Overtime in Minnesota

A thriller in Minnesota IBLA action with The Minneapolis Wheat Kings staging a come from behind overtime win, 11-10 against the Eastside Freeze. Overtime in Minnesota means IBLA action. This one was a strange one to be certain. The first period would end with a 4-4 score, Giuseppe Palermo (4g,1a) started the scoring for Minnesota with a goal with just :49 played.

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To the Action

Rawley Scherman set up Jordan Rodriguez (1 g, 2a) at 7:35 then Scherman (2g,1a) did it himself and with 8:19 played, the Freeze found themselves with a 2-1 lead. Alex Johnson set up Palermo on the man advantage to knot things up before Denton Jackson (1g,1a) put the Freeze back in front. Nick Midboe got the helper on Palermo’s third marker of the period but, Jeff Sondag (1g) scored shorthanded at 16:55. At 19:56. Noah Lindner scored the last goal either squad would get for nearly 22 minutes.

In a rarity, neither team hit rope the entire second period so, off to the third they would go with it even at 4-4. Colin Hoch (4g,1a) all in the third, put the Freeze in front with just :56 played. Will McKinney (2g,2a) stretched the lead to 6-4 followed by Joey Saba (1a) and Jackson were playmakers on a Hoch goal at 3:30. Palermo checked in with his fourth to cut it to a one-goal game with 14:09 remaining. Hoch set up Rawley Scherman to put it back to a three-goal difference at 8-5.

Midboe went back to work setting up Lindner with Alex Johnson (2g,1a) and Palermo dishing off to MIdboe (1g,2a) and just like that, we had a tie game at 8-8. McKinney turned playmaker with a pretty feed that Hoch deposited in the Wheat Kings net. Bodin Nichols (1g) tied it again and with 2:47 to play, the fans were on the edge of their seats. Brian Hughes (1g) gave Eastside the go-ahead tally and the Freeze needed to run off the final 1:50 to walk away with a win.

The FInale

Rodriguez hit Hoch in stride and we were tied yet again with just three seconds on the clock. Alex Johnson put a dagger in the hearts of the Freeze and the Wheat Kings improved to 5-0 with the Freeze falling to 1 and 2. A chippy game resulting in 16 penalties being whistled with each squad having 8. Overtime in Minnesota is how it all ends.

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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.

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