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President’s Cup 2018 – Day 3 Recap

The President’s Cup tournament is Canada’s national championship for Senior ‘B’ Box Lacrosse. The national summer sport of Canada has been full-throttle since Sunday and continues to September 2, when a national champion will hoist the President’s Cup. Follow along as we bring the games to you LIVE and FREE, as well as photos, videos and all the fun that surrounds this outstanding tradition.

Onondaga Redhawks – 8, Capital Region Axemen – 7 (OT)

Our morning started off with the first overtime game of President’s Cup. The back-and-forth action couldn’t be settled in sixty minutes. With 10.2 remaining on the clock, Josh Becker buried a goal on an open net after a the Axemen goaltender fumbled the ball alone on his end of the floor. That sent us into extra minutes. Chris Laurita was able to notch the game-winner just two minutes into overtime after an Axemen goal was waived off. This was Onondaga’s first win, and the road forward will prove difficult. The Axemen fall to 0-3, but have looked solid and can be expected to come back to battle for their next game.

St. Albert Miners – 15, Oakville Titans – 8

The Miners came out firing from the first whistle. The Miners are coming off back-to-back President’s Cup Championships, and the Titans are playing in their first ever President’s Cup. That was known and felt in a big way during the first period when the Miners went up 9-1. The story was Oakville learning and adapting to the high-caliber of play, responding with a second period of just 2-1 in favor of St. Albert. The third was a continuation of that effort, with Oakville actually taking the period 6-4, finishing with a respectable final both on the scoreboard and in the minds of all those watching. The Miners are, and have been, the “easy money” bet for the Cup, but Oakville definitely showed they’re here to play.

Ladner Pioneers – 16, Saskatoon Brewers – 3

This one was all Ladner all the way. Overwhelming offensive talent was responsible for the sixteen goals, but it was the ball control that killed Saskatoon’s chance at victory. Soccer comes to mind when they talk about ball control percentage, and I’d say Ladner had the ball in their stick 70%+ of the game. Props to the Saskatoon goaltending for staving off a barrage of shots, but when you see that many shots, a certain number are going to drop. Ladner moves on to 2-1 in the tournament while the Brew Crew still looks to notch their first win.

Caughnawaga Indians – 15, Onondaga Redhawks – 8

A score of 15-8 was your final, but it was a dominant show from Caughnawaga from the get-go. Onondaga’s goals were impressive and the offense definitely seemed to have a rhythm, but the Indians notched two goals for every one Redhawks goal all day long. Blaze Riorden was on fire, burying five goals himself for the Indians. Ross Bucktooth stood tall in cage for the Redhawks, but the offensive onslaught just never stopped coming. Onondaga moves to 1-3 on the week, while Caughnawaga stays perfect at 3-0.

St. Albert Miners – 10, Nanaimo Timbermen – 5

The beat of the drum never stopped, and neither did the Nanaimo Timbermen. Hard work and determined play kept the reigning champions at bay and presented the T-Men with a legitimate shot at winning this one. St. Albert had two games in the day, but you’d think these guys had just come off a two-week vacation. They appeared fresh and relaxed on both ends of the floor, which was the key to tonight’s win. It could be a major part of their run towards the final hardware. Big offensive shows from Cornfield, Bal, and Lachlan all contributed to the win. The Miners remain perfect, and will see Caughnawaga tomorrow to see who can keep their unbeaten streak in tact.