Brooklin Puts An Exclamation Point On Their Season With A Big Win Over Oakville

The Oakville Rock (4-6) traveled east to face the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (9-3) in Major Series Lacrosse action.  This game was at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex in Whitby, Ontario and was a rematch from last Monday where Brooklin came from behind to beat the Rock 13-11 at the TRAC in Oakville, Ontario.

Oakville has been mired in a deep slump dropping their last five games.  Although not quite a must win situation, they need to curb this trend with the playoffs only a week away.  Brooklin stopped their two game losing streak last Monday, and was looking to build momentum to finish the season.

The goaltending match-up had Troy Holowchuk in net for Oakville facing Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin.

An entertaining affair with plenty of back and forth action.  Kyle Waters led the way with a pair of goals from Brooklin.  Things started getting Chippy near the end of the period bit cooler heads prevailed.

If you like scoring, the second period was for you.  Thirteen goals in total in all forms.  There were a couple of shorthanded goals to start the period, also a couple of power-play goals.  A much more wide open period from both squads.

Brooklin put it in another gear in the third period scoring five goals to start the period.  The Rock battled back, but the hole was much too deep to come back from.  Brooklin with rhe lopsided 19-10 win.

To The Game:

Brooklin got on the board quickly with Brady Kearnan quick sticking a Connor Kearnan pass at 2:13, followed by Tanner Cook blasting a high to low shot past Holowchuk just 0:24 seconds later.

Sam English cut the lead in half going in all alone at 6:03, but Kyle Waters answered from in close off a Tanner Cook pass at 6:56.

Ryan Lanchbury responded quickly for Oakville with a sidearm snipe off a Ty English pass at 7:26, but again Kyle Waters answered with a quick stick off a Sean Westley pass at 10:37.

Zach Belter surprised everyone coming up the floor in transition then firing a howitzer off a Justin Robinson pass at 14:44, but Josh Dawick responded for the Rock with a sidearm shot to the far corner off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 17:55.

After one period, Brooklin 5 Oakville 3.

Shots on goal favored Brooklin 18-16

Second Period:

With Zach Belter sitting in the penalty box, Brooklin exploded with two shorthanded goals.  Connor Kearnan got rhe first one off a Ryan Wagner pass just 0:40 seconds in, followed by John LaFontaine with his first goal of the summer unassisted 0:33 seconds later.

Brady Kearnan scored his second of the game from in front off a Dawson Theede pass at 2:23, followed by Mike Byrne going coast to coast unassisted at 4:17.  Tanner Cook then added another unassisted goal off the faceoff scrum 0:08 seconds later.

Oakville replaced Troy Holowchuk with Zach Richards in net.

Reilly O’Connor welcomed Richards to the net with a blast from in close off a Tanner Cook feed at 5:11, followed by Connor Kearnan adding another off a Sean Westley pass at 5:51.

Troy Holowchuk went back in the Oakville net.

The Rock finally mounted a comeback with three unanswered goals.   Dalton Sulver stopped the Brooklin seven goal run in transition off a Sheldon Burns pass at 9:35, followed by Cory Highfield converting a Jack follows pass at 10:54.  Josh Dawick got his second of the night with an outside blast off a Dalton Sulver pass at 11:18.

Sean Westley stopped the Rock three goal run with a high to low shot off a Tanner Cook pass at 11:42, but Dalton Sulver answered with his second of the game unassisted at 12:27.

Ryan Lanchbury scored on the power-play with a high to low shot off a Josh Dawick pass at 16:32 to reduce the Brooklin lead to five. 

After two periods, Brooklin 13 Oakville 8.

Shots on goal favored Oakville 17-16

Third Period:

Brooklin opened the third period scoring on the power-play with a shot to the shortside off a Dawson Theede pass at 2:09, followed by Connor Kearnan spinning away from his defender diving across the crease off a Dawson Theede pass at 3:34.

Keenan Cook added another Brooklin talley in transition off a John LaFontaine long lead pass at 4:48.

Zach Richards went in the Oakville net, as Troy Holowchuk went off the floor limping.

Dawson Theede welcomed Richards back in the net with a goal from in close at 5:34, followed by Dylan Robinson converting a Luke Keenan pass 0:12 sexonds later.

A penalty shot was given to Oakville and Ty English made ko mistake for Oakville at 6:20, followed by Josh Dawick’s third of the night off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 8:18.

Reilly O’Connor scored his second of the night alone in front off a Sean Westley pass at 9:44.

Final score, Brooklin 19 Oakville 10

Shots on goal favored Brooklin 23-12, for a game total of 58-47 in favor of Brooklin.

The Three Stars:

1. Connor Kearnan
2. Tanner Cook
3. Josh Dawick

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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.

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