Staats And Thompson Lead Chiefs To Another Victory

The Oakville Rock (4-3) traveled to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario to face the Six Nations Chiefs (9-0). 

These teams were set to face each other in Oakville a few weeks back but an injury to Callum Jones postponed the game to July 15th.  Since then, the Chiefs have continued their dominant ways going undefeated, while Oakville recently dropped a pair of games to Cobourg.

The goaltending match-up had Troy Holowchuk in net for Oakville facing Doug Jamieson in net for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs got off to a great start scoring four goals in the first five minutes, and got up 5-0 led by Austin Staats with a hat-trick in the first.  Oakville mounted a comeback with three of their own to tighten this game.

Again the Chiefs got off to a good start in the second period.  The Rock battled back, but the combination of Austin Staats (6g2a) and Lyle Thompson (1g,5a) were unstoppable in this game.

The third period saw Troy Holowchuk keep Oakville in the game with great save after great save.   The Chiefs did get rolling with Nonkon Thompson, Eli McLaughlin and Raymond Cortes’ first MSL goal.  Ryan Lanchbury (3g,3a) got one for Oakville at the end of the period. The Chiefs won handily 13-8.

To The Game:

Austin Staats opened the scoring with a sidearm snipe to the corner of a Lyle Thompson pass at 2:09, followed by Cody Jamieson off an Austin Staats feed on the power-play at 3:15. 

Ross Hill added to the Chiefs lead with a blast from in front off a Lyle Thompson pass at 4:29, followed by Staats’ second of the game on the power-play off a Cody Jamieson pass at 5:10.  The barrage continued with Austin Staats getting his third of the period with a great individual effort diving across the crease at 11:12.

Oakville finally got on the board when Ryan Lanchbury found Luke Robinson who quick sticked it past Doug Jamieson at 13:03, followed by Andrew Kew with a power-play goal off a Marley Angus pass at 14:23.  Oakville continued thier run when Tyler Hendryks hit with a howitzer from in close off a Kew feed 0:09 seconds later.

After one period, Six Nations 5 Oakville 3.

Second Period:

Austin Staats opened the second period scoring a pair.  The first was a laser to the top corner off a Kyle Rubisch pass in transition at 4:55, followed by blasting a Tyson Bell feed at 5:06.

Ryan Lanchbury answered from the top of the crease off a Marley Angus pass in transition at 6:38, followed by Chris Weier intercepting a pass going coast to coast for the Rock goal at 8:57.

Eli McLaughlin added another for Six Nations converting a Lyle Thompson pass at 12:28, but Ryan Lanchbury answered on a Rock two man advantage scoring through the five-hole at 15:48.

Lyle Thompson showed why he is one of the greatest players in the game with a great individual effort at 17:55, followed by Austin Staats with his sixth of the game wiring a laser off a Jeremy Thompson pass 0:12 seconds later.

Tyler Hendryks scored his second of the night from in close off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 19:41.

After two periods, Six Nations 10 Oakville 7.

Third Period:

After many big saves from Troy Holowchuk, Nonkon Thompson finally got the Chiefs on the board in transition, putting it over Holowchuk’s shoulder at 12:07 unassisted, followed by Raymond Cortes converting a great feed from Lyle Thompson at 13:30.  Eli McLaughlin scored his second of the night off a Jeremy Thompson pass at 15:00. 

Ryan Lanchbury got one more for Oakville with a bounced shot on the power-play off a Sam English feed at 18:21, but it wasn’t enough.

Final score, Six Nations 13 Oakville 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Austin Staats
2. Lyle Thompson
3. Ryan Lanchbury

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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.

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.

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