Lakers Win A Chippy Affair In Owen Sound

The Peterborough Lakers (3-3) traveled west to face the Owen Sound North Stars (0-6) at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario Saturday night.

The Lakers were coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Oakville Rock 9-8 on Thursday and were looking for redemption.   Owen Sound had yet to find the winners circle, but have been playing much more consistent recently.

The goaltending match-up had Landon Kells in net for Peterborough facing Kaleb Martin in net for the North Stars.

As has been their M.O. all season, the North Stars played a tough, wide open first period which yielded three goals and had them tied 3-3 with the Lakers.  Unfortunately, most of the year their production had dropped off considerably in periods two and three, and this game was no different.

The Lakers, led by Rob Hellyer and Taite Cattoni outsored Owen Sound 8-5 in the second to take over the game.  The third was more of the same with Austin Hasen leading the way with a pair for Peterborough, outscoring the North Stars 4-0, for a 15-8 victory. 

Of note, the Owen Sound power-play, which was almost non-existent coming into the game (0.2 goals per game average) did connect three times in this game.  Peterborough was very effective as well, scoring three as well on the power-play.

To The Game:

The Peterborough Lakers got on the board first when Turner Evans fired a Holden Cattoni pass from the top of the crease at 1:29, followed by Cattoni himself with a low to low howitzer off a Turner Evans pass at 9:20. 

Jackson Reid cut the lead in half with a blast off an Austin Blumbergs pass at 12:46, followed by Tyler Brown converting a Jackson Webster pass on the power-play at 17:29. 

Greg Elijah-Brown added another power-play goal for the North Stars off a Jackson Reid pass at 19:36, but Turner Evans’ second of the period with just 0:06 seconds left tied the game.

After one period, Peterborough 3 Owen Sound 3.

Second Period:

Peterborough got off to a fast start in the second with goals from Rob Hellyer and Austin Hasen just over a minute into the period.

Dylan Hutchison added another goal for the Lakers before Owen Sound started to mount a comeback.  Austin Blumbergs finished a Brendan Campbell pass at 3:25, followed by Mitch Gustavsen blasting a Blumbergs pass at 5:10 to make this a one goal game.

Mitch Gustavsen took a five minute high sticking penalty, which changed the complexion of the game.

On theensuing power-play, the Lakers would add two goals.  Rob Hellyer scored his second of the game off a Turner Evans pass at 7:58, followed by Thomas Hoggarth in transition finishing a Mitch Ogilvie feed at 9:35.  Taite Cattoni kept the Lakers rolling converting an Austin Hasen feed 0:41 seconds later.

Jake Cates stopped the Peterborough run on the power-play off a Jake Gasperetti pass at 13:21, followed by Brendan Campbell finishing a Tyler Brown pass at 15:06.

Rob Hellyer and Holden Cattoni added to the Lakers lead, but Tyler Brown got one back for the North Stars in this back and forth game.

After two periods, Peterborough 11 Owen Sound 8.

Third Period:

The third period was all Peterborough.  Austin Hasen opened the scoring firing a Taite Cattoni pass from the outside at 10:00, followed by Thomas Hoggarth converting a Rob Hellyer pass at 11:17.

Mitch Ogilvie got one in transition off a Hoggarth feed at 15:27, followed by another from Hasen off a Cam Milligan pass 0:30 seconds later.

Final score, Peterborough 15 Owen Sound 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Rob Hellyer
2. Austin Hasen
3. Tyler Brown

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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.