Tonight’s game recap comes from WLA contributor, Ross Manson. Photo is courtesy of Kevin Light Photography.
The fourth game of the 2013 Mann Cup got going Tuesday evening with the hometown Victoria Shamrocks leading the seven game series two games to one over the Ontario champion Six Nation Chiefs. The visiting Chiefs would look to regain some of their dominance from game two and even the series, while the Shamrocks looked to take a stranglehold with a two game lead.
After a relatively quiet opening five minutes Rhys Duch would tickle the twine for the games first goal at 6:14. Duch made a nice inside move on his defender, sliding past and firing a quick blast by the Chiefs starting net minder, Brandon Miller. The Chiefs Cody Jamieson would answer back at 10:31, letting loose one of his patented twister shots just above the dotted line to make it a 1-1 game. Jamieson would pick up his second consecutive goal of the game at 14:44, cutting across the top and past two defenders to snipe a shot low past the right leg of Shamrocks’ starting keeper Matt Vinc. The Shamrocks’ Jeff Shattler would even the score at 2s at 17:06, firing a perfect bounce to the far corner past a sprawling Miller coming the other way. Despite the tie on the scoreboard, the Chiefs had the stronger period with the shots total after twenty minutes of play 20-11 in favour of the Chiefs.
Six Nations would get a big penalty kill early on in the second and none other than Cody Jamieson would come back at the other end and rip a pin point shot short side just above the glove of Vinc to restore his team’s one goal lead. Chiefs veteran and fourth overall in all-time Mann Cup scoring Colin Doyle would give his team a two goal cushion on a power play point shot blast at 6:39. After some tight back and fourth action at both ends, the Chiefs would take a three goal lead on a fast break breakaway with Colin Boucher notching his first of the Mann Cup at 16:01. With 21 seconds remaining the Shamrocks’ second period struggles would continue, as a sloppy line change would lead to a too many men penalty for the ‘Rocks. The Chiefs would hold on to their 3 goal lead heading in to the third period, with the Shamrocks needing a repeat of the now absent Jesse King‘s effort in the final frame to have a chance.
The Shamrocks would come out of the gate inspired in the third, putting a couple quick shots on net early, though Miller would be equal to the task. Just under two minutes in, the Shamrocks’ Tyler Hass would come charging in on a breakaway and a last second push from the Chiefs defender would send a flying Hass, stick out, into the goaltender Miller. The seemingly incidental contact by Hass resulted in a huge five minute high sticking and game misconduct call, putting the Shamrocks down a key transition player in Hass. Despite the unlucky call, the Shamrocks’ Jon Harnett would come bursting in past the defense, short handed, and slide a shot to the bottom corner by Miller to pull the ‘Rocks within two. The Chiefs’ Stephen Keogh would quiet the roaring crowd moments later on the power play with a great one time shot past Vinc to restore the Chief’s three goal lead. Keogh would bury his second of the 5-minute power play moments later, dancing inside past two defenders and faking high and firing a bounce shot past Vinc to give the Chiefs their biggest lead of the night at 7-3. The Chiefs game two breakout player Alex Kedoh Hill would put the icing on the cake with just over five minutes left, notching his first of the game giving the Chiefs an 8-3 lead. With the outcome basically decided, the teams’ two heavyweights Tory Gardner of the Shamrocks and Rory Smith of the Chiefs would square off for an intense tilt that would see both opponents get in some shots, though Smith would appear to take the decision.
The Chiefs would come out on top with the 8-3 victory on Tuesday night, evening the best of seven series at two games apiece. Game five goes tomorrow night at Bear Mountain Arena at 7:00pm.