Leak nullifies Blue Devils' home opener

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET

It was a season home opener that officially wasn't. A leak from the roof of the A pad at Nichols Arena, home of the London Blue Devils, nullified the junior B lacrosse team's first home game last night with 1:08 left in the second period.

It was deemed too dangerous to continue play when the puddle developed in front of the Guelph bench with Guelph Regals leading 4-1.

"Maybe it was a good thing for us," chuckled Blue Devils president Paul Strickland. But it will cause problems with rescheduling. A game isn't deemed to be official until two periods are played.

Strickland said the estimated 200 fans will be given passes to another game.

It couldn't be determined by arena staff if the dripping water was coming from melting snow through a hole in the roof or from a pipe.

The Blue Devils had been struggling with discipline throughout the game, penalties putting them back on their heels.

Guelph had scored two power-play goals and a short-handed goal. Josh Brown scored London's only goal, that on a power play.

Blue Devils coach Chris Standish said the only way his team was going to get back in the games was "if we cleaned up our discipline and gave our heads a shake."

London began the season Friday night with an 8-7 overtime loss to Six Nations in Ohsweken. Leading 6-4 after the second period, the Blue Devils ran into penalty trouble and Six Nations tied it, said Standish. Another penalty in overtime cost them the game, he said.

"We're playing like we did two years ago. It was hack and whack two years ago. Last year we were so disciplined and focused we gave ourselves a chance to compete."

Today, the Blue Devils head to Windsor to meet the AKO Fratmen for their second game of the 20-game season.

The Blue Devils official home opener now won't happen until May 7, when the Wallaceburg Red Devils come to Nichols Arena.

That's provided the ceiling doesn't leak.


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