Week 5 Recaps

Published on November 7, 2021 at 1:16 pmEdited on November 11, 2021 at 12:43 am

Church Shines In Hino’s Farewell


After another week without a win, the Grey Wolves stepped up to the plate against the Golden Eagles, for the second time, to try to end their losing streak. Unfortunately for the Wolves, the Eagles were playing some motivated lacrosse as they looked to get a win for Kohei Hino who was playing in his last game in the XLL before heading back home.


At half-time the Wolves were in the driver's seat: up 8-4 thanks to an early hat trick from Robert Church, as well as an incredible defensive effort from everyone on the back end managing to help Kyle Mooney earn a second quarter shutout.


The third quarter looked to be where the Wolves had hopes of sealing the Eagles’ fate and securing their first win of the season. But the boys in Gold had other plans in mind. The fourth quarter featured an absolute clinic put on by the Eagles, who buried eight goals in the final frame from seven different shooters, while holding the Wolves to just one.


Despite an 11-point game from Robert Church, it wasn’t enough as the Golden Eagles stormed all the way back in the fourth quarter of Hino’s final XLL game, to take down the Grey Wolves by a final score of 15-14.


Players Of The Game: Kohei Hino and Robert Church



Bears vs. Hawks Rivalry Adds Another Chapter


After Week Four saw the Black Bears get handed their first loss of the season, they came into Week Five looking for revenge. Lucky for them, they were matching up against their age old rivals: the Red Skyhawks.


This game gave us our first ever look at the battle between two of (arguably) the best Faceoff specialists in the league: Gord Phillips and Tyrel Hamer-Jackson. The battle ensued all evening, but ultimately it was Hamer-Jackson getting the upper hand, winning 15 of the 22 faceoffs taken all night.


If you’ve seen one of these games between the Bears and Hawks, you’ve seen all of them. Each game promises to be a good one, and this one was certainly no different, with the largest lead of the game being just three goals.


After Dane Dobbie tied the game for the SkyHawks on the powerplay with just six seconds left in the fourth quarter, this Bears v. Hawks rivalry once again made history as we got to witness the first ever shootout in the XLL to decide the winner. Both teams traded goals until it came down to Brandon Humphrey shutting the door on Mitch McDole, who had to score to keep the Hawks alive, to seal the deal on a 12-11 victory for the Black Bears.


A spread out attack was the key to victory for the Bears in this one, as they only had six runners on their roster who DIDN’T finish the night with a point. While the Hawks only had six players score goals for them all night.


Players Of The Game: Gord Phillips and John Hofseth



- Tino Fera