The Peterborugh Lakers won the Major Series Lacrosse championship last night, taking a 10-8 win to finish off the Six Nations Chiefs 4-1 in the best-of-seven finals. It is Peterborough’s sixth Ontario title in nine years and will mark the fourth time they have won in five times the Mann Cup has been held in the East. They won despite being outshot 41-28 and without John Grant, Jr. or Cory Vitarelli in the lineup. Chad Culp, subbing for the injured Vitarelli, scored two goals and two assists, as did Shawn Evans. Tyler Carlson made 33 saves. Rhys Duch scored four times for the Chiefs. Cody Jamieson returned from injury to post a five-point night with a goal and four helpers.
Special teams played a huge role in Peterborough’s victory. The Lakers went 3 for 5 on the power play while holding Six Nations to a single man advantage marker in three attempts. Peterborough led 4-2 after the first period and scored the first two goals of the second to extend their lead. Six Nations fought back, though, going on a 5-2 run to pull within a single goal after two periods, 8-7. John Tavares connected on the power play at 4:19 of the third with what would prove to be the winning goal.
The Lakers have won the last three times they’ve hosted the Mann Cup in their current decade of success. They beat the Victoria Shamrocks 4-2 in both 2004 and 2006, then downed the New Westminster Salmonbellies, also in six games, in 2010.
It was the Chiefs’ first trip to the MSL finals since they finished a run of three straight Mann Cup championships in 1996. Lakers Head Coach Jamie Batley and Tavares both played for that Six Nations team.
An Elton John concert and Peterborough Petes exhibition game already scheduled in the Memorial Centre mean the Mann Cup schedule will be slightly unusual. The full schedule is below. All the Mann Cup games will be available live via pay per view webstreaming.
Mann Cup schedule
Game 1, Friday September 7
Game 2, Sunday September 9
Game 3, Monday September 10
Game 4, Wednesday September 12
Game 5, Friday September 14*
Game 6, Saturday September 15*
Game 7, Sunday September 16*
*if necessaryStamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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