First place is out of reach for the Owen Sound Quantum Properties NorthStars, but second place and a first-round playoff bye are there for the taking.
They fought back from a 5-1 deficit midway through the second period and defeated the Norwood Champs 10-5 in Ontario Senior B lacrosse action on Saturday at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
The NorthStars are tied for fourth in the seven-team league with 19 points. They close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon against Brooklin, the team with which they are tied; it's the last game on the league schedule, so the winner will leapfrog Oakville and Norwood in the standings and finish second.
The winner will also grab a playoff bye along with St. Catharines, which has locked up top spot in the standings.
Travis Gibbons led the winners on Saturday with a hat trick. Adam Jones had two goals and two assists while Bryan Kazarian, Jamie Grimoldby, Jeff Ivey, Nick Brown and Darren Halls scored the other goals. Sean Holmes added three assists.
Norwood's scorers were Jackson Gair, Eric Bissell, Greg Reilly, Mack O'Brien and Mike McNamara.
Some sloppy play by Owen Sound and a determined showing by the shorthanded Champs allowed the visitors to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes, a margin they extended to 5-1 just past the halfway mark of the second period. Head coach Brandon Sanderson yanked starting netminder Scott Komer, inserting recently acquired backup Ryan Masters.
The NorthStars responded with four goals in just over three minutes to tie the game. Four minutes after that they took the lead and never relinquished it, pouring in four more goals in the third period as the Champs, who had showed up with only 13 runners, finally ran out of gas.
Masters was perfect in relief and has not allowed a goal in two appearances with the NorthStars. Cole Murray took the loss for Norwood. The final shots were 56-39 in Owen Sound's favour.
NorthStars head coach Brandon Sanderson says he's happy to be getting production from a number of different sources. He notes that Gibbons, with 12 goals and 23 points in only five games, is playing especially well since joining the team two weeks ago.
Today's game against Brooklin is a 4 p.m. start at the Bayshore.