The Six Nations Chiefs (12-2) traveled East to face the Peterborough Lakers (9-4) in a heavyweight battle of the top teams of Major Series Lacrosse at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario.
Both teams have had great summers. For the Chiefs Lyle Thompson (18g,31a), Austin Staats (17g,24a), Randy Staats (12g,27a) and Shayne Jackson (13g,10a) have been on fire. The Lakers have Holden Cattoni (21g,35a), Turner Evans (18g,29a), Josh Currier (17g,23a), Austin Hasen (10g,26a), and Taite Cattoni (12g,18a) who have been equally as impressive.
The goalie match-up had Warren Hill in net for Six Nations against Landon Kells in net for the Lakers.
In an extremely evenly played game, the Six Nations Chiefs defeated the Peterborough Lakers in overtime 9-8. Lyle Thompson (4g,2a) was the star of the game for the Chiefs, scoring the winning goal 7:04 into overtime.
Holden Cattoni (2g,2a) and Thomas Hoggarth (2g,1a) led the way for the Lakers.
To The Game:
Lyle Thompson opened the scoring off a Jeremy Thompson feed just 0:07 seconds into the game, but was answered by Holden Cattoni with a blast off a Jay Thorimbert pass at 5:46.
Sam LeClair gave Six Nations the lead on the power-play off a Brendan Bomberry feed at 17:29.
After one period, Six Nations 2 Peterborough 1.
Shots on goal were in favor of Peterborough 21-20.
Randy Staats opened the second period scoring converting a Brendan Bomberry pass at 4:21, followed by Ty Logan also converting a Bomberry feed at 14:36.
The rest of the period the Lakers took over.
Thomas Hoggarth finished off an Austin Hasen pass at 6:57, followed by Mike Robinson scoring off an Austin Hasen feed at 10:48. Thomas Hoggarth scored another power-play goal off a Holden Cattoni feed at 12:06, followed by Cattoni himself blasting an Eli McLaughlin feed at 17:46.
After two periods, Peterborough 5 Six Nations 4.
Shots on goal were 15-12 in favor of the Lakers.
Lyle Thompson opened the third period scoring converting a Cody Jamieson pass at 1:07, but Robert Hope answered for Peterborough in transition off a Mitch Ogilvie feed at 2:32. Lyle Thompson finished off a Sam LeClair pass at 4:18, but was answered by Eli McLaughlin unassisted at 5:07.
Brendan Bomberry and Colton Armstrong traded goals, with Tyson Bell tying the game in transition at 14:14 on a delayed penalty call.
Both goalies were spectacular in the final minutes of regulation, sending the game to overtime.
After regulation, Six Nations 8 Peterborough 8.
Shots on goal favored the Lakers 12-11.
In a back and forth period which featured opportunities from both teams, Lyle Thompson ended the game with a soft bouncer that beat Kells off a Randy Staats pass at 7:04, giving Six Nations the victory.
Final score, Six Nations 9 Peterborough 8.
Shots on goal were 6-4 in favor of Six Nations.
The Three Stars:
1. Lyle Thompson
2. Holden Cattoni
3. Brendan Bomberry
Six Nations Chiefs:
Lyle Thompson 4g, 2a
Randy Staats 1g, 3a
Brendan Bomberry 1g, 3a
Holden Cattoni 2g, 2a
Thomas Hoggarth 2g, 1a
Eli McLaughlin 1g, 2a
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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.