Chaos Holds Off The Cannons In Overtime

The full squad of Chaos (1-1) was on the field in week two facing the Cannons (0-2) in Premier Lacrosse League action. 

Chaos played week one short Dhane Smith, Josh Byrne, Chase Fraser, Ian MacKay and Chris Cloutier who were celebrating their NLL championship win with the Buffalo Bandits.  The Cannons, without Lyle Thompson would now lean more towards Asher Nolting, Marcus Holman, Jonathan Donville and Ryan Drenner.

The goaltending match-up had Adam Ghitelman in net for the Cannons facing Blaze Riorden in net for Chaos.

While Chaos jumped out to a 5-1 first quarter lead, two by Marcus Holman, as well as singles by Asher Nolting and Ryan Drenner had this a one goal game at the half. 

The Cannons took the lead early in the third, but a powerful comeback from Josh Byrne, Jarrod Neumann (2 pt. goal), Brian Minicus, Will Parry, and Chris Cloutier staked Chaos to a 12-9 lead heading to the fourth quarter. 

Ryan Smith increased the Chaos lead but  goals from Jonathan Donville, and two by Matt Campbell including a 2 point goal with just 1:06 left sent this to overtime, where Josh Byrne ended the game just 0:33 seconds into the extra quarter.

To The Game:

Chase Fraser opened the scoring for Chaos with two quick goals.  The first was a beautiful individual effort at 2:17, followed by a blast at 3:35.  Ryan Smith added to the lead scoring on Adam Ghitelman at 9:27.

Chris Aslanian finally got the Cannons on the board at 10:23, but Chaos answered 0:06 seconds later when Nick Rowlett won the draw and went in for the score (his first career PLL goal). Josh Byrne scored one more before the end of the quarter with just 0:04 seconds left.

Chaos Holds Off The Cannons In Overtime

Second Quarter:

Marcus Holman opened the second quarter scoring converting an Asher Nolting feed at 1:34, followed by Ryan Drenner firing a shot past Blaze Riorden at 3:34. 

Chase Fraser increased the Chaos lead to 6-3 with his third of the game at 4:49, but goals from Marcus Holman and Asher Nolting brought the game within one at halftime.

At the half, Chaos 6 Cannons 5.

Third Quarter:

Marcus Holman tied the game with a great individual effort at 2:08, followed by Chris Aslanian scoring his second of the game at 6:13 giving the Cannons their first lead of the day.

Josh Byrne tied the game at 7:13, followed by Jarrod Neumann with a 2 point goal 0:11 seconds later putting Chaos in command again.  Brian Minicus added to the lead, but a 2 point goal from Matt Rees of the Cannons tightened the game up once more.

With just 0:51 seconds left Will Parry converted a Josh Byrne feed, followed by Chris Cloutier with a behind the back shot off an Ian MacKay pass at 11:44 giving Chaos a three goal lead.

After three quarters, Chaos 12 Cannons 9.

Fourth Quarter:

Ryan Smith increased the Chaos lead to 13-9 off a Kyle Jackson feed at 2:43, but a strong push from the Cannons tightened the game up again. 

Matt Campbell converted a Matt Rees pass at 5:01, followed by a power-play goal from Jonathan Donville off a Ryan Drenner pass at 9:10.  With just 1:06 left, a 2 point goal from Matt Campbell sent this game to overtime.

After regulation, Chaos 13 Cannons 13.


Josh Byrne ended the game just 0:33 seconds into extra time.

The Three Stars:

1. Josh Byrne
2. Chase Fraser
3. Matt Campbell

Game Stats:

  • The shots on goal were 25-24 in favor of the Cannons.
  • Facoeffs were also controlled by the Cannons.
  • The ground ball battle were edged by the Cannons 37-35.
  • The Cannons were 1 for 1 on the power-play, while Chaos was 0 for 1.

Top Scorers:


  • Josh Byrne 3g, 1a
  • Chase Fraser 3g, 0a
  • Ryan Smith 2g, 0a


  • Marcus Holman 3g, 1a
  • Ryan Drenner 1g, 2a
  • Asher Nolting 1g, 2a

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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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