Lakers Win The MSL Title, Looking For Fourth Straight Mann Cup Title

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

The Six Nations Chiefs (2-4) traveled to the Memorial Centre in Peterborough to face the Lakers (4-2) in game six of the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) finals.  The 3,503 in attendance were boisterous throughout the game.

The Chiefs were coming off a dominant victory in game five, keeping the series alive.  The Lakers were hoping the finish off the Chiefs and punch their ticket to the Mann Cup.  The Langley Thunder, who won the WLA championship the previous night, were anxiously waiting to see who their opponent would be.

The goaltending match-up had Doug Buchan in net for Peterborough facing Doug Jamieson in net for Six Nations.

This was a back and forth match-up from the get go.  Neither team had bigger than a two goal leaf all night, with Peterborough not seeing a lead until the 3:30 mark of the third period.

Joe Resetarits 4g,2a), Shawn Evans (2g,2a), and Thomas Hoggarth (2g1a) led the way for the Lakers.  Lyle Thompson (4g,1a), Austin Staats (2g,3a), and Randy Staats (0g,3a) led the way for the Chiefs.

To The Game:

Six Nations got off to a fast start with Lyle Thompson firing a shot just inside the base of the post 0:19 seconds in.  The Lakers tied it up when Turner Evans converted a Joe Resetarits pass at 11:00, but the Chiefs would answer back with two more from Lyle Thompson.  The first goal was off a Cody Jamieson feed 0:26 seconds later, followed by a power play goal converting an Austin Staats pass at 12:03. 

Thomas Hoggarth brought the Lakers back within one converting a Holden Cattoni pass at 14:19, then the Lakers tied the game when Joe Resetarits blasted a shot past Doug Jamieson 0:30 seconds later.  Joey Cupido gave Six Nations the lead once again in transition off a Liam LeClair pass at 15:16.  

After one period, Six Nations 4 Peterborough 3.

Second Period:

The Lakers tied the game when Shawn Evans fired a laser off a Taite Cattoni feed at 3:35, but Austin Staats scored on the power play off a Randy Staats pass at 6:30 to give the Chiefs the lead once again, followed by a shorthanded goal by Eric Fannell at 11:34. 

Joe Resetarits brought the Lakers within one goal converting a Taite Cattoni pass at 14:51,  followed by Thomas Hoggarth with a big pick off at the top of the crease beating Jamieson at 16:38 to tie the game.

Lyle Thompson scored his fourth of the night on the power play banking it off the post at 17:56.

After two periods, Six Nations 7 Peterborough 6.

Third Period:

Peterborough opened the third period with Holden Cattoni finishing off a Joe Resetarits pass at 1:04, followed by Joe Resetarits converting a Turner Evans feed at 3:32 to take theor first lead of the night. 

Austin Staats tied the game up unassisted for the Chiefs at 9:20, but Resetarits with his fourth on the power play 0:10 seconds later gave the Lakers the lead for good.  Shawn Evans put an exclamation point on the game with a goal at 17:37 off a Kiel Matisz feed, and that would be it for the game.

Final score, Peterborough 10 Six Nations 8.

The Lakers win the MSL title 4-2 over the Six Nations Chiefs.

Doug Buchan was named the MVP of the series.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 72-50 in favor of Six Nations.
  • Peterborough went 1 for 5 on the power play.
  • Six Nations went 3 for 4 on the power play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Lyle Thompson 4g, 1a
  • Austin Staats 2g, 3a
  • Randy Staats 0g, 3a

Peterborough Lakers;

  • Joe Resetarits 4g, 2a
  • Mark Matthews 0g, 4a
  • Shawn Evans 2g, 2a

Peterborough will now play at home for their 4th straight Mann Cup against the Langley Thunder beginning September 9th.

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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.