We unfortunately have to cancel our euchre tournament for this weekend due to unforeseen circumstance. Hoping to reschedule for late May.
The 2017 Junior “A” Lacrosse season is quickly approaching. This season is expected to be another exciting one for Junior A Lacrosse in Orangeville, building on the success of the 2016 season winning the Ontario Championship and as finalists in a hard fought battle in the Minto Cup. Coaches and team management are working toward another Championship run for the upcoming 2017 season.
We made a couple of trades during the off season.
First we traded Adam Charalambides to Brampton for Brampton's 5th overall pick in 2017 draft (which we selected Dylan Watson from Guelph), Brampton's 1st overall pick in 2019, Brampton's 2nd round pick in 2020 and the rights to Tyler MacKay and Cameron Dunkerly.
We also traded goalie Draydon Patey to St. Catharines for the rights to Keaton Dale and St. Catharines 1st round pick in 2019.
On January 15, 2017 the Ontario Junior A league held it's annual midget draft in Brampton. We are pleased to announce that we drafted Dylan Watson (Guelph) 5th in the first round and we drafted Brett Handsor (Huntsville) 11th overall in the first round. Welcome to the Norhtmen family guys.
The major series held there overage junior draft and the 2016 Northmen dominated the first two rounds with 8 players being selected.
Captain Joel Coyle was selected 3rd overall by the Coburg Kodiaks
Dallas Bridle was selected 4th overall by the Oakville Rock
Austin Divitcos was selected 5th overall by the Brooklin Redmen
Trevor Smyth was selected 4th in the second round by the Oakville Rock
Andy Campbell was selected 5th in the second round by Cobourg Kodiaks
Lucas Ducharme was selected 6th in the second round by Brampton
Jamie McMahon was selected 3rd in the third round by the Kodiaks
Nolan Clayton was selected 4th in the third round by Brampton
We would like to thank these great players for there contribution to the Northmen organization and we wish them all the best in there future lacrosse careers.
The Junior A Northmen followed in the footsteps of their Junior B counterparts the night before by winning game #4 9-7 and sweeping the Ontario Finals over the defending back to back Minto Cup champions Six Nations Arrows 4-0. This was a surprising result for everyone outside of the Northmen dressing room as the Arrows hadn't lost a game since their 3rd game of the season until this series started. The Hornheads have put together a special run this summer after being knocked out in the first round the past 3 seasons. The boys will head to Langley, BC to compete for the ultimate goal of hoisting the Minto Cup. The Minto is back to a tournament format and the other 3 teams the Northmen are competing against will be the BC Champs Delta Islanders, Coquitlam Adanacs and the Calgary Mountaineers. The Tournament kicks off Saturday, August 20th as the Hornheads will face the Coquitlam Adanacs at 8pm EST. Let's go boys!
We are pleased to make the following announcements.
The Ontario Jr A Lacrosse League has voted for the league awards and we have a few league award winners.
Congratulations goes out to Zac Masson for being awarded the John "Gus" McCauley Memorial Award for being the most Outstanding Defensive Player. Zac Masson also was named to the First All Star Team for the league.
Congratulations to Matt Gilray for being awarded the Terry Sanderson Memorial Award for being the most Outstanding Transition Player. Matt Gilray was also named to the second All Star Team for the league.
Drayden Patey and Adam Charalambides were also named the second All Star Team for the league.
Congratulations guys for the league honours. Well deserved.
Your Orangeville Jr A Northmen have a 9-4 record after the first 13 games of the 2016 season. That sits us currently tied for third place with Burlington and we have a game in hand on them.
We started the season off in Mimico with a tough defeat to a good Mimico team. With several players still away at school we had plenty of help from the Jr B Northmen unfortunately our efforts weren't good enough that night and we feel 12-8. With players slowly returning for school your Northmen were able to win 5 straight games. With victories over Whitby, Mimico, Peterborough, Toronto and St. Catharines. Then we lost a close overtime game to Burlington to bring our record to 5-2. After that we were able to put another win streak together. This time it was a 4 game win streak. With wins over Toronto, Peterborough, Barrie and Whitby. That brought our record to 9-2. Unfortunately, our last two games we were on the short end of the stick. With loses to Six Nations and Brampton.
