The Czech Team player Kyle Ross ended nearly at the top again.
The most prestigious Canadian lacrosse trophy, the legendary Mann Cup, won the home team Peterborough Lakers. In the sixth match of the series they defeated New Westminster Salmonbellies 15 – 9 and gained the most important fourth victory. The sold out Memorial Centre in Peterborough with more than four thousand spectators can after three years celebrate again.
While first four games were equal, the fifth and sixth match dominated the team from Ontario. New Westminster Salmonbellies thus lose their second Mann Cup series in a row. Whilst previously the series with Brampton was played in British Columbia, in the home arena of the Salmonbellies and decisive was the extra time of the seventh match, this time the Salmonbellies lost with the team full of stars, the Lakers.
Same as the last year, Kyle Ross, who represented the Czech Republic at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Halifax, played the whole series. While the previous year his role was more offensive (in seven games he gained 5 goals, 3 assists and 17 penalty minutes), this year he was fully concentrated to defense. In the series with Peterborough he acted as an tough man, gained 26 penalty minutes and he only had two opportunities to shoot at the goal of Iroquois player Mike Thompson.
In the perspective of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague there was a great chance we could see even some of the Mann Cup holders, while players as Scott Self, Mark Steenhuis, John Tavares, Shawn Evans, John Grant, Jr., or Tracey Kelusky had a big chance to become members of the Team Canada. From the defeated team we had to name Matt Roik, who guarded the goal of England three years ago at the WILC in Halifax. Other candidates for the trip to Prague were the Canadians Jordan Hall and Ilja Gajic or Irish Rory Smith. So we looked forward to them!