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Short handed chiefs struggle at .500

SIX NATIONS – After starting the new season with an 11-6 hick-up in Waterloo, the Mann Cup defending Six Nations Chiefs of the OLA Sr. Major Series Lacrosse league, had opportunity to right the ship this past Saturday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena with their home opener against the visiting Brampton Excelsiors. Monday, they were in Oakville to see the Rock and lost a close 13-11 decision.

SIX NATIONS – After starting the new season with an 11-6 hick-up in Waterloo, the Mann Cup defending Six Nations Chiefs of the OLA Sr. Major Series Lacrosse league, had opportunity to right the ship this past Saturday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena with their home opener against the visiting Brampton Excelsiors. Monday, they were in Oakville to see the Rock and lost a close 13-11 decision.

Other action around the league has dropped the 2-2 Chiefs to third place behind first place Peterborough and second place Brooklin.

Dean Hill and Craig Point led the Six Nations offence with three goals and two assists each. Stephen Keogh had a four-goal outing and Brandon Miller recorded the loss in the Six Nations net.

The score was 3-2 for the Rock after 20 minutes and 8-3 after 40. A wild 13 goal third period saw the Chiefs mount a comeback, out scoring the Rock 8-5, but it was not enough to change the outcome as the Chiefs fell to .500.

CHIEFS 10
EXCELSIORS 7

After raising their Mann Cup Banner, the Chiefs set out to work with a short bench. That made the work harder, but the Chiefs pulled off the win with the help of a number of AP call-ups.

The Chiefs did not get off the mark for the 2014 on the right foot, being defeated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, Sunday, June 1st. Tory Gardner, Vaughn Harris, both AP player call ups, and Randy Staats, made it 3-0 with a minute remaining in the period. Kitchener’s Cody McMahon beat Evan Kirk in the Chiefs goal AT 19:22, but Harris wasn’t through, and netted his second of the game at 19:47.

After a solid first period, in which they established a 4-1 lead and control of the ball, the wheels completely fell off in the second period. Randy Staats opened the second period well, assisted by Joe Hall and Rodd Squire, at 1:06 to make it a 5-1 game. But something happened to turn the entire game around.

Jamie Rooney, Time Teeter and Ryan Benesch carved into that lead by the 5:50 mark to come within one goal of the leaders. Vaughn Harris broke the string at 6:38 to put a two-goal cushion between the Chiefs and the Kodiaks, but that would not prove to be enough as KW took total control over the second half of the period and took a 9-3 lead into the third. Jamie Rooney with two goals, Luke Laszkiewicz, Dhaner Smith and Benesch poured goals past Kirk.

The Chiefs were invisible in the third as the Kodiaks’ Mitch Wilde and Benesch pumped in goals number 10 and 11 for the 11-6 come from behind win over the defending champs.

This week, the Chiefs visit Brampton Thursday, June 12, at 8 pm, before returning home to the ILA to take on the Brooklin Redmen at 7 pm.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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