The Peterborough Lakers (2-0) visited the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (0-2) for game two of their best of seven Semi-Final at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex in Whitby, Ontario.
The previous night the Lakers were able to control the majority of the game, with Eli McLaughlin (3g,3a) and Holden Cattoni (3g,0a) doing the majority of the damage.
If Brooklin is to get back in the series, they will need big games from Connor Kearnan, Brady Kearnan and Tanner Cook.
The goalie match-up had Drew Hutchison in net for the Lakers facing Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin.
For most of the night the Peterborough Lakers were in control. Brooklin made it interesting late into the third period, but the comeback fell just short. Peterborough wins 14-12.
Austin Hasen (3g,2a) and Holden Cattoni (2g,2a) were the offensive leaders for the Lakers. Connor Kearnan (2g,6a) and Tanner Cook (3g,3a) were the leaders for Brooklin.
To The Game:
Connor Kearnan opened the scoring for Brooklin converting a Brady Kearnan pass just 0:34 seconds into the game, but Holden Cattoni blasted a Josh Currier feed at 3:44 to tie the game. Colton Armstrong then gave the Lakers the lead converting a Blake Gibson-MacDonald pass at 4:25, followed by Matt Gilray scoring in transition at 6:08.
Brooklin got back within one when Brady Kearnan converted a Tanner Cook feed at 7:30, but Holden Cattoni answered back converting an Austin Hasen feed for his second of the period at 11:34.
Adam Perroni scored for Brooklin at 13:40, but Mike Robinson and Austin Hasen scored 0:28 seconds apart to increase the Lakers lead to 6-3. Josh Currier added another goal off a Thomas Hoggarth pass at 19:22 on the power-play.
After one period, Peterborough 7 Brooklin 3.
Shots on goal were 16-14 in favor of Brooklin.
The Peterborough Lakers picked up where they left off in the first when Colton Armstrong scored his second of the game off a Matt Gilray feed shorthanded at 4:30, followed by Chad Tutton scoring just 0:09 seconds after he got out of the penalty box off a long lead pass from Drew Hutchison.
Carter McKenzie put a marker on the board for Brooklin unassisted at 7:15, followed by Tanner Cook converting a Connor Kearnan pass at 8:04 on the power-play. Connor Kearnan brought the game within three goals when he converted a Michael White pass at 9:24, followed by Tanner Cook with his second of the night finishing a Connor Kearnan pass at 17:54.
After two periods, Peterborough 9 Brooklin 7.
Shot on goal were 21-15 in favor of Brooklin.
Brady Kearnan opened the third period scoring off a Tanner Cook pass, bringing the score within one at 3:48, but Thomas Hoggarth converted a Holden Cattoni feed at 4:15, then finished a Josh Currier pass at 5:44. Eli McLaughlin added another tally for Peterborough off a Holden Cattoni feed at 6:06, but Kyle Waters stopped the Lakers run converting a Connor Kearnan pass at 6:58.
Austin Hasen scored his second of the night off a Taite Cattoni pass at 7:26, then followed it up with his third of the game off another Taite Cattoni pass at 11:00.
Luke Pilcher scored twice with an extra attacker on the floor. The first one was at 17:10, followed by converting a Connor Kearnan pass 0:44 seconds later. Tanner Cook also scored with the net empty at 18:51, but Brooklin came up just short.
Final score, Peterborough 14 Brooklin 12.
Shots on goal were 16-15 in favor of Peterborough.
The Three Stars:
1. Austin Hasen
2. Josh Currier
3. Connor Kearnan
- Shots on goal was 52-44 in favor of Brooklin.
- The Lakers won the faceoff battle 19-8.
- Peterborough went 3 for 6 on the power-play, while Brooklin went 2 for 8.
- Josh Currier 1g, 6a
- Austin Hasen 3g, 2a
- Holden Cattoni 2g, 2a
Brooklin Lacrosse Club:
- Connor Kearnan 2g, 6a
- Tanner Cook 3g, 3a
- Brady Kearnan 2g, 2a
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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.
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.