A Late Surge Gives Burnaby The Victory

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Maple Ridge Burrards (1-4) visited the Burnaby Lakers (2-4) in WLA action on Friday night.  Both teams had been struggling so far this year, and were hoping to right the ship in this game.

The goalie match-up had Brandon Humphrey in net for the Burrards vs. Zak Boychuk in net for the Lakers.

This was a battle from start to finish.  With just under seven minutes to play, the Lakers finally took, and held the lead for the 10-7 victory.  Both goalies were sharp in this game, and were a huge reason why it came down to the wire.

To the game:

Burnaby got off to a good start scoring the first three of the game.  Ryan Martel was able to convert a James Rahe pass just 1:30 into the game.  Connor Watson increased the Lakers lead also converting a James Rahe pass at 8:04, followed by Graydon Bradley finishing off a Ryan Martel feed at 11:04.

Maple Ridge got back in the game late in the period when Brett Kujala beat Zak Boychuk at 15:58, followed by Mitch McDole scoring shorthanded off a Nash Moog pass at 18:37.

After one period, Burnaby 3 Maple Ridge 2.

Second Period:

The second period started with a tilt.  Josh Kelly of the Lakers, and Mitchell Nolet of the Burrards each earned five minute major penalties for their efforts.

Ryan Martel opened the second period scoring converting a long lead pass from Zak Boychuk at 3:16, followed by James Rahe on the power play off a Lazslo Henning pass at 7:40.  Toron Eccleston increased the Lakers lead to four converting a Keagan White pass at 8:27.

Maple Ridge got one back when Garrett Winter converted a Will Clayton pass at 15:38, but James Rahe scored his second of the period off a Toron Eccleston pass at 16:21.  Dennon Armstrong narrowed the margin to three when he converted a Ryan Jones pass at 17:09 on the power play.

After two periods, Burnaby 7 Maple Ridge 4.

Third Period:

Maple Ridge finally got moving with a pair of shorthanded goals.  Ryan Jones converted a Gabe Procyk pass, followed by Will Clayton converting a Ryan Jones pass at 10:46. Ryan Jones then scored himself at 13:14 on the power play, and the game was tied 7-7.

The Lakers put it in overdrive to finish the game, scoring the last three goals.  Connor Watson scored off a James Rahe pass at 13:33, followed by Brandon Luitwieler unassisted while shorthanded at 15:24.  Graydon Bradley finished off the scoring converting a Kieran McKay pass at 19:27 into the empty net.

Final score, Burnaby 10, Maple Ridge 7.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star…………James Rahe
  • Second Star…….Zak Boychuk
  • Third Star………..Garrett Winter

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were in favor of the Burrards 54-51.
  • Faceoffs were in favor of Maple Ridge 13-6.
  • The Lakers scored one power play goal, and one shorthanded goal.
  • The Burrards scored 2 power play goals, and 3 shorthanded goals.

Top Scorers:

Burnaby Lakers:

  • James Rahe 2g, 4a
  • Toron Eccleston 1g, 3a
  • Ryan Martel 2g, 1a

Maple Ridge Burrards:

  • Ryan Jones 2g, 2a
  • Garrett Winter 1g, 2a
  • Will Clayton 1g, 2a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.