Remember the Titans

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:24 PM ET

Titans 6

Arrows 5

Series tied 1-1

The Ottawa Titans are no pushovers.

The expansion Titans entered their Ontario Lacrosse Association Jr. A playoff game against the Six Nations Arrows as heavy underdogs, but proved they could keep up with the big boys.

Blu Grant scored the game winner with just over two minutes left to give the Titans a 6-5 win at Earl Armstrong Arena to even the best-of-seven quarter-final 1-1.

The Titans bench went crazy as the final seconds on the score clock ticked down and the buzzer rang to seal the upset win against the regular-season champs, considered a top contender to win the Minto Cup.

The Ottawa players jumped over the boards and mobbed standout goalie Justin Delormier, who played brilliantly in a game in which his team was outshot 49-45.

"If this is the only game we win, then so what," said Titans coach Peter Vipond. "We showed we belong, and that's the main thing, but we'll be here (today) competing."

Now the Titans are thinking about more than showing they belong.

"No one thought we could beat them," said Grant. "Everybody thought we were going to lose in four straight. But then everybody saw us start getting some goals, and everybody saw us start picking up all the loose balls, and we showed them."

The Titans even survived an attempt by the Arrows to have Delormier, a rookie of the year candidate, thrown out of the game for using illegal equipment.

But after officials checked the gear, Delormier was permitted to continue and the Arrows received a delay of game penalty.

The Titans led 2-1 after the first period, then took a three-goal lead with two quick goals early in the second. The Arrows rebounded with three unanswered soon after, and took the lead early in the third on a goal from Cody Jamieson.

TALLIS TIED IT

But Ottawa's Pat Tallis tied it during a power play 30 seconds later.

Grant scored the winner by bouncing the ball off the floor and through the legs of Six Nations goalie Grant Crawley.

"That was just a gutty effort. Our guys played hard from start to finish," said Vipond. "They don't have any weak links on that other side, so our kids played with a lot of heart and guts. I'm really proud of them."

Game 3 is this afternoon at 3:30 at Earl Armstrong on Ogilvie Rd.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


Videos

Photos