Niagara Lock Monsters Earn Two Wins On Opening Weekend

The 2014 Canadian Lacrosse League kicked off on the weekend and the team with the best record last season earned a pair of victories. Niagara Lock Monsters (2-0) finished the 2013 season with a league-best 11-4 before losing to eventual Creator’s Cup champion Iroquois Ironmen in the semifinals.

In the first CLax game of the season it was the Barrie Blizzard (0-1) who jumped on the host Lock Monsters, taking a 4-1 lead into the first intermission. Another early second quarter goal by Tyler Gibbons had Barrie holding a 5-1 lead before Niagara decided to respond.

Niagara went on to score 11 unanswered goals, three from Andrew Potter and held a 12-5 advantage after the third quarter. Travis Gibbons netted two of his four goals during the 11-goal outburst by the Lock Monsters.

The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter, with Niagara closing the game with a pair for the 16-8 victory. Barrie were led by Tyler Gibbons with three goals while Caleb Wiles added a pair.

Niagara played host to the Durham Turfdogs on Sunday afternoon, resolved to not let their opponents open with an early lead. Two quick goals had the Lock Monsters up 2-0 before Dylan Goddard scored for Durham. The second quarter opened with two Durham goals, by Diachenko and Goddard, and the Turfdogs had their first lead of the game 3-2. Niagara tied it up when Gillies scored and that is where the score stood at halftime.

Another third quarter offensive explosion saw the Lock Monsters take control of the game. Durham called a timeout after giving up four to make the score 7-3, but it could not slow down the Lock Monsters. Nine straight goals were scored by Niagara before Durham would strike again and the game ended 14-4.

Ohsweken Demons and SouthWest Cyclops, who were both idle opening weekend, will face off on Saturday night.

Saturday, February 8

  • Barrie Blizzard at Durham Turfdogs, 1 PM
  • SouthWest Cyclops at Ohsweken Demons, 7 PM
Sunday, February 9
  • Niagara Lock Monsters at Barrie Blizzard, 1 PM
NOTE: Game times are all Central Time Zone.
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