Canada Defeats Iroquois to Take Gold at WJLC

(Photo Credit: WJLC)

On Sunday night in Saskatoon Canada took home gold at the 2018 World Junior Lacrosse Championship. In what was a much more competitive and tighter game then last time Canada would defeat a tough Iroquois squad 15-10. A huge offensive burst in the second half would play a big part in Canada securing the win. 

It was a much different game then the previous time these teams meet. The Iroquois finally had a full bench and it showed as Canada wasn't able to just wear them out this game. In the first Canada would start off with a three goal run as Mitch Linklater, Colin Berglof, and Kyle Dawson would each get a goal. The Iroquois would be able to answer as they got two goals midway through the quarter from Aaron Greyeyes and Tyler Brown. That would cut it to a one goal game. Brad Lyons would get his first of the game for Canada to end the quarter. 

Heading into the second quarter Canada would hold a 4-2 lead over the Iroquois after a back and fourth first quarter. Canada would continue their goal run in the second with two early goals from Brendan Szabo and Haiden Dickson. The momentum would shift midway through the second as the Iroquois would go on a three goal run to end the half. David Anderson, Tyler Brown, and Nonkon Thompson would all get a goal for the Iroquois to end the half. With the momentum having shifted to the Iroquois they came into the half with a lot of energy, but Canada still held a one goal 6-5 lead. 

The third quarter would be completely dominated by Canada. They were able to get out and run the floor, thus picking apart the Iroquois defense. Canada would score four straight goals in the third to go up 10-5. During that run Brad Lyons would have two goals as Tanner Buck and Kyle Dawson would have one a piece. 

After a dominating third quarter for Canada we would see a very exciting fourth quarter as we saw a lot of back and fourth play from both squads. The Iroquois would start off the fourth with a burst of energy as they were able to get four straight goals to make it a one goal game as they picked apart the Canadian defense. During that Iroquois run we would see Blaze White and Kainen Francis each get one as Marshall Powless had two. Canada would flip the switch with a four goal run of their own to add onto their one goal lead. Brendan Szabo, Matthew Wright, Haiden Dickson, and Kyle Dziwenka would each have one goal a piece for Canada during that run. Marshall Powless would give the Iroquois some momentum as he scored midway through the fourth. That wouldn't spark another run as defense set in for both sides and Canada was able to get the majority pf possessions down the stretch. Canada would get one last goal in the final minute of the game from Brendan Szabo before they would run the clock out. Canada would walk away as 15-10 victors as the captured the 2018 WJLC championship. 

Three Stars

⭐⭐⭐: #11 Brad Lyons, D, Canada - 3 Goals, 2 Assist

⭐⭐ : #7 Brendan Szabo, D, Canada - 3 Goals

⭐: #93 Marshall Powless, R, Iroquois - 3 Goals, 2 Assist

Final Standings

1. Canada 3-0

2. Iroquois 1-2

3. USA 0-2*

*USA defeated Junior B Saskatchewan S.W.A.T in an exhibition game that didn't count