The Six Nations Chiefs had all of their big names last night, but not all of their heart. And the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks made them pay. K-W scored 4 unanswered goals to pull away from an early 1-1 tie and beat the Chiefs, 7-5, in Major Series Lacrosse last night. “We just didn’t show up,” coach Rich Kilgour told ILIndoor.com. “That first period was about as flat as we’ve been all year. They made us pay for it. They got the lead and then just kind of played keep-away there.” The win is K-W’s first over Six Nations in 3 meetings this season. “It was a great all-around effort by our guys,” K-W coach John Lovell said. “We played hard and we fought for everything. I thought it was a well-earned win, there’s nothing lucky about it.”
The Chiefs outscored K-W 4-2 over the final 2 periods with Kasey Biernes scoring both in the second period and Craig Point and Colin Doyle scoring in the third. But K-W goalie Evan Kirk was up to the task with 29 of his 41 saves over those 2 periods, even after the goals from Point and Doyle were scored just 27 seconds apart.
“You just shake those off, they were good goals,” said Kirk, whose 7.12 goals-against average is second-best in MSL and .840 save percentage is No. 1. “It was a little mistake for our defense, but as long as you pick it up. You have to brush those off or they’re just going to keep scoring.”
Rookie Joey Cupido led K-W with a pair of goals and Aaron Wilson, Jamie Rooney, Jason Mainer, Brendan Thenhaus and Martin Whittaker scored the others. The Kodiaks’ first win since June 5 pulls them even with a 3-3 record and they can break the .500 mark with a win in their next game, which isn’t until Sunday, July 8. But it’s a rematch with Six Nations, at Six Nations.
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