Written By Janice Huckin – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
September 14, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Shamrocks waited 8 years for another chance at the Mann Cup and now they will wait at least one more as they fell 8-5 to the Six Nations Chiefs in game 6, dropping the series 4 games to 2.
Friday the 13 Matt Vinc and Brandon Miller got the starts in goal for the home and visiting teams respectively. It was a full house at Bear Mountain Arena and very hot on the floor.
Speaking of hot, the Chiefs scored on an early power play, Kasey Beirnes getting in close at 1:46. They opened up a 2-goal lead at 9:28 when their leading scorer in the series, Cody Jamieson found the back of the net from the dotted line. That goal came just after they had successfully killed off a minor penalty and clearly gave the visitors some momentum. Finally, the Rocks brought the fans back to their feet at 12:20 as Cory Conway fired a hard shot to the back of the net. Conway added his second at 17:40, powering to the crease to tie things up at 2-2 and that was how the period would end.
Shamrocks Nolan Heavenor dashes away from two Chiefs players with the ball in his stick – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
Shots on goal were also even at 13. Goals have seemed to come in waves and to start the middle frame, Six Nations scored a pair. Steven Keogh scored on a hard shot from well out at 2:19 and Beirnes added his second power play goal of the night at 8:55 to open up another 2-goal lead. Now it was time for a Shamrocks wave and they managed to open up a 5-4 lead with 3 straight goals.
Shamrocks Jon Harnett chases Chiefs Cody Jamieson as he breaks away for the net – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
First it was Nolan Heavenor converting a transition break into a goal at 11:40. Heavenor is one of those players who always works hard but doesn’t always get the payoff so it was great to see him pick up a momentum-changing tally for the Rocks. Scott Ranger got things knotted at 4 with a bullet to the top corner from the dotted line at 14:34. Before the period ended, Jeff Shattler got in close to give the Shamrocks the 5-4 lead. That goal came at 17:26.
Shamrocks Dylan Evans and Karsen Leung battle Chiefs Cody Jamieson and Craig Point for the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
Unfortunately, throughout the series it seemed that the Six Nations team was fresher than the Rocks in the third period. In fact tonight again the final period was Victoria’s Achilles heel and Six Nations scored all 4 goals in the period. Only one goal came in the first half of the period and that was Jamieson picking up his second of the contest at 9:48 with a delayed penalty about to be called on Victoria and the extra Chiefs player on the floor. That tied the score. The Rocks couldn’t seem to find the net – although they found Chiefs goaltender Miller. Six Nations added three late tallies, Colin Doyle notching a goal at 16:29, Craig Point coming back off the next faceoff at 17:00 and Jamieson collecting his hat trick marker at 18:08.
The Chiefs fans cheer their goaltender Brandon Miller during the final minute of play in the third period – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
For the Shamrocks Cory Conway led the way with a pair of goals to be named the player of the game. Singles came from Jeff Shattler, Nolan Heavenor and Scott Ranger. Derek Lowe, who played only sparingly, had a pretty strong game with a pair of assists and bringing some energy to theaIMG_7390 The Chiefs fans cheer their goaltender Brandon Miller during the final minute of play in the third period. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News) line-up; Rhys Duch and Mitch Jones also had a couple of helpers.
The Six Nations Chiefs take turns hoisting the Mann Cup – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
Cody Jamieson was again outstanding for the victorious Chiefs, picking up 7 points on 3 goals and 4 assists, making him the player of the game for Six Nations and also earning him series MVP honours. Kasey Beirnes had a pair of goals with singles coming from Colin Doyle, Craig Point and Steven Keogh.
It was an unfortunate finish to the season for the Shamrocks and their fans; a season that saw some great games and some lackadaisical performances. The power play seemed to suffer a blackout throughout the series. Without a doubt, the best team won the series this year but . . . . . . there’s always next year. Right?