Classic in Colorado

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

An offensive display which featured 33 goals, 53 assists for a combined 86 points.

109 shots on goal and just 17 off net.

Ryan Lee accounted for 13 points with Keegan Bal adding a dozen with his 8 goal night.

Eli McLaughlin notched the game winner with his eleventh point for a 17-16 Colorado win.

Let’s Get it Started..

Vancouver came out firing.

Brett Mydske (1g, 1a) started the goal party at 1:14 off an Anthony Kalinich (2a) set-up followed by Bal (8g, 4a) at 1:42 and a second 1:10 later.

The score stayed 3-0 for nearly seven minutes before Ryan Lee (1g, 12a) …yes, 12! buried a nice feed from Zed Williams

Kyle Killen (2g) answered before Jalen Chaster (1g) ended the opening quarter with a 4-2 Warriors lead.

Things Heat Up

A nine goal second quarter saw Vancouver begin to pull away

Brandon Goodwin (1a) and Adam Charalambides (6a) set up Bal for his hat-trick with just :18 played.

The Mammoth had an answer when Dillon Ward hit a breaking Joey Cupido in stride…no one catches him

Cupido (1g) buried a short handed marker to keep pace..

Logan Schuss (1g, 5a) at 1:01 followed by Kalinich and Reid Bowering doing the work for Bal’s fourth.

Owen Barker (1g) pushed it to an 8-3 advantage.

Chris Wardle (3g, 3a) stemmed the run with a power play tally set up by newly acquired Tyson Gibson (1a).

Vancouver yawned and went back to work with Bowering (2g 1a) and Bal pushing it to a 10-4 lead

With forty one seconds remaining in the half, Connor Robinson (3g, 3a) kept the power play goal party going

We came to the half and the partisan Colorado crowd was restless

To the Second Half

Wardle cut the lead to 10-6 at the 1:52 mark with help from Lee and McLaughlin.

Lee and McLaughlin got the helpers on four different goals.

Bal and Killen countered. At that point, it became “you score, I score”.

Bowering and Zed Williams started it and Riley Loewen (1g, 1a) and Robinson, followed suit set up by…Lee and McLaughlin

The dynamic duo went right back at it on Chris Wardle’s goal with :35 to play

That ended the third with a 14-9 Warriors lead

Let the Comeback Begin

And begin it did.

McLaughlin (5g, 6a) four of the five were in the fourth quarter, started the ball rolling by lighting the lamp at 4:48 and again at 5:15.

Williams joined in on an unassisted tally McLaughlin hit for his third in just three minutes.

Robinson stepped up with a pair and suddenly it was a 15-14 Colorado lead.

Bal hit at 10:49 and again exactly three minutes later.

It appeared Vancouver dodged a bullet with 2:11left.

No one notified McLaughlin who converted a set up from Lee and Robinson with just :54 to play.

The Loud House was living up to its name as the combatants we’re playing some extra lacrosse.

And the Winner Is!

It was only fitting that the dynamic duo stole the show Lee hit McLaughlin and with 3:30 played. The comeback was complete.

News and Notes.

• Shots on Goal went the way of 59-50 with both clubs using two netminder.

Alex Buque played 54:36 surrendering 14 goals on 42 shots and was spelled by Steve Fryer and his 8 saves with 3 goals to take the Loss in 8:54.

Fot the Mammoth, Dillon Ward was in for 50:33 stopping 30 while allowing 12.

Tyler Carlson stopped 11 giving up 4 goals in relief.

• Loose Balls 61-59 for Vancouver.

• Reid Bowering continues to impress. Two goals with an assist, forcing 4 turn overs and continuing his loose prominence with 10.

• Tyrell Hamer- Jackson went 21 of 37 from the”X” and snagging 8 loose balls.

• The playoff race in the West got muddled up with Colorado improving to 7-4 followed by Vancouver at 5-7. Calgary has a game on Saturday and they currently are one game behind the Warriors with a 4-6 record.

Classis in Colorado

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.