The Peterborough Lakers (4-0) traveled to Whitby to face the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (0-4) looking to close out the best of seven Semi-Final in four straight games.
The Lakers have had a very balanced series getting production from everywhere. The transition game came to life in game three with Matt Gilray (3g,0a) and Colton Armstrong (2g,0a) playing a big role in the victory.
Brooklin, with their backs against the wall, will need to put together their most complete game of the series to keep them alive for game five.
The goalie match-up had Landon Kells in net for Peterborough facing Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin.
While the Brooklin squad jumped out to a big lead in the first period, the depth of the Laker lineup showed as the game progressed. Holden Cattoni (4g,2a) and Eli McLaughlin (3g,3a) led the charge for Peterborough. Big games from Tanner Cook (4g,2a), Kyle Waters (2g,1a) and Jake Stevens (2g,0a) kept the Brooklin squad neck and neck with Peterborough.
With just under 5:00 minutes left Brooklin tied the game sending it to overtime. In the extra period Holden Cattoni’s goal at 7:30 won the game and the series for the Lakers.
To The Game:
Holden Cattoni opened the scoring for the Lakers with an outside shot off an Austin Hasen feed at 6:24. Brooklin answered back with three goals. Jake Stevens converted a Mike Grace pass at 11:20, followed by Tanner Cook finishing a Connor Kearnan pass 0:36 seconds later. Jacob Saunders increased the Brooklin lead totwo goal scoring unassisted at 13:35, followed by Lucas Littlejohn converting a Tanner Cook feed at 18:29.
After one period, Brooklin 4 Peterborough 1.
Shots on goal were 21-11 in favor of Brooklin.
Tanner Cook opened the second period scoring for Brooklin converting a Connor Kearnan feed at 0:41 seconds, but transition goals from Matt Gilray and Colton Armstrong brought the score to 5-3 Brooklin at 2:16. Kyle Waters and Holden Cattoni traded goals and the score was 6-4 Brooklin.
The Lakers then exploded for four goals to take the lead. Holden Cattoni scored on the power-play off a Josh Currier feed at 7:03, followed by Thomas Hoggarth converting a Turner Evans pass at 7:35. Eli McLaughlin continued the Lakers attack scoring off a Taite Cattoni pass at 8:19, followed by Cattoni himself finishing off a Matt Gilray feed at 10:05.
Brooklin struck back with a pair of goals to tie the game. Tanner Cook finished off a Connor Kearnan feed at 12:07, followed by Kyle Waters on the power-play converting a Kearnan pass as well at 13:26.
The Lakers regained the lead when Eli McLaughlin scored his second of the game off a Thomas Hoggarth pass at 14:26 on the power-play.
After two periods, Peterborough 9 Cobourg 8.
Shots on goal were 22-17 in favor of the Lakers.
Tanner Cook tied the game to open the third period scoring off a Connor Kearnan pass at 0:50 seconds, but Eli McLaughlin regained the lead for the Lakers off an Austin Hasen feed at 1:47.
Liam Osbourne tied the game again converting a Ben MacDonnell pass at 3:56, but a shorthanded goal from Josh Currier once again put Peterborough in front. With just under 5:00 minutes to go Jake Stevens tied the game off a Ryan McCrory pass to send the game to overtime.
After regulation, Peterborough 11 Brooklin 11.
Shots on goal were tied 14-14.
For the majority of the overtime, both teams had chances to finish the game. Both goalies were stellar.
Holden Cattoni scored the game and series winner, sending Peterborough to the Major Series Lacrosse Finals.
Final score, Peterborough 12 Brooklin 11.
Shots on goal were 5-4 in favor of the Lakers.
The Three Stars:
1. Holden Cattoni
2. Tanner Cook
3. Eli McLaughlin
- Shots on goal were 57-54 in favor of Brooklin.
- The faceoff battle went the way of Peterborough 19-8.
- Brooklin went 1 for 5 on the power-play, while Peterborough went 3 for 7, also scoring a shorthanded goal.
- Holden Cattoni 4g, 2a
- Eli McLaughlin 3g, 3a
- Josh Currier 1g, 2a
- Matt Gilray 1g, 2a
Brooklin Lacrosse Club:
- Tanner Cook 4g, 2a
- Connor Kearnan 0g, 6a
- Brady Kearnan 0g, 4a
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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.
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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.
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