Brooklin’s Special Teams Very Special In Victory

The Brampton Excelsiors (1-3) faced the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (4-1) in Major Series Lacrosse action Wednesday night at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex in Whitby, Ontario.

The Brooklin team (BLC) was coming off a gem of a game last Sunday in Cobourg, winning handily 14-4.  The Excelsiors were also coming off a victory, coming from behind to beat the Owen Sound North Stars 10-9 in overtime.

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

Brooklin’s special teams were superb in this game going 4 for 4 on the power-play.  Curtis Knight, Luke Keenan, Connor Kearnan and Tanner Cook led the BLC attack, that controlled the majority of the game.

While the Excelsiors had opportunities, they just couldn’t solve Riley Hutchcraft or the Brooklin defense.   Brooklin came away with the 13-3 victory.

To The Game:

The Brooklin Lacrosse Club opened the scoring when Luke Keenan fired a Brady Kearnan pass in at 4:34, followed by Curtis Knight beating Will Johnston from in close off a Connor Kearnan pass at 11:35.  Brock Haley gave Brooklin a 3-0 lead finishing a Connor Kearnan feed at 16:44.

The Excelsiors finally got rolling with Holden Patterson converting a Zach Sunderland pass at 17:44, but was answered quickly by Luke Keenan’s second of the game at 18:56.  Brampton got one more late in the period when Jeremy Searle scored in transition off a long lead pass from Will Johnston at 19:32.

After one period, Brooklin 4 Brampton 2.

Second Period:

Brooklin opened the second period scoring when Tanner Cook finished a Connor Kearnan pass from in close on the power-play at 7:02, followed by Jack Travassos converting a Dylan Robinson pass in transition at 11:42. 

Curtis Knight added a power-play talley with a high to high shot off a Tanner Cook pass at 16:12, followed by Connor Kearnan with yet another power-play goal off a Kyle Waters pass at 19:50.

After two periods, Brooklin 8 Brampton 2.

Third Period:

Tanner Cook continued the barrage to open the third period with a shot from the top of the crease off a Luke Keenan pass at 5:26, followed by Graydon Hogg finishing a Brady Kearnan pass with a bank shot at 6:21. 

Tanner Cook added another power-play marker off a behind the back pass from Connor Kearnan, followed by Curtis Knight converting a Conner Kearnan pass 0:42 seconds later.

Brampton finally stopped the Brooklin eight goal run when JP Ward fired a bounced shot off a Holden Patterson pass at 10:55, but Graydon Hogg’s second of the night off a Curtis Knight pass answered back for Brooklin at 13:42.

Final score, Brooklin 13 Brampton 3.

The Three Stars:

1. Tanner Cook
2. Connor Kearnan
3. Curtis Knight

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Brooklin 49-37.
  • Brampton went 0 for 3 on the power-play, while Brooklin went 4 for 4.

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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.