Thunderbirds hold of a Surge From The Riptide

Gary Groob
Lax Philly  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The New York Riptide (1-6) visited the Halifax Thunderbirds (4-1) in their temporary home of First Ontario Centre, in Hamilton, Ontario, due to Covid-19 protocols in Nova Scotia.

The Riptide were coming off a strong showing against Buffalo in which some penalty trouble at the end of the game cost them the “W”.  This team is learning how to win, and how to play with each other.  Halifax is a very strong team, with good scoring, and strong defense.  With two bonafide starting goalies, it’s safe to say they are deep in all aspects of their game.  The biggest problem with the Thunderbirds is that they haven’t been consistently playing this year.  Covid-19 protocols have left them canceling a number of their games.  Now playing home games in Hamilton solves the problem of getting the games in, while not ideal, it works for now.

The goalie match-up was Warren Hill for Halifax against Steven Orleman for the Riptide.

To the game…

New York opened the first quarter scoring on a power play with Connor Kearnan (2g,1a) burying a Callum Crawford pass at 2:23.  Cody Jamieson ( 2g,1a) tied the game up for the Thunderbirds also on the power play.   Clarke Petterson fed Jamieson, who wired a shot from the outside beating Steven Orleman at 5:54. 

Halifax increased their lead with three quick goals just 1:04 apart.  The first goal Eric Fannell (1g,1a) buried an Austin Shanks pass from the outside at 10:25, followed by Shanks (2g,5a) himself scoring off a Kyle Jackson pass at 10:51, and again scoring at 11:39 to take a commanding lead in the game. 

After one quarter, Halifax 4 New York 1.

Second Quarter:

The quarter was chippier than the first, but yielded no goals until Kyle Jackson (2g,1a) scored on the power play off an Austin Shanks pass at 8:45.  The Riptide got back on the board at 9:31 shorthanded, when Damon Edwards (1g,0a) scored unassisted in transition.  Halifax scored another power play goal when Stephan Leblanc (1g,1a) scored off a Clarke Petterson pass at 9:47. 

New York showed how explosive an offense they have finishing the quarter with a flurry…

The Riptide started the come back scoring two quick goals 0:21 seconds apart.  Tyson Gibson (1g,2a) scored off a Keiran McArdle pass at 10:11, followed by Callum Crawford (4g,3a) converting a Connor Kearnan pass at 10:32.  Chris Boushy (2g,1a) got the Thunderbirds back on the board with a goal at 11:14, to make the score 7-4.  Scott Dominey (1g,1a) scored unassisted in transition at 11:46, followed by Callum Crawford scoring his second of the night off a Jeff Teat pass at 13:09. 

At the half, Halifax 7 New York 6.

Third Quarter:

The Riptide opened the third quarter by tying the game up on the power play.   Callum Crawford scored his third of the night firing a howitzer past Warren Hill at 1:09. 

Kyle Jackson gave the Thunderbirds the lead once again when he beat Orleman at 6:52 off a Graeme Hossack pass.  Graeme Hossack (1g,1a) then scored in transition with just 0:21 seconds left in the quarter, firing a shot that Orleman got a piece of, but just squeaked into the net.

After three quarters, Thunderbirds 9 Riptide 7.

Fourth Quarter:

Cody Jamieson opened the fourth quarter scoring just 0:21 seconds in, followed by Chris Boushy converting an Eric Fannell pass at 1:48 to increase the lead to 11-7.  Connor Kearnan got one back for the Riptide scoring his second of the night at 2:41 off a Tyson Gibson pass, stopping the Thunderbirds run at four. 

Scott Campbell caught Colton Armstrong (1g,0a) with a long lead pass in transition, who marched in on the New York goal beating Steven Orleman low to the far side at 6:34. 

Eric Fannell took a five minute boarding penalty at 7:21, and on the ensuing power play Callum Crawford scored his fourth of the night off a Jeff Teat pass at 8:46, followed by Keiran McArdle (1g,1a) converting a Jeff Teat pass at 9:22 cutting the lead to 12-10 in favor of the Thunderbirds.

Ryan Terefenko (1g,0a) scored his first NLL career goal into an empty net at 12:23, which sealed the game for Halifax.

Final score, Halifax 13 New York 10

  • Halifax outshot New York 61-48
  • Jake Withers went 19 for 27 on faceoffs for Halifax.
  • New York went 4 for 5 on the power play, also scoring a  shorthanded goal.
  • Halifax went 3 for 5 on the power play.

The Three Stars:

1. Austin Shanks
2. Callum Crawford
3. Warren Hill

Top Scorers:


Austin Shanks 2g, 5a
Chris Boushy 2g, 1a
Kyle Jackson 2g, 1a

New York:

Callum Crawford 4g, 3a
Connor Kearnan 2g, 1a
Tyson Gibson 1g, 2a

New York’s next game is Saturday February 12th at 6pm, when they visit the Georgia Swarm.

Halifax’s next game is Sunday February 13th at 1pm, when the Philadelphia Wings come to the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton.

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.