Cody Jamieson didn’t like the goalie interference call he received in the third period of the second game of the 2013 Mann Cup. But the Six Nations Chiefs star forward didn’t get mad, he got even. Jamieson emerged from the penalty box, took a pass from Stephen Keogh and buried a bounce shot from outside for the winning goal as the Chiefs beat the Victoria Shamrocks 10-8 to even the series at 1-1.
Jamieson scored 2 goals and 3 assists on the evening, but the difference maker for Six Nations may have been young forward Kedoh Hill, who had been a healthy scratch for much of the Major Series Lacrosse playoffs and Game 1 of the Mann, but who drew into the lineup when Billy Dee Smith was unable to play after aggravating a hamstring injury.
Hill scored once in each period to help the Chiefs earn the win despite being outshot 51-39 and facing 15 Victoria power plays, including at least half a dozen two-man Shamrocks advantages. “I just tried to stay focused,” said Hill, who said he didn’t really expect he’d get a chance to play in the series. “Emotions are flying, penalties, you just try to stay level. I kept telling myself to go out and play hard and stay focused, take it shift by shift. I was lucky to get a couple of chances where I had a good shot. I just knew that if I had a shot I had to make it count.”
He definitely made it count, scoring the first goal of both the second and third periods. And the Chiefs needed every goal they could muster against a resilient Victoria team that five times in the game came back from deficits to tie it up and eventually took the lead for the first time on Nolan Heavenor’s transition goal on a two-on-one break with Ben McCullough at 7:38 of the third period.
Hill said the key for the Chiefs was playing as a team. “When we first came out for Game 1, I didn’t play that game but what I seen was guys just weren’t working together. I don’t know if it was emotions or just we hadn’t played, but that’s adjustments we made, we started playing together, talking to each other, feeding off each other.”
Jeff Shattler had a hat trick and three assists for the Shamrocks, including a pair of nifty backhand shovel shots that caught corners, but said the Victoria offence needs to do more than they did in the game, especially given the number of power plays they enjoyed. “That’s a huge part of our game. If you’ve got a 4-on-3, you should score, or a 5-on-3 which is essentially a 4-on-3,” Shattler said. “We’ve got to capitalize on those. That’s on us, as an offence. Our defence is standing on their heads and our goalie’s been playing unreal. On offence, we’ve got to put up number. Ten is our goal every game and to hold them under 10. So I think that game is on us. We had opportunities to win it and we didn’t capitalize on them.”
The game was tied 4-4 after the first period and 6-6 after the second. After Hill opened the scoring in the third. Victoria got power play goals from Jesse King and Heavenor to take the lead at 7:38. Johnny Powless evened it up just before the midway point of the period. There was no more scoring until Jamieson came out of the penalty box and scored nine seconds later. Colin Doyle, who had struggled mightily in the first game and through much of Saturday’s game, buried an insurance marker in the final minute.
The teams will have a day off then get back at it Monday night for Game 3, the first of three games in three nights. Shattler was named player of the game for Victoria while Roger Vyse, who scored once and added 3 assists, received the honour for the Chiefs.Stamp 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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