Brooklin Holds On To Tie The Series

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

The Peterborough Lakers (1-1), fresh off their win Monday, faced the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (1-1) in game two of the best of seven MSL semi-finals at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario.

The goaltending match-up had Doug Buchan in net for Peterborough against Nick Damude in net for Brooklin.

Brooklin looked to have the game well in hand early in the third period, but a five-goal run by Peterborough narrowed it to just one.  A few nervous minutes for Brooklin, but with 2:05 left Jake Stevens gave Brooklin a two-goal cushion and the eventual 12-10 win.

Connor Kearnan (1g,5a), Dyson Williams (2g,3a), Curtis Knight (2g,2a), Kyle Waters (3g,0a), and Ryan Lanchbury (1g,3a) had big nights for Brooklin.  Thomas Hoggarth (2g,3a) Joe Resetarits (3g,1a), Taite Cattoni (0g,3a), and Chad Tutton (2g,0a) led the way for the Lakers.

To The Game:

Brooklin got off to a fast start in this game with Kyle Waters converting a Curtis Knight pass at 1:13, but Thomas Hoggarth tied things up finishing off a Mitch Ogilvie pass at 4:21. 

Unlike the previous night, Brooklin controlled the first period scoring four of the next five goals.

Brady Kearnan scored off a Connor Kearnan pass at 6:54, followed by Ryan Lanchbury converting a Luke Pilcher pass shorthanded at 11:31.  Curtis Knight increased the Brooklin lead to 4-1 off a Mike Byrne pass at 12:43, but Joe Resetarits got one back for Peterborough converting a Thomas Hoggarth pass at 16:11.  Dyson Williams scored on the power play with just 0:15 seconds left in the period to give Brooklin a three-goal lead.

After one period, Brooklin 5 Peterborough 2.

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Second Period:

Paul Dawson opened up the second period for Peterborough scoring in transition off a Kiel Matisz pass at 1:53, but Kyle Waters’s second of the game off a Dyson Williams feed at 2:36 restored the three-goal lead.

The Lakers made the game interesting by scoring the next two goals.  Joe Resetarits blasted a Cory Vitarelli pass past Nick Damude at 5:22, followed by Mark Matthews scoring off a Taite Cattoni feed at 7:10, making it just a one-goal game.

Brooklin finished the period strong.  Connor Kearnan scored off a Curtis Knight pass at 10:27, followed by Kyle Waters’s third of the night at 11:44. 

Things got feisty after the play.  Penalties given were five minutes to Matt Gilray for roughing and four to Luke Pilcher – two for roughing and two for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Curtis Knight converted a Jake Stevens pass in transition at 13:26 for Brooklin. Peterborough then made a goal change.  Doug Buchan was pulled for Mike Poulin, which seemed to settle down the action a bit.

After two periods, Brooklin 9 Peterborough 5.

Third Period:

Brady Kearnan opened the scoring for Brooklin off a Connor Kearnan pass at 17:07. Dyson Williams converted a Chris Willman pass just 0:06 seconds later. 

Peterborough made a push.  Joe Resetarits scored his third of the night off an Austin Hasen pass at 5:51. Holden Cattoni fired a Kiel Matisz pass 0:20 seconds later. 

Nick Damude’s clearing pass was intercepted, forcing him to make an incredible acrobatic save.  The rebound went to the corner, which was picked up by Thomas Hoggarth who drove to the net, diving across the crease, scoring unassisted at 11:07.  Chad Tutton scored the next two goals.  Tutton’s first goal was partially blocked by Damude but eventually bounced over the line at 12:17, followed by a shorthanded goal converting a Matt Gilray pass at 15:35, making it a one-goal game.

A few nervous minutes, with Nick Damude coming up big in the Brooklin net.  Jake Stevens converted a Connor Kearnan pass from the top of the crease with 2:05 left to give Brooklin a little bit of breathing room.

Final score, Brooklin 12 Peterborough 10.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Brooklin 55-48
  • Brooklin went 1 for 3 on the power play, scoring a shorthanded goal.
  • Peterborough went 0 for 1 on the power play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.
  • The faceoff battle was won by the Lakers 17-7.

Top Scorers:

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Thomas Hoggarth 2g, 3a
  • Joe Resetarits 3g, 1a
  • Taite Cattoni 0g, 3a

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Connor Kearnan 1g, 5a
  • Dyson Williams 2g, 3a
  • Curtis Knight 2g, 2a
  • Ryan Lanchbury 1g, 3a

The Series is now tied 1-1. With game three scheduled for Thursday, August 4th at 8 pm in the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario.

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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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).

Mr. Groob 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.

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