Lakers tie Mann Cup at two games apiece

by Gary Ahuja

Langley's Robert Church earned Player of the Game honours for the Thunder in game four of the Mann Cup championships. Gary Ahuja Langley Thunder photo

It is down to a best-of-three to determine the 2022 Mann Cup champion after the Peterborough Lakers pulled away in the third period of game four to even the series at two games apiece with a 15-12 victory over the Langley Thunder.

The teams were playing game four of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

The Thunder were ahead 6-3 with just over four minutes to play in the first period before the Lakers struck three times ahead of intermission to tie things up. Peterborough coach Mike Hasen said his team was on it heels early before the offence picked them up and from their they settled in.

Peterborough would take an 11-10 lead after two periods and after Langley tied things up early in the third, the Lakers scored four of the final five goals for the victory.

“This is Mann Cup lacrosse. You have the two best teams in Canada playing right now. These games aren’t going to get any easier. Everyone is going to have to dig a little deeper on both sides, that is what it is going to come down to: who wants it more,” said Peterborough’s Joe Resetarits.

A big difference in the game was the Lakers’ transition and second-chance opportunities.

“Those are backbreakers. Games one and two, Langley did a great job of that. We are staying poised, letting the game come to us a little but and not trying to rush and get into panic mode too quick,” Resetarits said.

The Thunder were led by Dane Dobbie’s eight points (three goals, five assists) and Curtis Dickson’s seven points (four goals, three assists). Connor Robinson (one goal, five assists) and Robert Church had two goals, three assists, while Dylan Kinnear had a goal and two helpers. Chase Scanlan had the other Langley goal. Frank Scigliano made 40 saves on 54 shots.

This marked the first time this season the Thunder scored a dozen goals and did not come out with the victory.

“We did a lot of things really well and we are really close. We know what we have to just a little bit better,” said Langley coach Rod Jensen. “Peterborough has elevated their execution these last two games and we need to match that.”

For Peterborough, Resetarits had eight points (two goals, six assists) while Shawn Evans had a goal and six assists. Mark Matthews and Holden Cattoni each had a hat trick and six points while Kiel Matisz (two goals, two assists) and Thomas Hoggarth (two goals, one assist) had two goals apiece. Cory Vitarelli (one goal, two assists) and Taite Cattoni (one goal, one assist) had the other Lakers goals. Matt Vinc made 45 saves on 57 shots.

Church and Evans were their teams’ respective Players of the Game.

Game five goes Wednesday night and game six will be Friday. Both begin at 8:00pm (5:00pm PST).