This year we welcomed several new faces into the Northmen family. The new additions this year are Adam Charalambides for Halton Hills Junior B, Andy Campbell from London, Scott Del Zotto from Orangeville minor lacrosse, Drayden Patey from Halton Hills Junior B. We have just recently add two players via a trade with the Peterborough Lakers. Thomas Hoggarth and Matt Gilray. They will help our team out a lot. Please help us in welcoming them to the Northmen family.
This year our offense has been pretty balanced. With Adam Charalambides, Matt Van Galen, Dallas Bridle, Davis Neal leading the way. Our defense is one of the best in the league. Our goalies Nolan Clayton and Drayden Patey have played well and have giving us the goaltending to give us a chance to win each game.
What lies a head for the Northmen. We have key games versus the teams that we are battling for first place with. Brampton, Burlington and Six Nations coming up. We would like to get our revenge for earlier loses to them and put ourselves in good position heading into the playoffs. Alumni weekend is coming up and our annual Alumni game is July 1, 2016 versus Six Nations. This should be a exciting game and a good chance to see all the former Northmen out supporting this years team. On the Saturday the Northmen Alumni host there annual golf tournament. If anyone is interested I'm sure there are still some openings to join in. This is always a great day. We will also be doing our grand a game draws that night as well. So if you haven't purchased your ticket please contact us or come out to a game. We will have tickets available for purchase.
The management and coaches really feel that we have a great opportunity ahead of us. We feel this team has a good opportunity to make a long playoff run. We have a lot of work to do to get ready and the this should be an exciting time of the season. We hope to see everyone come out to Tony Rose Arena and support the team as we begin our quest for another championship.
Friday May 27, 2016 Tony Rose Arena
It was hot night in the bunny barn Friday night. The Burlington Chiefs came to Orangeville Friday night looking to stop their two game losing streak and your Northmen were looking to keep our winning streak going.
Burlington came out strong and opened up a two goal lead in first 11 minutes of the period. Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) got the only Northmen goal of the first period. At the end of the first Burlington lead 2-1.
The second period was a high scoring period. Both teams tallied 6 goals a piece. Burlington scored two quick goals early in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) scored the first Northmen goal of the period too cut the lead to 4-2. Burlington quickly got that goal back to reclaim there 3 goal lead at 5-2. Davis Neal (sponsored by Cycling Gym) scored on a power play to cut the Burlington lead to 5-3. Burlington again scored to bring their lead back to 3 goals. That's when the Northmen went on a 4 goal run. First Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) scored. Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) scored to bring the score to 6-5. Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Designs) scored to tie up the game at 6-6. Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) scored his second of the period to give the Northmen our first lead of the game 7-6. Burlington replied right back with two goals in the last minute of the second period to take a 8-7 lead heading into the third period.
In the third period, Scott Del Zotto (sponsored byProfessional Barber) scored for the Northmen to tie the game up at 8-8. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) scored to give us a 9-8 lead. Burlington replied back with two straight goals of their own to take a 10-9 lead with less than 5 minutes to play in the third. With less than a minute left in the third, the coaches called a time out and came up with a play that eventually Scott Del Zotto (sponsored by Professional Barber) scored to tie up the game with 21 seconds left.
The game went into an overtime period. Burlington scored the first goal of the overtime at the 5 minute mark. Shortly after that there was a delay in the game as a Burlington player was injured. After the play resumed the Northmen were short handed and Burlington scored an insurance goal to give them a two goal lead with less than 4 minutes left. We were unable to get those goals back and the game ended. Burlington won 12-10 in OT. We hope that Burlington's Riley Kumano is okay after being injured in the OT period. The loss brings the Northmen record to 5-2. On Sunday we are back at it as we travel to Toronto to take on the Beaches at 7pm.
Wednesday May 25, 2016 St. Catharines, ON
The Northmen headed to the Niagara Peninsula Wednesday evening to take on the St. Catharines A's. The game was delayed about 10 minutes because a referee was late arriving to the game. Davis Neal (sponsored by the Cycling Gym) opened up the scoring 4:30 minutes into the game. Then he got his second of the night 4 minutes later to give the Northmen an early 2-0 lead. The A's are a young and resilient team and didn't let the early defecate bother them. They scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
Scott Del Zotto (sponsored by Professional Barber) scored the first goal of the second period to tie the score up at 3-3. The A's quickly replied back to take a 4-3 lead. Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) got the Northmen back to even ground just over 7 minutes into the second period. The A's again took scored to take another one goal lead. Then off the next faceoff Joel Coyle (sponsored by Scriver Law) tied the game up 8 seconds later. Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Design) scored with 3 seconds left in the second period to give the Northmen 6-5 lead heading into the second intermission.
Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) scored six minutes into the third period to give the Northmen a two goal lead. Again, the A's didn't let the two goal defecate bother them. They scored two back to back goals within 13 seconds to tie the game back up at 7-7. This game was looking to have a great finish. What team would be able to pull out the victory. Just as over time seemed to be a good possibility Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) scored to give the Northmen the lead with 54 seconds left in the third period. The boys were able to hold off the A's and escape with a hard fought 8-7 victory. Joel Coyle and Jamie McMahon were selected as the Northmen players of the game. With the victory in St. Catharines Wednesday it brings our record to 5-1. The boys look to keep the winning streak going. Our next game is Friday night at Tony Rose Arena versus the Burlington Chiefs. It should be another great game. We look forward to seeing everyone come out and support the boys.
Sunday May 22, 2013 Tony Rose Arena
On Sunday the Northmen returned home to face off against the Toronto Beaches. After a big win Friday night in Peterborough your Northmen were looking to extend there winning streak to 4 games. The game started off just like the game in Peterborough did Friday night. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game. Then Chris Willman (sponsored by Arthurs Fuel) got his first goal of the season on 3 on 2 breakout. Then Jeff Henrick (sponsored by Lismar Financial) scored to make it 3-0 Northmen before the 5 minute mark of the game. Toronto pulled there goalie Blake Jensen and put in Matt Law. At the half way mark of the first period Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) scored to increase our lead to 4-0. Then Dallas got his second of the night on the powerplay to make the lead 5-0. The Beaches got one back on there powerplay to cut the Northmen lead to 5-1 after the first period.
The second period Toronto continued to cut into our lead. They outscored us 2-0 in that period. It was a rare period where we didn't score a goal. This Toronto team regrouped during the intermission and came out ready to play in the second period. Northmen lead 5-3 after the second.
The third period was much like the second period for the Northmen. Davis Neal (sponsored by The Cycling Gym) scored to increase our lead to 6-3. This is when Toronto started to slowly reduce our lead. They tied the game up 6-6 with just over 4 minutes to go in the period. Then with 2.:27 left in the third period Toronto scored to take their first lead of the game 7-6 Beaches. Things were starting to look this one might get away from us. Then with just over 30 seconds left we called a critical time out after getting possession of the ball. The coaches went over what they wanted the guys to do during the timeout. Then with 12 seconds left Andy Campbell (sponsored by BDO Canada) scored to tie up the game 7-7. Just like they have done all night long the Beaches still came back in the last 12 seconds and had a good scoring chance. At the end of regulation it was 7-7.
Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) scored the only goal of the overtime with 4:11 left in the period. Toronto still worked and battled hard to get the tying goal but fortunately we were able to just hold them off to get the Win 8-7. The Northmen record is now 4-1 and on Wednesday we head to the Niagara Peninsula to take on the St. Catharines Athletics game time is 8:00pm. The Northmen return home Friday May 27 and the Burlington Chiefs.
Friday May 20, 2016 Peterborough Memorial Arena
The boys travelled to Peterborough Friday night to take on the Lakers. This is always a tough road game travelling to Peterborough. The boys got of to great start in the first period when Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) opened the scoring just over a minute into the game. Andy Campbell (sponsored by BDO Canada) made it 2-0 when he ripped one by the Lakers goalie at the 3:44 mark of the first period. Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic & Design) used a filthy dangle to get by the Lakers defender and went one on one with the goalie and put it between his legs to make it 3-0 Northmen. Zac Masson (sponsored by PSW Law) made it 4-0 with a break away goal. Travis Brown stripped the ball off of a Laker player at centre picked up the ball and feed it Masson on the break away. Scott Del Zotto (sponsored by Professional Barber) rounded out the Northmen scoring in the first period. The Northmen played a perfect period and lead 5-0 after the first 20 minutes. We knew we that we had a lot of work ahead of us and we couldn't be satisfied.
