Tonight’s game recap comes from WLA contributor, Ross Manson. Photo is courtesy of Judy Teasdale Photography.
The Victoria Shamrocks and Six Nation Chiefs got set to take to the floor on Saturday night for the second game of the 2013 Mann Cup series. The Chiefs would look to even up the series at one after an intense first game that saw the Shamrocks come back in the third and win by a goal in a tightly fought 5-4 battle in front of a sold out crowd at Bear Mountain Arena.
The Shamrocks would get the first power play of the period early on, however it would be the Chiefs who would draw first blood for the second night in a row. Stephen Keogh would notch the game’s first goal taking the quick feed in the middle and letting go a quick sub shot to beat Matt Vinc between the legs and make it a 1-0 game. The Chiefs would pull ahead by two on a great back hand pass to Kedoh Hill who would slide down the far side of the floor and fake Vinc with a far side/short side finish at 6:02. Jeff Shattler would get his hometown ‘Rocks on the board with a clever turning shovel shot around his defender that would sneak through the five hole of Six Nations starter Evan Kirk. Game one MVP for the Chiefs Cody Jamieson made it a 3-1 game on a great power play point shot to the top right corner past Vinc at 16:07.
In a goal filled first period Rhys Duch would pull his ‘Rocks within 1 late in the frame on a funny shot that bounced off the end boards and off the back of Kirk and in. The Shamrocks’ Shattler notched his second of the period and series to tie things up at 3 on a similar shot to his first, just in the opposite direction at 18:07. A great two-man pick and roll play by Jamieson and Johnny Powless would put the Chiefs back up one as Powless fired it by Vinc to make it 4-3 with 45 seconds to play. Squeezing one more goal into the first period, the Shamrocks’ Rhys Duch picked up his second of the first late in the period on a huge point shot rip to the top right corner past Kirk to tie the game up at 4s after an action packed first period of play.
The Chiefs’ Kedoh Hill would score the first of the second period at 1:05 on a great one-on-one toe drag move to break free in front of the cage and beat Vinc on a quick fake. A desperation feed as the thirty second ticked down led to the Shamrocks first of the second frame, as Cory Conway took the feed on the crease and put it over the top of the shoulders of a challenging Kirk to even the score at 5s. The Chiefs’ Roger Vyse would put the visitors back up by one with a quick far side fake and finish to the short side past Vinc. A highlight worthy end to end pass by the Shamrocks’ Dan Macrae to Shattler on the crease would tie things up at six and give the ‘Rocks a huge shorthanded marker with just over six minutes left in the second frame. The score would remain locked at 6s heading in to the final period of play in another tightly contested and penalty filled period.
The Chiefs’ Kedoh Hill, who drew in to the line up in the absence of defender Billy Dee Smith, took advantage of the opportunity notching his hat trick goal to open the scoring in the third with a nice short side finish. Junior call up and yesterday’s MVP for the Shamrocks, Jesse King, was in fine third period form once again, tying things up at seven at 6:56. A big breakaway goal on the power play by Shamrock Nolan Heavenor would put the ‘Rocks up by one, though Heavenor would pick up a goaltender interference penalty on the goal after running in to Kirk. The Chiefs’ Powless would bury his second of the game making it 8-8, leaning in to an outside shot that would beat Vinc to the right top corner. An unbelievable effort and bounce shot by the Chiefs’ Jamieson would give the Ontario champions a 9-8 lead at 16:30 giving the visitors some late momentum. With the time ticking down and the Shamrocks frantically trying to strip the ball, the Colin Doyle would find himself all alone on the crease to put a gift wrapped shot past the far side of Vinc to make it 10-8. The Six Nations Chiefs would pick up the victory on the night and in the process tie the best of seven series at one game a piece with the next game scheduled for Monday night at 7:00pm.