By Janice Huckin, Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
September 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Six Nations Chiefs would jump out to an early 3-1 lead en route to a 10-8 win over the Victoria Shamrocks in Game 2 of the Mann Cup Championship Saturday night at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.
If the standing room only crowd at Bear Mountain Arena for Game 2 of the Mann Cup series was hoping for a quick start from the home team Shamrocks, they were sadly disappointed Saturday as the visiting Six Nations Chiefs once again jumped out to a 3-1 lead.
The Rocks did get things deadlocked at 4 before the end of the first period and each team scored twice in period 2 but the Chiefs came away with a 10-8 victory with a pair of late goals.
The Six Nations Chiefs strike first. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
Starting goaltenders were the same as in game 1, Matt Vinc between the pipes for the Rocks and Evan Kirk for the Chiefs. Like in game 1, Victoria had a big advantage in shots on goal, 51-39 but did not get the payoff on the scoreboard. Six Nations’ Cody Jamieson tallied first in the opening frame, beating Vinc with a hard, low shot on the power play at 4:16. Alex Kedoh Hill made it 2-0 at 6:02, getting in close. Victoria replied at 7:58, Jeff Shattler scoring on a hard, low shot to get within a goal. Jamieson collected his second of the game, also on the power play, at 16:07 with a shot through traffic. Rhys Duch came back just 34 seconds later with an unassisted goal on a bullet from the dotted line, again closing the gap to one. Shattler got the Rocks even at 18:07 as he shot around the defender, a cheeky little goal. The teams traded goals in the final minute of the opening frame, Roger Vyse picking up a goal for the visitors at 19:16 and Duch for the Rocks at 19:55, a power play goal on another hard shot from well out. It may seem impressive that the Shamrocks outshot the Chiefs 20-14 but most shots were coming from well out and hitting the goaltender in the chest pads.
Chiefs Colin Doyle keeps Shamrocks Scott Carnegie on the move. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
Period 2 saw just 4 goals scored, two by each team. Again the visitors took the lead, Hill picking up his second of the game just 1:02 after the intermission. Cory Conway picked up a goal for the Rocks at 5:13, with his team holding a 5-on-3 man advantage. Vyse added his second for the Chiefs at 9:51 after Victoria had just completed an impressive penalty kill. Shattler got his hat trick marker at 13:56, off a breakaway and with his team playing shorthanded. That made it 6-6 after 40 minutes, Victoria again outshooting Six Nations, albeit by a slim margin 13-11.
The Chiefs receive a penalty for keeping their gate open during play. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
The Shamrocks started period 3 with a 4-minute penalty on the board that was called at the 20-minute mark of the middle period. They managed to hold the Chiefs off the board until they took an off-setting penalty. The first goal of the period came from Six Nations’ Hill, his hat trick goal, at 5:19 as he got alone in front. How does this keep happening? The Chiefs then ran into some penalty trouble of their own, which allowed the home team to score a couple of power play goals and take their only lead of the game. First it was Jesse King scoring from the dotted line at 6:56. Nolan Heavenor then scored on a breakaway at 7:38. Strangely enough, as he crashed to the floor in scoring the goal, he was called for goaltender interference, the fourth such occurrence of that call in the game. That made it 8-7 for the home team but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs just kept coming. Johnny Powless tied the game at 7:38, yes he was in close. It was looking like we might be heading to overtime but Jamieson picked up his hat trick at 16:30. Colin Doyle, who was not having much luck wearing his familiar #7 jersey had switched to #77 during the intermission; that seemed to do the trick as he scored the insurance goal from the side of the crease at 19:18.
Chiefs Jesse Gamble prepares to toss the ball to a teammate while keeping the Shamrocks at bay. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
Officiating, like Game 1, was once again interesting. Calls were all over the board and then they weren’t – it was like a giant mix-master only you never knew what was going to come out at the end. It seemed like there were lots of penalties but the score sheet has it at 34 minutes on 17 infractions for Six Nations and 27 minutes on 12 infractions for Victoria. Both power plays were ineffective, the Shamrocks going 4 for 15 and the Chiefs 2 for 11 (or it may have just been that the penalty killing was so effective).
Shamrocks Tyler Hass pursues Chiefs Dave Brock, who keeps the ball in his stick. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
The biggest difference between the two teams was the Chiefs’ being able to get to the net and the Shamrocks not. Kirk is a good goalie but he’s not big (like Langley’s Brodie MacDonald). Victoria’s shooters are hitting him like a carnival shooting gallery.
Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was Jeff Shattler with the hat trick and 3 helpers. Rhys Duch had a pair of goals and 2 assists. Singles came from Jesse King, Nolan Heavenor and Cory Conway who added 2 helpers.
Things get a little heated after the final buzzer sounds. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
The Chiefs got hat tricks from Kedoh Hill and Cody Jamieson who also had 3 assists. Roger Vyse had a goal and 3 helpers. Johnny Powless had 2 goals and Colin Doyle had a goal and 2 assists.
Players of the game were Victoria’s Jeff Shattler and Six Nations’ Roger Vyse. It was interesting to note that at least the Chiefs stayed on the floor (or were called back to the floor) for the player of the game presentations which they apparently didn’t do after game 1.
Game 3 goes Monday at Bear Mountain Arena with a 7:00 pm start. There will now be at least a game 5 in the series. Game 4 is Tuesday and 5 on Wednesday with tickets going on sale Sunday at Bear Mountain Arena and Monday on line.