The Lakers got an early second period goal to cut the Northmen lead to 5-1 at the 2 minute mark of the period. The Northmen answered back going on a 3 goal run. Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Design) scored then Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) scored followed by another one by Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Design). All three goals were scored with 2 minutes to give the Northmen an 8-1 lead. The Lakers scored to cut the lead to 8-2 but shortly after that Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Design) scored his third of the night to bring the Northmen lead to 9-2. The Lakers replied going a three goal run themselves to cut the Northmen lead to 9-5 before Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Design) scored his fourth of the night to bring the Northmen lead to 10-5 at the end of the second period.
Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphic and Design) scored his fifth of the night early in the third to increase the Northmen lead to 11-5. The Lakers got one back to cut the lead to 11-6 before Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) scored his second of the night to make it 12-6 Northmen. Davis Neal (sponsored by Cycling Gym) scored on the power play to make it 13-6. Shortly after that, Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) got this third of the night to make the lead 14-6. The Lakers got one back to make it 14-7. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) scored to increase the Northmen lead to 15-7. The last minute of play in the game gave us something that not many people have seen before. There were two penalty shots given out. First the Lakers were rewarded a penalty shot when we had too many men on the floor in the defensive end. The Lakers scored on there penalty shot to make the score 15-8 Northmen. Then shortly after that the Lakers were called for having too many men on the floor. Unfortunately, the Northmen were unsuccessful on there attempt. The final score was 15-8 for the Northmen. It's always tough to take the long bus trip to Peterborough and come out with the victory. The boys played well in all phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams) and they deserved the W. Adam Charalambides was the player of the game for the Northmen. He lead the Northmen with 5 goals and 3 assists. The Northmen head home to face the Toronto Beaches Sunday night at Tony Rose Arena. Game time is 7:00pm. The Beaches feel to Mimico Friday night and will be looking to get back into the Win column and we are looking keep our winning streak going. It should be a good game so we hope to see everyone at the bunny barn Sunday night.
Friday May 13, 2016 Tony Rose Arena, Orangeville, ON
Friday was our home opener against the Mimico Mountaineers. The boys wanted to even up the season series with Mimico after they defeated us in our season open last weekend. The Northmen welcomed Adam Charalambides to the line up. He made it back from school (Rutgers) just in time for the game. It was slow start to the game with both teams playing well defensively. Mimico opened up the scoring at the 9 minute mark of the first period. Jeff Henrick (sponsored by Lismar Financial) scored his first goal of the season to tie up the game at the with 5 minutes left in the period. Kyle Waters scored (sponsored by Orangeville Salt & Soil) his second of the season to give the good guys the 2-1. Mimico quickly tied the game when former Northmen Warren Jeffery scored. Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) gave the Northmen the lead heading into the first intermission. During the first intermission, former Northmen and current assistant GM and Toronto Rock goalie Nick Rose suited up and let the kids take some shots on him.
The second period the Northmen started to take some control in the game. Adam Charalambides (sponsored by Provision Graphics and Design) scored his first goal of the season early in the second period to give the Northmen a 4-2 lead. Then Braydon Cresswell (sponsored by Debbie Van Wyck -Royal Lepage) scored to increase our lead to 5-2 . Lucas Ducharme (sponsored by Hardy Wines) scored his second of the game to increase our lead to 6-2. Mimico did score to our lead to 6-3. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) ended out the second period scoring and gave the Northmen a 7-3 lead heading into the third period.
Mimico scored in the first five minutes of the third period to cut our lead to 7-4. Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) got that goal back for the Norhmen. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) got his second of the game and gave the Northmen a 9-4 lead. That's the way the game ended. Goalie Draydon Patey made some key saves to help the team keep the lead in the third period. He was named the Northmen player of the game.
The Northmen have some practice time before we head to Peterborough Friday May 20, 2016 at 8:00pm before returning home Sunday May 22, 2016 against Toronto at 7 pm (Tony Rose Arena).
