I am very pleased and honoured, on behalf of The Board of Governors of The Ontario Junior "A" Lacrosse Council and myself, to congratulate the completed Six Nations Arrows Lacrosse Team on their winning of the 2014 Minto Cup. To have been here in Vancouver, with The Arrows, to witness this outstanding, and possibly historic feat, gives me great satisfaction and pleasure.
The Arrows got off to a shaky, and in my mind puzzling, start to the series, but with the support of those family and friends who travelled with them plus the ever-growing support of their First Nations friend from around the lower main land, they were able to turn the series around with four straight victories after suffering the two opening loses.
Winning four straight games, after loosing the first two is something that I, in my 33 years as Commissioner, have never witnessed before.
I sat with several of my BC friends, and they, some of them CLHOF inductees, were all in agreement that The Arrows were the better team led by their captain and Minto Cup MVP Johnny Powless.
Gentlemen, you now have been crowned the 2014 Minto Cup Champions, and as I told you all at a meeting before the series began, if you win it nobody can ever take it away from you. So enjoy the "fruits of your labour" you have earned that right.
Best Regards, Commissioner,
2014 Jr A League Award Winners
Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse
Individual Player Award Winners
JOEY NIEUWENDYK AWARD
Rookie of the Year - Jeff Teat, Brampton Excelsiors
BOBBY ALLAN AWARD
Scoring Leader - Reilly O'Connor, Whitby Warriors
JOHN "GUS" McCAULEY MEMORIAL AWARD
Outstanding Defensive Player - Leo Stourus, Six Nations Arrows
GAYLORD POWLESS MEMORIAL AWARD
Most Sportsmanlike Player - T. J. Sanders, Barrie Lakeshores
DENNIS MCINTOSH MEMORIAL AWARD
Most Valuable Player - Daniel Craig, Barrie Lakeshores
-Chris Cloutier, KW Braves
ROBERT MELVILLE MEMORIAL AWARD
Goalies, Lowest Goals Against - Don Alton, Six Nations Arrows
-Doug Jamieson, Six Nations Arrows
JIM VELTMAN AWARD
Most Outstanding Player - Reilly O'Connor, Whitby Warriors
SANDERSON MEMORIAL AWARD, In Memory of Chris and Ryan
Most Valuable Goaltender - Don Alton, Six Nations Arrows
JIM BISHOP MEMORIAL AWARD
Outstanding Coaching Staff - KW Braves, Brian Beisel
JACK BIONDA MEMORIAL AWARD
Goal: Don Alton, Six Nations Arrows
Defense: Leo Stourus, Six Nations Arrows
Derek Searle, Burlington Chiefs
Forward: Reilly O'Connor, Whitby Warriors
Chris Cloutier, KW Braves
Daniel Craig, Barrie Lakeshores
Goal: Kevin Orleman, KW Braves
Defense: Matt Hossack, Whitby Warriors
Brandon Clelland, Orangeville Northmen
Forward: Zach Herreweyers, Brampton Excelsiors
Turner Evans, Peterborough Lakers
Austin Shanks, Whitby Warriors
DEAN McLEOD AWARD
Most Valuable Player, Playoffs - To be determined at the conclusion of the playoffs
E. W. ‘BILLY’ EVANS MEMORIAL AWARD
Outstanding Graduating Player - To be presented at the OLA, AGM in November.
Junior "A" Lacrosse has completed the most unique situation ever, something that has never happened before, in that, four teams were tied for the 3rd through 6th positions in our final standings and two teams tied for the 8th playoff position. With the OLA constitution not clear on what the process is if two or more teams are tied in the final standings. The following is what I have concluded in the manner in which these positions would be reached.
First tie breaker, wins and losses against the four teams tied;
Whitby 4 wins 2 losses
Orangeville 3 wins 3 loses
Peterboro 3 wins 3 losses
KW 2 wins 4 losses
Whitby is awarded 3rd spot by virtue of 4 wins.
Second tie breaker, wins and losses in the games played amongst the three remaining teams; Orangeville, KW and Peterboro.
Orangeville 2 wins 2 losses
Peterboro 2 wins 2 losses
KW 2 wins 2 losses
Being that all three teams have the identical win/loss records, R 1.06, clause II of the OLA constitution is used. Goals Average Formula will be used and that only the goals for and against during the games these three teams played against each other will be used. The scoring records against each other are as follows;
Peterboro 44 for 45 against, .4944
Orangeville 29 for 32 against, .4754
KW 41 for 37 against, .5256
From these figures I have reach the final standings as following, via Goals Average Formula;
KW .5256, 4th place
Peterboro .4944, 5th place
Orangeville .4754, 6th place
As I said above, this was truly a unique circumstance which now we have all playoff seeds set and all teams can go forward into the 2014 Junior "A" playoffs and I wish the best of luck to all eight teams.
OLA Jr A Lacrosse League
Playoff Tie-Breaker - Immediate Release
After consultation with Barrie and St. Catharines this morning I have decided, with the safety of the athletes on both teams in mind, that the winner of the St. Catharines at Barrie game Friday night in Barrie will advance to the playoffs as the 8th seed.
This decision was made, as I stated above, with the distinct possibility in mind, that the winner of 8th place could be forced into four games in five night and/or eight games in nine nights if their first round went five games.
This is the most unique situation that could be imagined, in that, these two teams are fighting for the final playoff spot and play each other on the final day of our schedule.
Coming to this decision is contrary to our Policy Paper but, with the co-operation of both teams, the right decision was made. I thank Mike Kloepfer and Paul Coates for their vision in this matter. Best of luck to both teams tomorrow night in Barrie.
OLA Junior A Lacrosse League
Six Nations Forfeits Game
OLA Jr A Commissioner