Thursday’s #MSLClassic was between the Cobourg kodiaks (1-2) and the Oakville Rock (2-1) at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC). Cobourg had a long night back on Tuesday losing to the Six Nations Chiefs 15-7 with their only bright light being Brandon Robinson with three of their seven goals. The Kodiaks had a little more seasoned lineup against the Rock in this game.
The Oakville Rock also fielded a young lineup. With up and coming stars such as Ryan Smith, Alec Simons, Mike McCannell, Ryan Lanchbury, and Matt Anderson, the future looks very bright for the the Rock.
The teams exchanged goals most of the evening, with no team getting too far ahead.
Cobourg went to the half up 8-6.
The second half had Oakville tie the game just a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter. The teams matched each other goal for goal from then on, until Cam Milligan (4g,4a) converted a Travis Longboat pass with just one minute left, giving the Kodiaks the lead. Oakville finished the game with a flurry, but were unable to put it behind Kevin Orleman (in net for Cobourg), giving Cobourg their first win of the season.
Of note, Brandon Robinson (3g,3a) had another big night for the Kodiaks, but a balanced attack with singles from Scott Dominey (1g,0a), Jackson Nishimura (1g,0a), Colton Armstrong (1g,1a), Travis Longboat (1g,1a), and two from Curtis Romanchych powered Cobourg to the win.
Oakville got big games from Ryan Lanchbury (3g,3a), Ryan Smith (3g,2a), Zach Manns (2g,3a), and Dan Lintner (2g,1a), plus singles from Bill Hostrawser (1g,2a), and Dylan Watson (1g,1a).