Chokan powers Bantam Rock to GSLA crown
by Randy Pascal
Nick Chokan scored his fourth goal of the game with just nine seconds remaining, lifting the Rock past the Rush 4-3 in the Bantam final and capping
off a wild weekend of GSLA (Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association) playoff action.
"I remember getting the ball, I didn't know how much time was on the clock, I just shot it and it happened to go in," said Chokan of the game-winning
A Peewee aged player playing up a division, Chokan outlined some thoughts on trying to make the most of his scoring opportunities. "I try and cut in
early, fire random shots and see what the goalie's weakness is - then maybe I can hit the spot," he said.
The Rock took a 3-2 lead into the third period only to see Kyle Guillot tie the contest midway through the frame, scoring with his team
short-handed by a pair of players, killing off a five on three.
Calvin Bass and Joey Rainbow scored the remaining goals for the Rush, who advanced to the finals thanks to a 6-1 victory over the Blazers.
The Peewee championship encounter was a wide-open affair as the Rock doubled the Blazers 10-5 behind a three-goal effort from Tyler Coutu.
Mathiew Despatie and Kurtis Watson added two goals apiece, with singles coming from Anthony Dombek, Mathieu Paradis and Noah
Josée Mohama led the way with a pair of goals in a losing cause, while Ryder Thususka, Kris Lizzi and Dylan Dumontelle scored once
each. The Blazers sneaked into the final after Robbie Bianchin scored the only goal of the shootout in a 7-6 semi-final win over the Bandits.
In Tyke Division play, a pair of semi-finals decided by just a goal each gave way to a more lopsided final as the Mammoth handcuffed the Bandits 8-1.
Ethan Marois scored four times for the winners, with Cameron Walker adding a hat-trick.
Breck Morrow rounded out the scoring for the Mammoth, while Gavin Roy answered with the only goal for the Bandits. And finally, the
Knighthawks surprised some onlookers by capturing the Novice final, besting the Rock 4-1.
A three-goal performance by Jamie Wahamma proved to be the difference, as Mathieu Gaudreau (Knighthawks) and Matti Allen (Rock)
traded the remaining goals for their respective teams.
The playoff weekend wraps up the houseleague schedule for the GSLA, although rep teams will continue to practice and play in preparation for OLA
(Ontario Lacrosse Association) Provincials in August.
The GSLA Sudbury Rockhounds will also be playing host to the 2011 Nickel City Shootout on the weekend of July 8th to 10th, with forty or so
competitive teams from across the province expected to be on hand for the event.