Brooklin’s Big Third Gives Them The Come From Behind Victory

The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (8-3) traveled west to face the Oakville Rock (4-5) at the TRAC in Oakville, Ontario.

The Rock have had a tough time recently dropping their last four games.  Brooklin is on a two game losing streak as well.  Both teams were looking to curb this recent trend with the playoffs not far on the horizon.

The goaltending match-up had Zach Higgins in net for Brooklin facing Nick Rose in net for the Rock.

Brooklin got off to an early 2-0 lead in the first, but the Rock stormed back with three unanswered to take the lead at the break.

The second period saw a scoring explosion with eleven goals scored.  Tyler Hendryks (4g,0a) had a hat-trick and Ryan Lanchbury (2g,3a) had two in the period for Oakville.  Austin Shanks (3g,3a) and Curtis Knight (2g,1a) had a pair in the period for Brooklin.

In the Third, Brooklin put together one of their most complete periods of the season.   They shut down the Rock offense while scoring six times to take the come from behind victory 13-11.

To The Game:

Brooklin opened the scoring with Brady Kearnan scoring a pair.  The first was a blast off a Sean Westley feed past Nick Rose at 2:00, followed by one in close off a Dawson Theede pass 0:26 seconds later.

The Rock mounted a comeback with Sam English scoring on the power-play off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 11:55, followed by Tyler Hendryks scoring from in close off an Alex Kew feed at 13:38.  Andrew Kew gave Oakville the lead with a howitzer from the outside off a Sam English pass at 16:11.

After one period, Oakville 3 Brooklin 2.

Shots on goal favored Brooklin 20-16.

Second Period:

Ryan Lanchbury increased the Rock lead to 4-2 with a blast off a Ty English pass at 1:08, but Curtis Knight responded with a laser off a Connor Kearnan feed just 0:22 seconds later to bring it back to a one goal game.

The teams traded goals again with Cory Highfield finishing a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 6:44, but was answered by Dawson Theede with a great individual effort scoring unassisted 0:13 seconds later off the faceoff scrum.

Tyler Hendryks scored his second of the game to increase the Rock lead but again Brooklin responded with Austin Shanks in transition converting a long lead pass from Zach Higgins at 9:36.

The Rock again took a two goal lead when Ryan Lanchbury scored off an Andrew Kew feed at 11:32, followed by Tyler Hendryks’ third of the night off a Ty English pass at 11:57.

Curtis Knight answered for Brooklin with his second of the night at 13:21, but Hendryks continued with his huge evening scoring his fourth of the game with a quick stick off a Luke Robinson pass at 14:19.

Austin Shanks brought Brooklin within two with a howitzer from the outside off a Connor Kearnan pass at 19:50.

After two periods, Oakville 9 Brooklin 7.

Shots on goal favored Oakville 20-15.

Third Period:

Andrew Kew opened the third period scoring with a blast off a Sheldon Burns pass at 1:26, but Dawson Theede answered off a Colton Watkinson pass at 4:38.

Luke Keenan brought Brooklin within one goal with a sidearm snipe from in close at 5:00, followed by Connor Kearnan tying the game with a laser from in close off a Jacob Hickey feed at 9:15.

Sean Westley gave Brooklin the lead off a Connor Kearnan pass at 14:55, but Sam English tied the game once again wiring a Ryan Lanchbury pass home at 15:52.

Dawson Theede put Brooklin up late in the game with a low to low shot off an Austin Shanks feed at 17:55, followed by an empty net goal from Austin Shanks to seal the deal.

Final score, Brooklin 13 Oakville 11.

Shots on goal favored Brooklin 21-9, for a game total of 56-45 in favor of Brooklin.

The Three Stars:

1. Austin Shanks
2. Tyler Hendryks
3. Dawson Theede

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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.

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