Clearview Pushes Brooklin To The Brink, But The Merchants Hold On

Photo courtesy of Sam Hossack

The Brooklin Merchants (9-1) traveled west to face the Clearview Crushers (3-6-1) at the Stayner Arena, in Stayner Ontario Saturday night.

The last time these two teams met, Brooklin’s only lead of the night came with just 0:34 seconds left.  The Merchants came from behind to beat the Crushers 15-14.

The goaltending match-up had Deacan Knott in net for Brooklin facing Jackson Hainer in net for Clearview.

A thoroughly exciting game from start to finish had Brooklin and Clearview tussle back and forth all night long. 

A three goal run in the second had the Crushers take the lead.  The Merchants answered with a three goal of their own to end the second up by two.

In the third, Christian Watts made it a Brooklin three goal lead, but Gareth Haigh and Braydon Hickey on the power-play brought this game within one goal with 4:36 left.  Christian Watts again scored with just 2:36 left on the power-play to give Brooklin a bit of breathing room.  Jordan Roberts scored once more for Clearview with 0:05 seconds left, but the Merchants held on for the 8-7 win.

To The Game:

The Merchants got on the board first when Zac Carrigan converted a Devon Pipher from in front at 4:46, followed by Adam Perroni also finishing a Devon Pipher feed at 9:21.

Spencer Andrews got Clearview on the board with a laser off a Graham Bergsma pass at 14:23.

After one period, Brooklin 3 Clearview 1.

Second Period:

Parker Pipher increased the Brooklin lead to start the period off a Kobe Handsor pass at 2:55, but a three goal run from Clearview gave them the lead.  Angus Rawding finished a Spencer Andrews pass at 6:13, followed by Gareth Haigh with a blast off a Jordan Roberts pass at 7:16.  Cole Hanrahan added an unassisted goal at 9:07 for the Crushers lead.

Darren Elliott tied the game for Brooklin off a Devon Pipher pass at 11:02, followed by Adam Perroni’s second of the game shorthanded in transition at 13:28.  Zac Carrigan converted a Nolan Rutty pass on  the power-play at 16:36 for a two goal lead.

The Crushers got one back with Gareth Haigh wiring an Angus Rawding pass at 17:15, but Zac Carrigan’s third of the night restored the two goal lead at 19:48.

After two periods, Brooklin 7 Clearview 5.

Third Period:

Christian Watts increased the Brooklin lead firing a shorthanded goal off a Zac Carrigan feed from in front at 9:05, but a pair of Crushers tallies had this a one goal game again.

Watts gave the Merchants a two goal lead again with just 2:37 left on the power-play, but an unassisted marker from Jordan Roberts at 19:55 had Clearview down just one.   The Crushers ran out of time as the Merchants held on for victory.

Final score, Brooklin 9 Clearview 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Christian Watts
2. Devon Pipher
3. Gareth Haigh

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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.

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.