Thursday May 12, 2016 Whitby, ON
Thursday night brought the first meeting of the year with our rivals the Whitby Warriors. The boys wanted to rebound from a tough loss in our season opener on Saturday in Mimico. The game didn't start off the way we wanted it to when Whitby opened up the scoring early in the first period. Whitby scored 32 seconds into the first period. The boys got back to even ground when Davis Neal (sponsored by Cycling Gym) scored the Northmen's first goal at the 5 minute mark of the first period. Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) gave the Northmen the lead at the half way mark of the first period. Matt Van Galen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) extended the Northmen lead to 3-1 with 7:30 left in the first period. Mike McCannell scored his first Jr A goal with 1:45 left in the first period to send the Northmen into the first period intermission with a 4-1 lead.
The Nothmen had a tough second period, spending half of the period in the penalty box. That took away from the teams momentum we build in the first period.Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) scored the Northmen's only goal of the second period. At the end of the second period the Northmen lead Whitby 5-2.
Whitby scored an early third period power play goal to cut the our lead to 5-3. Whitby scored again with 8 minutes left to cut the lead to 1 goal with 12 minutes to play. Kyle Waters (sponsored by Orangeville Salt & Soil) scored his first Jr A goal. He tip toed around the crease and put it past the Whitby goal to extend the Northmen lead back to 2 goals with 5 minutes to play. This ended up being the eventual game winning goal as Whitby scored with 1:52 left in the third to cut the lead back to 1 goal. The Northmen escaped with the 6-5 victory and evened our record out to 1-1 on the season. it was a tough game but it was very nice to get our first W of the season and do it in Whitby. The players of the game for the Northmen was Dallas Bridle and Jamie McMahon. Next up is our home opener against Mimico Friday night.
Saturday May 7, 2016 Mimico Arena
The Orangeville Jr A Northmen opened up the 2016 season with a tough 12-8 loss the Mimico Mountaineers. Mimico opened the scoring early at the 1:14 mark of the 1st period. Before the first five minutes were gone, the Northmen were already down 2-0. At the end of the 1st period the Northmen trailed Mimico 3-2. The Northmen first period goals were scored by Davis Neal (sponsored by Cycling Gym) and Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports).
The second period started the same way as the first period started. Before the first fives were gone in the period Mimico scored three goals to increase there lead to 6-2. Matt VanGalen (sponsored by Bryan's Fuel) scored to cut the Mimico lead to 6-3. Mimico scored two minutes later to get there lead back to 4 goals. Scott DelZotto (sponsored by Professional Barber) scored his first goal as a Jr A Northmen to get the Northmen back to within 3 goals. Again Mimico increased there lead back to 4 goals three minutes later. Newcomer Andy Campbell (sponsored by BDO Canada) scored his first goal as a Northmen on a power play to get us back within 3 goals of Mimico. Mimico scored themselves on a late power play to take a 9-5 lead into the second intermission.
The third period started out well as Andy Campbell (sponsored by BDO Canada) scored his second of the night to get us back within 3 goals for the third time in the game. Just like the other times Mimico answered right back. This time they scored two straight goals to increase there lead to 11-6. Dallas Bridle (sponsored by Sanderson Sports) got his second of the night to cut the Mimico lead to 11-7. Again Mimico replied to restore there 5 goal lead to 12-7. Scott DelZotto (sponsored by Professional Barber) rounded out the scoring to cut the lead to 12-8. Unfortunately, that was as close as we could get. The Northmen were able to score 3 goals on there power play but also allowed Mimico to score 4 on there power plays.
The Northmen will get back to work this week in practice and look to get there first win on the season when we travel to Whitby Thursday night to battle the Warriors. We return home on Friday to have our first home game of the season and look to tie up the season series with Mimico.
The Orangeville Jr A Northmen are looking for anyone interested in being a billet for the upcoming season. Please contact Bob Clevely at 416-817-4473
Two of the pioneers of the Orangeville Northmen organization, Lindsay and Terry Sanderson have been selected to the 2015 Induction Class of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall Of Fame.
