The Whitby Warriors Hold Off Edmonton To Win The Minto Cup

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Edmonton Miners (1-2) fresh off their history making victory the previous night were set to play the Whitby Warriors (2-1) in the rubber match for the Minto Cup.  Both teams had played extremely well in this series, and this game would be no exception.

The goalie match-up had Keegan Melenychuk for the Miners facing Kaleb Martin for Whitby .

A very physical game, had the action go back and forth all night long.  Keegan Melenychuk was exceptional in net for the Miners making 47 saves in the loss.   Whitby finally gave themselves a bit of breathing room in the third period getting up by two goals, but a beautiful behind the back fake for a goal, and a penalty shot attempt kept the drama until the final horn.  Whitby held off the Miners to win the game 6-5.

To The Game:

The Warriors opened the scoring with a laser from Brock Haley off an Adam Poitras pass at 2:24.  Edmonton tied it up when Davis Dame scored off a rebound from a Mathieu Gautier shot at 9:37, then took the lead when Callin Harris scored off a Mathieu Gautier pass at 12:55. 

The Warriors tied it up when Owen Tapper came in alone and beat Melenychuk at 15:10, then took the lead again off a Gabriel Sorichetti shot from the outside to the stick side at 17:31.  Edmonton came back immediately with Jack Royer blasting a shot to the top corner just 0:43 seconds later to tie the game heading to the intermission.

After one period, Edmonton 3 Whitby 3.

Second Period:

Whitby opened the second period scoring with a shot from Brock Haley that squeaked in behind Melenychuk at 5:45, but Edmonton tied it when Jake Bowen converted a Luke Bowen pass shorthanded at 19:40.

After two periods, Whitby 4 Edmonton 4.

Third Period:

Whitby opened the third period scoring with a howitzer from Jake Budway off an Adam Poitras pass at 5:28, followed by Parker Pipher with a quick stick off a Brock Haley feed at 10:12. 

Edmonton brought the game within one goal with a beautiful behind the back fake, then shot from the top of the crease by Marcus Needham off a Mathieu Gautier pass at 14:20. 

To add to the drama, with just 0:26.7 seconds left, Edmonton was awarded a penalty shot for too many men by Whitby.  The shot was taken by Davis Dame, who hit the post keeping the Warriors in the lead.

Whitby was able to hold off the Miners to come out victorious.

Final score, Whitby 6 Edmonton 5.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Whitby 53-39.
  • Whitby went 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Edmonton went 0 for 2 on the power play, scoring a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Whitby Warriors:

  • Brock Haley 2g, 1a
  • Adam Poitras 0g, 3a
  • Jack Budway 1g, 1a
  • Gabriel Sorichetti 1g, 1a

Edmonton Miners:

  • Jack Royer 1g, 2a
  • Mathieu Gautier 0g, 3a
  • Marcus Needham 1g, 1a

The Whitby Warriors are the 2022 Minto Cup Champions.

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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.