The Staats Brothers Lead The Chiefs To Victory

The Owen Sound North Stars and the Six Nations Chiefs opened up their 2024 Major Series Lacrosse season at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena for the annual bread and cheese game Monday night.

A little history on the Bread and Cheese celebration:

In appreciation of their allegiance to the British Empire during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 Queen Victoria began an annual tradition of giving gifts to the Six Nations community, namely blankets.  The custom ended with Victoria’s death in 1901.  In 1924 the Grand Council of the Six Nations decided to revive the practice, this time with gifts of bread and cheese as a commemoration of the close ties between Six Nations and the British Crown.

The goaltending match-up had Warren Hill in net for the Chiefs facing Kaleb Martin for Owen Sound.

The North Stars held their own with speed and great goaltending.   Jake McNabb got a pair in the first to stake the Stars to a 3-1 lead.  Not to be out done, Austin Staats had a pair for Six Nations, who went to the intermission tied 3-3.

The second period was the period of the Staats.  Austin scored three times while Randy hit with two markers in the period.  Owen Sound was giving a solid effort, but every mistake made, the Chiefs made them pay.  Lyle Thompson scored a couple of late goals to open up a 10-4 lead at the break.

The Chiefs controlled the flow of the third period not letting the North Stars get any sort of momentum.  Ross Hill, Shayne Jackson, Austin Staats  with two for seven on the night, as well as Zane Dalp to put an exclamation point on the 15-4 victory.

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To The Game:

Owen Sound opened the scoring when Angus Rawding picked the top corner off a screen at 4:35, but Austin Staats answered with a blast down low off a Shayne Jackson pass at 7:02.

The North Stars grabbed the lead once again when Jake McNabb converted an Angus Rawding feed from in close at 11:25, followed by McNabb again scoring on a delayed penalty at 12:27.

The Chiefs answered back on the power-play when Shayne Jackson quick sticked a Randy Staats pass at 14:33, followed by Austin Staats wiring a laser off a Randy Staats feed at 17:53.

After one period, Six Nations 3 Owen Sound 3.

Second Period:

Owen Sound opened the scoring when Dante Kulas blasted a shot which Warren Hill originally stopped.  The momentum had the ball squirt in at 3:00.  Randy Staats answered for Six Nations firing a howitzer from the outside off a Brendan Bomberry pass at 4:29, followed by Austin Staats’ third of the night picking the far corner off a Ross Hill pass at 5:10.

Randy Staats increased the lead with a low to high shot off an Austin Staats pass at 9:57, followed by Austin with his fourth and fifth of the night to open up a four goal lead.  Lyle Thompson added a power-play goal from in front off a Ross Hill pass at 16:51, followed by Thompson then converting a Randy Staats feed at 18:07.

After two periods, Six Nations 10 Owen Sound 4.

Third Period:

Ross Hill got on the board with his first MSL goal picking the far corner off a Cody Jamieson pass at 2:50, followed by Austin Staats on the power-play off a Cody Jamieson pass at 6:29.  Shayne Jackson then fired a howitzer from the outside off a Cody Jamieson pass at 9:09. 

Zane Dalp got on the board off aTyson Bell pass in transition at 15:21, followed by Austin Staats with his seventh of the night unassisted at 18:45.

Final score, Six Nations 15 Owen Sound 4.

The Three Stars:

1. Austin Staats
2. Randy Staats
3. Warren Hill

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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.