Lindsay Sanderson (Orangeville, ON) -- In the 1980’s, Orangeville, Ontario’s Lindsay Sanderson was a team leader, fierce competitor and leading scorer in Senior B lacrosse, winning 6 consecutive provincial championships and 3 Presidents’ Cup national championships with the Orangeville Northmen (1981, 1982 and 1984). In 237 regular season and playoff games, he scored 856 points. He played Senior A with the Brampton Excelsiors in 3 Mann Cup series (1976, 1980 and 1981). But his impact off the floor has been even greater. Since the 1970’s, Lindsay has coached and held key positions in minor lacrosse from director to president. He was instrumental in turning around Orangeville Minor Lacrosse in the 1980’s and developed it into one of the premiere associations. He has coached lacrosse at every level -- Minor, Junior, Major and in the professional National Lacrosse League with the Montreal Express, Ottawa Rebel and Toronto Rock -- he was also head coach and GM of the NLL Philadelphia Wings (2005-2008). He was assistant coach on 3 Minto Cup teams in Orangeville and a Mann Cup team in Brampton. All together, as a coach and GM, Lindsay has won 12 Ontario Minor Lacrosse championships, 14 Junior, Senior and Major championships and 7 national championships. The Ontario Lacrosse Association honoured him with the prestigious Mr. Lacrosse Award (1995) and he was given the Jim Bishop Memorial Award (1999) as Junior A coach of the year. Lindsay Sanderson is currently GM of the Jr. A Barrie Lakeshores.
Terry Sanderson (ON-Deceased) -- Terry Sanderson is one of Canada’s all-time winningest coaches at the highest levels of lacrosse. He played his Junior lacrosse in Bolton, Ontario and Senior with Orangeville, Fergus and in Victoria. Sanderson played pro lacrosse for the NLL Syracuse Sting (1974) and Quebec Caribou (1975). He was a pick-up player for the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors in 1980. In 218 Major lacrosse games, he tallied 610 points and in 158 Senior B games, he scored 816 points. After his playing days, he helped create the Orangeville Junior B Northmen in 1989 and the Orangeville Junior A team in 1991. He coached the Junior A team to three Minto Cup championships (1993, 1995 & 1996). He was a member of the coaching staff of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors (2002) and the team’s assistant coach in their Mann Cup victories (2008 & 2009). He was the General Manager and coach of the professional Toronto Rock when they won the NLL championship in 2005. After stints with NLL teams in Philadelphia and Calgary, Terry rejoined the Toronto Rock in 2010 as assistant coach and eventually GM. He is a member of the Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Terry Sanderson died in November, 2014 at age 62.
We unfortunately have to cancel our euchre tournament for this weekend due to unforeseen circumstance. Hoping to reschedule for late May.
June 17, 2015 · 0 Comments
It was looking good on the Rayburn Construction Orangeville Northmen Junior A bench after the first period of Friday night’s game against the first place Six Nations Arrows at the Alder Street arena in Orangeville, but by the midway mark in the third period the O-ville squad knew they were in trouble.
The Northmen were off to a good start when Matt Vangalen scored at just 1:03 into the game follow by a second goal from Jeff Henrick three minutes later.
A third Orangeville goal from Lucas Ducharme left the Six Nations squad scrambling to get back in the game and they managed a pair before the period ended to make it a 3-2 game.
The Northmen again got a good start when they returned for the second period of play when Daniel Craig put one past the Arrows goalie just 30 seconds into the period.
That was followed by a good effort from Owen MacDonald to give Orangeville a 5-3 lead and O-ville fans were hoping the team would following through and give Six Nations their second loss of the season.
The Arrows scored two midway in the frame, but the Northmen responded with two more from Dallas Bridle and Ian Mackay.
Another Six Nations goal with 1:11 left in the period made it a 7-5 game going into the final period.
“It felt pretty good, getting out there quickly,” Said Northmen Ian Mackay of start of the game. “They’re the defending champions so we knew they weren’t going to fold over or anything like that. We only played a full 40 out of 60 (minutes) so that kind of got us in the end.”
It was the third period that dropped the game for the Northmen when Six Nations scored five unanswered goals to tie the game at seven then go ahead with two more then find the empty net for the final goal when the Northmen put six attackers on the floor in an effort to close the gap.
“We usually attack each team the same way. We knew that we would have to be a little tighter, a little smarter with them,” Mackay said of playing the Six Nations team. “In the third period I think we got a little too comfortable with our lead and kind of sat back and they took advantage of it. We knew they could shoot from anywhere on the floor and they showed that in the third period with a few outside goals. It was just a matter of trying to get back in it, and we fell short in the end.”
