Chiefs top league as Sr. A season draws to a close

SIX NATIONS – The OLA Sr. A Major Series has come down to a two horse race with the Six Nations Chiefs and the Peterborough Lakers in first and second while the rest of the league has fallen back into an “also-ran” position, more than 10 points back of the leaders.

Sunday in Kitchener, the Sr. A Major Series Chiefs brought down the Kodiaks 9-5 led by Jeff Shattler and Dhane Smith who each recorded two goals and three assists. The Kodiaks scored the first goal of the game at the halfway point of the first period, but the Chiefs overcame that with goals by Shattler, Smith, Craig Point and Ryan Benesch and they never look back.

Along the way, Colin Doyle (1G,3A), Point, (2G,2A), Dave Brock (2A), Benesch (2G,2A), and Jay Thorimbert added to the Chiefs’ win in front of Dillon Ward in the Six Nations net.

Last Tuesday night in Six Nations, the Chiefs and the Brampton Excelsiors did battle again at the ILA in a game that missed our deadline.

Like a fisherman with a big catch on the line, the Six Nations Chiefs played the Brampton Excelsiors out in the first and second periods of Thursday nights match in Brampton, before reeling in the tired opponents 22-14 in the third.

The Chiefs took a 5-3 first period lead, which turned into a 12-10 second period Six Nations lead. The defending Mann Cup Champions steamrolled the Excelsiors 10-4 in the final frame.

Jeff Shatler and Randy Staats each clocked in with three goals and five assists, with Ryan Benesch putting in four Chiefs while assisting on two. Dhane Smith led the Chiefs with three goals and nine assists for a 12 point game.

Brandon Miller earned the win by turning away 36 of 50 shots he faced. Angus Dineley took the loss allowing 22 goals on 57 shots.

The Chiefs will not see action again until Tuesday, July 21st, when the Peterborough Lakers visit the ILA for an 8 pm start.

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