The Cobourg Kodiaks (2-9) traveled west to the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario to face the Brampton Excelsiors (3-11) with major playoff implications on the line.
Both teams have shown signs of brilliance, but also have done a fair amount of struggling this season. Tanner Buck (18g,22a) has been the leader for Cobourg, while James Whiteford (9g,21a) the top scorer for Brampton.
The goalie match-up had Laine Hruska in net for Cobourg against Lucas Nagy in net for Brampton.
While the Kodiaks controlled most of the first period, the game got more aggressive as it went along. A fight between Lucas Nagy of the Excelsiors and Emerson Clark of the Kodiaks started on the floor but continued off the floor.
The third period had things open up with the teams combining for twelve goals. Steven Portelli and Carson Moyer led their respective teams. It looked like Cobourg was going to come away with the victory, scoring the go ahead goal with just one minute left, but Steven Portelli tied the game with one second left to send it to overtime. In overtime, Henry Follows scored for Brampton 1:59 in for the victory.
To The Game:
The Excelsiors got on the board first when Bowie Horsman converted a James Whiteford feed at 5:07, but was answered immediately by Tanner Buck finishing a Cole Hanrahan pass 0:41 seconds later. The Excelsiors regained the lead when Pent Eistrat converted a Josh Medeiros pass at 6:35, but again was answered by the Kodiaks when Emerson Clark scored unassisted at 7:03.
Cobourg took their first lead of the night when Emerson Clark scored his second of the game off a Carson Moyer pass in transition at 13:29, followed by David Anderson blasting a Marshall Powless feed at 19:57 on the power-play.
After one period, Cobourg 4 Brampton 2.
The Kodiaks opened up the second period scoring while down two men. Carson Moyer, with a great individual effort finished a Tanner Buck pass at 3:51. The Excelsiors stopped the Cobourg four goal run when Lucas Ferreira scored on the power-play off a Bowie Horsman pass at 10:04.
The game got chippier as it went on with Lucas Nagy and Emerson Clark getting into a scuffle at 14:19. Nagy got a match penalty, while Clark got a double minor for checking from behind, a five minute fighting major, a ten minute misconduct, as well as a game misconduct.
Brampton replaced Lucas Nagy with Caleb Slinger in net.
After two periods, Cobourg 5 Brampton 3.
Brampton drew first blood with Steven Portelli scoring off a Matt Perreira pass at 0:34 seconds to bring the game within one goal. Then, on a two man advantage the Excelsiors tied the game with Portelli scoring again off a James Whiteford feed at 6:35. Brampton took the lead with Curtis Goddard converting a long lead pass from Caleb Slinger at 7:46, followed by Tyler Ferreira finishing off a Henry Follows pass at 0:39 seconds later. Josh Medeiros scored unassisted and the Excelsiors were ahead 8-5.
Jackson Brown took over in the Kodiaks net.
Cobourg got on the board with Carson Moyer scoring off a Jonah Boehm pass at 9:56, but James Whiteford answered for Brampton with a blast off a Henry Follows pass at 11:34. Moyer scored again for the Kodiaks followed by Marshall Powless converting an Aaron Woods pass at 13:16. Tyler Hendryks then tied the game off a David Anderson pass at 18:17.
Anderson himself gave the Kodiaks the lead off a Marshall Powless feed at 19:00, but Steven Portelli’s third of the period with just 0:01 second remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime.
After regulation, Brampton 10 Cobourg 10.
Henry Follows was the hero for the Excelsiors on this evening converting a Tyler Ferreira pass at 1:59 of overtime for the win.
Final score, Brampton 11 Cobourg 10.
The Three Stars:
1. Steven Portelli
2. Henry Follows
3. Carson Moyer
David Anderson 2g, 3a
Carson Moyer 3g, 1a
Marshall Powless 1g, 3a
Steven Portelli 3g, 2a
Bowie Horsman 1g, 3a
Henry Follows 1g, 3a
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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.
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