Chiefs making ground on Lakers

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs and the Brooklin Redmen fought to a rare tie game Wednesday night in an extremely closely played Major Series Lacrosse matchup with the Brooklin Redmen in Brooklin ending after OT at a 10-10 tie.

Brooklin’s Curtis Knight scored the only goal of the first period putting Brooklin in the lead 1-0, entering the second.

The lead changed hands several times throughout the second period with each team netting five goals. Vaughn Harris, Brandon Bomberry, Ryan Benesch, with two, scored second period goals for the Chiefs.

The Redmen still held a 6-5 lead for the opening of third period but Randy Staats drew the Chiefs even again 28 seconds in. Knight gave the lead back to Brooklin. Johnny Powless evened it again at 16:08 from Wayne VanEvery and Dhane Smith and went ahead on Ryan Benesch’s fourth of a five goal night.

Then, with Zach Higgings on the bench for an extra Brampton attacker, Austin Shanks scored to send the game into a 10-minute overtime period.

Brooklin came out quick for the OT period with Ryan Keenan scoring at 26 seconds. Benesch pulled the Chiefs even again at 3:04, but Knight scored his third of the game with the 10-9 lead.

Brandon Miller was pulled for an extra Chiefs attacker and the move paid off with the 10-10 goal with 49 seconds remaining. With nothing accomplished in OT, the game was registered as a 10-10 tie.

Last Tuesday night, the Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs were visited by the Brampton Excelsiors at the ILA winning it, 15-5. The Chiefs took a 2-1 first period lead with goals by Jordan Durston and Dhane Smith with Mike Burke putting a Brampton goal between, assisted by Quinn Powless, wearing a Brampton uniform.

Brampton scored at 39 seconds of the second period and closed it at 17:00, but in between were eight Chiefs’ goals. Durston, Craig Point, Dhane Smith, David Brock and Vaught Harris scored one each while Ryan Benesch scored three. To end the second frame with the Pro-Fit Chiefs up 10-3.

Durston scored two more in the third with Harris, Johnny Powless, Jeremy Thompson adding on for the 15-5 final. There was only one penalty called all game, that to Sid Smith late in the third period for roughing.

The Chiefs are now 7-1-1, one point behind the Peterborough Lakers for top spot in Major Series Lacrosse. The Chiefs host the Redmen again at 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

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