Clippers Name Marentette Captain
(WINDSOR, ON) – As the only fifth-year player on the Windsor Clippers Junior B lacrosse team, Chad Marentette has had to take on a bulk-load of the team’s leadership responsibilities.
He’s never been a sniper, he’s never scored 10 points in a season, but much like the first captain ever in team history, Blaic Naysmith, Marentette is more focused on keeping the ball out of his own team’s net.
Traditionally, of the nine captains in team history, the Clippers tend to go with the offensive guys, so it certainly goes to show how important Marentette is to anchoring this year’s team.
In addition, Matt Fraser and Blair Cosgrove, also D-men, were named the Clippers’ assistant captains.
“We didn’t really plan for all defensive guys,” said Clippers’ head coach Jerry Kavanaugh. “We wanted a mix of vocal guys in the room, lead-by-example types on the floor, and level headed guys that are respected by the officials. I think we have all those attributes in the three guys we chose.”
“Being named captain is a real honour,” said Marentette. “I’ve always had awesome captains and I’m happy I get to try and lead these kids not only on the floor but off the floor as men.”
“Marentette has been the ultimate team guy throughout his five years here,” added Kavanaugh. “He’s the dressing room leader and does a great job bringing the younger guys and the veterans together. Fraser and Cosgrove are guys that leave it all on the floor every game. Matt is a more physical player, Blair thinks the game at a high level – both are huge pieces of our back-end and [are] well respected.”
Although Marentette has already been the defacto leader out on the floor and in the room since the start of the season, he finally was able to make it official as his team traveled to play the Niagara Thunderhawks (3-3-1) on Saturday.
Brenda Sveda gave the home team an early lead but was answered by a Zane Dalpe laser, from Malikye Good and Blain Wallace, and a rip from Wallace on a feed from Xander Derkatz.
In the second, Matt Mines tied the game at 2-2 with a tally for the Thunderhawks, but in the second half of the period, Dalpe tallied twice for the hat-trick with a pair of helpers from Wallace and one from Jonathon Jenkins. Wallace bent the mesh late in the frame, on a feed from Dalpe, to give his team a 5-2 lead into the break.
In the final act, Kent Baker-Printup and Michael Wilson both tallied for Niagara to bring the score within one, but their run was broken up by Wallace, finishing the hatty with help from Darian Delisle, followed by Delisle from Dalpe.
Carson Hebner (4-1) stopped 38 chances in net for the 7-5 win, while Justin LaForme turned aside 36 in the loss for the Thunderhawks.
“[The] win was a good team win,” praised Marentette. “Carson played fantastic and our offence was moving good and getting chances.”
“[It was a] good road win,” added Kavanaugh. “Niagara is always a tough place to play. Hebner was very good tonight. They play a pretty aggressive defensive style, took our offence a little while to adjust, but we had a couple runs and the D locked them down for the win.”
Ten games into their Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League season, the Windsor Clippers are currently the only team in the Far West Division with a winning record (7-2-1).
On Thursday, the Clippers extended their domination of the Far West Division with an 18-6 dismantling of what was thought to be a resurgent London Blue Devils squad.
Dalpe led the way in scoring, notching the golden sombrero with five tallies. Wallace continued his scoring ways with a hat-trick. University of Detroit-Mercy pickup Max Payton made an instant impact scoring his first two Junior B goals. Malikye Good blasted two, Josh Jacobs tallied his first junior goal, and Fraser, Derkatz, Delisle, Jacob McLellan, and Corey Kerester also added singles.
Windsor’s Chase Cosgrove improved his record to 3-1-1 in net, stopping 33 chances for the win, while London goalies Jaxon Longboat and Dougie Powless were hammered with 75 shots.
The Clippers returned to action Saturday when they hosted the Hamilton Bengals (8-1-1) at 7pm at Forest Glade. The teams battled to a rare draw as each side put up 9 goals in an overtime stalemate.
Hamilton dominated the first half of the match, jumping into a 7-1 lead with Wallace credited with the single marker for Windsor. Before the end of the 2nd period Kaden Brennen and Wallace had edged the Clippers closer.
Aaron Dugan opened the 3rd frame along with Wallace for the, hat trick, and Max Payton, to get the score to 8-6 by the halfway point. Payton then completed his hat trick with two more strikes before time ran out, the final one unassisted and shorthanded.
Wallace gave Windsor their first lead of the game at 1:41 of the overtime period on an unassisted rocket. The lead carried through to 8:37 when Hamilton’s Luke Robinson hit on the powerplay for his fourth of the night.
The Clippers are now 7-2-2 on the season. Their next two games are on the road this weekend in Welland (0-10-0) and St Catharines (5-5-0) before returning home May 30 to host the London Blue Devils (3-9-0) at 8pm.
With files from Ian Shalapata.