Tomahawks reign on Titans' parade

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Tomahawks 9, Titans 6

The Ottawa Titans threw a coming out party last night at the Earl Armstrong Arena.

The Mississauga Tomahawks weren't very good guests.

The Tomahawks won their first game in two years last night, spoiling the Titans home debut in the Ontario Jr. A Lacrosse circuit.

"We didn't play smart is the best way to put it," said Titans coach Peter Vipond after the 9-6 loss in front of about 1,000 fans.

"There were a lot of things going on and we didn't start well at all. What it comes down to is we didn't score. Six goals is not enough to win."

The Tomahawks, who went 0-20 last year, got three goals and three assists from Scott Defrancesco in the win.

"This is huge," said Tommies coach Don Jones. "There are nine or 10 guys on this team who suffered through a season where their play wasn't as bad as their record. This is something we needed as a unit."

The Titans, now 2-1, fell behind 3-0 by the 15-minute mark of the first period and never recovered. They trailed 4-2 after the first period and got to within 4-3 early in the second, but then surrendered three straight goals and trailed 7-4 after two periods.

"My hats are off to them," said Jones of the Titans. "Peter's put together a nice team in a short period of time and they're going to be competitive with every team. Coming in to face them in their opener was not a place we wanted to be."

The Titans got goals from Trevin Thompson, Pat Tallis, Blu Grant, Simon Robillard, Callum Crawford and Brenna Sarazin.

The Tomahawks showed up without John Tavares, the exceptional 14-year-old two-sport star who forced the Ontario Hockey League to change its rules, opening the door for him to be drafted first overall last weekend.

He didn't make the trip to the nation's capital because he had to attend an Oshawa Generals rookie camp this weekend.

Tavares' skill in lacrosse is perhaps less known than his hockey prowess, but no less appreciated in lacrosse circles.

The Titans entered last night's game with high expectations. They had opened their first season with a pair of slightly unexpected road wins. They started off with a win over St. Catharines and followed that up with a win over Orillia.

The Titans host Orangeville this afternoon at 2 p.m.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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