The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (0-1) traveled to the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario to face the Lakers (1-0) in Game One of their beat of seven Semi-Final.
This has all the makings of being a very fine series with the up and coming Brooklin squad being very competitive all season with the four time defending Mann Cup champions.
The goalie match-up had Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin facing Landon Kells in net for the Lakers.
A big first period which saw six Peterborough goals, had the Lakers cruise to a 12-9 victory. Eli McLaughlin (3g,3a) and Holden Cattoni (3g, 0a).
To The Game:
Brooklin opened the scoring when Luke Pilcher converted a Connor Kearnan feed at 0:59 seconds, but Josh Currier finished a Turner Evans pass at 7:32 to tie the game on the power-play.
Holden Cattoni gave the Lakers their first lead blasting an Eli McLaughlin feed at 9:19, followed by McLaughlin himself finishing off a Turner Evans pass at 10:14. Turner Evans increased Peterborough’s lead firing a Joel Taylor feed past Riley Hutchcraft at 16:11.
Jake Stevens got one back for Brooklin off a Jacob Saunders pass at 17:08. Holden Cattoni added to the Lakers lead firing a howitzer off a Turner Evans pass 0:20 seconds later, followed by Matt Gilray scored in transition off a Robert Hope feed at 18:46.
After one period, Peterborough 6 Brooklin 2.
Shots on goal were tied 15-15.
Holden Cattoni opened the second period scoring on the power-play converting a Josh Currier pass at 4:54, followed by Austin Hasen scoring unassisted at 5:28.
Brooklin came back with Connor Kearnan converting a Tanner Cook pass at 6:53, but Thomas Hoggarth scored just 0:14 seconds later to restore the Six goal lead. Ben MacDonnell scored again for Brooklin at 8:20, but Eli McLaughlin finished off a Thomas Hoggarth pass shorthanded at 10:10. Connor Kearnan scored for Brooklin off an Owen Tapper feed at 15:01.
After two periods, Peterborough 10 Brooklin 5.
Shots on goal was 18-17 in favor of the Lakers.
Brooklin started the period on fire, scoring twp quick goals. Brady Kearnan scored off a Tanner Cook pass at 6:37, followed by Sean Westley converting a Liam Osbourne pass at 7:01. Josh Currier came back for the Lakers converting an Eli McLaughlin feed at 7:39.
Liam Osbourne kept fighting for Brooklin converting a Luke Pilcher pass at 10:41, but an Eli McLaughlin goal with 6:23 remaining restored the four goal cushion for the Lakers. Sean Westley added one more for Brooklin, but it was too little too late.
Final score, Peterborough 12 Brooklin 9.
Shots on goal were 21-9 in favor of Brooklin.
The Three Stars:
1. Eli McLaughlin
2. Holden Cattoni
3. Connor Kearnan
- Shots on goal was 53-42 in favor of Brooklin.
- Faceoffs were 15-8 in favor of Peterborough.
- The Lakers were 5 for 7 on the power-play also scoring a shorthanded goal, while Brooklin was 2 for 9.
Brooklin Lacrosse Club:
- Connor Kearnan 2g, 2a
- Liam Osbourne 1g, 3a
- Sean Westley 2g, 0a
- Eli McLaughlin 3g, 3a
- Thomas Hoggarth 1g, 4a
- Josh Currier 2g, 2a
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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.