Power And Gustavsen Lead North Stars To Opening Night Victory

The Owen Sound North Stars (1-0) visited the Ennismore James Gang (0-1) to open the 2024 Ontario Series Lacrosse season. 

The goaltending match-up had Craig Wende in net for Owen Sound facing Brandon Wilson in net for the James Gang.

A fairly even game for two periods had the North Stars up 5-3.  The third period saw Owen Sound score four unanswered goals for the 9-3 victory. 

Gordie Power (3g,1a) and Mitch Gustavsen (2g,3a) led the way for the North Stars.   Adam Churchill (2g,0a) and Nick Andreoli (1g,1a) were the scorers for Ennismore.

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To The Game:

The North Stars got rolling quickly with Gordie Power scoring just 0:22 seconds in off an Adam Sargison pass, but Adam Churchill tied the game on the power-play finishing off a Nick Andreoli feed at 4:07.

Power added his second of the game again off a Sargison pass at 10:41, followed by Mitch Gustavsen scoring from in close on the power-play off a Jordan McMillen pass at 12:02.

Adam Churchill’s second of the game got the James Gang within one goal heading to the intermission.

After one period, Owen Sound 3 Ennismore 2.

Second Period:

Nick Andreoli opened the second period scoring tying the game for Ennismore off a Boyd Diclemente pass at 1:58.

Mitch Gustavsen got his second of the night of a Chase Echlin feed at 2:15, followed by Echlin himself in transition off a long lead pass from Craig Wende at 13:19.

After two periods, Owen Sound 5 Ennismore 3.

Third Period:

The third period had Owen Sound take control of the play.  Adam Sargison opened the scoring converting a Mitch Gustavsen pass at 4:22, followed by Brayden Kreuger adding another tally unassisted at 9:50.

Jordan Caskenette blasted a Mitch Gustavsen feed at 13:22, followed by Gordie Power with his third of the night off an Adam Sargison pass at 14:14.

Final score, Owen Sound 9 Ennismore 3.

The Three Stars:

1. Gordie Power
2. Craig Wende
3. Mitch Gustavsen

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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.

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