Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chiefs win 9-7 overtime thriller to take 2-1 Mann Cup series lead over Burrards

Austin Staats celebrates his game-winning overtime goal in Game 3. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
by Darryl Smart

Cody Jamieson has made a habit of, well, just being Cody Jamieson.

After sitting out the first two games of the Mann Cup nursing a knee injury, Jammer returned to the lineup and was one of the best players on the floor, scoring three goals and four assists to lead the Six Nations Chiefs to a 9-7 overtime win over the Maple Ridge Burrards. 
The Chiefs now lead the best-of-seven Canadian senior A men's lacrosse championship series 2-1.

"I always want to be in there," Jamieson said. "It's tough to watch. I wasn't able to be on the bench Saturday night, so I had to sit in the stands. I didn't like that at all. I wanted to play."

Jamieson gave the Chiefs some insurance in the extra frame, scoring midway through after Austin Staats continued to impress, netting the game-winner 26 seconds into overtime.

"This was a big win for us," Jamieson said. "We were disappointed in our effort Saturday. We wanted to bounce back. Everyone punched in and worked hard."

Jamieson made his presence felt early, scoring two minutes into the game, before Owen Barker and Craig Point exchanged goals.

In the second period, the Burrards and Chiefs kept exchanging goals. Ryan Benesch, Jamieson and Randy Staats scored for the Chiefs, while Luke Gillespie, Matt Symes and Jarrett Davis responded for the Western Lacrosse Association champions.

After Ben McIntosh and Vaughn Harris continued the see saw, the Burrards finally nabbed their first lead of the game when Gillespie and Connor Goodwin scored three minutes apart. 
But with just over a minute to go in regulation, Point scored his second goal of the game to force overtime.

Dillon Ward was again sharp between the Chiefs pipes when called upon, making 22 saves. "It was actually tougher playing in a game like this," Ward said. "With so few shots, you don't get into your regular  rhythm. I really had to stay focused."

Frankie Scigliano was again great in the Burrards net, almost stealing a win in a 46-save effort. "It's a tough one to lose," Scigliano said. "The good thing is that it's a quick turnaround. We just have to forget about this one and come back to work tomorrow."

Game 4 of the Mann Cup series resumes Wednesday at 8 p.m. To watch a replay of Game 3 CLICK HERE