Lakers Take Game Two And Second Place In The Final Standings

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

The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (6-6) visited the Peterborough Lakers (7-5) in the season finalé with second place and home floor on the line. It was an electric atmosphere in Memorial Centre with 2,729 in attendance.

The goalie match-up had Nick Damude in net for Brooklin and Doug Buchan in net for the Lakers.

Peterborough made a huge statement in this game getting out to a 9-1 lead by early in the second period, winning 13-7.   A balanced attack from Holden Cattoni (2g,3a), Taite Cattoni (2g,2a), Austin Hasen (2g,1a), Thomas Hoggarth (2g, 1a), and Cory Vitarelli (2g,1a) had Brooklin on their heels all night.  Brady Kearnan (2g,1a), and Mitch Wilde (2g,0a) led Brooklin in a losing cause.

To The Game:

Peterborough scored early and often with Austin Hasen converting a Kiel Matisz pass at 1:36, followed by Thomas Hoggarth finishing off a Taite Cattoni pass at 2:18.  Kiel Matisz scored next off a Taite Cattoni pass at 3:28, followed by Cory Vitarelli scoring off a Shawn Evans pass at 7:39 for a 4-0 lead.

Brooklin got on the board when Brady Kearnan scored off a Curtis Knight pass at 10:30, but Taite Cattoni scored just 0:20 seconds later, followed by Austin Hasen converting a Kiel Matisz pass at 16:03.

After one period, Peterborough 6 Brooklin 1.

Second Period:

Peterborough continued the onslaught with Taite Cattoni converting a Chad Tutton feed just 0:22 seconds into the period.  Mitch Ogilvie scored off an Alex Pace feed at 4:12, followed by Holden Cattoni scoring 0:18 seconds later for a 9-1 lead.

Brooklin got on the board at 6:12 when Connor McClelland scored unassisted at 6:12.  Thomas Hoggarth then scored his second of the night for Peterborough off a Shawn Evans pass at 9:20, followed by Cory Vitarelli scoring on the power play also off a Shawn Evans pass at 10:53. 

Brooklin tried to start their comeback:

Mitch Wilde scored for Brooklin, converting a Ryan Barnable pass shorthanded at 14:28. Curtis Knight then converted a Ryan Lanchbury pass on the power play with just 0:50 seconds left to play in the period.

After two periods, Peterborough 11 Brooklin 4.

Third Period:

Holden Cattoni scored his second of the game on the power play off a Shawn Evans feed at 4:35.

Brooklin kept pushing.  Mitch Wilde scored unassisted at 5:32, followed by Brady Kearnan off a Dyson Williams pass at 14:29.  James Whiteford converted a Sean Westley pass at 16:50, but that would be as close as they would come on this night.  Peterborough added one more when Zach Thompson scored of an Alex Pace feed at 19:42 giving them the win.

Final score, Peterborough 13 Brooklin 7.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Brooklin 53-52.
  • The faceoff battle was won by the Lakers 16-7
  • Peterborough went 2 for 3 on the power play, while Brooklin went 1 for 4.

Top Scorers:

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Brady Kearnan 2g, 1a
  • Mitch Wilde 2g, 0a
  • Curtis Knight 1g, 1a

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Shawn Evans 0g, 5a
  • Holden Cattoni 2g, 3a
  • Taite Cattoni 2g, 2a
  • Kiel Matisz 1g, 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.