In the last game of the weekend in Denver, the Cannons (5-3) faced the Redwoods (4-4) in Premier Lacrosse League action.
The Cannons were on a five game win streak and were firing on all cylinders, while the Redwoods had lost three in a row, including a 16-10 decision to the Cannons on July 29th.
The goalie match-up had Colin Kirst in net for the Cannons facing Jack Kelly in net for the Redwoods.
In a game that the Cannons only led for 0:36 seconds but chased hard all day, the Redwoods continually set the pace. Led by Rob Pannell (3g,2a), Wes Berg (3g,0a) and Charlie Bertrand (2g,1a) the Redwoods were finally able to solve the Cannons 5:41 into the extra period for the victory.
To The Game:
Cole Krist opened the scoring for the Redwoods at 0:25 seconds, followed by Arden Cohen with a 2-point bomb at 2:17.
Matt Rees answered for the Cannons with a 2-point goal mof his own off a Jeff Trainor pass at 4:47, followed by Asher Nolting scoring at 6:51 to tie the game.
After one quarter, Redwoods 3 Cannons 3.
Jules Heningburg gave the lead back to the Redwoods at 0:34 seconds, followed by Brian Tevlin finishing off a Rob Pannell feed at 1:16.
Matt Campbell got one back for the Cannons but a power-play goal from Cole Kirst off a Charlie Bertrand pass at 7:41 kept the Redwoods in control.
Matt Kavanagh scored for the Cannons, but was answered by another power-play goal from the Redwoods. Wes Berg finished a Ryder Garnsey pass at 9:41 to keep the Redwoods up by two.
A 2 point blast from Cade Van Raaphorst tied the game at 9:59, but Wes Berg’s second of the game sent the Redwoods to the half up by one.
At the half, Redwoods 8 Cannons 7.
The Cannons started the second half strong with Marcus Holman scoring twice to take the lead. Holman converted a Jonathan Donville pass at 1:41, followed by finishing a Cole Kirst pass at 3:24.
Charlie Bertrand tied the game at 4:00, followed by Rob Pannell finishing off a Ryder Garnsey pass 0:32 seconds later.
A power-play goal by Ryan Drenner at 6:42 tied the game once more, but goals by Pannell and Berg increased the lead to two again for the Redwoods.
Rob Pannell added another goal for the Redwoods but a power-play goal by Ryan Drenner and a talley from Chris Aslanian with just 0:26 seconds left in the third made this a one goal game again.
After three quarters, Redwoods 13 Cannons 12.
Asher Nolting tied the game at 1:35, but two more from the Redwoods put them o control again. Eddy Glazener scored at 5:08, followed by Ryder Garnsey 0:29 seconds later.
The Cannons pushed hard with Marcus Holman scoring twice to tie the game. Holman scored both off Asher Nolting feeds to send the game to overtime.
After regulation, Redwoods 15 Cannons 15.
Charlie Bertrand was the hero, scoring on the power-play at 5:41 to give the Redwoods the victory.
Final score, Redwoods 16 Cannons 15.
The Three Stars:
1. Rob Pannell
2. Marcus Holman
3. Wes Berg
Marcus Holman 4g, 1a
Asher Nolting 2g, 3a
Ryan Drenner 2g,1a
Rob Pannell 3g, 2a
Wes Berg 3g, 0a
Charlie Bertrand 2g, 1a
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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.