Shanks Gets Seven Points As Brooklin Wins Their Season Opener

The Owen Sound North Stars (0-2) visited the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (1-0) in Major Series Lacrosse action Wednesday night at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex.

Owen Sound was looking to rebound after a 15-4 drubbing at the hands of the Six Nations Chiefs last week.  The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (BLC) was opening their season with a lot of familiar faces in the lineup.  Colton Watkinson, Dawson Theede, Austin Shanks, Zach Higgins, Nick Chaykowsky Justin Robinson and Reilly O’Connor all rejoined Gavin Prout’s squad.

The goaltending match-up had Kaleb Martin in net for the North Stars facing Zach Higgins in net for Brooklin.

Brooklin scored early and often in this game.  Led by Tanner Cook (3g,3a), Brady Kearnan (2g,2a) and Austin Shanks (5g,2a), the BLC squad led wire to wire showing they were going to be a force in the league this season.  Brooklin wins their season and home opener convincingly 16-11.

To The Game:

Kyle Waters got Brooklin the lead early converting a Keenan Cook feed out in front at 1:17, but Tyler Halls answered for Owen Sound finishing a Noah Millsap pass at 4:07.  Sean Westley then gave Brooklin the lead once more converting a Brady Kearnan pass at 11:34, followed by Austin Shanks blasting a Dawson Theede pass at 15:42.

After one period, Brooklin 3 Owen Sound 1.

Second Period:

Austin Shanks scored his second of the game on the power-play off a Connor Kearnan pass at 1:14, followed by Keenan Cook wiring a laser off a Nick Chaykowsky feed in transition at 2:11.  Brady Kearnan added another Brooklin goal off a Luke Keenan pass but was answered by Tanner Buck scoring off a Hayden Summers-Thompson pass at 11:54. 

Brady Kearnan scored his second of the night off a Liam Osbourne feed at 11:58, but Brody Caskenette answered shorthanded for the North Stars off a Greg Elijah-Brown pass at 14:17.  Tanner Cook then added to the Brooklin lead firing a shot from in close of a Connor Kearnan pass on the power-play at 16:16. 

Owen Sound came back with two late goals to narrow the lead.  Jackson Reid converted a Dante Kulas pass at 17:13, followed by Jake McNabb scoring just 0:26 seconds later.

After two periods, Brooklin 8 Owen Sound 5.

Third Period:

Tanner Cook opened the third period scoring two quick goals for Brooklin.   The first was from in close off a Luke Keenan pass at 2:07, followed by a blast off a Sean Westley pass just 0:19 seconds later.  Dylan Robinson added a goal in transition off a Nick Chaykowsky feed at 5:32, followed by Austin Shanks scoring his third and fourth of the game.  First off a Luke Keenan pass at 6:58, followed by a howitzer off a Tanner Cook pass 0:11 seconds later.

Jake Gasperetti got one back for the North Stars at 7:42 but was answered by Luke Keenan finishing an Austin Shanks feed at 9:25.  Jackson Webster got on the board for Owen Sound converting a Tanner Buck pass at 10:18, but Brooklin came right back with Austin Shanks’ fifth of the night off a Tanner Cook pass 0:37 seconds later.

Webster scored again for the North Stars off a Tanner Buck feed at 11:23, followed by Jake McNabb with his second of the night off a Jacob Gasperetti pass at 12:44.  Owen Sound kept pressing with Dante Kulas scoring his second of the game off a Jordan Caskenette pass at 15:48.

Dylan Robinson stopped the Three goal run off a Connor Kearnan pass at 17:06, but Jordan Caskenette answered off a Tyler Halls pass at 18:07.

As the game ended, tempers boiled over with Zach Belter and Hayden Summers-Thompson squaring off.

Final score, Brooklin 16 Owen Sound 11.

Shots on goal were 50-41 in favor of the Brooklin Lacrosse Club.

The Three Stars:

1. Austin Shanks
2. Tanner Cook
3. Tanner Buck

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.