LeClair The Hero In Chiefs Late Victory

The Six Nations Chiefs (6-1) visited the Brampton Excelsiors (1-5) in Thursday night Major Series Lacrosse action at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario.

The Chiefs have found their groove with a three game winning streak.  Brampton was in action the previous night against Brooklin losing 7-6 in overtime.

The goaltending match-up had Lucas Nagy in net for Brampton facing Warren Hill in net for Six Nations.

For the second straight night the Brampton Excelsiors put on a defensive clinic, but for the second night in a row they came up empty.  With only two seconds left on the clock Sam LeClair was the hero of the night with the game winner.  Six Nations wins 7-6.

To The Game:

Brampton got on the board first when Luke Van Schepen beat Warren Hill unassisted at 6:35.  The Chiefs answered back on the power-play when Cody Jamieson blasted a shot off a Lyle Thompson pass at 10:52, followed by Tyson Bell scoring in transition, finishing off a Kevin Hill feed at 15:00. 

The Excelsiors scored twice before the end of the period.  Seth Van Schepen scored on the power-play off an Alec Simons pass at 16:02, followed by Jonathan Gagliardi finishing a Luke Van Schepen pass at 18:27.

After one period, Brampton 3 Six Nations 2.

Second Period:

Brampton opened the second period scoring with Steven Portelli converting a Carter Zavitz pass at 2:05, followed by Zavitz himself scoring on the power-play off a James Whiteford pass at 8:05.

The Chiefs came back with two of their own.   Austin Staats converted an Eric Fannell pass at 11:03, followed by a laser from Lyle Thompson unassisted 0:18 seconds later.  Austin Staats second of the night tied the game off a Lyle Thompson pass at 17:44. 

After two periods, Six Nations 5 Brampton 5.

Third Period:

The Excelsiors regained the lead when Lucas Ferreira converted a Tyler Ferreira pass at 5:48, but Larson Sundown tied the game on the power-play off a Brendan Bomberry feed at 14:50. 

With just 0:02 seconds left in the game Sam LeClair converted a Lyle Thompson pass to win the game for the Chiefs in dramatic fashion.

Final score, Six Nations 7 Brampton 6.

The Three Stars:

1. Lyle Thompson
2. Warren Hill
3. Lucas Nagy

Top Scorers:

Six Nations Chiefs:

Lyle Thompson 1g, 4a
Cody Jamieson 1g, 2a
Tyson Bell 1g, 2a

Brampton Excelsiors:

Luke Van Schepen 1g, 1a
Seth Van Schepen 1g, 1a
Cater Zavitz 1g, 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.