Brooklins Big Third Period Sends Them To Victory

Cover Photo courtesy of Sam Hossack

The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (6-3) traveled west to face the Brampton Excelsiors (1-8) at the Memorial Arena in Brampton,Ontario Saturday afternoon in Major Series Lacrosse action.

These teams are both coming off tough one goal losses this week.  Brooklin fought a rejuvenated Peterborough squad, while Brampton was Owen Sound’s first win of the season.

The goaltending match-up had Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin facing Will Johnston in net for the Excelsiors.

The most complete game the Excelsiors played this season fell just short with Brooklin putting together a near flawless third period.  Brampton’s offense looked good in the second period putting five goals on the board for a 7-5 lead heading to the dressing room.  JP Ward (2g,1a) lead the way with a pair.

Whatever was said in the Brooklin dressing room at the intermission lit a fire under them.  Four unanswered goals in the spand of 7:25 changed the complexion of the game.   Austin Shanks (3g,1a) led the way with Dawson Theede (0g,2a) having a terrific period as well.  Connor Kearnan (2g,2a) had another steady game in the 10-8 Brooklin victory.

To The Game:

The Excelsiors got on the board quickly when  Holden Patterson converted a JP Ward feed at 0:36 seconds, but Liam Osbourne answered for Brooklin off a Connor Kearnan pass at 2;07.  Jack Travassos added a shorthanded goal for Brooklin off an Adam Perroni pass at 6:30, followed by Connor Kearnan blasting a Matt Hossack pass at 9:12.

The Excelsiors cut the lead to one when Josh Medeiros finished a Holden Patterson pass at 15:55.

After one period, Brooklin 3 Brampton 2.

photos courtesy of Sam Hossack

Second Period:

Pent Eistrat opened the scoring for the Excelsiors with a blast off a Holden Patterson pass at 1:37, followed by James Whiteford with a low to low shot off a Neal Adamson pass at 8:27.  Brampton continued the offensive with two from JP Ward.  The first was when he converted a Jeremy Searle feed at 8:46,  followed by a quick stick off a James Whiteford feed at 10:46 for a 6-3 lead.

Brooklin stormed back with a pair of their own.  Austin Shanks buried a Dawson Theede pass at 12:50, followed by Graydon Hogg with a shorthanded marker off a Jack Travassos pass at 16:19.

Seth Van Schepen stopped Brooklin’s momentum with a late goal off a long lead pass from Will Johnston in transition at 19:00.

After two periods, Brampton 7 Brooklin 5.

Third Period:

Brooklin came out of the dressing room on a mission scoring four unanswered goals.  Connor Kearnan started the attack with a shorthanded goal off a Reilly O’Connor pass at 1:58, followed by Shanks with his second of the game converting a Matt Hossack pass at 3:00.  The barrage continued with Brady Kearnan firing a laser off a Dawson Theede pass on the power-play at 6:03, followed by Austin Shanks with his third of the game with a howitzer from the outside off a Jackson Raposo pass at 7:35

Seth Van Schepen got his second of the game unassisted in transition to bring the Excelsiors within one while shorthanded at 12:13, but Adam Perroni ended the game with an unassisted tally with just 0:42 seconds left to seal the deal.

Final score, Brooklin 10 Brampton 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Austin Shanks
2. JP Ward
3. Connor Kearnan

photos courtesy of Sam Hossack

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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.