The rebirth of the Six Nations Major Series Chiefs was made complete in Brooklin as the former three-time Mann Cup winners knocked off the Redmen in four straight games on Monday night with a 9-7 win.
Cody Jamieson got things going with two goals scored less than three minutes apart. But Brooklin sucked it up and netted the next four goals to take a 4-2 lead. Kasey Beirnes closed the period at 16:23, and opened the second period at 3:47 to restore a narrow one goal lead. Jake Hayes tied it up for the Redmen before Colin Doyle and Craig Point scored for Six Nations at 14:48 and 16:36. Brooklin’s Shawn Williams scored the last goal of the period with 9 seconds remaining to send the teams to the dressing room tied 6-6.
It all came down to the final 20 minutes. Mike Melnychenko gave the Redmen the 7-6 lead at 1:25, but they could not hold off the Chiefs any longer.
Roger Vyse scored to even it up again and Cody Jamieson ended the game the same way he started it, with back to back goals to send the Chiefs to the Mann Cup.
Game #3 was played Friday night at the ILA and the Chiefs looked like champions against the Brooklin team, doubling up on them 8-4.
Johnny Powless, Colin Doyle and Cody Jamieson built a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes.
Doyle and Kasey Beirnes made it 5-0 before the Redmen came alive with the next three tallies to end the second period with the Chiefs leading 5-3.
Powless added his second of the game at 3:23 of the third period from Beirnes and Jamieson. The Redmen got that one back at 3:37, but that was all they could muster as Doyle and Powless completed their hat-tricks at 5:43 and 14:03 respectively to take a strangle hold on the series.
Defending against the Six Nations Chiefs is like playing whack-a-mole. If you keep Colin Doyle wrapped up, Cody Jamieson pops up to hurt you. If you hold down Jamieson, Colin Doyle is there. Then there is Johnny Powless, and on it goes right down the Chiefs talent laden bench.
The Chiefs opened the final series with a 12-7 win at the ILA last Tuesday, Aug. 20 powered by a well balanced attack and fine defense all backed up by Evan Kirk in the Chiefs net.
Six Nations led 5-3 after the first period and 9-6 after two.
Top guns for the Chiefs were Colin Doyle (1G,5A), Kasey Beirnes (3G,2A), and Cody Jamieson (2G,2ACraig Point (2G,3A).
“To be up 3-0 against these guys is a real accomplishment,” said Chiefs head coach Rich Kilgour. “They took down Peterborough and the Redmen just keep playing hard.”
The Chiefs look like a team having fun these days and it isn’t any wonder to Kilgour.
“Winning is fun,” he says. “But they have put in the time and effort and sucked up a lot of stuff and keep putting out a good effort and battled through everything. When you have 20 guys pulling on the rope it becomes a lot of fun.”
The Chiefs are now in a position to make a return to the Mann Cup best of seven game finals beginning September 6, in British Columbia.
Who says you can’t turn back the clock? In 1995, the Six Nations Chiefs and the Brooklin Redmen squared off for the best of seven MSL Championship and a berth into the Mann Cup playoffs. The Chiefs beat the Redmen that year and went on to take the first of three consecutive Mann Cup victories.
This year, the Chiefs and the Redmen clashed four times in the 2013 regular season, with the Chiefs winning two and tying one.
The Chiefs will face either Langley or Victoria, the Western Lacrosse League Champions.
The Six Nations Chiefs are going back to the Mann Cup finals. After downing the Brooklin Redmen in four games straight, the Chiefs are prime and ready to take on the Western Lacrosse League counterparts for the coveted Mann Cup, a prize the Chiefs once owned for three seasons in a row in the 1990’s. (Photo by Jim Windle)
Cody Jamieson put bookends on Game #4 scoreing the first two and the last two goals of the game in Brooklin Monday night to lead his team to the Mann Cup finals played in September in BC. (Photo by Jim Windle)
By Jim Windle