The Cobourg Kodiaks visited the Six Nations Chiefs in Game One of the best of seven Semi-Final at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
These teams have been in different trajectories most of the season with the Chiefs finishing 14-2, and the Kodiaks finishing 3-13. Lyle Thompson and Austin Staats have led Six Nations, while David Anderson and Tanner Buck have led Cobourg.
The goaltending match-up had Steven Orleman in net for Cobourg facing Warren Hill in net for the Chiefs.
While the Kodiaks played a solid first period, holding Six Nations to only two goals, the wheels fell off in the second. A ten goal barrage blew the game out of the water, en route to a 15-3 victory.
Austin Staats (7g,2a), Lyle Thompson (2g,2a) and Shayne Jackson (2g,0a) led the way for the Chiefs.
To The Game:
Austin Staats opened the scoring off a Randy Staats pass at 2:24, followed by Larson Sundown converting an Austin Staats pass at 4:18.
After one period, Six Nations 2 Cobourg 0.
Austin Staats opened the second period scoring on the power-play off a Tyson Bell feed in transition, followed by Randy Staats converting a Lyle Thompson feed at 2:39 to open a four goal lead.
Cobourg finally got on the board when Austin Murphy found Marshall Powless. Powless fired a laser to the top corner at 4:27 on the power-play, but Austin Staats answered immediately scoring unassisted just 0:33 seconds later. Tyson Bell then added to the Chiefs lead going in all alone and shoveling an underhand shot past Steven Orleman at 7:01.
Six Nations continued the barrage when Randy Staats found Lyle Thompson with a no look behind the back pass. Thompson made no mistake at 8:44. Austin Staats scored the next two goals. Staats fifth goal of the night was from in front all alone at 10:56, followed by a howitzer from the outside off a Ty Logan pass at 12:38.
The Kodials replaced Steven Orleman with Jackson Brown.
Brown was welcomed to the game by Shayne Jackson scoring off a Ty Logan feed as well just 0:20 seconds into the goalie change, and the lead was now ten goals. Jackson scored again in transition again converting a Ty Logan feed at 19:19.
After two periods, Six Nations 12 Cobourg 1.
The Chiefs opened the third period scoring in transition when Bryan Cole picked the top corner off a long lead pass from Warren Hill at 5:03. Cobourg finally got back on the board when Carson Moyer converted a Tyler Hendryks feed at 5:44, followed by Curtis Romancych scoring from in tight at 9:04.
Austin Staats scored his seventh of the night off a Liam LeClair feed at 12:40, followed by Lyle Thompson converting an Austin Staats pass at 14:36 on the power-play.
Final score, Six Nations 15 Cobourg 3.
The Three Stars:
1. Austin Staats
2. Lyle Thompson
3. Warren Hill
- Marshall Powless 1g, 0a
- Curtis Romancych 1g, 0a
- Carson Moyer 1g, 0a
Six Nations Chiefs:
- Austin Staats 7g, 2a
- Lyle Thompson 2g, 2a
- Randy Staats 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.