The Oakville Rock (5-1) closed out the round robin portion of the tournament facing the Kahnawake Mohawks (2-4). Earlier in the day Kahnawake lost to Edmonton 15-11 leaving them on the outside looking in at the playoff round.
The goalie match-up had Aaron Bold in net for the Mohawks facing Nick Rose of the Rock.
Transition and special teams were the order of the day with both teams enjoying success on both. After a fairly even first period, the Rock pulled away in the second period building a three goal lead. In the third, it looked like Oakville was going to rub away with the game, but Mohawk goals by Hellyer, Fox and Buque brought the game within three. Oakville held on for the 12-10 victory, and first place in the standings.
To The Game:
Kahnawake got on the board first in transition when Kerry Kain scored unassisted at 1:22, but the Rock answered immediately when Brandon Slade scored also in transition off a Sheldon Burns feed at 2:50.
The Mohawks took the lead once again when Steph Charbonneau scored unassisted at 4:57, but again the Rock answered, this time on the power-play. Dan Lintner quick sticked a pass from Ryan Lanchbury at 6:48.
The Rock took their first lead of the night when Brandon Slade converted on a quick stick from a Cam Milligan pass at 12:42, followed by Chris Weier going in all alone shorthanded at 13:19.
Kahnawake got one back when Rob Hellyer scored on the power-play off a Reilly O’Connor feed at 19:03.
After one period, Oakville 4 Kahnawake 3.
Shots on goal were 17-15 in favor of Oakville.
The Rock got on the board when Brandon Slade scored his third of the night off a Ryan Lanchbury feed at 5:31, followed by Jason Knox off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 7:02. The Rock continued the attack when Cam Milligan scored off a Luke Robinson pass just 0:11 seconds later.
The Mohawks got on the board when Reilly O’Connor beat Nick Rose with a bounced shot off a Rob Hellyer pass at 15:11, but Oakville answered on the power-play when Cam Milligan finished a Josh Dawick feed at 17:02. Kahnawake answered when Rob Hellyer then scored off a Phil Buque pass 0:21 seconds later.
After two periods, Oakville 8 Kahnawake 5.
Shots on goal were 22-18.
Oakville got on the board when Adam Jay went in all alone scoring on a breakaway at 2:06, followed by Jason Knox of a Zack Kearney pass 0:21 seconds later. Marley Angus added another goal unassisted at 7:34.
Kahnawake finally got on the board when Reilly O’Connor finished a Phil Buque pass at 9:22, followed by Jake Fox converting a Rob Hellyer pass at 11:00 to narrow the lead to 11-7.
Dan Lintner gave the Rock a five goal lead when he finished a Marley Angus feed at 14:08, but Kahnawake wasn’t finished yet.
Goals from Hellyer, Fox and Phil Buque made it a two goal game with still 1:43 left.
The Rock was able to fend off the Mohawks challenge for the win.
Final score, Oakville 12 Kahnawake 10.
Shots on goal were tied 15-15 for a game total of 54-48 in favor of the Rock.
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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.
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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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