By Janice Huckin, Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
September 11, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was the Shamrocks’ night to come out with some desperation Wednesday in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series against the Six Nations Chiefs after the visitors knotted the series at two games each Tuesday, but the home team failed to deliver as they dropped an 11-7 decision and thus find themselves down three games to two for the Mann Cup.
Starting goaltenders were Matt Vinc and Brandon Miller, as in game 4. The Chiefs got on the board first as Cody Jamieson scored on a hard shot from the dotted line at 7:05 with the teams playing 4-on-4. The Shamrocks took a while to reply but when they did, they scored twice in just 6 seconds. Jeff Shattler converted a power play opportunity into a goal at 14:06, with assists from Rhys Duch and Mitch Jones, working the ball well. Off the ensuing faceoff Dylan Evan got the ball to Karsen Leung and he found twine at 14:12, putting his speed to great use. At 16:24 an unassisted tally from Six Nations’ Kedoh Hill got things tied up at 2 and they managed to take the lead at 19:34 when Johnny Powless got in alone. That was how the first period ended, the visitors up by a goal and shots on goal pretty even, 19-18 in favour of the home team. The effort was definitely there for the Shamrocks and they were unlucky not to have had the lead.
Shamrocks Ben McCullough shows much determination during the warm up. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
The Chiefs widened the gap with a pair of goals to open period 2, although they were both a while in coming. At 9:32 Powless got his second on a bullet from the dotted line and at 12:56 Jamieson added another to make it 5-2 for the visitors. After a scarcity of goals through the first three-quarters of the period, the teams combined for 4 in the final 4 minutes. At 16:18 Victoria’s Tory Gardner got in close to close the gap to 2 and at 16:55 Cory Conway connected, also getting to the net. Unfortunately they were unable to keep it going and the Chiefs came back with 2 more before the period ended, Jamieson collecting his hat trick goal at 17:59 and Colin Doyle getting credit for a goal right at the 20 minute mark. They called it 19:59. After 40 minutes it was 7-4 for Six Nations. If fans are wondering about the refereeing – well, sometimes you think you’ve seen everything and it can’t get any worse. SURPRISE!!! It does. Amazing really. Tonight it was Victoria’s Greg Pepper and Ontario’s Gardonio. Things that were called were surprising, things not called were somewhat more so.
Chiefs Cody Jamieson breaks away from Shamrocks Tyler Hass. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
Jump ahead and just as the third frame was about to start, Victoria asks for an equipment measurement on some part of Chiefs’ goaltender Brandon Miller’s equipment. He didn’t come back to the floor – his gear was illegal so he received a minor and a game misconduct. Enter Evan Kirk. Unfortunately, the Rocks did not convert the power play opportunity – in fact Steven Keogh came up with a shorthanded marker at the 1:17 mark to rub salt into the wound. They added another at 2:14, this one off the stick of Hill as he put the ball over the top of Vinc. To take a page out of the Burnaby Lakers’ book, Victoria requested a measurement of Kirk’s equipment. Oopsie!!! It worked for the Shamrocks too – he was also illegal and out of the game. Who should show up between the pipes but Colin Doyle – he of the multiple jerseys, probably holds a record for wearing #7, 77 and 30 all in the same game. This time the Shamrocks did pick up a goal on the power play, Mitch Jones tallying at 10:31. At 11:36 Duch picked up a goal with a hard low shot and at 13:02 Shattler added another from the dotted line. The home team was back in the game, down by a pair with lots of time. Instead of the suspenseful comeback, however, they focused on offense without much thought to the other end of the floor. Six Nations took advantage as Steven Keogh added a pair, the first coming at 13:56, a shot that barely squeaked by Vinc and the other at 15:02. Victoria was unable to make it any closer as time wound down.
Shamrocks Cory Conway prepares to fire the ball to a teammate. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
Jeff Shattler finished the night with a pair of goals and 3 helpers with singles coming from Cory Conway, Tory Gardner, Karsen Leung, Mitch Jones and Rhys Duch. The awards committee has had problems coming up with a worthy recipient of the Warrior of the Game awards for the Shamrocks but tonight settled on Karsen Leung, certainly one of the most consistently energetic players on the floor.
The fans entertain themselves with ‘the wave’ while the Chiefs’ goaltenders receive gear checks. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
For the Chiefs, it was Cody Jamieson leading the way with 3 goals and 6 assists. Steven Keogh had the hat trick, Johnny Powless and Kedoh Hill had a pair each. Colin Doyle had a goal and 2 helpers and also had 6 saves in 9 shots to take the Warrior of the Game award for the Chiefs.
Shamrocks Ben McCullough gives Chiefs Colin Doyle a shove with his stick. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
The teams have a day off before resuming pleasantries – game 6 goes on Friday, September 13 (could be very unlucky for one team) at 7:00 pm.