It was only the third loss for the Northmen this season who ended that game with a 6-3-1 record and a fourth place standing in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League
The team followed up the next night by delivering a win over Mimico Mountaineers in Mimico.
The Northmen opened the scoring on goals from Lucas Ducharme and Ryan Myles, then notched three more from Daniel Craig, Dallas Bridle, and Travis Brown to end the first period 5-2. The Mountaineers fought back in the second frame scoring two period openers then matching two Orangeville goals.
Northmen’ Vangalen and Craig scored and a final second period goal from Braydon Cresswell gave the Orangeville team a two goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
It was a draw in scoring in the third period with each team scoring four, but the Northmen kept the lead to win 12-10 – their seventh in the plus column this season.
Final period Orangeville goals came from Ian Mackay, Daniel Craig, Brandon Slade, and Ryan Myles.
The Northmen took ten minutes in minor penalties for the game.
Mimico also spend ten minutes in the box.
The Mounaineers came to the arena as a last place team having won only two games so far this season.
Over all the Six Nations Arrows are leading the League with a 9-1 record and 18 points.
They are followed by the Peterborough Lakes with 16 points, and Orangeville who moved up a notch to third place after this game with 15 points.
The Junior A Northmen will be in Kitchener-Waterloo tonight (June 18) to take on the Braves.
They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville on Friday, June 19, to host the Peterborough Lakers.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
June 10, 2015 · 0 Comments
8-6 win over Burlington Chiefs
After playing to a 5-5 tie against the Burlington Chiefs on Friday (June 5) night, the Rayburn Construction Junior A Northmen stepped it up in the third period to outscore the Chiefs 3-1 in the final frame for the win.
Orangeville’s Matt Vangalen scored the game opener at 1:31 into the first period.
After going being 2-1 to the Chiefs, Northmen Owen MacDonald tied it up, followed by a go ahead goal from Dallas Bridle to make it a 3-2 game at the end of the first period.
It was again a tie game early in the second when Burlington notched a goal :57 into the frame.
Two more O-ville goals from Riley Thompson and Lucas Ducharme gave the Northmen a lead – but not for long – when Burlington scored two shorthanded goals just 35 seconds apart to again make it a tie game at five.
When neither team getting ahead, the game entered the final period even, but the Northmen stepped up their game with a fast and furious 20 minutes of play.
“We kind of sloppy at the beginning of the game, but as the game went on we picked it up,” Said Northmen Brandon Slade. “Obviously it wasn’t out strongest game but we got what we wanted – we got the two points.”
It was a closer game than the Northmen probably expected. The Chiefs arrived at Tony Rose arena with a 4-4 record and a seventh place standing in the 11 team League.
The two shorted handed goals against the Northmen was a wakeup call for the O-ville team to get back on their game.
“We’ve got to stay on our man and keep it in close because we know they’re going to attack the net when they can,” Slade said of what the squad did to turn it around.
“We’re a hard working team, the most hard working team in this League. When it comes down to the last 20 minutes we know we got it because we work hard,” Slade said of going into the final period in a tie game. “When we were one-up late in the game obviously we want to use the 30. We don’t want to attack the net but we also don’t want to play soft. We want to take it to them. Obviously another goal would help so we don’t want to push it back the other way and they get a fast break on us.”
The Northmen finished the night with three goals from Davis Neal, Ian Mackay, and Lucas Ducharme for the 8-6 win.
The squad didn’t fare so well on Sunday when the they travelled to Barrie to take on the Lakeshores.
The Northmen scored a single in all three periods in a low scoring game that ended with a 5-3 O-ville loss to Barrie.
After the weekend the Northmen are in second place in the League with 13 points and a 6-2-1 record.
Six Nations is currently in first place with 16 points.
The Northmen will be back in Orangeville on Friday, June 12. There will be a venue change for this game. Instead of Tony Rose arena, the June 12, game will be played at the Alder Street arena.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
June 3, 2015 · 0 Comments
The Rayburn Construction Junior A Northmen came out on top in Friday (May 29) night’s game against the St. Catharines Athletics after dominating the third period of play to go ahead and take the win.
It wasn’t an easy task though, the Northmen had to wrestle away the win after going down 4-3 in the first period.
