from Lorne Ainsworth
OWEN SOUND FLYING DUTCHMEN JOURNEY TO 1993 CANADIAN & ONTARIO
JR. B LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Owen Sound Signmen entered the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior B league in 1980 and played for 10 years under the "Signmen" banner. In 1982 they won the Founders Cup Canadian Championship. In 1990 the team sponsorship changed and the name was changed to the Owen Sound Cash & Carry Flying Dutchmen.
After a disappointing 1992 season with a record of 6 wins and 14 losses and not making the playoffs, who would have guessed that the 1993 Owen Sound Flying Dutchmen Team would win the Founders Cup Canadian Championship as well as the Ontario Championship.
It all started with the team acquiring Derek Forbes as their new coach. Derek recognized that many talented Owen Sound players were in their last year of Junior Lacrosse eligibility and set his sights on bringing them together for their last shot at a junior title. In addition to a select group of players returning from the 1992 team, the icing on the cake was bringing Jamie Grimoldby and Keith Peer back home from their Sarnia Junior "A" team.
The team quickly gelled and swept through the regular season with an impressive record of 20 wins and 2 losses to finish in first place.
The march to the Ontario Championship started with the defeat of the Guelph Regals in the quarterfinal playoff series. The Flying Dutchmen swept the series in 3 games straight. 'n the semi-final series the opponent was the Elora Mohawks. Owen Sound kept their playoff-undefeated streak in place by beating Elora in every game of the 4 game series.
The Ontario final was tougher with the Orillia Kings winning the first 2 games. In a strange series of events the.Ontario Championship was put on hold while the teams travelled to Winnipeg to compete in the Founders Cup tournament.
At the St. James Civic Centre in Winnipeg the Owen Sound squad lost their first Founders Cup game to the same Orillia Kings with a score of 8-7. The Dutchmen had now lost 3 straight games to Orillia.
Owen Sound then coasted to easy wins against the Winnipeg North Stars (41-3) and the Manitoba Provincial Team (31-1).
The Championship game was a close battle against Orillia. Owen Sound fell behind early with a score of 3-1 early in the 1st period but roared back to a 9-3 lead by the end of the frame. Orillia didn't give up and fought back to a 12-12 tie midway through the third. The final score was 15-13 in favour of the Flying Dutchmen. The game winning goal was scored by Jamie Grimoldby and he was named the Founders Cup MVP.
Not only was the Founders Cup trophy on the way back to Owen Sound but so were the Flying Dutchmen and Orillia Kings to resume the Ontario Championship playoffs. With Orillia already up 2 games to O, the pendulum swung back in Owen Sound's favour in game 3 with a 15-13 victory. The Dutchmen tied the series with a 13-10 win in game 4 and took a lead by winning game 5 by a score of 12-8.
Game 6 proved to be the final coffin nail for Orillia with Jeff Farmer scoring in double overtime to defeat the Kings 9-8 and to give Owen Sound the Ontario title.