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THIRD-PERIOD COLLAPSE HALTS GAMBLERS' SEASON

A third-period blitzkrieg put an end to the Buffalo Gamblers' season Thursday night.

The Brampton Excelsiors scored all six goals tallied over the final 20 minutes and came away with an 8-5 victory in Game Five of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Major Division championship series.

Brampton wins the best-of-seven series, 4-1, and keeps the Gamblers from a second straight appearance in the Mann Cup championship series.

It was all going Buffalo's way through two periods before the roof caved in. Dean Cecconi and Chris Driscoll both scored two goals in the final period, much to the delight of a standing-room-only crowd of over 2,000.

"Once they got the first two in the final period, things really started to click for them," said Gambler Rich Kilgour. "You just can't turn it on and off in a playoff series or you come away on the losing end."

Tim Soudan scored three goals for the Gamblers, two on acrobatic shots from behind his neck. Paul Gait and Rich Kilgour had the other Buffalo goals.

"Brampton bases their game on scoring goals in bunches," Gamblers associate coach Les Wakeling said. "We gave up a couple of quick ones, we made some mental errors, and that was that. I thought we had things well in hand going into the third period."

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