|Randy Staats scoring the first of his three goals to help the Chiefs win 10-8. (Photo: Tim Prothero)|
They're back. For the first time this season, the Six Nations Chiefs really looked like the team that won last year's Mann Cup. Ironically, the resemblance was achieved largely thanks to the contributions of two players who weren't with the team last summer. Randy Staats scored 3 goals and 3 assists and Jeff Shattler added 3 goals and 5 assists to lead the Chiefs to a 10-8 win over the Peterborough Lakers. The win moves the Chiefs to 6-4 and within two points of first-place Brooklin, although the Redmen have two games in hand. Peterborough falls to 3-5 pending their appeal of forfeiting their first four games of the season.
The Lakers got off to a fast start, running up a 4-0 lead and making it look like they may carve out a repeat of last week's 15-9 win. But Six Nations Head Coach Rich Kilgour said the Chiefs made a decision that they weren't going to fold. “Last week we just laid down and took it. We had a good talk about that on the ride home that that's not acceptable,” Kilgour said. “It was 4-nothing and they were rolling. We got together on the bench and said we can either give up right now and go start the bus or we can buckle down and get the next one and go from there. That's what kept us going last year. That last goal doesn't mean anything, let's think about the next one.”
The Chiefs got a pair back before the first period ended and scored three in the first 3:20 of the second to take a 5-4 lead and quiet the crowd of 3,095 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Peterborough tied the game up when Brock Sorensen finished off a breakout play on a pass from Nick Weiss but the Chiefs replied to take the lead again on Staats second goal of the period.
Six Nations extended the lead with the first two goals of the third. Twice Peterborough scored to draw closer but both times the Chiefs responded quickly, scoring 19 and 67 seconds after the Lakers markers, respectively.
It was an excellent lacrosse game and sets the stage for the teams' third game in nine days when they meet again Saturday night at 7 pm at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in a game you can see live via JVI Video webcast. Just click on the link in the right-hand column of this page to watch.