Rock Win Bronze With Steller Transition Game

The Snake Island Muskies (3-4) faced the Oakville Rock (5-2) in the Bronze Medal game of the President’s Cup tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.

Both teams had opportunities to advance to the Gold medal game with leads in the third periods of their respective games, but in the end came up just short.

The goaltending match-up had Trey Adams in net for Snake Island facing Nick Rose in net for the Rock.

The Rock scored early and often using their transition game to out run the Muskies for the majority of the game.  Snake Island put up a good fight but Oakville was just too strong winning 18-9.

To The Game:

Snake Island got on the board first in transition off a long lead pass from Trey Adams to Joe Hall beating Nick Rose at just 0:36 seconds.  Josh Dawick answered back for Oakville from in close off a feed from Marley Angus at 2:12, followed by Joey Szabo going coast to coast in transition off a Brandon Slade pass at 5:33. 

Alex Kew continued the Rock transitional attack converting a long lead pass from Nick Rose at 8:16, but the Muskies answered right back when Chris Attwood converted a Brier Jonathan pass at 8:58.

Zack Kearney scored for Oakville from in close off a Jason Knox pass at 9:36, followed by Dan Lintner scoring on a squibbler that just snuck past Trey Adams at 10:33.  Jason Knox added another transition goal off a long lead pass from Brandon Slade at 13:22.  Alex Kew then went coast to coast for the next Rock goal at 15:22 unassisted.

The Oakville barrage continued with a beautiful tic-tac-toe play.  Ryan Lanchbury passed to Brandon Slade who found Dan Lintner at the side of the crease for the quick stick at 16:14, followed by Josh Dawick blasting a shot on the power-play off an Andrew Kew feed at 17:15.

After one period, Oakville 9 Snake Island 2.
Shots on goal were 22-19 in favor of Oakville.

Second Period:

Sam Haines replaced Nick Rose in the Rock net to start the second period.

The Muskies got on the board first on a fluke goal that hit Sam Haines and back-spinned into the net.  Jake Rice was given credit at 2:11, followed Josh Huiatt firing a rope to the top corner off a Wallace Thompson feed at 4:37.

Oakville got on the board when Zack Kearney converted a Marley Angus pass at 9:22.

Kobi Johnson replaced Trey Adams in net for Snake Island.

The Rock welcomed Johnson to the game with Brandon Slade scoring off a Jason Knox feed at 10:11, followed by Dan Lintner’s third of the game off a Luke Robinson pass at 13:47.

Shane Francis got Snake Island on the board again converting a Chris Attwood pass at 14:40, but Oakville answered right back with Zack Kearney’s third of the game off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 15:28.  Joey Szabo added to the lopsided score from in close off a Brandon Slade at 18:19.

After two periods, Oakville 14 Snake Island 5.
Shots on goal were 25-11 in favor of the Rock.

Third Period:

The Rock got on the board first in the third period when Dan Lintner scored from in close off a Cam Milligan pass at 1:02, followed by Jason Knox from the outside off a Zack Kearney pass at 2:31.

The Muskies got on the board when Josh Huiatt scored unassisted at 3:34, but the Rock answered with Zack Kearney converting a Josh Dawick feed at 4:01.

Snake Island continued to press when Shane Francis scored off a Chris Attwood pass at 5:40,  followed by Attwood himself finishing a Josh Huiatt pass at 8:04.  The Muskies added another goal when Huiatt scored off a Shane Francis feed at 15:23. 

The Rock added a Sheldon Burns goal unassisted at 18:00.

Final score, Oakville 18 Snake Island 9.
Shots on goal were 23-14 on favor of the Rock for a game total of 70-44 in favor of Oakville.

Players of the Game:

Snake Island Muskies – Josh Huiatt

Oakville Rock – Zack Kearney

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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.

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