Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lakers win 10-9 overtime thriller over Chiefs to force Game 7

Andrew Suitor (red helmet inside post) dives to stop the ball from crossing the goal line and prevent the Six Nations Chiefs from tying the game late in overtime. Peterborough won 10-9 to force Game 7 in the MSL finals.
(Photo: Darryl Smart)
Missing their starting goalie and the league MVP, the Peterborough Lakers prevailed 10-9 over the Six Nations Chiefs Friday night in a thrilling overtime win that forces a seventh and deciding game in the MSL finals. Tyler Carlson stepped in for Matt Vinc, who was away at a wedding, and played well in goal for the Lakers. Carlson got a little help from Andrew Suitor, who dove to stop the ball on the goal line as it was trickling in with seconds left in the overtime period.

That play saved the Lakers from giving up another late tying goal after Jeff Shattler had forced overtime with a shot through a screen with just eight seconds to play in the third period. John Grant Jr. scored both Lakers overtime markers on lasers from the outside. The first gave them a 9-8 lead and the second came 1:14 after Roger Vyse had tied it up for the Chiefs. Both Vyse's goal and Grant's winner came on the power play.

“When you've got a defence like this it's pretty easy to come and just do what you've got to do,” Carlson said. “Vinc is a great goalie and it's awesome sitting behind him. He's going to come out next game and we're going to kick ass again. We're going to win again and we're going to take it to the Mann Cup.”

Friday, August 29, 2014

Game 6: Chiefs will look to take advantage of second chance to clinch MSL finals

Adam Jones and the Lakers will face Jesse Gamble, Mike McNamara and the Chiefs in Game 6 at the ILA.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs are looking to book a trip to play the Victoria Shamrocks again defend their Mann Cup title. The Peterborough Lakers are looking to force a Game 7 back in their home barn. Expect both teams to come to fired up to play and to put on another tremendous display of lacrosse in tonight's Game 6 of the MSL finals at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

Cody Jamieson of Six Nations leads all playoff scorers with 40 points, three ahead of John Grant Jr., Shawn Evans and Jeff Shattler. Grant is the top goal scorer with 21 (one more than Jamieson) and Shattler leads in assists with 23 (one more than Evans and Colin Doyle).

Evan Kirk has played every minute of the finals in goal for Six Nations after Brandon Miller shone in the semifinals. Matt Vinc has played every playoff game for the Lakers but will not be available tonight, so Tyler Carlson or Davide DiRuscio gets the chance to play hero for Peterborough.

If you can't make it down to the arena for tonight's critical matchup, you can watch JVI's PPV webcast for just $7. Click on the Webcast Sports logo in the right column of this site and follow the directions to purchase the game.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lakers win Game 5 to stay alive in MSL finals

Cory Vitarelli's hat trick helped the Lakers take Game 5 and force Game 6 in Six Nations. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers won Game 5 of the MSL finals 9-6 in Peterborough to force a sixth game. The Six Nations Chiefs now lead the best of seven series 3-2 with Game 6 back in Six Nations Friday night. Shawn Evans led the way for the Lakers with 4 goals and 3 assists, including a pair of shorthanded goals that helped Peterborough take a 6-1 lead in the second period.

The Chiefs got a pair of goals each from Cody Jamieson and Stephen Keogh to battle back within two goals with a minute and a half to play. Evans finished things off with an empty net marker with 10 seconds left.

Evans said he and his teammates had plenty of incentive to win the game. "We needed to play. If we lose, we're done and it's golf season. We don't want that. We want to keep playing lacrosse," Evans said. "I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up just like that and give them a 4-1 series win. We needed to step it up and play to win and we played to win all 60 minutes of that game. The outcome showed it."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chiefs beat Lakers 9-7 to take 3-1 lead in MSL finals

Evan Kirk and the Six Nations Chiefs turned aside the Peterborough Lakers in Game 4 of the MSL finals to put themselves
on the verge of returning to defend their Mann Cup title. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs have put themselves on the verge of heading back to the Mann Cup to defend their title, downing the Peterborough Lakers 9-7 in Game 4 of the MSL finals to take a 3-1 series lead Monday night. Six Nations started strong, taking a 5-1 lead after the first period and extending that to 6-1 when Roger Vyse scored 7:25 into the second. The Lakers fought back to make it a close game thanks largely to the sharpshooting of John Grant Jr., who had 4 goals and added an assist.

The Lakers were denied a potential momentum-shifter at the end of the second period. Six Nations pulled goalie Evan Kirk for an extra attacker with over 30 seconds to play. When a rebound ricocheted up the floor, Brad Self ran it down and fired the ball into the empty net what looked and sounded like just before the final buzzer. The goal was waived off and rather than going into the locker room on a high, the Lakers trailed 7-3.

They still came out with a flurry in the third, though. They scored three times in the first three minutes to pull within a single goal. Despite plenty of pressure, though, they couldn't get the tying marker. Eventually the Chiefs responded, with Craig Point and Kasey Beirnes firing home goals that put the game away for Six Nations.

