Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lakers and Chiefs tie 6-6

Ryan Benesch led Six Nations with 2 goals and 1 assist.
(Photo: Darryl Smart)
It's not unusual for Peterborough and Six Nations to play close games in Major Series Lacrosse. They can't get any closer than Tuesday night's contest; in which neither team could score in overtime, leaving the final score 6-6. Even the shots were almost identical, officially finishing 51-50 for Six Nations.

The result keeps the Lakers three points ahead of the Chiefs for first place (21 points for Peterborough, 18 for Six Nations). The standings could either spread out for the first time this season or go back to being extremely tight in the next two days as both the Chiefs (Wednesday in Brooklin) and the Lakers (Thursday in Peterborough) play the fourth-place Brooklin Redmen, who currently have 15 points.

Peterborough held period leads of 2-1 and 5-4. Starting goalie Evan Kirk had to leave after 40 minutes; he hadn't been feeling well before the game and was done in by the heat and humidity. That didn't make much difference; Matt Vinc continued the pace by allowing only two goals in the third.

The Chiefs made their third-period pair count, though, by holding Peterborough to a single Shawn Evans marker in the frame to even things up and force the extra period. In overtime, Peterborough managed seven shots and Six Nations four, but neither offence could find a goal.

Evans added 2 assists to his goal, joining Holden Cattoni (2g, 1a) as Peterborough's leading scorer. Six Nations had five players with 3 points each, led by Ryan Benesch's 2 goals and an assist.

Dillon Ward made 44 saves while Kirk and Vinc combined for 45.