The Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs’ best-of-seven Major Series semi-finals against the Oakville Rock could seem more like a best-of-nine should the series go the distance. The last two games of the regular season was a home-and-home series with the Rock, which they split.
The defending Mann Cup Champion Chiefs finished the regular season in third after 16 games with an 8-7-1 record for 17 points. Oakville hung on to second place with a 10-5-1 record while first place Peterborough went 12-3-1 in the regular season. Brampton and Cobourg will miss the playoffs this year.
In Oakville. Thursday, Ian Mackay put the Chiefs ahead 1-0 catching a down-floor a pass from goalie Doug Jamieson Jason Noble evened the score at the 5:56 mark and Cody Jamieson closed the period from Craig Point and Brendan Bomberry.
The first half of the second period belonged the Chiefs s ring four in a row before Oakville did the same in the second half of the period scoring four of their own, and the Chiefs held to a very close one goal margin. Second period Chiefs goals were scored by Jamieson, Jordan Durston Craig Point and Eric Fennell. Jamieson got his second goaltender assist on Fennell’s goal.
Scoring for Oakville were Jeremy Noble, Johnny Powless, Challen Rogers, and Andrew Kew. Jamieson was on his game and made it very difficult for Oakville shooters stopping 45 of 50 shots, while contributing two assists.
He and the Chiefs defence built a wall around the Chiefs crease while Fennell score his second of the game and Jeremy Thompson provided the last goal of the game for the Chiefs 8-5 win in Game 1 of the Major Series Lacrosse semi-final playoffs.
Game 2 Tuesday 7th ILA, 8 pm
Game 3 Thursday 9th TRAC 8 pm
Game 4 Sunday 12th ILA 7 pm
*Game 5 Monday 13th TRAC 8 pm
*Game 6 Wed. 15th ILA 8 pm
*Game 7 Thurs. 16th TRAC 8 pm.
* If necessary.
Monday the season closed on both teams in Oakville. The Rock started rolling at 5:29 with Jeremy Noble, Andrew Kew and Challenge Rogers building up a 3-0 first period lead before Kyle Jackson put the Chiefs on the scoresheet at 15:17 from Liam Powless and Tyson Bomberry.
Down 3-1, the Chiefs couldn’t seem to find their groove and got further behind 7-3 heading into the third frame.
Kew, Craig Point, another by Kew, and one by Kyle Jackson were scored in that order in the third period for the 9-5 final score in Oakville’s favour.
The defending Mann Cup Champion Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs finished the regular season at home Tuesday and reverses the outcome of the night earlier on Oakville. This time the Pro-Fit Chiefs took the 9-3 decision with Craig Point (3G,3A), Jordan Durston (2G,2A), Brendan, Bomberry, Jerry Staats, Brodie Merril and Shane Simpson, and Khan General contributing as well to the 2018 regular season ending win.
Inside lacrosse Magazine predicts an Oakville win in six games. We resprectfully disagree.