Cody Jamieson led the way for Six Nations with 2 goals and 3 assists, Colin Doyle had 4 helpers and Jeff Shattler had a goal and 3 assists. Shawn Evans added 4 assists for the Lakers.

“The boys on the bench just said let's take a deep breath, get back to what we were doing, get back to packing it in and they're going to work for anything they get,” Chiefs coach Rich Kilgour said of his team's response to the Lakers run in the third period. “That's what our defence has done all year and that's what they did tonight.”

The one thing he'd like to change for Game 5, tonight at Peterborough's Memorial Centre, is better discipline. “We had them 6-1 and had an undisciplined four-minute penalty. We had them 7-3 to start the third and we took a penalty there,” Kilgour said. “We talked about, why give them a chance. We gave them a chance, the refs called it and we let them right back in it, they got rolling a bit. If we get them down a bit we have to be more disciplined and then keep the run going. That's the only thing I want to work on.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

MSL Finals Game 3 available for pay per view webcast

Game 3 of the Major Series Lacrosse finals between the Six Nations Chiefs and Peterborough Lakers will be played Thursday night in Peterborough. The game can be seen as a pay per view webcast by JVI. To order the game, follow the steps below.

Click on the Webcast Sports logo in the right hand column of this web site. That will take you to JVI's home page.
Scroll down and click on the button labeled August 21st PPV.
Click on the button that says "USD 7 for 3 hours of access".
A Confirm Purchase box will come up; click on Submit.
A box will come up asking for you to submit and confirm your email. Do so.
A box will come up with the option to pay with Credit Card or PayPal. Make your selection and complete form to make your payment.
Enjoy the game.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chiefs stage huge comeback to down Lakers 8-5, even MSL finals 1-1

Vaughn Harris has 5 goals in two games for the Six Nations Chiefs. (Photo: Darryl Smart)
For 53 minutes Tuesday night, the Six Nations Chiefs had trouble scoring and they trailed the Peterborough Lakers 5-3. Then they started to find the back of the net, scoring 5 goals in three and a half minutes to take an 8-5 win and even the Major Series Lacrosse finals at one game each.

Kasey Beirnes started the decisive run when he converted a Colin Doyle pass on top of the crease at 13:24. Just 25 seconds later, Cody Jamieson shovelled a one-handed pass to Roger Vyse who banged it home from almost the same spot where Beirnes had scored. Jesse Gamble then fired back to back goals on outside shots in transition that snuck past Matt Vinc on the near post. Jamieson finished the run ripping one home 16 seconds after Gamble's second goal.

"We said stick to the game plan," said Chiefs Head Coach Rich Kilgour. "I know the guys were getting frustrated but it paid off. Working, working, working then when they started dropping they started dropping. It was a great game. As great as it was, it's still 1-1."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lakers take opening game of MSL finals 9-7 behind Grant's 7-point night

John Grant Jr. had 7 points to lead the Lakers to a 9-7 Game 1 win in the MSL finals. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers drew first blood in the Major Series Lacrosse finals, downing the Six Nations Chiefs in a fast-paced and well-played opening game at the Peterborough Memorial Centre Thursday night. The game went back and forth throughout, with neither team taking more than a one-goal lead. John Grant Jr. led the way for Peterborough with 3 goals and 4 assists. Shawn Evans added a goal and 4 assists and Chad Culp a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and an assist. Vaughn Harris posted a hat trick for the Chiefs and Cody Jamieson added 2 goals and 2 assists. Matt Vinc made 49 saves to earn the win as the Chiefs outshot the Lakers 56-40.

Evans started the scoring 2:06 into the game. Colin Boucher tied it up on a breakout with Jesse Gamble at 10:20 and Harris gave the Chiefs what would be their only lead of the game 14 seconds later. Grant scored all three of his goals in the rest of the first period as the Lakers headed to the break up 4-3. 

All the scoring in the second period took place in its first four minutes. Harris tied it up 30 seconds in. Stephen Hoar's holding call 1:53 in was the first penalty of the game and both teams scored on it. Brad Self took a pass from Andrew Suitor for a shorthanded marker then Jamieson notched a power play goal. Matt Crough restored the Lakers' lead just 20 second later when he took a perfect pass from Grant in traffic on top of the crease and tucked it past Evan Kirk

Gamble tied things up again, at 6-6, when he broke away to score unassisted 1:23 into the third period. Culp and Harris traded goals to make it 7-7 before the Chiefs took a too many men penalty to give the Lakers their only power play of the game. Peterborough took advantage of it. Culp took a pass from Grant near the goal line, fired a cross-crease pass to Evans then bounced home the return pass on a quick stick for what would prove to be the winner. 

Mark Steenhuis added an insurance with a little under five minutes to play. The Lakers combined strong defence, great goaltending from Vinc and the help of a few posts to hold on for the 9-7 win.