Brooklin Pulls It Out In Dramatic Fashion

Photo courtesy of Sam Hossack

The Brooklin Merchants (10-1) hosted the Hamilton Bengals (5-5-1) at the Luther Vipond Memorial Arena Saturday evening.

The last time these teams met Brooklin won handily 13-8 with big nights from Parker Pipher (2g,2a), Christian Watts (2g,3a), Darren Elliott (2g,1a) and Eddie Renaud (2g,2a).  Shane Halliwell (4g,2a) had a big game for the Bengals.

The goaltending match-up had Dylan Sprentz in net for Hamilton facing Lucas Coote in net for Brooklin.

A game that went back and forth saw Brooklin jump out to 5-1 lead in the first period.  Up 7-3 after two periods, the Merchants looked to be cruising for another victory.

The third period saw Hamilton go on fire.  A five goal period led by two from Shane Halliwell had the Bengals tied late in the game.  Devon Pipher wad the hero for Brooklin, scoring with just 0:32 seconds left in regulation to give the Merchants the win.

To The Game:

Zac Carrigan opened the scoring for the Merchants converting a Devon Pipher pass at 3:53, but Hamilton stormed back with Kealan Pilon and Luke Dawick scoring to take a 2-1 lead at 6:35.

Brooklin got on a four goal run to take control of the game.  Kellen Pulera wired an Eddie Renaud pass at 6:56, followed by Devon Pipher converting a Trent Boyd feed at 7:56.

Grant Breyo got one in transition off a long lead pass from Lucas Coote at 16:54, followed by Adam Perroni finishing an Eddie Renaud pass at 18:08.

After one period, Brooklin 5 Hamilton 2.

Second Period:

Tyson Allison opened the scoring for the Bengals, but goals from Devon Pipher on the power-play off a Zac Carrigan feed at 13:04, and Trent Boyd firing an Adam Perroni pass to the top corner at 15:32 had the Merchants up by four at the break.

After two periods, Brooklin 7 Hamilton 3.

Third Period:

Hamilton got rolling in the third.  Mitch Bolduc fired a Cooper Day-Allison pass in at 0:59 seconds, followed by Tyson Allison converting a Shane Halliwell feed at 2:50, to make this a close game.

Brooklin gave themselves a little breathing room with Eddie Renaud converting a Cody Hamley pass at 3:05 on the power-play, but the Bengals stormed back with three of their own to tie the game. 

Neil McInroy went low to low at 5:44, followed by a pair from Shane Halliwell.   The first was a blast from the outside off a Vern Hill pass at 12:14, followed by a sidearm snipe off a Luke Dawick pass at 17:46

With the goalie on the bench, and an extra attacker on the floor, Devon Pipher finished an Adam Perroni pass at 19:28 for the game winner.

Final score, Brooklin 9 Hamilton 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Devon Pipher
2. Shane Halliwell
3. Eddie Renaud

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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.