The Brooklin Redmen came into tonight’s game looking for a win in front of their home fans. The team had recently added Gavin Prout, 2000 Major Series Rookie of the Year, as well as Jonas Derks to the line-up. Both players ended up playing big roles in the 8-7 win for the Redmen in front of a decent crowd at Iroquois Park Arena.
The Redmen went with Gee Nash in net, while the Lakers started Derek Collins.
The Lakers jumped on the board first and second to open a 2-0 lead with just four minutes off the clock. The Redmen answered as Derks scored a power play marker with almost fifteen minutes gone in the first. The teams traded goals including a Jason Crosbie goal with just 11 seconds on the clock to give the Lakers a 3-2 lead after one.
The defensive struggle continued in the second frame, as each team was only able to squeeze out one goal. Crosbie scored his second on the power play and Jason Clark scored his first of three on the night for the Lakers, as Peterborough hung on to a 4-3 lead after two periods. The second period saw all hell break loose as referees Martin and Gardonio decided some rough play along the glass deserved all 10 players on the floor being escorted off the floor and straight to the showers. Five Redmen and five Lakers were given game misconducts as well as a variety of other calls for 77 minutes of penalties to the visitors versus 72 minutes for the Redmen on that one costly skirmish.
The third period was more wide open on the floor as well as in the players’ benches. Mike Hamilton tied the game for the Redmen at 5:58 of the final frame. The teams traded goals for the rest of that period with Jason Clark notching his hat-trick goal at 16:28 of the period. Gavin Prout gave the crowd a reason to cheer as he cut across the front of Derek Collins in the Laker net and buried one with 47 seconds remaining to send the Redmen away with two very important points.
Penalties on the night were 125 for the Lakers and 94 for the Redmen. Both goalies went the distance in their respective nets.
Next up for the Redmen, they host the much improved Akwesasne Thunder Wednesday June 18, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.