Special Teams Very Special In Owen Sound Victory Over Clearview

Written by Gary Groob  - All Lacrosse All The Time 

The Owen Sound North Stars (4-8-1) visited the Clearview Crushers (3-8-1) in Ontario Series Lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at the Stayner Arena in Stayner, Ontario. 

The North Stars were coming off a defensive gem against Ennismore last week, winning 9-5.  Led by Jordan Caskenette (17g,26a), Brody Caskenette (12g,15a), Gordie Power (13g,13a) and Jake McNabb (8g,11a) this team has gotten stronger as the year has worn on.

The Clearview Crushers are much better than their record shows, dropping a couple of one goal heartbreakers to Brooklin.  Led by Gareth Haigh (22g,25a), Graham Bergsma (4g,22a), and Angus Rawding (11g,11a), this team can battle with anyone in the league.

The goaltending match-up had Ethan Woods in net for Owen Sound facing Jackson Hainer in net for Clearview. 

Special teams was the order of the day, as both teams converted on their chances.  Owen Sound scored four power-play goals as well as two shorthanded goals.  Clearview was equally as impressive with their special teams scoring four of their own on the power-play. 

A tight back and forth game all day until midway through the third period.  The North Stars put together a three goal run to take control of the game, winning 12-9.

To The Game:

The North Stars got on the board first when Jordan Caskenette converted a Carter Moran pass at 9:26, followed by Jordan McMillen scoring on the power-play unassisted at 13:20.

The Crushers got on the board when Angus Rawding picked the corner off a Braydon Hickey pass at 15:24, but Jake McNabb answered back for Owen Sound finishing a Carter Moran feed 0:25 seconds later. 

Braydon Hickey got Clearview within one again on the power-play off a Ryan Pavic pass at 18:17.

After one period, Owen Sound 3 Clearview 2.

Second Period:

The Crushers tied the game on a blast from Ryan Pavic off a Graham Bergsma pass at 0:52 seconds, but Tanner Soudan gave the North Stars the lead again with a laser off a Jake McNabb pass shorthanded at 2:05.

This back and forth affair continued with Angus Rawding potting a Luca Romano feed at 3:01, but Carter Moran's second of the game gave Owen Sound the lead once more at 4:34.

Jake Dithurbide again tied the game off a Braydon Hickey pass on the power-play at 6:25, but goals from McNabb and Jordan Caskenette gave the North Stars a two goal lead at 14:16.

Clearview stormed back with a pair of their own when Dithurbide got his second of the game off a Harrison Brooks pass at 14:51, followed by Luca Romano scoring off a Nick Nigro pass at 16:22.

On a delayed penalty Jordan Caskenette fired a laser through a crowd beating Jackson Hainer at 18:35, followed by Jordan McMillen scoring his second of the day off a Carter Moran pass at 19:44.

After two periods, Owen Sound 9 Clearview 7.

Third Period:

Jake McNabb increased the North Stars lead to three when he scored on the power-play off a Jordan Caskenette pass at 5:20.

Braydon Hickey got Clearview on the board converting a Mike Rollings pass at 8:03, followed by another power-play goal from Angus Rawding off a Jake Dithurbide pass at 12:13.  

Jordan Caskenette's fourth of the game on the power-play gave Owen Sound a bit of breathing room with 6:37 remaining, followed by Tanner Soudan converting a Jake Doolittle feed shorthanded at 17:51. 

Final score, Owen Sound 12 Clearview 9.

The Three Stars:

1. Jordan Caskenette 
2. Jake McNabb 
3. Braydon Hickey