Brooklin Vaults Into Second With Big Win Over Lakers

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

The Peterborough Lakers (6-5), with a depleted lineup visited the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (6-4-1) in the front end of a home and home series to end the season, and also to determine home floor advantage for their upcoming playoff series.

Mike Poulin was in net for Peterborough, while Riley Hutchcraft guarded the cage for Brooklin.

Brooklin came out on a mission in this game.  Connor Kearnan (4g,3a) and Dyson Williams (4g,1a) led the way, with Ryan Lanchbury (1g,5a) playing the role of set up man.  The Lakers played tough led by Kiel Matisz (3g,2a), and Carson Moyer (2g,2a) but Riley Hutchcraft was equal to the task in the Brooklin net turning away 35 of 45 shots for the 13-10 victory.

The dislike between these two teams was obvious as the game went on with 93 minutes in penalties between the two teams. 

The back end of this home and home is in Peterborough Thursday night and should be a doozy, with only one point separating these teams in the standings.

To The Game:

Connor Kearnan gave Brooklin a good start firing in the first two goals.  Both goals had Austin Murphy feeding the passes.

Peterborough stormed back with a four goal run of their own.  Carson Moyer converted a Kiel Matisz pass, followed by Matisz himself scoring in transition off a Matt Gilray pass.  Gilray then gave the Lakers the lead converting an Alex Pace feed, followed by Shawn Evans finishing off a Kiel Matisz feed on the power play.  Dyson Williams got one back for Brooklin, but Kiel Matisz on the power play, and Holden Cattoni at the buzzer added to the lead before the period was over.

After one period, Peterborough 6 Brooklin 3.

Second Period:

Brooklin stormed out with five goals to start the period.  Ryan Barnable opened the scoring off a pass from Jake Stevens, followed by three consecutive from Dyson Williams.  The first Williams goal was off a Connor Kearnan pass, followed by the conversion of a Chris Willman pass.  Williams then converted a Brady Kearnan pass, followed by Luke Pilcher opening up a two goal advantage.

Peterborough came back with Keaton Zavitz scoring unassisted, but Connor Kearnan opened up a two goal lead again for Brooklin scoring off a Mike Byrne pass.  Taite Cattoni brought the game within one off a Carson Moyer pass. 

The period ended with a tilt!  Taite Cattoni took on Jacob Saunders.

After two periods, Brooklin 9 Peterborough 8.

Third Period:

The period started with a lot of end to end action, but with both goalies playing strong.

Brooklin opened the third period scoring Luke Pilcher scored his second of the game off an Austin Murphy pass at 6:03, but was answered back by Carson Moyer just 0:31 seconds later.  Austin Murphy gave Brooklin a two goal lead at 11:37, but again were answered back by the Lakers one minute later when Kiel Matisz converted an Austin Hasen pass at 12:37.

Things got more intense when Eric Shewell, Ian Llord, and Jordan Stuoros from Peterborough, got into an altercation with Dyson Williams and John LaFontaine of Brooklin.  Llord, LaFontaine, and Stouros received 10 minute Abuse of Officials penalties and were tossed from the game, with Williams, Shewell, and Stouros receiving roughing penalties at 13:11.

When play resumed Brooklin put together a mini-flurry scoring back to back goals on the power play.  Ryan Lanchbury scored off a Dyson Williams pass at 16:23, followed by Connor Kearnan scoring unassisted 0:32 seconds later for a three goal lead with just over three minutes remaining.

Brooklin’s defense stood tall, and came away with the victory.

Final score, Brooklin 13 Peterborough 10.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Peterborough 45-40.
  • Faceoffs were 17-9 in favor of Brooklin.
  • All together there were 93 penalty minutes (52 for the Lakers, and 41 for Brooklin).
  • Peterborough went 2 of 6 on the power play, while Brooklin went 4 of 7.

Top Scorers:

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Kiel Matisz 3g,2a
  • Carson Moyer 2g, 2a
  • Matt Gilray 1g, 2a
  • Shawn Evans 1g, 2a
  • Holden Cattoni 1g, 2a

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Connor Kearnan 4g, 3a
  • Ryan Lanchbury 1g, 5a
  • Dyson Williams 4g, 1a

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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.