The Peterborough Lakers hosted the Brooklin Lacrosse Club at the Memorial Arena in MSL action Thursday night. Peterborough was looking to stay a game behind Six Nations for first place in the standings. Brooklin sits in third place, several games behind the top two teams, but also several games ahead of struggling Brampton and Cobourg. The Lakers put up six goals in both the second and third periods to win 15-10. They improve to 9-3, while Brooklin drops to 6-5 on the year.
Peterborough takes early lead and runs with it
The game remained scoreless for nearly 13 minutes, with Austin Hasen (12:52) getting the Lakers on the board first. Tanner Cook (14:28) equalized for Brooklin. Mike Robinson (17:21) and Josh Currier (18:25) put Peterborough up 3-1 after the first period.
In contrast, the second period was action-packed, with both teams scoring six goals apiece. Finding the back of the net for Brooklin were Liam Osborne twice (0:56 power play; 4:03), Brady Kearnan (1:11), Sean Westley (12:58 power play), Caleb Creasor (14:30), and Connor Kearnan (15:36). Peterborough countered with Thomas Hoggarth (1:43), Turner Evans (9:55), Hasen’s second (15:16), Robinson’s second (15:56), Kiel Matisz (16:21), and Holden Cattoni (19:10). The Lakers led 9-7 at the second intermission.
Big third period lifts Peterborough to victory
Eli McLaughlin extended the Lakers’ lead to 10-7 with a shorthanded goal at 5:31 of the third period. Connor Kearnan (6:37) scored his second on a power play to cut the lead to two. But Peterborough would go on a three-goal run to put the game out of reach. Cattoni’s second (8:13 power play), Currier’s second (9:55), and Colton Armstrong (10:17) put the Lakers up 13-8. Jack Boyden (11:09) ended the run, but Peterborough kept applying the pressure. Cattoni (14:10) and Currier (15:18 power play) each added their hat trick goals to make it 15-9 Lakers. Luke Pilcher closed the scoring for Brooklin with a power play marker at 18:17.
Other Stats of Note
The Lakers outshot Brooklin 68-49 for the game
Riley Hutchcraft (Brooklin): 53 saves; Landon Kells (Peterborough): 39 saves
Kiel Matisz (Peterborough): 1g, 6a
Connor Kearnan (Brooklin): 2g, 2a
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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.