North Stars Special Teams The Difference In Victory

The Owen Sound North Stars (2-0) visited the Clearview Crushers (1-3) in Ontario Series Lacrosse action Saturday night at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre

Coming off a stellar performance in their opening game of the season, the North Stars were looking good to continue their well rounded attack.  While Clearview had one lopsided loss to Six Nations, good showings with Hamilton have definitely given them optimism for the season. 

The goaltending match-up had Kaleb Martin in net for Owen Sound facing Jackson Brown in net for Clearview.

The Owen Sound North Stars led wire to wire in this game.  Getting off to a quick 2-0 lead the North Stars had Clearview chasing them all evening.  7-3 after one, Owen Sound showed their balanced attack with seven different scorers.  As the game wore on Clearview settled down, matching Owen Sound goal for goal the rest of the game.  However, the original hole was too big, with the North Stars leaving with a 14-9 victory.

Jordan Caskenette (3g,1a), Evan Brake (2g,5a) and Jake McNabb (2g,3a) led the way for Owen Sound.  Angus Rawding (2g,1a), Adam Hawrelak (2g,0a) and Luca Romano (2g,0a) led the way for the Crushers.

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To The Game:

The North Stars got off to a quick start with Mitch Gustavsen finishing a Jake McNabb pass at 1:18, followed by McNabb himself adding to the lead with blast off a Gordie Power feed at 2:09.

Josh Gilray cut the lead in half beating Kaleb Martin to the corner off a Graham Bergsma pass at 3:18, but the Owen Sound erupted for four more goals soon after.  Rob Kloepfer converted a Riley Thompson pass at 3:37. Jordan Caskenette with his second of the night off an Evan Brake pass at 4:57, followed by Riley Thompson increasing the lead also off an Evan Brake pass just 0:50 seconds later.  Hayden Summers-Thompson, while shorthanded, then added an unassisted goal in transition at 7:11.

The Crushers finally got back on the board with Adam Hawrelak sandwiching a Wyatt Barfoot goal with a pair of his own to end the period.

After one period, Owen Sound 7 Clearview 3.

Second Period:

The Crushers came out more organized in the second taking control of the early stages of the period.  Goals by Nile Cyr at 2:43, and Braydon Hickey at 3:58 brought the game within two goals.

Jordan Caskenette scored on the the power-play off an Evan Brake pass at 7:39, but  Luca Romano answered unassisted for Clearviewat 8:48.

Owen Sound got rolling again when Jake McNabb scored his second of the night off an Evan Brake pass on the power-play at 9:31, followed by Rob Kloepfer blasting a Hayden Summers-Thompson feed shorthanded at 13:12.

After two periods, Owen Sound 10 Clearview 6.

Third Period:

Special teams continued to play a big part in this game.

Jordan Caskenette scored his third goal of the game on the power-play at 1:25, followed by Gordie Power wiring a Jake McNabb pass past Jackson Brown at 2:41.

Angus Rawding scored a pair for Clearview.  The first was off a Braydon Hickey feed at 4:11, followed by a power-play goal off a Graham Bergsma pass at 8:50.

Evan Brake answered back for the Stars with a quick pair of goals himself.  The first was in transition unassisted at 10:06, followed by converting an Owen Dale pass 0:37 seconds later.

Luca Romano scored once more for Clearview on a great individual effort unassisted at 13:47, but it wasn’t enough on this evening.

Final score, Owen Sound 14 Clearview 9.

The Three Stars:

1. Jordan Caskenette
2. Evan Brake
3. Graham Bergsma

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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.