Thursday, July 14, 2016

Redmen edge Chiefs 11-10 on strength of special teams success

The difference came down to special teams as the Brooklin Redmen downed the Six Nations Chiefs 11-10 Wednesday night at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre. 

Brooklin scored on four of their seven power play chances while keeping the Chiefs off the board on their three power plays. The Chiefs did get one shorthanded marker from Dan Dawson.

The loss was the first time in three games the Chiefs hadn't tied, after back to back draws with Oakville and Peterborough. 

Austin Shanks continued his excellent rookie season with 2 goals and 5 assists to lead the Redmen. Ryan Keenan, Curtis Knight and Derek Hopcroft each added 2 goals for Brooklin and Shawn Williams had a goal and 4 assists. 

Three players had 5 points each for the Chiefs: Jordan Durston (3g, 2a), Dawson (2g, 3a) and Randy Staats (1g, 4a). 

Each team managed 51 shots on net, with Mike Poulin making 41 saves for Brooklin and Warren Hill 40 for Six Nations. 

The win for Brooklin only served to make the MSL standings even tighter. The Peterborough Lakers sit in first place with 21 points, Six Nations has 18, Brooklin and Oakville have 17. Brooklin and Oakville both have a chance to leapfrog Six Nations tonight: the Redmen visit the Lakers and the Rock visit the Brampton Excelsiors.