ST CATHARINES – One thing was for sure when the Lock Monsters of Niagara and the visiting Ohsweken Demons faced off in St Catharines, Monday afternoon, and that was that one of the two teams would suffer its first loss of the 2014 season. As it turned out it was the Lock Monsters, after the Demons took the 14-10 win.
The Lock Monsters took a quick 2-0 lead, but the Demons quickly responded to tie the game at 2-2 with goals by Jason Henhawk and Blue Hill. The teams were tied at 4-4 after the first quarter with Ohsweken adding goals by Chris Attwood and Josh Johnson.
The Demons pulled ahead in the second quarter to lead 7-4 at the half. Jason Henhawk drew a ball out of the Niagara crease and scored to make it 5-4. Chris Attwood and Elijah Printup rounded out the second quarter scoring.
In the third quarter, Cory VanEvery doubled up on the Monsters 8-4, early in the second half, and the Demons held a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Torrey VanEvery barged through the Niagara defense and muscled in the Demons’ 11th goal to open the final quarter. That was quickly answered by a barrage of Niagara goals, including two quick ones by Shawn Gillies.
Brad Travero squeezed one in between Henhawk’s pad and the post to bring the Lock Monsters to within one at 12-11 with 11 minutes left.
Chris Attwood picked up his fourth goal and his eighth point of the game to create a little more breathing room for the Demons. He almost made it nine points when he was given a clear path to the Niagara net with a breakaway but shot wide. Kyle Isaac put one in the empty net for the 14-11 final score, and to keep the Demons’ unbeaten string alive at three games.
Earlier in the week, when the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) Champion Ohsweken Demons opened their 2014 season against the Southwest Cyclops, it was officially the Demons home opener. This week, it was the Cyclops home opener between the same two teams in the same building. The Cyclops will play their season out of the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena as well as the Demons this year. The results were pretty well the same in both as the Demons won 20-13. Last week they won 21-19.
The Cyclops got off to a good start scoring the first two goals of the game, and led 5-2 after 15 minutes.
The Demons began to come back in the second quarter and by the half were leading 9-8.
By the end of the third quarter, the Demons led 14-11.
Wayne VanEvery powered the Demons offense with 4 goals and 4 assists, while Mike Burk accounted for 3 goals and 4 assists for the Cyclops.
Southwest got their first win of the new season by defeating the Durham Turfdogs 12-9 in Durham, Saturday, Feb. 15th.
Durham led 2-1 after the first quarter. Dogs’ Russ Poulton scored first but Cam Murphy answered late in the quarter for the Cyclops. Mark Farthing put Durham ahead as the first quarter ended.
The Turfdogs’ Mack O’Brian made it 3-1 in the second frame before Kimbo Squire scored back to back goals at 5:52 and 6:33, respectively. But Durham exploded with the next 3 goals to end the half leading 6-3.
It was 7-3 early in the third quarter, when Jamie Speck and Garrett Kerr trimmed the Dogs’ lead to 7-5. Durham answered with two more goals to give the Cyclops’ a 9-5 hole to dig out of. Shane Scott scored late for Southwest to enter the final 15 minutes behind 9-6.
Someone put a fire under the Cyclops bench in the fourth quarter as they drove the Turfdogs back into their cage with six unanswered goals to steal the character building road win.
Mike Burk scored three fourth quarter goals and assisted on another to lead the Cyclops’ comeback. Shane Scott, Bradley Kri and Jim Purves also added goals.
This coming week’s games include, the Demons on the road to Niagara, Monday, for a 2 pm date at the Seymour Hannah Arena before facing the Barrie Blizzard, Sunday, Feb. 23rd, at the Molson Centre. Meanwhile, the Southwest Cyclops are at the ILA to face the Durham Turfdogs at 7 pm., Saturday, Feb. 22nd.