Cannons Blast Atlas With Huge Statement Win

The Cannons (2-2) faced off against Atlas (1-3) in the late game on Saturday.  Both teams had been struggling this year, and were looking to get on track against in this game.

The goaltending match-up had Colin Kirst in net for the Cannons facing Jack Concannon in net for Atlas.

While Atlas started well, a dreadful second quarter which saw the Cannons score nine times changed the dynamic of the game entirely.

Matt Kavanagh (3g,4a), Jonathan Donville (3g,1a) and Marcus Holman (3g,1a) led a power packed offense for the Cannons en route to their 19-12 victory.

Jeff Teat (2g,1a), Eric Law (2g,1a) and Chris Gray (1g,2a) led the way for Atlas, who have been struggling recently.

To The Game:

Jeff Teat opened the scoring for Atlas converting an Eric Law pass at 4:05, but was answered by Ryan Drenner finishing off a Matt Kavanagh feed at 7:01.

Bryan Costabile blasted a 2-point goal for Atlas at 8:20, but was equalled by a 2-point howitzer from Chris Aslanian 0:38 seconds later.

Goals from Romar Dennis and Chris Gray before the end of the quarter staked Atlas to a two goal lead heading to the second.

After one quarter, Atlas 5 Cannons 3.

Second Quarter:

Asher Nolting, and two from Jonathan Donville gave the Cannons the lead in the first few minutes of the second quarter.   Danny Logan then added one for Atlas and we were tied 6-6.

The rest of the quarter was all Cannons!

Matt Kavanagh and Marcus Holman scored 0:09 seconds apart, followed by Kavanagh scoring again at 6:37 for a three goal cushion.  Asher Nolting added to the total, followed by Jonathan Donville and Chris Aslanian scoring with less than a minute to go to halftime.

At the half, Cannons 12 Atlas 6.

Third Quarter:

A power-play goal by Jeff Teat off a Justin Guterding pass at 0:48 seconds was answered by Matt Campbell at 3:02.

History was then made with Marcus Holman scoring his 300th career goal off an Asher Nolting feed at 5:36.

Jack Concannon was replaced with Drake Porter in the Atlas net.

Atlas tried to make a comeback with Romar Dennis firing a 2-point goal from beyond the arc at 6:35, followed by Michael Rexroode scoring his first career goal at 11:54.

After three quarters, Cannons 14 Atlas 10.

Fourth Quarter:

Matt Campbell converted a Matt Kavanagh pass at 2:32, followed by Kavanagh himself converting an Asher Nolting feed at 4:05. Holman then added another highlight reel goal at 5:04, followed by Ryan Drenner finishing off a Jonathan Donville pass at 8:22, giving the Cannons a stranglehold on this game. 

Eric Law scored off a Jeff Teat feed at 8:38, but was answered by Matt Campbell’s third of the night off a Matt Kavanagh pass at 9:47.

Eric Law scored once more for Atlas off a Chris Gray pass at 11:40.

Final score, Cannons 19 Atlas 12.

The Three Stars:

1. Marcus Holman
2. Matt Kavanagh
3. Trevor Baptiste

Marcus Holman scored his 300th career goal in the third quarter.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 35-21 for the Cannons.
  • Groundballs favored Atlas 46-37.
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Atlas 27-5.
  • The Cannons went 2 for 2 on the power-play, while Atlas went 1 for 2.

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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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