Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Peterborough Lakers picked up a 15-12 win over the Langley Thunder on Tuesday night to even up the Mann Cup series 2-2.
For a change of pace, the Langley Thunder outshot the Lakers 57-55, but Matt Vinc stood tall to make 45 saves in the victory.
Peterborough also got a huge boost on offence. Joe Resetarits once again had a huge impact on the game, putting up eight points, two goals and six assists. Dane Dobbie and Curtis Dickson continue to stir the drink for Langley’s offence as they had eight and seven points respectively.
Evenly matched first period
Dylan Kinnear got the scoring started 1:15 into the game to put Langley ahead 1-0. Peterborough replied right back 16 seconds later with a goal from Thomas Hoggarth to tie it up.
Dickson regained the lead for Langley at 17:09, but Peterborough came roaring back with goals from Shawn Evans at 14:11 and Holden Cattoni at 10:44 to make it 3-2 for the Lakers.
Langley fought back with a four-goal run to retake the lead. Robert Church started it off with a marker at 9:48, followed by Dickson at 8:53. Chase Scanlan got on the board at 5:47 and Dobbie rounded out the run on the power play at 4:42.
The Lakers kept themselves in the game with a three-goal run to finish off the first period. Mark Matthews started it off at 3:42 and Holden Cattoni added another at 2:18. Matthews tied up the game with 41 seconds left on the clock to make it 6-6 at the first intermission.
Lakers begin to pull away in the second
Resetarits scored 1:20 into the second period to regain the lead for Peterborough 7-6. Connor Robinson would get one by Matt Vinc at 16:36 to once again tie up the game.
Peterborough started to pull away with a three-goal run starting with Cory Vitarelli scoring at 13:45. Thirty seconds later Holden Cattoni put the Lakers up by two 9-7. Resetarits rounded out the three-goal run on the power play at 8:41.
Nineteen seconds after Resetarits’ power play marker, Dobbie got one back to make the score 10-8 for Peterborough.
Matthews would restore the Lakers’ three-goal cushion at 7:12 on the power play, but a late charge by Langley would close the gap.
Dickson found the back of the net with 2:53 left in the second. With Eric Shewell in the box because of a holding penalty for Peterborough, Dickson scored on the power play with three seconds left to play in the second to make it 11-10 for the Lakers heading into the final frame.
All Peterborough in the third
The Lakers would put the game away in the third period, outscoring Langley 4-2.
Church scored a power play goal 3:02 into the third period, but the Lakers stormed right back with a three-goal run.
Hoggarth lit the lamp at 10:15, followed by Taite Cattoni at 7:06. Kiel Matisz, who had a relatively quiet night, rounded out the run at 3:13.
Dobbie tried to mount a comeback for Langley at 2:30, but Matisz closed the door with an empty net goal with 19 seconds left in the game. Shawn Evans picked up an assist on the play, which tied him with John Tavares for the all-time Mann Cup scoring title with 203 points.
The Mann Cup series now heads to a pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday night in Peterborough.
Joe Resetarits, 2g 6a
Shawn Evans, 1g 6a
Mark Matthews, 3g 3a
Holden Cattoni, 3g 3a
Dane Dobbie, 3g 5a
Curtis Dickson, 4g 3a
Connor Robinson, 1g 5a
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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.