Thursday, August 11, 2016

Redmen even MSL semis with 10-6 win in Six Nations

Mark Matthews had 4 points for Brooklin and the series is now tied 2-2.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
38 saves from Mike Poulin and eight different players scoring allowed the Brooklin Redmen to win every period en route to tying up the Major Series Lacrosse semifinals against the Six Nations Chiefs with a 10-6 victory Wednesday night in Game 4 at Six Nations' Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

Curtis Knight and Dan Lintner each scored twice for Brooklin and Mark Matthews led all scorers with a goal and 3 assists. Jr A callup Austin Staats, making his MSL debut, was the Chiefs' top gun with a a pair of goals and an assist, matching the 3 points scored by Dhane Smith (1g, 2a) and Jordan Durston (3a).

The Redmen had surrendered home floor advantage with a Game 3 loss but regained it with last night's win. They took the early lead with goals 45 seconds apart from Lintner and Shayne Jackson, the latter scoring at 5:30.

The score was 3-2 after one period and 4-3 midway through the second. After a nine-minute scoreless stretch, Graeme Hossack broke away for a key shorthanded goal with two and a half minutes to go in the period. Knight connected in the final minute of the frame to make it 6-3 for the Redmen.

In the third, each team scored a transition goal and a power play goal, plus Brooklin managed one set offence marker, to make the score 9-5 through a little over eight minutes. Then Billy Dee Smith took a boarding major and exacerbated the situation with an unsportsmanlike minor, misconduct and game misconduct, putting the Chiefs shorthanded until the final five minutes of the game.

That pretty much sealed the deal for Game 4, evening the series at two wins each and setting up a best of three to decide who advances to the MSL finals. Game 5 goes Friday night in Brooklin and Game 6 is Saturday back in Six Nations.