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Warriors win Minto Cup title with 12-7 victory over Adanacs

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The Canadian Press
8/29/2011 12:26:04 AM
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OKOTOKS, Alta. -- Mark Cockerton scored four goals and Zack Higgins made 42 saves Sunday as the Whitby Warriors defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs 12-7 and won the 2011 Minto Cup.

Whitby won the best-of-three tournament championship series 2-1 and claimed Canada's indoor lacrosse title.

Defending champion Coquitlam won the series opener 14-8, but Withby responded with a resounding 17-7 win in Game 2 before wrapping up the series Sunday.

"We battled through a lot, even to get here," Warriors head coach Derek Keenan said. "We didn't really play particularly well until the last two nights and guys stepped up at the right moment and played very well against just an awesome team."

It was just the third loss of the year for the Adanacs.

Mark Matthews had three assists for Whitby and ended the tournament with 23 points in four games.

Ryan Serville scored twice while Dan Linter had a goal and three assists for the Warriors, who pulled away with four straight goals in the third period.

Kyle Lindsay, John LaFontaine, Shayne Jackson, Emerson Clark and Chad Tutton also scored for Whitby.

Travis Cornwall led Coquitlam with five assists, while Ben McIntosh scored twice and Tor Reinholdt had a goal and three assists.

Matthew Dinsdale, Casey Jackson, Jackson Decker and Wesley Berg also scored.

"We have a lot of character on this team," Adanacs coach Curt Malawsky said. "We never gave up. We saw it right to the very end. Even the other night, it comes down to one or two shots at the end of the game and it could go either way. What I'm proud most of is none of those kids quit."

Steve Fryer and Josh Phillips combined for 30 saves on 41 shots for Coquitlam.

Whitby came out flying in the first period, scoring three times before the 10 minute mark.

Lindsey, LaFontaine and Cockerton's goals visibly agitated the Adanacs as Myan Adams was called for high-sticking at 11:34. Shayne Jackson promptly added Whitby's fourth goal on the power play.

The Warriors continued to dominate until McIntosh beat Higgins with just 23.7 seconds remaining in the period.

Coquitlam managed to get a handle on their offence in the second period but Whitby hung on to maintain a one goal lead after 40:00 of play. Cockerton led the charge for Whitby, scoring on both shots he put on net.

Higgins came up big for Whitby early in the third period when Coquitlam sent shot after shot on net. After the Warriors were able to shore up their defence, their offence carried them the rest of the way.

Cockerton, Lintner, Serville and Tutton all scored in the period while Coquitlam wasn't able to find a way to beat Higgins.

"Higgy is an unreal goalie. The last two nights he's played just phenomenal. He's the reason we won these last two games."

"Higgy is an unreal goalie," LaFontaine said. "The last two nights he's played just phenomenal. He's the reason we won these last two games."

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