Owen Sound Winless No More

The Owen Sound North Stars (1-8) traveled to the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario to face the Brampton Excelsiors (1-8) in Major Series Lacrosse action Thursday night.

Both teams have struggled offensively this year, but were showing signs of improvement recently.

The goaltending match-up had Kaleb Martin in net for the North Stars facing Caleb Slinger in net for Brampton.

Another game, another slow start for the Brampton offense.  Down 5-0, the Excelsiors finally got on the board after 33:39 of scoreless play.  Once the offense got rolling they outscored Owen Sound 6-2, but fell just short losing 7-6.

To The Game:

The North Stars controlled the first period generating many chances.  But for the solid play of Excelsiors goalie Caleb Slinger, the score could’ve been much more lopsided.

Jonathan Peshko opened the scoring for Owen Sound finishing a Kurtis Woodland pass at 2:24, followed by Caleb Commandant with a great individual effort unassisted at 3:44.

Peshko added his second of the game on the power-play unassisted at 8:53, followed by Greg Elijah-Brown with a low to low shot off a Jackson Webster feed at 9:55.

After one period, Owen Sound 4 Brampton 0.

Second Period:

Kurtis Woodland increased the North Stars lead to 5-0 blasting a Dante Kulas pass in at 5:40.

The Excelsiors came to life in the second half of the period scoring three goals to get back in the game.  JP Ward converted a Zach Sunderland pass at 13:39 on the power-play, followed by Connor McClelland scoring unassisted in transition at 16:51.  The Excelsiors added another power-play goal with Zach Sunderland wiring a low to high shot to the corner off a JP Ward feed at 18:48.

After two periods, Owen Sound 5 Brampton 3.

Third Period:

The North Stars got back on track with Kurtis Woodland converting a Jonathan Peshko pass at 5:22, followed by Greg Elijah-Brown with a blast off a Tyler Brown pass at 12:48 on the power-play.

Brampton fought back with Curtis Goddard finishing a Zach Sunderland pass at 13:06, followed by Reed Kurtz with a great individual effort unassisted at 15:47.  Holden Patterson got the Excelsiors within one goal firing a Pent Eistrat feed in at 16:20.

Brampton poured on the pressure, but couldn’t solve Kaleb Martin in the North Stars net who was superb in the dying moments of the game.

Final score, Owen Sound 7 Brampton 6.

The Three Stars:

1. Jonathan Peshko
2. Greg Elijah-Brown
3. Zach Sunderland

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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.