CALGARY, AB — The 2016 playoffs are underway in the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) league.
The excitement began last Tuesday when the Oakville Rock visited the Peterborough Lakers for game one of their seven game series.
The Lakers came out strong, winning with their defence. While they only scored eight goals of their own, they held the Rock’s offence to just three goals. Calgary Roughnecks forward Wesley Berg scored one of Oakville’s goals early in the first period, but would not find the scoresheet again.
In Game 2 of the series, the Rock showed the skill that got them to the playoffs. Oakville’s offence came alive and they quadrupled their output from the game before, winning 12-9.
Berg rebounded with a big game, netting two goals and two assists to lead the Rock. He sits tied for fourth in the MSL playoffs in total points with five through two games.
In the other series, the Brooklin Redmen are trying to take down the perennial powerhouse, the Six Nations Chiefs.
Reilly O’Connor and the Redmen opened the series at home with a 9-4 win over the Chiefs. The Roughnecks young lefty, playing behind the likes of Mark Matthews and Shayne Jackson, was unable to record a point in the contest.
Game 2 did not produce the ideal result for Brooklin.
Six Nations came back with a strong performance to shut down the Redmen offence and limit them to four goals. O’Connor got involved in the offence this time around though, registering one assist on a goal from Austin Shanks.
Peterborough Lakers vs. Oakville Rock — Aug. 8th
Six Nations Chiefs vs. Brooklin Redmen — Aug. 8th
Brooklin Redmen vs. Six Nations Chiefs — Aug. 10th
Oakville Rock vs. Peterborough Lakers — Aug. 11th
Six Nations Chiefs vs. Brooklin Redmen — Aug. 12th
Oakville Rock vs. Peterborough Lakers — Aug. 13th