Field reporter for All Lacrosse All The Time
The Vancouver Warriors (4-13) were looking to play spoiler to the Panther City Lacrosse Club (10-7), who were still battling for their playoff lives coming into the weekend. A Panther City win would clinch a playoff spot for them.
The goalie match-up had Nick Damude in net for Panther City facing Aiden Walsh in net for the Warriors.
Panther City scored twice in the final 94 seconds to edge the Vancouver Warriors 9-8 before 7,532 fans at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Strong performances from Tony Malcom (2g,1a), Josh Medeiros (2g,0a), and Callum Crawford (1g,2a) led Panther City to the victory.
Shawn Evans (4g,2a) led the Warriors attack. Vancouver also had production from Kyle Killen (1g,4a), Keegan Bal (2g,2a) and Adam Charalambides (1g,2a).
To The Game:
Tony Malcom opened the scoring converting a Liam Patten feed, followed by Patrick Dodds converting a Callum Crawford pass at 4:34. Vancouver got on the board with Keegan Bal scoring off a Shawn Evans feed 0:56 seconds later.
Josh Medeiros and Shawn Evans traded goals, followed by Tony Malcom expanding the Panther City lead to 4-2. Shawn Evans added a power-play goal narrowing the margin to just one.
After one quarter, Panther City 4 Vancouver 3.
Vancouver scored the only goals of the quarter. Kyle Killen finished off an Adam Charlambides pass at 2:49, followed by Charalambides himself scoring at 9:17. Aiden Walsh was excellent for the Warriors during this quarter, shutting Panther City down entirely.
At the half, Vancouver 5 Panther City 4.
Panther City’s Phil Caputo opened the scoring on the power-play at 5:08. Vancouver’s Shawn Evans ended the frame with a two goals 0:42 seconds apart. The first goal came off a Kyle Killen feed, followed by a power-play goal again from Killen.
After three quarters, Vancouver 7 Panther City 5.
The fourth quarter turned into the Nock Damude show in the Panther City net. Damude made 15 saves throughout the quarter giving his team a chance for the comeback.
Panther City opened the quarter with two power-play goals. Callum Crawford converted a Jonathan Donville pass at 5:01, followed by Mathieu Gautier finishing off a Crawford feed at 8:43 to tie the game.
Keegan Bal gave the Warriors the lead once again, but Panther City tied the game on a Matt Hossack laser, off an Evan Messenger pass at 13:23. Josh Medeiros finished the Panther City comeback scoring from in close with only 1:04 left to play.
Final score, Panther City 9 Vancouver 8.
With the victory, Panther City clinched their first playoff berth in team history.
The Three Stars:
- Josh Medeiros
- Nick Damude
- Shawn Evans
- Shots on goal favored Panther City 58-53.
- Faceoffs were almost even, with a slight 11-10 edge to the Warriors.
- The loose ball battle went to Panther City 72-62.
- Special teams played a big part in this game. Panther City went 3 for 5, while Vancouver went 2 for 4.
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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.