Excelsiors Upset Lakers For First Win

In a quick turnaround after a 14-9 win last night in Brooklin, the Peterborough Lakers (2-1) faced the Brampton Excelsiors (1-3) in their 2023 home opener in front of 3,412 fans at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario.

The Excelsiors were coming off a tough 16-7 loss to Six Nations back on Tuesday night, and were hoping to get in the win column on this night. 

Prior to the game the Lakers had their Mann Cup Banner raising ceremony.

The goaltending match-up had Lucas Nagy in net for Brampton facing Landon Kells of the Lakers.

Brampton put together their best game of the young season against a tired Lakers team.  Robert Hudson, (3g,0a) Tanner Thomson (4g,0a) and Carter Zavitz (2g,3a) led the way for the Excelsiors en route to a 14-13 victory.   The Lakers were led by Holden Cattoni (5g,3a), Taite Cattoni (3g,2a) and Turner Evans (4g,2a). 

The Lakers made a push at the end bringing the game from a four goal deficit to a one goal deficit, but the stellar play of Lucas Nagy in the Brampton net, preserved the victory.

To The Game:

The Excelsiors got on the board first when Robert Hudson converted a James Whiteford pass at 6:09.  Whiteford himself increased the lead with a blast that beat Landon Kells at 15:25 unassisted, followed by Carter Zavitz finishing off a Keaton Thomson pass 0:39 seconds later.  The Memorial Centre faithful started to get restless.

Taite Cattoni and Thomas Hoggarth got Peterborough back in the game scoring a minute apart, followed by Mitch Ogilvie scoring in transition off a Matt Gilray feed at 17:43 to tie the game.

Seth Van Schepen gave Brampton the lead once again unassisted at 18:28, followed by Tanner Thomson scoring on the power-play off an Alec Simons feed at 19:48.  Josh Medeiros scored off the ensuing faceoff with just 0:06 seconds left to regain the three goal lead heading to intermission.

After one period, Brampton 6 Peterborough 3.
Shots on goal were 21-11 in favor of Brampton.

Second Period:

Josh Currier got the Lakers on the board to start the second period converting a Taite Cattoni feed at 1:13, bringing the game within two goals.

Brampton exploded for four goals to break the game open.  Tanner Thomson scored his second of the night shorthanded off a Keaton Thomson feed at 7:41, followed by his third of the evening off a Josh Medeiros feed at 13:45.  Robert Hudson scored the next two for Brampton.  Both goals were set up by James Whiteford.  The first was even strength at 14:03, followed by a shorthanded marker at 15:37. 

Peterborough ended the period on a high note with Holden Cattoni scoring two quick goals. The first was a blast off an Austin Hasen feed at 18:12 on the power-play, followed by another laser off a Josh Currier pass 0:50 seconds later. 

After two periods, Brampton 10 Peterborough 6.
Shots on goal favored Peterborough 27-19, for a game total of 41-38 in favor of Brampton.

Third Period:

Turner Evans opened the third period scoring for Peterborough converting a Holden Cattoni feed at 2:07, but was answered immediately by Carter Zavitz off a Lucas Ferreira feed 0:14 seconds later.  Holden Cattoni scored his third of the night off a Turner Evans pass at 4:10, followed by Evans himself finishing off a Cattoni feed at 5:06 narrowing the gap to two goals. 

Tanner Thomson scored his fourth of the night off a Lucas Ferreira pass at 5:30, but Holden Cattoni scored his fourth of the night off a Turner Evans pass at 10:26.  Lucas Ferreira scored off a James Whiteford feed for Brampton at 11:37, followed by Josh Medeiros scoring the Excelsiors third shorthanded goal of the night in transition, converting a Seth Van Schepen pass at 12:40. 

Holden Cattoni scored his fifth of the night on the power-play off a Thomas Hoggarth pass at 18:02, followed by Taite Cattoni finishing off an Austin Hasen feed at 18:14.  Taite scored another goal just 0:20 seconds later to bring the game within one goal, but the Excelsiors were able to hold on for their first win of the season.

Final score, Brampton 14 Peterborough 13.

The Three Stars:

1. Tanner Thomson 
2. Holden Cattoni
3. Lucas Nagy

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Peterborough 57-54
  • Brampton went 1 for 3 on the power-play, but scored three shorthanded goals.
  • Peterborough went 2 for 5 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

Brampton Excelsiors:

  • Carter Zavitz 2g, 3a
  • James Whiteford 1g, 4a
  • Tanner Thomson 4g, 0a

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Holden Cattoni 5g, 3a
  • Turner Evans 2g, 4a
  • Taite Cattoni 3g, 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.

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.