By Jody Rice ” Super Fan “
Sept 7,2014(ISN) – The Shamrocks were looking to even the series at one Saturday night when they took on Six Nations in game two of the Mann Cup 7 game series. In the first period the Shamrocks came out with a lot more speed than they did in game one and quickly got their transition game going.
Early on in the first though it was the Six Nations Chiefs who got the upper hand as they continued moving the ball very well. Old man Colin Doyle (who can still rifle one) scored a goal from the middle and then a goal came from Craig Point who had been camping out on the top of the right side for a 2-0 Six Nations lead. The Shamrocks got on the board with what they are known for; a great transition play started by Ryan Dilks off a missed Cody Jamieson chance Dilks whipped a perfect pass over to Matt Yager who sent a streaking Karsen Leung in on Six Nations goalie Brandon Miller where he fired a scoring shot over his left shoulder. The Chiefs Kasey Beirnes returned the favour with a Six Nations goal making the score 3-1 Chiefs at the end of the first.
In the 2nd the Rocks continued on their run winning draws and setting the pace. They were transitioning well and finally having good ball movement when Corey Small executed a give and go with Karsen Leung who rifled a perfect pass to Chris Wardle who scored making it 3-2. Wardle’s goal continued the Shamrocks momentum in a back and forth game that featured many inside chances and stellar goaltending by both Shamrocks Matt Flindell and the Chiefs Brandon Miller.
In the 3rd the Rocks undaunted, continued their attack. Getting open in the slot Ryhs Duch tied it with a laser of a shot. The Rocks looked more confident in game 2 with better speed and ball movement. With 6:30 left in the 3rd the Shamrocks got another fast break goal after a crease violation by Cody Jamieson. Corey Small took a great long pass and rifled one home from the right side for a big 4-3 lead in a tight game. The pesky Chiefs tied it with 3 seconds left with a goal by Beirnes from a pass by Colin Doyle (that old man never quits). The game was 4-4 going into overtime.
The teams went back and forth each trading goals in the first overtime period bringing the score to 5-5 going into over time period number 2. Shamrock’s, Scott Ranger made a perfect pass to rookie teammate Chris “the roadrunner” Wardle who streaked into the middle past a tired Six Nations defence, took a couple of dekes and made Miller commit rifling a shot over Miller’s left shoulder for the victory in what is sure to go down as another classic in this sizzling rematch!
Rookie Chris Wardle fires the shamrocks up after a big come from behind win powered by 2 his big goals. Defenceman Jon Harnett sent me a text after the win and said “three more Jody”! I replied to him “great game but there’s still a long way to go so one game at a time”. I expect more of the same in game three. It will be more intense and even tougher. The Chiefs star player was boxed out by the rocks stellar defence most of game 2 so I’m expecting him to come out strong for game 3. Corey Small was untracked in game 2 for the Shamrocks so in game 3 expect a huge game from him.
The Six Nations veteran goalie was quoted as saying he never seen some of these guys before as the Rocks went younger and faster than the team they had last year. It looks like the Rocks have many new guys that Six Nations don’t have a book on because many have just started playing in the NLL and only in the west. In Chris Wardle’s case he only played 4 games for the Vancouver Stealth in his rookie year last winter for the legendary NLL Hall of Fame coach and Shamrocks Legend and good friend of mine, Chris Hall.
Game 3 in this series will be on Monday evening at 5 pm Victoria time. Remember you can catch all the action on www.webcastsports.net for $11. Remember you can’t login there until 4:40pm or you can head on down to Browns Social House at both locations in Victoria.
And that’s my view from a chair.