Tonight’s game recap comes from WLA contributor, Ross Manson.
After a series of wild events in game 5 that were worthy of a TSN top 10 plays of the night, the Victoria Samrocks and Six Nations Chiefs would regroup for game six Friday night. With the Mann Cup on the line, the Shamrocks looked to even up the series and extend their season another night, while the visiting Chiefs were hoping to take home the hardware and win their first Mann Cup since 1996.
The Chiefs would open the scoring early on in the first with a power play marker from Kasey Beirnes, who would bury a quick shot from the middle past Matt Vinc at 1:46. Cody Jamieson would pick up his 11th goal of the series at 9:28, dodging around one defender and firing a shot top corner to the short side past Vinc to give his team the 2-0 lead. Cory Conway would put the Shamrocks faithful on their feet at 12:20, taking the drop pass from teammate Rhys Duch and ripping a shot to the top corner past Chiefs starter Brandon Miller who was back between the pipes for the Chiefs. Conway would put his team on his back in the first, notching his second consecutive goal of the game to even the score at 2’s at 17:40. After a tight first period, the two teams would head to their respective dressing rooms with the score locked at 2s and 40 minutes of lacrosse left to play.
The hometown Shamrocks would get out to a rough start in the second, as the defence would be slow to challenge a charging Stephen Keogh off the bench. Keogh would take the pass from swarmed teammate Jamieson and tee up a top corner shot with plenty of room past Vinc at 2:19. The Chiefs would make it a 4-2 game at 8:55 on the power play, as Beirnes would record his second of the game with a gorgeous crease dive goal, reaching around on Vinc to light the lamp. The Shamrocks’ Nolan Heavenor would get his team back on the board at 11:40 of the second, taking the pass down the far side of the floor and sliding a sub shot through the legs of Miller to close the Chiefs lead to one. Some great ball movement around the horn by the Shamrocks would lead to their fourth goal of the game, as captain Scott Ranger would free up at the point giving him the time and space to let loose a big top corner shot to even the score at 4s at 14:34. The Shamrocks would pick up their first lead of the game at 17:26, as Jeff Shattler would notch his first of the night on a turn and fire shot from the middle, giving his ‘Rocks a much needed boost with the score 5-4 heading into the final frame.
After a tentative first half to the third period, the Chiefs’ Beirnes would continue his hot streak on the night picking up his third of the game on a delayed penalty, firing a quick shot from the middle past the top right corner of Vinc to make it 5-5. With just under 5 minutes remaining, none other than Colin Doyle would put the Chiefs ahead by 1 with an inside rip marked for the top right corner. Just over 30 seconds later the Craig Point would get open in the front of the net and rip a huge marker for the Chiefs, all but securing the victory on the night. The Chiefs’ Jamieson would seal the deal at 18:08 adding to his outstanding series with a transition shot labeled for the top left corner to make it 8-5. After shutting out their Western opponents in the final 20 minutes of play, the Six Nations Chiefs would hold on to their 8-5 lead to win the 2013 Mann Cup.
Six Nations Chief Cody Jamieson would deservedly take home the Under Armour Mike Kelly Most Valuable Player award player after an unbelievable 29 point effort in six games. Congratulations go out to both teams on an outstanding regular season and playoff run.