Both teams had played less than 24 hours earlier. The Chiefs powered their way to a 15-7 victory over the Cobourg Kodiaks, while Owen Sound kept up with Brooklin for the first half, but were badly outplayed in the second half, losing 19-10. Now these teams would face each other in the next game of the #MSLClassic.
An entirely different evening in the MSL Classic on Wednesday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC), after Tuesday night’s offensive explosions. This night was more of a defensive struggle, with both teams matching each other goal for goal throughout the first half, going to the dressing rooms tied 5-5. Special teams played a big part of the first half with Owen Sound scoring two power play goals, and the Chiefs scoring a shorthanded goal, as well as a power play goal.
The second half saw more of the same, with the defenses controlling the majority of the play. Dustin Hill (in net for Six Nations), and Rylan Hartley (goalie for Owen Sound) made some spectacular saves to keep this game a nail-biter.
During the third quarter the game started to open up, leading to more scoring opportunities, but the teams continued to match each other goal for goal, heading to the fourth tied up 7-7.
The fourth was a whirlwind of activity to start. Owen Sound took the lead when Kyle Dawson (3g, 0a) converted a John St. John (1g, 8a) feed on the power play. Austin Staats (2g,2a) tied it again, but Mike Fiegehen (1g,0a) also converted a St. John pass giving Owen Sound the lead once again. Chris Wilman took an illegal cross checking penalty, and the Chiefs took advantage with Kedoh Hill ( 3g,1a) tying the game up on the power play, all within the first three and a half minutes of the quarter.
Things settled down after that, with both team’s defenses stepping up once again. Kyle Dawson put a Dallas Bridle pass past Dustin Hill with just 5:30 left in the game while the teams were playing 4 on 4, giving Owen Sound yet another lead. Rylan Hartley made some game saving stops in net as well. Owen Sound needed to kill off a late penalty, and came away with the victory 10-9 in a thriller.
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.