Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Six Nations Chiefs open 2013 playoffs with dominating 13-7 win over KW Kodiaks.

Cody Jamieson, here scoring against Peterborough, had 6
points to help Six Nations take the opener of their semi 
final series against Kitchener. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs opened the 2013 Major Series Lacrosse playoffs the same way they went through the regular season; they combined a balanced offensive attack with stingy defence and goaltending to win, in this case taking out the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks 13-7 in the first game of their MSL semi final. Craig Point was the top gunner this time, with 4 goals and 4 assists, including the first 2 goals of the game and a pair in the 7-3 second period that gave the Chiefs control of the game. Colin Doyle scored 3 goals and 3 assists and Cody Jamieson added 2 goals and 4 assists for the Chiefs. Defensively, Six Nations limited the Kodiaks to 34 shots, of which Evan Kirk stopped 27 to earn the win in goal.

Seven different players scored for KW, who came back to tie the game up through the first period after Six Nations had scored the first 3 goals of the game. They couldn't come back from the Chiefs scoring the first 3 goals of the second period as well, though. Drew Petkoff's unassisted marker 18 seconds before the midway mark of the game stemmed the Six Nations' momentum briefly. Very briefly. Six Nations responded with 2 goals in the next 40 seconds and KW was never able to challenge again. The score was 10-6 after the second period, then once again the Chiefs opened the third with the period's first 3 goals.

The final differential marked a distinct departure from the games the two teams had played in the regular season. While Six Nations won all four of those games, the last three were decided by either one or two goals. Noting how close those games were, Chiefs Head Coach Rich Kilgour told the Brantford Expositor that his team came in prepared for a tough series. “This is definitely not going to be just a tuneup for the championship series,” Kilgour said. “We have to come, punch in and be ready to battle.” 

The teams are back at it in Kitchener Thursday night, the same night that the other semi final—between the Brooklin Redmen and Peterborough Lakers—kicks off in Peterborough.