Brayden Bell Returns from Experience of a Lifetime

September 22, 2015
COMMUNITY NEWS


It was an experience of a lifetime for Brayden Bell of Sarnia after he was given the opportunity to be involved in the historic first ever U19 World Lacrosse Challenge held at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations.

 

"The biggest adjustment was using a "spoon" (field Lacrosse plastic stick)." Bell commented "I rely on my stick a lot in Jr. A, using a wooden stick. So it was difficult "

Brayden Bell, didn't disappoint, although not winning gold. Team Germany (Deutschland Adler), a country to which box Lacrosse is still considered a new sport of 2 years, combined talent, grit and determination resulting in placing 10th in world, and 2nd place in group C.

 

"Throwing together players that not only haven't played box Lacrosse before, but also have never played Lacrosse with each other, was difficult, but coach Jamie Plunkett did well" Bell said

Team Germany competed in two exhibition games prior to tournament. In game one Germany played Wilmot Wild Jr. C losing 17-6. Brayden allowed 8 goals in 30 minutes of play collecting 2 assists.

Next exhibition was against Oakville Buzz Jr. B Team Germany again lost 10-4. Brayden allowed 3 goals in 30 minutes also adding can assist.

The World Tournament opened Friday vs Team Israel on the world stage. Team Germany (Deutschland Adler) prevailed 4-1. An awesome way to open the Tournament, and also Brayden's first international win facing 22 shots.

Team Nordic (Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and a few players from Australia) Team Germany dropped a 6-4 decision. Brayden & Andrew Chenier split goaltending duties. Brayden allowed 4 goals in first half. Great game, missed opportunities.

Saturday produced a very tough schedule facing Team Iroquois Seneca (team just off of Jr. B national championship Founders Cup game which they lost to Akwesasne) & Team Canada West. Andrew Chenier went the distance in goal losing 9-1 to Seneca. Gaining experience from a seasoned Jr. B team.

Game 2 of second day matched up Team Germany (Deutschland Adler) vs Team Canada West (eventual Gold Medal Winners) losing 10-0 having their way with the Germans only able to muster 3 shots, while having 25 against. Brayden played well holding off the onslaught.

 



Three teams were tied with 1-3 records resulting in a shootour. Team Nordic, Team Iroquois Seneca & Team Germany. All teams provided a goalie, and three shooters. Although the shootout was a new format, organizers agreed the results were wrong the next day. In 6 rounds of shooters, Brayden stopped all shots. Nordic allowed 2 against, Seneca allowed 2 goals against. Shooters scoring trumped goaltenders saves. Nordic was issued 8th place. Seneca & Germany needed a shootout for 9th place. Brayden allowed a goal, while Germany failed to score.

Playoffs in group C began Sunday matching Team Germany up against Squamish Nation (BC) Team Germany (Deutschland Adler) scored a 5-3 victory behind great goaltending by Andrew Chenier!

The battle for 9th place (1st in group "C") rematched Team Germany (Deutschland Adler) against Team Seneca. This game was intense, lots of hugs and got chippy. After taking some untimely penalties, in the end Team Seneca prevailed 8-7 scoring winning goal on power play late in regulation. Brayden Bell went the distance in goal, collecting 2 assists.

 Team Germany (Deutschland Adler) placed 10th in world.

Final Standings were:
Gold: Team Canada West
Silver: Jr Clax AllStars
Bronze: Team Iroquois West
4th: USA
5th: Team Czech
6th: Team Canada Atlantic/ Quebec
7th: Team Iroquois East
8th: Team Nordic
9th: Team Seneca
10th: Team Germany (Deutschland Adler)
11th: Team Israel
12th: Squamish Nation

Brayden Bell's stat line for exhibition & Tournament was
165 minutes, 5.5 games, 34 goals against, 6.36 goals against average.

"It was amazing to meet the German players, and team hotel was awesome. My dad (Jim Bell) says he has Lacrosse friends for life, and now I know what he meant, Lacrosse friends for life."
 

Bell has been contacted by some NLL teams regarding attending training camps for experience. "It's a long shot to make the team being 17, plus difficult to juggle with school, but my ultimate goal of playing pro, is within my reach"

Bell returns to high school where he plays football, but is looking forward to next season with the Toronto Beaches Jr. A.



 

 

 

 







 

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