The boys just couldn't hang on. The Wild had the lead until the midle of the second frame when the Bulldogs capitalized on some untimely penalties and edged out in front 5-4. The Dogs made it 6-4 in the third before the Wild closed it to 6-5 late in the third. The Dogs cinched it late with the 7 tally to close the door on the Wild.
Game 2 Monday night at the Wilmot Recreation Complex at 8pm. Bellzy's in the house with eats and beers.
It has been a long week of waiting for the opening game of the Championship series but the day is finally here. Both teams team are in their inaugural season and are very excited to playing each other in what promises to be a hard fought and emotional series.
Tonight's game is in Acton with an 8PM start time. The Wild host game 2 on Monday Aug 8th at 8PM. Bellzy's will be in the house serving up eats and pops.
Don't miss the action in this series as you will be treated to some very good lacrosse.
Western Conference Best-of-5 Championships:
The Wild have done the unthinkable. The impossible. In their inaugural season, the Wild have advanced to the conference finals starting later on this week.
The Wild finished 5th in their conference in regular season play with a record of only 4-11-1. The Caledon Bandits finished in top spot in their conference with a astonishing record of 13-3, second best in the entire Ontario Jr. C League. Coming into this series, the Wild were a long shot at best. The fact that they had already swept Hamilton in the first round 2-0 was a feat in itself. The Wild had not beaten either team in the regular season losing all 6 games they played against the Bengals and the Bandits. With 6 overtime games in all during the regular season and only 1 win and 1 tie to show for those efforts, it seemed the Wild were lacking some key ingredient for winning.
Whatever that ingredient was, they seem to have added it at the right time. The Wild are now 5-1 in the playoffs, unbeaten at home and the only loss they suffered was in overtime against the Bandits in game 1. Not bad for a bunch of guys who have never played together until this year.
In last night's game at the Wilmot Recreation Centre, the WIld seemed to be in control almost from the get go. Caledon opened the scoring early in the first and this seemed to wake up the Wild. The Wild scored the next 3 goals and lead 3-1 after 1 period. The Wild and Bandits exchanged goals in the 2nd period and went to the room with the Wild out in front 4-2. It was clear on the Caledon bench that frusration had set in and the coaches were visibly stunned at what was transpiring. The third period saw Wilmot score first to take a 5-2 lead but the Bandits answered to draw within 2 at 5-3. The Wild scored with 5:59 to play in the 3rd and that was the final score. In an unfortunate display of poor sportsmanship, the Bandits players and coaches showed their distaste for the officiating by taking 77 minutes in penalties including 2 gross misconducts, a match penalty, and multiple game misconducts in the last 2 minutes of the game and after the final buzzer. Last night's attendance was 172 and the 50/50 was a whopping $152.
The Wild are now a part of history being the only team to defeat the Caledon Bandits in a playoffs series.
The Wilmot laxers now await the winner of the Fergus-Halton Hills series which currently sees Halton holding a 2-1 series lead with the next game in Fergus on August 2nd in Fergus. The Conference Championship will begin later on this week depending on the outcome of the other series.
Thanks to all of our supporters thus far and we ask for your continued support over the next couple weeks. Please watch this site for schedule updates as we will post them as soon as we have them.
Wilmot Wild Lacrosse
The Wilmot Wild scraped out another win last night, this time on the road, besting the Bandits 5-4.
The first period was again close with both teams taking it's fair share of penalties. The officials for the game, Jeremy Morrison and Kyle Kennery were having zero tolerance for shenanigans and called a tight game. Both teams were forced to clean up their act and play lacrosse....and play they did. The first period ended in a 1-1 draw and both teams seemed satisfied with that outcome.
The second period was a fast paced, hard fought period with few penalties and the game was on. The Wild got the better of the Bandits in the second frame and took a 3-2 lead in the room.
The third period was much like the second and the Bandits were able to tie the game 4-4 with only a half period to play. Overtime was a possibility and this was a scenario that the Wild wanted desperately to avoid. With uner 8 minutes to play, rookie Jordan Dayball retrieved a loose ball in Wild territory and took off. He hesitated at first, just enough to fool the Bandit defender, then turned on the after burners and went straight for the net. Dayball's shot found the back of the net and the Wild bench went into a frenzy...they had regained the lead. The next 7+ minutes were tense with the Bandits pulling out all the stops to get one past the Wild netminder, Josh Falkenstern. The Bandits called a timout with 30 seconds left and put there best talent on the floor hoping for a miracle goal to send the game to OT. But it would not be for the Bandits on this night as the ball was stripped by the Wild defenders and the remaining time was killed off by Spencer Cave who simply held the ball and fended off 5 Bandit checkers while retaining possession of the ball.
As always, the Wild scoring was spread out with 5 different shooters bulging the twine. Falkenstern was solid between the pipes for the boys in blue. This was likely the best game the Wild have played all year and was very exciting to watch for both sides.
Next game is Sunday, July 31 at 7pm at the Wilmot Recreation complex. This promises to be a close one as the Wild are hoping to close out the series on home turf and the Bandits will be fighting for their lives hoping to send the series back to Caledon for game 5.
