Big Battle in Minnesota

The North Metro Nordiques (0-4) dropped a heart breaker to the Isotopes, (2-3) in IBLA action in the Minnesota IBLA. A close game for most of it, saw the Isotopes pull away for a 15-12 defeat of the Nordiques. This was the big battle in Minnesota.


To The Action

Most of the Isotopes damage was done by two players. Evan McNally with an eight-point night with his five tallies. Grant Taff adding a six-point game with his five goals. Connor Nadeau countered for the Nordiques with a five-goal game of his own with an assist thrown in for good measure.

The Nordiques answered with a marker from Nick Stehr (1g). Three minutes later it was Nadeau turning the scoreboard to the Nordiques way, 4-3. Evan McNally started his big night, but Nadeau countered. Taff and McNally set the plate for a man-down goal. Kevin Seeling (2g), Nadeau, and Taff countered each other with McNally closing the thrilling first period. It was a 7-6 Isotopes lead.

Lonetree added his second at the 1:09 mark quickly followed by Andrew Carlson (2g,1a) and with Taff countering. Blake Barth (1g) and Carlson followed but, again, the run would be snuffed out by an Isotopes run fueled by Diedrich, Taff, a man-up tally from McNally. Seeling converting a Diedrich set up and Lukas Johnson scored to signal the end of the middle stanza with the Isotopes pulling away, 13-10.

McNally added another Isotopes goal with 1:00 gone to push it to a four-goal lead. Nadeau hit for another goal to stop the bleeding, Nadeau hit for another before McNally had an answer, and at the 14:35 mark, AJ Stehr capped the scoring in the 15-12 game. The Isotopes were whistled for only two penalties while the Nordiques were called for12. Shots favored the Isotopes,44-29 with Zach Picard stopping 17 Nordiques shots, his counterpart, Chase Pankow made 29 saves for the Nordiques. How about that for a big battle in Minnesota.

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.