Canada Cruises to First Win at IIJL Championship

Canada cruised to its first win at the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship with a 32-7 victory over Poland on Monday night.

Canada got solid goaltending from Shane Friesen between the pipes, as he allowed only seven goals on 39 shots with most of the goals coming in garbage time in the fourth quarter.

Matthew Boas was a sparkplug for Canada’s offense, finishing the game with eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points.

Canada opened the game with seven straight goals. Finding the back of the net for Canada was Boas with four, Dagan Carlson, Francis Greyson, and Fin Halladay.

Poland finally got on the board on a delayed penalty when Hunter Cecka put one past Friesen.

Halladay rounded out the scoring as Canada held an 8-1 at the first buzzer.

On To The Second Quarter

Canada continued to pour it on in the second quarter as they outscored Poland 10-0.

Scoring for Canada was Halladay, Boas with two, Joshua Goodman with two, Dagan Carlson with two, Max Pocherewny with two, and Jack Dulong.

Canada Dominates Second Half

Canada once again put together a huge run in the third quarter.

Greyson, Halladay with three, Boas with two, Carlson, and Joshua Weston scored for Canada to start the third quarter.

Poland would score on the power play with 4:29 remaining off a goal from Henry Elliot as Canada led 26-2. Then on a delayed penalty, Aiden Scheurerpflug scored Poland’s third goal.

Canada replied with Carlson scoring with 3:16 left in the quarter. A quick stick by Weston rounded out the third quarter scoring to make it 28-3.

Canada Picks Up First Win

Halladay would open the scoring for Canada in the fourth quarter as Canada continued to send a message to the rest of the field.

Also scoring for Canada were Weston and Carlson.

With 2:03 left, Braxton Ernst dove across the crease for Poland’s fourth goal.

Halladay replied with a long shot on the power play to make it 32-4 for Canada.

Poland got their first even-strength goal with 1:14 left in the game from Cecka. The Polish team started to get on a role with Scheuerpflug scoring with 50 seconds. Cecka made it three in a row for Poland with 26.9 seconds left but Canada would win 32-7

Top Scorers

Canada

Matthew Boas, 8g 10a

Finn Halladay, 8g 5a

Dagan Carlson, 6g 5a

Poland

Hunter Cecka, 3g 1a

Henry Elliot, 1g 1a

Hunter Mayers, 2a

Aiden Scheuerpflug, 2g

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.

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