Northmen goals came from Owen MacDonald for two, and Jeff Henrick.
Returning for the second period, the Northmen outscored the Athletics 4-3 for the frame to make it an even 7-7 game with one period left to go.
Second period Northmen goals came from Davis Neal, Matt Vangalen for two, and Ian Mackay on a powerplay effort with four seconds left on the clock.
It was the third period that was the show-stopper when the O-ville squad opened with three goals in the first seven minutes of the period leaving the St. Catharines squad scrambling to get back into the game.
The Athletics scored one at the midway mark but the Northmen sealed the deal with a final marker with just under one and a-half minutes remaining in the game.
Northmen third period goals were from Henrick, Travis Brown, MacDonald, and Vangalen.
The final was 11-8 for the O-ville team.
With the win – number five for the season – the Northmen have a good grip on first place in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League with 11 points, but the there is a lot of tough competition barking at their heels as the season goes on.
The Whitby Warriors are just two points behind in second place followed by the Burlington Chiefs in third place with eight points.
The Northmen don’t have any road games this week.
They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville on Friday, June 5, to host the Burlington Chiefs.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
May 20, 2015 · 0 Comments
The Rayburn Construction Orangeville Junior A Northmen won their second game of the season with a 12-3 win over the Mimico Mountaineers at Tony Rose arena on Sunday (May 17) night.
After giving up the first goal early in the game, the Northmen responded with three unanswered goals from Owen MacDonald and a pair from Matt Vangalen to lead 3-1 going into the second period.
The second period saw a lot of frustration on the floor with both sides spending time in the box. Mimico took ten minutes on minors and a five minute roughing major. The Northmen took six minutes on minor penalties and two majors totally nine minutes.
The Northmen widened the gap during the second period outscoring Mimico 6-1 on goals from Davis Neal for two, Brandon Slade, Ian Mackay, and a pair from Lucas Ducharme.
The third period saw a lot of physical action with both teams again taking major penalties.
The Northmen scored three more in the third from Ian Mackay, Jeff Henrick, and Davis Neal on a short-handed effort to end the game 12-3.
It was the Northmen’s second win of the season.
The O-ville squad started the season with a win over Barrie on May 8, then tied with the Whitby Warrior in the second game of the season.
The Northmen were scheduled to be in Burlington to face the Chiefs on Wednesday (May 20) night.
They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville this Friday, May 22, to host the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
The Northmen Junior-A lads took a no-nonsense stride early in their season opener last Friday.
Orangeville rolled out the red carpet for the Barrie Lakeshores contingent in the first game of their 2015 lacrosse campaign. Barrie drew first blood and got on the score board early in the opening frame, but the Northmen lashed back with two powerplay goals on their way to a 10-6 win by the night’s end at the Tony Rose Memorial Arena.
Davis Neal answered for the hosts and knotted the contest off a pass from Matt Vangalen. Owen MacDonald closed out the first period when he made good on a pass from Ian Mackay for the narrow 2-1 lead.
The Lakeshores snapped back with two quick goals about two minutes apart to take the lead early in the second frame. That started a seesawing tit-for-tat with each squad trading pairs before it was as if Orangeville decided to stop toying around.
Brendan Welsh evened the score with help from Neal. And then Welsh furthered the cause on the powerplay with the assist going to Mackay.
After Barrie potted a brace of goals (one of which that came on a successful powerplay turn), the Northmen’s Ryan Myles and Mackay each dented the Lakeshores’ mesh for a pair. Both were shorthanded outings and Mackay picked up an assist on Myles’ effort.
In the third frame, Barrie managed just one goal to Orangeville’s four on the period.
Northmen goals were earned by Lucas Ducharme on the powerplay, Neal for a pair, and Vangalen made good on another powerplay and rounded out the double-digit tally.
Third-period assists were awarded to Welsh, Braydon Cresswell, Ducharme, Brandon Slade, Shane Hillis, and Mackay.
Orangeville clearly dominated with their 45 shots on goal to Barrie’s comparably paltry 28 attempts to slip by Big Nolan Clayton who filled the space between the Northmen pipes.
Orangeville will head east to Whitby tonight (May 12) to lock horns with the Warriors before their next home game on Sunday (May 17) against the Mimico Mountaineers at the Tony Rose