Chiefs offensive star Cody Jamieson made his 2016 Mann Cup series debut after being sidelined with a knee injury and had an immediate impact, registering three goals and four assists to help guide the Six Nations Chiefs to a 9-7 overtime win over the Maple Ridge Burrards. They now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
Jamieson, who was sporting a clunky brace to protect a knee that will require surgery once the season is over, added another dimension to an already powerful Six Nations’ attack. He showed no signs of rust, netting the game’s first goal less than two minutes in.
The teams went back-and-forth from that point on. While Six Nations remained in the lead throughout, they were never able break away from their frequent one-goal cushions, which opened the doors for the visiting Burrards.
After Luke Gillespie tied things up at 6-6, Connor Goodwin, a former Canadian university field lacrosse standout with the McGill Redmen, scored at the 16:38 mark of the third period to put the Burrards ahead.
Maple Ridge waited over 56 minutes to get their first lead of the game, but they were unable to hold on, allowing Six Nations to tie things up in the final minutes to force overtime, and eventually win it in the extra frame.
Craig Point‘s reply with 1:53 remaining in the game meant the teams would have to keep playing to find a winner.
The Chiefs maintained their momentum into the 10-minute non sudden death overtime period, as youngster Austin Staats buried one right off the opening draw. Another goal from Jamieson near the mid way point sealed their victory.
A 46-save performance from Frankie Scigliano gave the Burrards a fighting chance, but he couldn’t stop them all.
In addition to Jamieson, the Chiefs also welcomed back sharpshooter Craig Point, who netted two goals and led his team with nine shots, and imposing defender Billy Dee Smith, who added some toughness on the back end.
“It’s good to be out here to help the team,” said Smith during the first intermission. “I wanted to be in games one and two but I was a little banged up from last series.”
While the Burrards came out on the losing end tonight, their aggressiveness in the defensive end and their ability to score on all-star Dillon Ward shows that these underdogs can indeed be competitive against the high-flying Chiefs.
When asked what it would take to win the 2016 Mann Cup, the veteran Smith summed it up by saying “It’s gonna take hard work, and I think we’re realizing that.”
This series is far from over, with Game 4 going Tuesday night at 8:00PM EST at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
- Players of the Game
- Cody Jamieson (Six Nations), Ben Mcintosh (Maple Ridge),
- JVI Sports Network Three Stars
- 3rd Star: Sid Smith, 2nd Star: Frankie Scigliano, 1st Star: Cody Jamieson
All games will be played at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (3201 Line 2, Ohsweken, ON).
- Game 1: September 9 (Six Nations 15, Maple Ridge 8)
- Game 2: September 10 (Six Nations 9, Maple Ridge 13)
- Game 3: September 12 (Six Nations 9, Maple Ridge 7)
- Game 4: Tuesday, September 13 at 8:00PM EST
- Game 5: Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00PM EST (*if necessary)
- Game 6: Friday September, 16 at 8:00PM EST (*if necessary)
- Game 7: Saturday September, 17 at 8:00PM EST (*if necessary)