The Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) showcased three games (one canceled due to weather) this past weekend, showcasing teams battling for the top spot in the league.
Saturday, January 18th
Children’s Arena in Oshawa, Ontario
Peterborough Timbermen (2-2) vs. Whitby Steelhawks (4-0) in a battle of two very polished teams. A back and forth battle that lived up to the hype, in this penalty-filled game, with Whitby leaving with the 16-13 win.
The big difference in the game was special teams. Whitby had five powerplay goals with three shorthanded goals, while Peterborough had three powerplay goals and two shorthanded goals.
Going into the fourth quarter, the game was tied at ten, but with five of the next six goals, the Steelhawks broke the game open on way to the 16-13 victory.
Liam Osbourne (4g,2a), Cam Milligan (3g,5a), and Dylan Hutchison (2g,4a) led the way for the Steelhawks, while Aaron Woods (5g,3a), and Skyylar Thomas (2g,3a) were top producers for Peterborough with Joe Hall (1g,5a) as the setup man.
1. Aaron Woods…….F Peterborough
2. Cam Milligan……..F Whitby
3. Lukas Coote………G Whitby
St. Catharines Shockwave vs. Oshawa Outlaws in the late game was canceled due to inclement weather…make up game is still TBA.
Sunday January 19th
Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in Hagersville, Ontario.
Toronto Monarchs (2-3) vs. Paris RiverWolves (4-1) in the early game. Paris trailed for only 0:04 seconds in this game, en route to an 11-7 victory over the Monarchs.
The first half was for the most part evenly played, tied midway through the second, with the RiverWolves heading to the half up 6-4. Paris came out with a strong third quarter, outscoring Toronto 5-1 to take a commanding lead into the fourth. The Monarchs mounted a small comeback scoring two goals early in the fourth, but Nolan Clayton (Paris goalie) and the RiverWolves defense shut the door for the victory.
Josh Medeiros (4g,1a), Kyle Dawson (3g,1a), and Dan Keane (2g,1a) led the way for the RiverWolves, while Todd Kozak (2g,1a), Tanner Buck (1g,2a), and John Vezina (1g,1a) led the Monarchs offense.
St. Catharines Shockwave (2-3) vs. Six Nations Snipers (0-5) in the late game. In a wild, back and forth affair, the St. Catharines Shockwave held on for a 16-14 victory.
The Shockwave looked like they might run away with this game, getting four of the first five goals, but a resilient Snipers team kept fighting, making it a 9-7 game at the half.
The second half again had the Shockwave get out to a big lead, scoring three of the next four goals to start the third quarter. Six Nations kept clawing and scratching bringing the game to a 15-13 deficit with still eight minutes left. Both goalies stood tall, only yielding one more each, for a final score of 16-14.
The Shockwave attack was led by Layne Smith with six goals, and Gates Abrams with four goals, while the Snipers were led Jordan Goddard with three goals, and Vern Hill, Clay Arnold, and Brent Longboat with two each.
The Three Stars:
1. Layne Smith………..F St. Catharines
2. Jordan Goddard…..F Six Nations
3. Gates Abrams……..F St. Catherines
Upcoming Games For Week Six:
Three games on tap…
Saturday, January 25th:
Early game… 3 pm
Six Nations Snipers vs. Peterborough Timbermen at the Millbrook Arena in Millbrook, Ontario.
Late game… 8 pm
Whitby Steelhawks vs. Toronto Monarchs at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC)
Sunday, January 26th:
Oshawa Outlaws vs. Paris RiverWolves at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA)
St. Catharines Shockwave.. ..2-3
Six Nations Snipers…….. …….0-5
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.