (in Oakville).”

Matt Vinc and the de­fence held Oakville to six goals in reg­u­la­tion time of Game 4 but Hasen said the of­fence has to be bet­ter.

“Rosey (Rock goalie Nick Rose) is play­ing re­ally well. They play to his strengths. He’s a big guy who wants to stand there and block. They back him in and put the rest in spots where they want us to shoot from and (Tues­day) we were more than will­ing to shoot from where they wanted us to and Rosey ate up all that stuff.

“Of­fen­sively, we need to move our feet a lot more.”

Josh Cur­rier said it all comes down to who works harder.

“On the O, we’re go­ing to take the blame for (Game 4) as a unit,” Cur­rier said.

“We need to be bet­ter next game. We need to bear down and put the ball in the net. We didn’t do that enough. Some nights you just don’t click and (Tues­day) was one of those nights. Rose is a big goalie and we got a lot of shots on him but we need to fo­cus on get­ting the right kind of shots on him. He’s a big body and we need to get in­side and shoot from there rather than out­side.”

Jake Withers said it’s not all on the of­fence.

“We need some of us on the D end to push the ball and make them pay in tran­si­tion,” Withers said.

It’s ir­rel­e­vant now but the Lak­ers ques­tioned whether Oakville’s third goal, which squeaked be­hind Vinc, ever crossed the line. Withers was near the goal at the time.

“From my an­gle, where the ball stopped it wasn’t fully across the line,” he said.

The Rock got a boost in Game 4 with the un­ex­pected re­turn of Brett Hickey from a bro­ken foot suf­fered in the open­ing game of the sea­son. He had a goal and as­sist and pro­vided en­ergy.

“I didn’t know what to ex­pect com­ing off this in­jury,” Hickey said.

“It was three long months and I was just happy to be back and to be able to help the guys get a win to tie the se­ries. Com­ing in you hope to pull some pres­sure away from some of the other guys who have been get­ting swarmed a lit­tle bit and hope­fully spread their de­fence out.”

It’s no se­cret to the Rock they have to win a road game if they are to win the se­ries.

“I don’t think Oakville has ever won in Peter­bor­ough. We ob­vi­ously need to win one there and turn the se­ries around. Hope­fully, it’s Thurs­day,” Hickey said.

NOTES: Game 6 in Oakville on Satur­day is a 7 p.m. start as is Game 7, if nec­es­sary, on Mon­day in Peter­bor­ough. The Ex­am­iner had in­cor­rect start times in Wed­nes­day’s edi­tion.… The Lak­ers are hop­ing to send a fan bus to Game 6 on Satur­day. The cost is $35 and you buy your game ticket at the door. The bus de­parts the PMC park­ing lot at 4 p.m. Call Diane at 705-874-5615 to regis­ter or sign up in the front lobby.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Peter­bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers’ Zach Cur­rier fires the ball at Oakville Rock’s Nick Rose dur­ing over­time of Game 4 Ma­jor Se­ries Lacrosse cham­pi­onship se­ries at the Toronto Rock Ath­letic Cen­tre on Tues­day night.

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