Lakers Primed And Ready For Playoffs

The Peterborough Lakers (11-4) visited the Iroquois Park Sports Complex in Whitby, Ontario to face the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (8-7) in the front end of a home and home series Wednesday evening.  Being the last home of the season for Brooklin, it was fan appreciation night.

Peterborough has been rolling towards the playoffs trying to become the first team ever to five-peat the Mann Cup.  Brooklin has been fairly consistent this summer sitting in the middle of the standings of Major Series Lacrosse with an 8-6 record.

The goaltending match-up had Landon Kells in net for the Lakers facing Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin.

The Lakers never trailed in this game.  Led by Holden Cattoni (3g,6a), Josh Currier (3g,1a) and Eli McLaughlin (2g,3a) Peterborough controlled the game from start to finish en route to a 14-7 victory.  Landon Kells played superb in the Lakers net stopping 39 of 46 shots.

To The Game:

Thomas Hoggarth opened the scoring for the Lakers converting a Josh Currier pass just 0:26 seconds into the game, followed by Currier himself finishing a Holden Cattoni feed 0:16 seconds later. 

Liam Osbourne got Brooklin on the board converting a Jack Boyden pass at 1:55, followed by Jordi Jones-Smith finishing off a Luke Pilcher feed at 7:16 to tie the game.

The Lakers regained the lead when Holden Cattoni converted a Turner Evans pass on the power-play at 12:30, followed by Evans scoring off a Cattoni pass 0:26 seconds later.  Holden Cattoni then scored his second of the period in transition off a Jake Withers feed at 14:34. 

After one period, Peterborough 5 Brooklin 2.
Shots on goal were 16-15 in favor of the Lakers.

Second Period:

Austin Hasen opened the second period scoring for the Lakers off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 3:08, followed by Josh Currier’s second goal of the night off a Turner Evans feed at 4:44.  Angus Rowding scored for Brooklin off a Jack Travassos feed 0:15 seconds later, but Eli McLaughlin answered off a Holden Cattoni pass at 9:36. 

Tanner Cook got Brooklin back in the game converting a Luke Pilcher feed at 10:41, however, Chad Tutton answered on the power-play off a Colton Armstrong pass in transition, followed by Eli McLaughlin scoring off a Taite Cattoni pass at 14:31.

Brady Kearnan converted a Quinn Hyland pass at 15:00 for Brooklin, but Holden Cattoni’s third of the night off a Taite Cattoni pass at 16:55 kept the Lakers in control.

After two periods, Peterborough 11 Brooklin 5.
Shots on goal were 18-16 in favor of the Lakers.

Third Period:

Brooklin opened the third period scoring with Jack Boyden converting a Brady Kearnan pass at 0:35 seconds, but Cam Milligan finished a pass from Holden Cattoni from behind the net making no mistake at 5:06.  Taite Cattoni added to the Lakers lead converting a Holden Cattoni pass at 9:35, followed by Josh Currier with a howitzer off a Holden Cattoni pass 0:23 seconds later. 

Jack Boyden converted a Brady Kearnan pass at 18:00, but it was too little too late.

Final score, Peterborough 14 Brooklin 7.
Shots on goal favored Peterborough 18-15.

The Three Stars:

1. Holden Cattoni
2. Josh Currier
3. Eli McLaughlin

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were in favor of Peterborough 52-46.
  • The faceoff battle was dominated by the Lakers 20-5.
  • Peterborough went 3 for 6 on the power-play, while Brooklin went 0 for 4.

Top Scorers:

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Holden Cattoni 3g, 6a
  • Eli McLaughlin 2g, 3a
  • Josh Currier 3g, 1a

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Brady Kearnan 1g, 3a
  • Jack Boyden 2g, 1a
  • Luke Pilcher 0g, 3a

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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.