Alex Simmons leads the Kodiaks To Their First Win Of The Year

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

The Six Nations Chiefs (3-1) visited the Cobourg Community Centre to face the Kodiaks (1-3) in Sunday night Major Series Lacrosse action. 

The goalie match-up had Steven Orleman in net for the Cobourg Kodiaks facing Warren Hill of the Six Nations Chiefs.

The Kodiaks played an inspired game led by Alex Simmons scoring four times.  Six Nations made it very interesting in the third period, but the Kodiaks were able to withstand the challenge.   Joey Cupido made his return to Cobourg in a Six Nations uniform after last week’s trade, scoring three goals.  Cobourg came away with the 10-8 win.

To The Game:

Both teams had chances with plenty of end to end action to start the game.  Aaron Woods of the Kodiaks finally broke the 0-0 tie with a shot from the outside off a Riley Curtis pass at 10:37.  Ben French added to the lead with a blast off an Alex Simmons pass at 14:23.

The Chiefs got on the board scoring shorthanded, when Joey Cupido put it in on a breakaway at 17:23, but was answered back when Alex Simmons blasted a shot off a Cam Milligan pass at 18:23 on the power play.

With just 0:10 seconds left and the goalie on the bench, Six Nations set up a play for the last shot of the period.  Randy Staats scored off a Cody Jamieson pass with just 0:03.2 seconds left in the period to narrow the lead to just one.

After one period, Cobourg 3 Six Nations 2.

Second Period:

Cobourg opened the second period with a great individual effort by Riley Curtis, diving through the crease beating Warren Hill at 5:14. The Chiefs mounted a comeback when Austin Staats muscled his way to the centre of the crease, scoring on Steven Orleman at 8:29, followed by Joey Cupido scoring just 0:08 seconds later to tie the game.  Cam Milligan gave the Kodiaks the lead once again when he converted a Brandon Robinson pass at 9:16. 

There was a delay in the game when a pane of glass popped out and was in need of repair.  After about 15 minutes, play resumed.

Aaron Woods scored his second of the night at the edge of the crease, off a Cam Milligan pass at 14:47, but Vaughn Harris scored on the power play for Six Nations at 16:04 to again make this a one goal game again.

Nonkon Thompson took a two minute holding penalty, as well as a five minute facemasking penalty with just 0:53 seconds left in the period.

After two periods, Cobourg 6 Six Nations 5.

Third Period:

Brandon Robinson opened the third period scoring on the power play with a bounce shot off a Scott Del Zotto pass at 1:13.  Alex Simmons scored his third of the night with an overhead shot from the outside at 3:57, but was answered back immediately by Joey Cupido scoring his third goal of the night just 0:10 seconds later.  Alex Simmons scored his fourth of the night with a bounce shot off a Brandon Robinson pass at 7:31.

Mason Kamminga of the Chiefs scooped up a rebound, ran down the floor and scored unassisted in transition at 13:25, followed by Cody Jamieson firing a howitzer from outside beating Orleman at 15:25, making this just a one goal game again.  With the goalie pulled, Brine Rice scored an empty net goal for Cobourg to seal the deal.

Six Nations threw everything at the Kodiaks in final minutes of the game, but Cobourg was able to withstand the pressure for the victory.

Final score, Cobourg 10 Six Nations 8.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star……….Alex Simmons
  • Second Star….Joey Cupido
  • Third Star……..Kealen Pilon

Game Stats:

  • Six Nations went 1 for 1 on the power play, also scoring a shorthanded goal
  • Cobourg went 3 for 7 on the power play.

Top Scorers:

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Cody Jamieson 1g, 4a
  • Joey Cupido 3g, 1a
  • Randy Staats 1g, 3a

Cobourg Kodiaks:

  • Alex Simmons 3g, 1a
  • Brandon Robinson 1g, 3a
  • Brine Rice 1g, 2a
  • Ben French 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.