The Rock Hang On For A One Goal Victory In Brampton

photo courtesy of the Oakville Rock

The Oakville Rock (3-0) visited the Brampton Excelsiors (1-4) at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario Thursday evening.

The Rock were coming off a big win over Owen Sound 19-12 on Monday, while the Excelsiors had a rough night the previous night losing to Brooklin 13-3.

The goaltending match-up had Will Johnston in net for the Excelsiors facing Troy Holowchuk in net for Oakville.

An inspired first period from the Excelsiors had them up for the majority of the period.  Oakville mounted a comeback scoring two at the end of the period to tie the game 4-4.

The second period had the Rock jump out to a three goal lead, but the Excelsiors fought back on the strength of a pair of goals from JP Ward to only be down 8-7 at the break.

After Brampton tied the game early in the third, the Rock put together a three goal run to take control.  The Excelsiors kept pressing and got goals from Holden Patterson and Pent Eistrat to get within one with 3:38 remaining.   Brampton threw everything at Oakville, but weren’t able to get the tying marker.  Oakville held on for the 11-10 victory.

To The Game:

The Brampton Excelsiors got on the board first when Curtis Goddard converted a Connor McClelland pass at 1:22, but Ryan Lanchbury answered back for Oakville with a blast off a Josh Dawick pass at 3:56.

Pent Eistrat gave the Excelsiors the lead once again wiring a  JP Ward feed at 6:44 on the power-play, but Luke Robinson knotted the game at two finishing a Nathan Grenon pass at 7:11.

JP Ward gave Brampton it’s third lead of the period converting a James Whiteford pass at 15:06, followed by Zach Sunderland quick sticking a Holden Patterson pass 0:33 seconds later.

Sam English brought Oakville within one with a great individual effort off a Josh Dawick pass at 17:21, followed by Andrew Kew with a blast off a Nathan Grenon feed at 18:15.

After one period, Oakville 4 Brampton 4.

Second Period:

Nathan Grenon gave the Rock their first lead of the night converting an Andrew Kew pass at 2:21, followed by Kew himself wiring a Josh Dawick pass from the outside at 6:37.  Oakville continued the barrage with Marley Angus finishing a Josh Dawick feed at 10:36.

Brampton finally stopped the five goal run when JP Ward converted a Pent Eistrat feed from in close for his second of the game at 13:13, followed by his third on the power-play 0:40 seconds later to bring the game within one.

Sam English scored his second of the night for the Rock off an Andrew Kew pass on the power-play at 15:47, but an Adam Wiedemann goal in transition had the Excelsiors down just a goal at the break.

After two periods, Oakville 8 Brampton 7.

Third Period:

The Excelsiors opened the third period tying the game with Josh Medeiros on a great individual effort finishing a Matthew Bennett pass at 3:19.  However, goals from Nathan Grenon, Ryan Lanchbury on the power-play, and another from Grenon had Oakville in control.

Brampton kept working.  Holden Patterson converted a Zach Sunderland pass at 9:43, followed by a Pent Eistrat blast off a JP Ward feed at 16:22. This was now a one goal game again. 

The Excelsiors pushed, but Holowchuk and the Rock defense withstood the challenge to hold on for the win.

Final score, Oakville 11 Brampton 10.

The Three Stars:

1. Nathan Grenon
2. Ryan Lanchbury
3. JP Ward

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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.

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