The Maple Ridge Burrards couldn’t hold a lead in their Mann Cup final against the Peterborough Lakers since halfway through the first period of the second game. Tuesday, that inability to wrest control of a game cost them, as the hometown Lakers defeated the Western Lacrosse Association champions 11-8 and swept the best-of-seven series for the national senior lacrosse championship.
Port Coquitlam’s Curtis Dickson, who was a member of the Lakers last year when they defeated the New Westminster Salmonbellies to win the Mann Cup, scored two goals and added an assist, while Coquitlam’s Ben McIntosh had three helpers along with a five-point effort by Dan Taylor and four points from Mike Mallory, but it wasn’t enough.
The Lakers led 5-3 at the end of the first period, and 7-6 heading into the third. They fired 53 shots at Burrards’ goalie Frank Scigliano, who’s from Coquitlam. Maple Ridge had 47 shots.
The Burrards’ loss extends a 33-year string of futility for WLA teams trying to win a Mann Cup when the final is hosted in Ontario.