All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports
The Langley Thunder forced game seven with a dominant 9-4 win in game six of the Mann Cup. If the Thunder could win game seven, it would be the first time a Western team would win the cup in the East in 36 years. Peterborough was on the verge of doing something that hadn’t been done since 1954, to four-peat as champions of the Mann Cup. This series was touted as being a very even series, and it hadn’t disappointed. Both teams had nothing to be ashamed of, they played their hearts out every minute of every game.
The Lakers suffered a couple of injuries in game six with Thomas Hoggarth, and Shawn Evans going down. Hoggarth would be in the lineup for game seven, but Shawn Evans was sidelined.
The goalie match-up had Matt Vinc in net for the Lakers facing Frank Scigliano in net for Langley.
Although the Thunder started out quickly, Peterborough soon took over jumping out to a 7-3 lead in the first period. Langley kept pressing, and by the second intermission were tied 9-9. The Lakers were able to start the third with three goals in less than five minutes, riding that to a 13-9 victory, securing the win, the trophy, and the four-peat.
To The Game:
Connor Robinson scored just 1:20 into the game for Langley, but was answered by Cory Vitarelli scoring off a Joe Resetarits pass at 6:01. Holden Cattoni blasted a shot that beat Scigliano at 6:58, but a beautiful rip from the outside by Dane Dobbie tied the game once again at 8:01.
The Lakers moved ahead again when Holden Cattoni scored his second of the night off a Cory Vitarelli pass at 8:52, followed by Thomas Hoggarth from the top of the crease scoring off a Joe Resetarits pass at 9:44. Connor Robinson answered immediately converting a Robert Church feed just 0:31 seconds later. Two goals from Mark Matthews sandwiching a Joe Resetarits marker had the Peterborough up 7-3 with 6:29 left in the first.
Langley pulled Frank Scigliano to give him a quick breather, and get refocused. Steve Fryer came in for only a few seconds before Scigs returned to the Thunder goal.
Erik Maas scored for Langley off a Connor Robinson feed at 14:55, followed by Robert Church on the power play off a Dane Dobbie pass with just 0:47 seconds left in the period to get the Thunder back in the game.
After one period, Peterborough 7 Langley 5.
Mark Matthews opened the scoring with his third of the game just 0:24 seconds into the period but Langley then started to get their offense rolling.
Curtis Dickson scored off a Connor Robinson pass at 9:34, followed by Robinson himself scoring on the power play off a Dane Dobbie feed at 13:28. Robert Church tied the game off a Dylan Kinnear pass at 14:19, followed by Dickson giving Langley their first lead since the 6:01 mark of the first period, converting a Robert Church feed at 16:37.
Peterborough thought they had tied the game, scoring off a rebound from the top of the crease, however, it was called back for a crease violation. Not long after the called off goal did Cory Vitarelli grab a rebound off the back boards putting it past Scigliano at 18:46 to tie the game heading to the second intermission.
After two periods, Peterborough 9 Langley 9.
This evenly played, hard fought series had now come down to just twenty minutes for who would be crowned the 2022 Mann Cup Champion.
The Lakers came out on a mission. Thomas Hoggarth scored at 2:07 off a Kiel Matisz pass, followed by Joe Resetarits converting a Holden Cattoni feed just 0:36 seconds later. Cory Vitarelli finished off a Mark Matthews pass at 4:22, and the Thunder was reeling.
Langley tried to get their offense rolling, but a strong Laker defense, led by Robert Hope, Kiel Matisz, and Paul Dawson was able to keep the Thunder off the scoreboard.
Peterborough added an empty net goal by Holden Cattoni at 17:40, and this series was over.
Final score, Peterborough 13 Langley 9.
The Peterborough Lakers are the 2022 Mann Cup Champions. The last time any team had four-peated was the Peterborough Timbermen from 1951-54. This Lakers team can definitely be called a dynasty.
The Players of the Game:
- Langley Thunder: Curtis Dickson
- Peterborough Lakers: Holden Cattoni
The MVP of the Mann Cup – The Mike Kelly Memorial Award went to Curtis Dickson of the Langley Thunder.
- Shots on goal were 51-44 in favor of the Lakers.
- Langley went 2 for 2 on the power play, while Peterborough went 0 for 1.
- Robert Church 2g, 5a
- Connor Robinson 3g, 2a
- Curtis Dickson 2g, 3a
- Holden Cattoni 3g, 6a
- Joe Resetarits 2g, 4a
- Cory Vitarelli 3g, 2a
- Mark Matthews 3g, 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.