Lakers Third Period Comeback Stops Excelsiors

The Brampton Excelsiors (2-9) headed to the Memorial Centre to face the Peterborough Lakers (7-2) in Major Series Lacrosse Thursday night action in front of 2,913 fans.

The series has had Peterboroughwin twice while Bramptoncame away with one victory.  Brampton took a 14-13 nailbiter on June 8th at the Memorial Centre, while sandwiched by an 11-8 victory on June 1st, and a 13-2 drubbing by the Lakers on June 18th.

The Excelsiors have a busy week playing Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.  The Wednesday result was a 6-3 loss to Brooklin.  Brampton will need to find much more offense if they hope to upset the reigning Mann Cup champions at home.

The goaltending match-up had Lucas Nagy in net for the Excelsiors against Drew Hutchison in net for Peterborough.

Although the Lakers got off to a 3-0 lead in the first, a strong second period saw Brampton outscore Peterborough 5-2 tontie the game 5-5 after two periods.   The third saw the Excelsiors get out to a lead, but Holden Cattoni (2g,5a) and Mike Robinson (3g,0a) got the Lakers back on track for the 9-7 win.

To The Game:

The Lakers opened the scoring with Josh Currier converting a Holden Cattoni feed at 2:35, followed by Mike Robinson finishing an Austin Hasen pass shorthanded at 8:05. Robinson increased the Peterborough lead to three blasting a Holden Cattoni feed in at 15:47.

After one period, Peterborough 3 Brampton 0.
Shots on goal favored Peterborough 18-12.

Second Period:

Brampton finally got on the board when Rory Graham scored unassisted at 2:08, but was answered by Austin Hasen converting a Holden Cattoni pass at 8:08.  Josh Medeiros scored for the Excelsiors on the power-play converting a James Whiteford pass at 12:05, but Turner Evans answered with a power-play goal of his own for Peterborough off an Austin Hasen pass at 12:40.

Robert Hudson scored off a Jeremy Searle pass at 16:04, followed by Curtis Goddard finishing off a Steven Portelli feed at 17:00 to bring the game within one goal.  Portelli then tied the game off a Curtis Goddard feed at 18:52.

After two periods, Brampton 5 Peterborough 5.
Shots on goal favored Brampton 21-18.

Third Period:

Curtis Goddard gave Brampton their first lead of the game converting an Andrew Borgatti pass at 4:24, but was answered by Josh Currier firing a laser off a Joel Taylor feed at 7:53. 

Holden Cattoni put the Lakers back in front with the next two goals.  The first was off a Josh Currier pass at 9:19, followed by converting a Turner Evans pass at 11:28.  Mike Robinson continued the Peterborough run by finishing off a Holden Cattoni pass at 16:09. 

With just 0:15 seconds left James Whiteford scored off a Steven Portelli feed, but it was too little too late.  The Lakers continue to fond ways to win.

Final score, Peterborough 9 Brampton 7.
Shots on goal favored Peterborough 20-16.

The Three Stars:

1. Holden Cattoni
2. Mike Robinson
3. Curtis Goddard

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Peterborough 57-49.
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Peterborough 13-6.
  • Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power-play, but the Lakers also had a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Brampton Excelsiors:

  • Curtis Goddard 2g, 1a
  • Steven Portelli 1g, 2a
  • James Whiteford 1g, 1a

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Holden Cattoni 2g, 5a
  • Mike Robinson 3g, 0a
  • Josh Currier 2g, 1a

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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.