The Brooklin Redmen handed the Six Nations Chiefs a loss on their home floor last Wednesday to knot the semi-final series at 2-2, the first team to accomplish that this season. Two nights later the teams battled at Iroquois Park and the Redmen looked to build on the game 4 win but to no avail as the Chiefs took the 10-8 win (and 3-2 series lead) in a game that saw a couple of momentum swings.
The Redmen were looking to build off the confidence of a 10-6 win just two nights earlier at the ILA, the first team to beat the Chiefs on their turf this season. The Chiefs came out quick as Jordan Durston scored his first of three on the night for the early lead, however a three goal run by the Redmen opened the game and it was not until the final two minutes that Ryan Benesch scored to close the gap to 3-2 for the home side after one.
Before most fans made it back from the concession stands and the booster lounge, Ryan Keenan scored with just 17 ticks off the clock to open the lead. John Lafontaine scored his second of the night and the Redmen looked to be cruising as they were up 6-3 with 1:39 to go in the middle frame. Another momentum swing as the Chiefs scored twice in 22 seconds and it was 6-5 for the Redmen after two periods.
The Chiefs regrouped at intermission and with a four goal run in the final half of the period ran off with a 10-7 lead, Kyle Rubisch would find the net in the dying seconds for the Redmen and the Chiefs took the 10-8 win and 3-2 series lead.
Blair Ferguson and Chris Williams who called game four were also the officials for this contest. They let the teams play and did not call one infraction on the night. Shots were 44-41 for the Redmen, with Mike Poulin and Dillon Ward in net. Besides the two for Lafontaine, singles went to Shayne Jackson, Mark Matthews, Keenan, Adrian Sorichetti, Austin Shanks and Rubisch. For the Chiefs, three for Durston two for Benesch, singles to Craig Point, Dan Dawson and Austin Staats.
No rest for these teams as game six is Saturday night at 7 pm at the ILA and Redmen fans hope the season continues with game 7 on Tuesday at 8 pm.
Tonight was a must win for the Brooklin Redmen who with a loss, would have been trailing the series 3-1. The Redmen bus pulled up to the ILA at 6:45 p.m. and players were greeted with a good sized crowd on hand to cheer for their team who had not registered a loss on home turf all season.
Wayne Colley gave Mike Poulin his second consecutive start in net, Dillon Ward was in the pipes again for the Chiefs.
The Redmen jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Dan Lintner and Shayne Jackson. The Chiefs defenders punished Redmen offensive players all night in an effort to throw them off their game. This was a tactic that did not work as they kept going to the net and bouncing back from hard hitting checks. The Redmen lead after the first period 3-2.
The second was more of the same that included a short handed marker from Graeme Hossack on a quick transition that saw him in alone on Ward where he found a gap under the keeper’s left arm. Score after forty minutes was 6-4 for the Redmen.
The third period was high scoring as the Redmen won it 4-3. Each time the Chiefs scored and looked to swing momentum in their favour the Redmen answered and found a way to keep the Chiefs coaching looking for answers.
All in all a solid team effort that resulted in a 10-6 win for the Redmen.
Chris Lawrence and Blair Ferguson had their hands full with disgruntled Chiefs players. They handed Cody Jamieson a 10 minute misconduct for arguing and Billy Dee Smith a game misconduct for the same in the middle of the third.
Notes: Mike Poulin played solid in Redmen net, shots recorded as 44-37 in favour of the Chiefs, Junior star Austin Staats in Chiefs debut scored twice and added a helper, first loss at home for Chiefs all season.
Series is now best two of three and the Redmen have regained home floor advantage. Game 5 is Friday 8 pm at IPSC, game 6 is Saturday at the ILA at 7 pm and game 7, if needed, is Tuesday Aug 16 at IPSC.
Less than a week ago, in front of a great crowd thanks the Ontario Lacrosse Festival, the Redmen opened the semi final series against the Six Nations Chiefs with a 6-4 win that featured solid goaltending and tough defence. Game two was at the ILA on Saturday and the Redmen lost 9-4, they would look to hang on to their well-earned home floor advantage with a win in game three back at home tonight but their guests had other plans.
In a game that featured continued great goaltending, tough defense and a rare penalty shot the Redmen lose 8-6 and now trail the Chiefs 2 games to 1 in their best of seven semi-final series.
Reilly O’Connor opened the scoring, the teams traded goals and were knotted at 2-2 when the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the first. The Redmen would break the game open early in the second and with just 1:36 off the clock had a 4-2 lead. The home side won the second period 3-2. The Chiefs scored in the final 25 seconds of that frame and won the ensuing face-off and called a time out but could convert and the Redmen were up 5-4 after forty minutes. Head coach Rich Kilgour and his staff provided sage advice and the Chiefs converted the talk into two successive goals and were up 6-5. Mark Matthews was given the penalty shot after he bore down on Dillon Ward only to be met by a Chiefs defender who left his bench far too early, Matthews converted and it was tied at 6-6 with half the third period remaining. The Chiefs kept coming however and Dhane Smith got the eventual winner with six minutes left followed up by a late goal from Stephen Keogh with 10 seconds left to preserve the win for the Chiefs.
Shots were 60-57 for the Chiefs (Mike Poulin and Ward in net), the Redmen were 0 for 2 on the power play while the Chiefs were 1 for 2. Dan Ball and David Brock each got 10 minute misconducts with five minutes to go in the first, they were told that their sentences would be up at 15:23 of the second period and a draw ball….they would sit almost 10 minutes longer as it was not until Dan Dawson scored with seven minutes to go in the middle frame that they went over the boards.
Game four is Wednesday at the ILA and game five is Friday at IPSC.
A very tight affair with good defense and acrobatic play by both goalies, Mike Poulin for the home team and Dillon Ward for the Chiefs. Shots on net were 42-41 in favour of the Chiefs and the Redmen kept their guests off the board in the middle frame for the 6-4 win. The game got physical at times with Chris Williams and Ian Garrison giving the players a chance to play but calling infractions when warranted, the Chiefs were one for three with the extra man and the Redmen were at one for four.
Kiel Matisz scored his first of two on the night to open the scoring but the Chiefs countered twice in the last few minutes of the first for the 2-1 lead heading off to break. The Redmen out-scored the Chiefs 2-0 in the second, including a picture perfect strike by Adrian Sorichetti off a well timed feed from Graeme Hossack. The game was knotted at 3-3 with one regulation period to go on the night. The Chiefs broke the tie first with a power play marker with 1:43 off the clock but the Redmen clawed back with a goal just over a minute later as Matisz notched his second of the game. Ryan Benesch scored with half the frame to play to tie the affair once again. The Redmen faithful cheered as Ryan Keenan got the winner with six minutes on the clock and Curtis Knight iced it with five ticks remaining.
The teams play game two on Saturday at the ILA and return to IPSC on Monday August 8, 2016 at 8 pm for game three.