Cheifs steal a 9-8 win

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Chiefs do not look like the Mann Cup Chiefs of last year but they are still good enough to be contenders as the season progresses. Stripped of some important names from their roster who are playing with the Iroquois Nationals in the World Lacrosse Games, the Chiefs had to fight hard for every goal and completed a thrilling 9-8 come-from-behind win over the visiting KW Kodiaks.

The Chiefs are in second place at the moment with a record of 7-6, 6 points behind Peterborough. However, they have played two more games than the league-leading Brooklin Redmen who are 10-1-0. The Peterborough Lakers are two points behind the Chiefs in third place, but have a game in hand over Six Nations.

Six Nations fell behind the Kodiaks 4-2 after the first period. The Chiefs’ goals were scored by Jake Crans and Craig Point. KW continued to peck away at the Chiefs in the second, moving the score to 6-2 by the 7-minute mark of the period.

The Chiefs’ only goal of the period came at 8:39 from Stephen Keogh with Jeff Shattler and Dean Hill assisting, but two more Kodiak goals put KW up 8-3 after 40 minutes.
Mike Woods added another Kodiaks goals at 4:20 of the third period.

The Chiefs caught fire starting with Dean Hill’s goal scored at 8:25 assisted by Shattler and Billy Dee Smith. It was the spark they desperately needed. Tom Montour, Roger Vyse, and Hill tied the game up at 8-8 with 6:30 remaining.

Shattler scored the game winner at 19:46, unassisted, for the two points and character-building come-from-behind effort. Earning assists in the comeback were Shattler with four, Vyse with two, Billy Dee Smith, and Keogh. Evan Kirk started the game but was replaced with Brenner Jacobs late in the second period. Jacobs allowed one goal.

The Chiefs’ next action is Saturday, July 12, at the ILA when they host the Brampton Excelsiors.

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