Lakers Balanced Attack Wins Game One

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Peterborough Lakers visited the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario, to face the Six Nations Chiefs in the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) finals game one.

The goalie match-up had Doug Buchan in net for Peterborough facing Doug Jamieson in net for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs got off to a great start leading 3-0 after one period.  The Lakers regrouped and outscored Six Nations 10-3 in the remaining 40 minutes for the 10-6 victory.

Cory Vitarelli (2g,2a) led a balanced attack for Peterborough.  Austin Staats (3g,1a) continued to lead the Chiefs in a losing effort.

To The Game:

Austin Staats opened the scoring for Six Nations converting a Vaughn Harris pass at 3:43, then scoring off a Jordan Durston pass at 11:05.  Sam LeClair increased the Chiefs lead to three goals when he fired a Brendan Bomberry pass past Doug Buchan at 12:36.

After one period, Six Nations 3 Peterborough 0.

  • Shots on goal were 19-13 in favor of the Chiefs.

Second Period:

Peterborough got on the board with Joe Resetarits converting a Mark Matthews pass at 3:50, but Shane Simpson made it a three goal game again beating Buchan at 6:13.

Peterborough stormed back with four straight goals.  Cory Vitarelli scored off a Joe Resetarits pass 0:36 seconds later, followed by Chad Tutton scoring from the top of the crease at 13:02.  Resetarits scored his second of the night off a Holden Cattoni feed at 13:53, followed by Mitch Ogilvie scoring unassisted at 15:17 to give the Lakers their first lead of the night.

After two periods, Peterborough 5 Six Nations 4.

  • Shots on goal was 16-13 in the period for the Chiefs, and 35-26 for the game.

Third Period:

Austin Staats completed his hat-trick to open the third period off a Randy Staats pass at 3:37 to tie the game, but then Peterborough then erupted for four more goals.

Cory Vitarelli converted a Thomas Hoggarth pass at 4:53, followed by Austin Hasen finishing off a Mark Matthews pass at 14:39.  Jay Thorimbert won the ensuing faceoff for the Lakers and beat Doug Jamieson just 0:06 seconds later, followed by Mitch Ogilvie scoring unassisted while shorthanded at 6:29.

The Chiefs replaced Doug Jamieson with Warren Hill at this point.

Brendan Bomberry got one back for Six Nations off a Randy Staats pass at 7:16, but Kiel Matisz scored off a Cory Vitarelli pass at 12:37 to end the scoring.

Final score, Peterborough 10 Six Nations 6.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 17-12 in favor of Six Nations in the third period, for a game total of 52-38 in favor of the Chiefs.
  • The faceoff battle was won by the Lakers 13-6.
  • Special teams wasn’t really a factor, with neither team scoring a power play goal (Lakers 0 for 2, Chiefs 0 for 1).  Peterborough did score one shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Cory Vitarelli 2g, 2a
  • Kiel Matisz 1g, 3a
  • Joe Resetarits 2g, 1a

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Austin Staats 3g, 1a
  • Sam LeClair 1g, 2a
  • Brendan Bomberry 1g, 1a

Peterborough leads the best of seven series 1-0

Next game is Thursday, August 18th at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough.  Game time is 8pm.

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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.