The Six Nations Chiefs (9-2) traveled east to Whitby to face the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (4-4) at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex.
Six Nations had a dominant win the previous night over Brampton 11-4, and were looking to ride the momentum into this game. With Austin and Randy Staats, Lyle and Jeremy Thompson, Larson Sundown and Warren Hill all back from the World Lacrosse Field Championships, the Chiefs are all set for their Mann Cup run.
Brooklin was riding a two game win streak, and had won three of their last four games. Kyle Waters, Parker Pipher, Zac Carrigan, as well as Connor and Brady Kearnan were leading the charge for Brooklin.
The teams had split their season series 1-1, with both teams equeeking out one goal victories.
The goalie match-up had Warren Hill in net for Six Nations against Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin.
The Chiefs picked up where they left off the previous night. Scoring five times in the first, Six Nations took a commanding 5-1 lead to the intermission. An even second period kept the four goal Chiefs lead.
Six Nations got themselves into penalty trouble in the third period allowing Brooklin back in the game. Brooklin scored four times (twice on the power-play) to get within two goals. With the net empty, Brooklin made a final push, but the Chiefs were able to hold on for the 9-7 win.
To The Game:
Six Nations scored early and often in the first period. Austin Staats got it rolling scoring just 0:16 seconds in off a Shayne Jackson pass, followed Jackson himself finishing off an Eric Fannell pass at 2:10. Lyle Thompson converted a Fannell feed as well at 4:37 to make the score 3-0 Chiefs.
Sean Westley scored on the power-play for Brooklin at 8:34, but was answered by Sam LeClair scoring on the power-play as well at 13:58. LeClair would score once more before the end of the period converting a Randy Staats feed at 19:41.
After one period, Six Nations 5 Brooklin 1.
Shots on goal favored the Chiefs 15-13.
Brooklin got on the board first with Sean Westley scoring his second of the night off a Jack Boyden pass at 7:25, but Eric Fannell answered back from in close off an Austin Staats pass at 10:17.
Brady Kearnan got Brooklin on the board with a shot from in close at 15:02, but Sam LeClair answered back again unassisted 0:28 seconds later.
After two periods, Six Nations 7 Brooklin 3.
Shots on goal in this period was 20-12 in favor of Six Nations.
Brooklin got rolling with Luke Pilcher scoring a power-play goal off a Zac Carrigan feed at 7:50, Tyson Bell answered in transition off a Ty Logan pass at 12:24. Randy Staats and Brady Kearnan traded goals making it 9-5 with just 4:30 remaining.
Brooklin got closer with Kearnan scoring his second goal of the period at 16:59 unassisted, followed by Luke Pilcher scoring on the power-play at 17:40 off a Sean Westley pass.
Brooklin continued to push, but Six Nations held on for the victory.
Final score, Six Nations 9 Brooklin 7.
Shots on goal were 17-12 for Brooklin, for a game total of 47-42 in favor of the Chiefs.
The Three Stars:
1. Sam LeClair
2. Brady Kearnan
3. Eric Fannell
Six Nations Chiefs:
- Randy Staats 1g, 4a
- Eric Fannell 1g, 3a
- Sam LeClair 3g, 0a
Brooklin Lacrosse Club:
- Brady Kearnan 3g, 2a
- Sean Westley 2g, 2a
- Connor Kearnan 0g, 4a
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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.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.