Salt City Takes Command

In the Empire North Division of the IBLA, the Salt City Eels staked their way to winning the Division Championship. It started with a come from behind, 11-5 victory over the Utica Yeti in the first game of their best of three series. Salt City takes command.


The Yeti actually laid claim to a 3-1 advantage after the first 20:00 minutes. Rodney Hot Rod Redeye (2G) followed by Neal Powless (1a) setting up Andrew Cook (1g). Jimmy Fey playing helper on Redeye’s second goal to counter the opening goal from Junior Bucktooth (2g).

The middle stanza was the difference in this one with Salt City posting six goals to the Utica one. Leroy Halftown ( 2g), with Kori Halftowb (3 g,1a) adding on, before Charlie Rosaschi (2g() stopped the onslaught. This made it a one-goal game with Brendan Bomberry 1 g) going back to work for the Eels

Kori Halftown, Brian Witmer (1G) and Kori Halftown setting up brother, Leroy ( 1g.1a)closed the second with the Eels holding a 7-4 advantage. James Schutt (1a) fed Matthew Bennet (1g) for a power-play goal. This was followed by Junior Bucktooth his second to get it to a 9-4 affair.

Rosasachi and a man down goal from Brandon Misiaszek (1g,1a) got it to 9-5 with11:23 remaining but, a pair from Kori Halftown, the second on the man up were the difference makers. Kobi Johnson stopped 25 of 36 Eels shots. It was countered by Gowah Abrams who turned away 31 0f the 36 shots he faced. Salt City takes command.

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.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.