Buoyed by the returns of their top scorer and number one goaltender, the Brampton Excelsiors evened up the Mann Cup series at one game apiece.
Dan Dawson had five assists, while Anthony Cosmo made 39 saves in Brampton’s 9-4 victory on Thursday night at the Langley Events Centre in game two of the best-of-seven Mann Cup senior A lacrosse championships.
Dawson, Joe Walters (two goals, three assists) and Jarrett Davis (two goals, two assists) did the bulk of the damage offensively for Brampton, combining for four goals and 10 assists.
The Excelsiors took control of the game with a dominant middle period, outscoring the Thunder 6-1.
Prior to that, the teams had tallied one goal apiece in the opening period: Jamie Lincoln for the Thunder and Kevin Ross for Brampton.
But Frank Resetarits and Ross, with his second, scored in the second, and after Lincoln’s second goal of the game cut the lead to 3-2, Brampton exploded for four goals in 5:33.
Walters had a pair, with Davis and John McClure adding the others.
The third period saw both teams score twice: Pat Saunders and Kerry Susheski for Langley and Zack Greer and Davis for Brampton.
Defensively, the Excelsiors were able to shutdown the Thunder’s top scorer, Athan Iannucci and Alex Turner. After the pair combined for five goals and 10 points in game one, they were limited to one assist from Turner on Thursday.
Games three, four and five of the series are Saturday (Sept. 10), Sunday (Sept. 11) and Monday (Sept. 12) and all begin at 7:45 p.m.
If necessary, games six and seven would Sept. 14 and 15.