An Old Fashioned Shootout In Peterborough

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

In a rematch of the game Tuesday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, the Six Nations Chiefs (8-2-1) visited the Peterborough Lakers (6-4) in a Thursday night battle at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough in front of 2,842 fans.

While Six Nations already had clinched first place overall, the Lakers were still battling Brooklin for second place in the league.  Peterborough wanted show they were ready for anything come the playoffs.

The goalie match-up had Warren Hill in net for the Chiefs facing Doug Buchan in net for the Lakers.

This back and forth affair showed why these two teams have been the class of the league for the past few years.  Regulation solved nothing, and the game went to overtime.  In OT Peterborough scored twice on the way to a 13-11 victory.

To The Game:

Holden Cattoni opened up the Lakers scoring shorthanded firing a laser from the outside at 5:19, but Vaughn Harris answered back for the Chiefs on the power play just 0:50 seconds later to tie the game.  Kiel Matisz gave the Lakers the lead once more scoring in transition at 6:59, but Austin Staats scored off a long lead pass from Warren Hill at 7:49.  Matt Gilray scored next for Peterborough off a Mark Matthews pass at 8:23, followed by Keaton Zavitz scoring his first career goal on Warren Hill at 9:12.  Austin Hasen increased the Lakers lead driving to the net at 11:06.

Jordan Goddard stopped the Lakers run scoring off a Brendan Bomberry pass at 11:49, followed by Vaughn Harris with his second of the game off an Austin Staats feed at 15:38.  Cody Jamieson tied the game on a breakaway firing a laser to the far side at 16:37. 

On a dayed penalty the Lakers retook the lead.  Mark Matthews fired a howitzer past Warren Hill off a Shawn Evans bounce pass at 17:43, followed by Cory Vitarelli scoring  a power play goal on a quick stick off a Shawn Evans pass at 18:32.  Austin Staats scored his second of the period with a shovel shot off an Eric Fannell pass beating Doug Buchan at 19:43.

After one period, Peterborough 7 Six Nations 6.

  • Shots on goal were 22-21 in favor of Six Nations.

Second Period:

Vaughn Harris opened the second period scoring tying the game with his third of the night.  Harris converted a Cody Jamieson pass on the power play at 1:11.  Holden Cattoni gave Peterborough the lead once again scoring off a Keaton Zavitz pass at 7:43, but Eric Fannell fought his way across the crease to convert an Austin Staats pass at 12:18 to tie the game again. 

The Chiefs took their first lead of the evening when Austin Staats scored an acrobatic goal from almost behind the goal line off a Vaughn Harris rebound at 16:02. 

After two periods, Six Nations 9 Peterborough 8.

  • Shots on goal were 18-17 in favor of Six Nations for a game total of 40-38 in favor of the Chiefs.

Third Period:

Cory Vitarelli opened the third period scoring tying the game again.  Vitarelli quick sticked a Shawn Evans pass on the power play at 2:31.  Austin Hasen gave Peterborough the lead when he fired a shorthanded laser off a Cory Vitarelli pass at 11:37, but Vaughn Harris scored his fourth of the night on the power play off a Cody Jamieson pass at 12:46 making it 10-10.

Holden Cattoni scored his third of the night on the power play off a Mark Matthews pass at 14:42.  Austin Staats scored his third goal of the game shorthanded with just 0:37 seconds left to send it to overtime.

After regulation, Peterborough 11 Six Nations 11.

  • Shots on goal was 14-13 in favor of Six Nations for a total of 54-51 in favor of the Chiefs.

***Of Note***

The MSL’s directive prior to the game stated if there was overtime in this game, it wouldn’t be sudden death, or play until there was a winner.  The “NEW” directive from the league was ONE ten minute period played to total time.


The Lakers finally scored at 7:48 when Taite Cattoni converted Holden’s pass, followed by Shawn Evans scoring an insurance goal off a Kiel Matisz feed with just 1:43 left for the victory.

Final score, Peterborough 13 Six Nations 11.

  • Shots on goal for the period 7-6 in favor of Peterborough.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star………….Shawn Evans
  • Second Star……..Mark Matthews
  • Third Star…………Keaton Zavitz

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 60-58 in favor of Six Nations.
  • Faceoffs were 19-9 in favor of Peterborough.
  • Six Nations went 2 for 11 on the power play, scoring one shorthanded goal.
  • Peterborough went 2 for 8 on the power play, scoring twice shorthanded.

Top Scorers:

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Austin Staats 3g, 4a
  • Vaughn Harris 4g, 1a
  • Eric Fannell 1g, 3a

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Shawn Evans 1g, 7a
  • Mark Matthews 1g, 5a
  • Holden Cattoni 3g, 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.