The Wild will once again be celebrating minor sports in the area and any minor sports athlete will be granted free admission with a team jersey or team garb of some kind. The Game Asylum trailer will also be on sight around 6pm for kids of all ages to experience some video game action before the big game. Game Asylum will be sponsoring the frisbee toss on this day and will offer a great prize pack for the winner. Lots to do, lots of fun. Get out and enjoy the excitement.
GO WILD GO!!!!!!!
The boys from Wimot Township took game two in a manner that left no doubt that they belong among the leagues top teams. After a 0-0 first period, the WIld broke it open in the second taking a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. The Wild opened up their lead in the third period but the Bandits were not backing down. The Bandits closed the game to a 5-3 count before pulling their goalie for the extra attacker. The Wild took advantage and potted an empty netter to make the final score 6-3. In a penalty filled game, the officials did a great job of keeping a lid on things and keeping things in control.
This series is panning out to be an exciting one for both sides with lots of positioning creative maneuvering taking place. Game 3 goes tonight in Caledon with an 8PM start at the Mayfield Arena.
Game four is back at home for the Wild on Sunday, July 31 with a 7pm start. The Wild enjoyed good support in the crowd on Thursday night and hope to better the numbers on Sunday. Catch the Action.
Wilmot Wild Lacrosse
The Wilmot Wild play host to the Caledon Bandits tonight at the Wilmot Recreation Complex starting at 8pm.
Game one saw a defensive style of play from both squads with the score being 1-1 after 1, 2-2 after 2 and 3-3 after 3 sending this game to familiar ground for the Wild...OT. This was welcome news for the Bandits as in the Wild's 7 OT games this year they were only able to notch 1 win and a tie for their efforts. And this night would prove to be no different. The Bandits scored 3 unanswered in the extra frame to take the opening game 6-3.
Game time tonight is 8pm and the Wild are calling on all Lax fans in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas to come out and FILL THE BARN. The Wild have worked hard in every game this year and need some extra fan support to get them over the top. Unlike our Whitby counterparts there are not 4 games tonight in the region so get on out and JOIN THE EXCITEMENT. All minor athletes who are accompanied by an adult get in free simply by wearing their team jersey or other team garb from their team.
Bellzys will be in the house again serving up good eats and pops.
GO WILD GO
The Wilmot Wild move onto the Conference Semi finals with a nail biting victory over the Hamilton Bengals.
The first period was a defensive matchup with both teams playing tight to the vest. The Bengals notched the only marker of the period and took a 1-0 lead to the room.
The Wild came out firing in the second period and scored 5 unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead. The Bengals scored two before the close of the second and the frame ended with the Wild out front 5-3.
The third period looked to be all Wild as they scored another 3 unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead. It looked as if the boys from Wilmot had things well in hand but the Bengals are scrappy and did not quit. The Cats began to chip away at the Wild lead and came to within 1 goal with under a minute to play. Both teams took strategic timeouts late and the Bengals ended up with the ball with 30 seconds to play. With the goalie pulled, they had one more chance to send this game to OT, something the Wild did not want to face. The Wild were able to force a loose ball and came up with it with only 15 seconds remaining and were able to kill off the remaining ticks on the clock.
The Wild now wait to see if they face the Bandits or the Bulldogs. Round two will begin next week and dates and times will be announced as we get them.
Congrats to Joel Firmin and the Bengals for a great inaugural season and for making the West division the toughest and most exciting division to play in.
Wilmot Wild Lacrosse
The Wilmot Wild advanced to the Conference Semi-Finals yesterday with a thrilling 8-7 win over the Hamilton Bengals!
The Best-of-3 Conference Quarter-Final Results were:
Game 1: Wilmot 5 @ 3 Hamilton
Game 2: Hamilton 7 @ 8 Wilmot
[ Wilmot wins series 2-0 ]
The Wild are now waiting for the results of the other Conference Quarter-Final series between #6 seed Shelburne and #3 seed Fergus. Currently, their series is at 1-0.
Game 1: Shelburne 5 @ Fergus 12
Game 2: Fergus @ Shelburne, Friday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.
Game 3: Shelburne @ Fergus, Saturday, July 23, 3:00 p.m. (if necessary)
[ Fergus leads Best-of-3 Series 1-0 ]
If Fergus wins the series, then the Wilmot Wild will face the #1 seed Caledon Bandits. If Shelburne can pull off the come-from-behind upset, then the Wild will face the #2 seed Halton Hills Bulldogs. Regardless of who the Wild face it will be an exciting Best-of-5 series - these are some games that you won't want to miss!
Stay tuned to WilmotWild.com for schedule updates and information! As always, expect that Bellzy's will be catering in the upstairs lobby where you can buy an amazing Roast Beef on a Bun or a succulent Pulled Pork on a Bun, and don't forget their home made potato chips - they're GREAT!
There's nothing better than a pulled pork sandwich in one hand, an adult beverage (yes, the lobby is licensed!) in the other hand, and a playoff lacrosse game through the glass!
Great music, great value for money, and, if I do say so myself... great announcing! haha
The Semi-Finals schedule will be announced shortly after the Wild confirm who their opponent will be... Stay tuned... and...
Stay WILD for LACROSSE!!
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