Lakers Win Thriller 13-12 to lead series 3-2

WOW…. what a game! Lacrosse is well known for its shifts in momentum and in a pivotal Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, the Peterborough Lakers and Six Nations played like two teams who refused to give up, exchanging the lead eleven times.  With an incredible finish, Lakers Mark Matthews scored his fifth goal of the game with just two seconds left in regulation time as the Lakers won 13-12.

Despite 25 goals being scored, Lakers winning goaltender Matt Vinc and Doug Jamieson for the Chiefs, made countless outstanding saves.  Combined - the two teams were perfect on the power play with the Lakers going four for four; and the Chiefs were three for three.

Goal scoring was frequent coming in bunches keeping fans on the edge of their seats.  Lakers Nick Weiss opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 1:12 into the first period.  The Chiefs Shayne Jackson responded just 40 seconds later to tie the game 1-1.  Shawn Evans sniped his only goal of the night, only to have Randy Staats score on the powerplay for a 2-2 tie.  Less than two minutes later, Holden Cattoni put the Lakers ahead with an outside shot that eluded goaltender Doug Jamieson.  Just 26 seconds after, the always dangerous Cody Jamieson found a clear path to the net and tied the game 3-3. The Lakers took the lead on a powerplay goal from Mark Matthews.  However, Six Nations tied the match 4-4 when Dhane Smith scored a seeing eye goal. With less than three minutes left in the first frame, Cody Jamieson sniped a beauty to give the Chiefs the lead for the first time in the game.  Shayne Jackson expanded the lead to two goals scoring on a rebound to end the first period with Six Nations leading 6-4, having outshot Peterborough 19-15.

The Lakers owned the second period out-shooting Six Nations 26-19 and outscoring the Chiefs 5-1.  Mark Matthews at 1:31on the powerplay tightened the Chiefs lead to 6-5.  Matthews scored his third goal of the game just 1:14 seconds later to tie the game 6-6.   Joe Resetarits put Peterborough in the lead 7-6 to have Less than a minute later, Shayne Jackson scored his third goal of the game to make it 7-7.  On the powerplay, Matthews blasted his fourth goal of the game to give Peterborough an 8-7 lead.  Joe Resetarits tallied his second marker of the game to put the Lakers up 9-7 at the end of the second period.

Six Nations stormed out early in the third period out chancing Peterborough, but Matt Vinc held the Chiefs at bay.  Karl Matisz opened the Lakers lead to 10-7 when he scored at 3:31. Less than four minutes later, Brendan Bomberry finished the play putting the ball in the net, tightening the score to 10-8.

Looking for a way to even up the score, the Chiefs cashed in with two power-play goals when Lakers Captain Robert Hope was given a five-minute major for slashing.  Ten seconds into the power-play, the Chiefs Cody Jamieson scored his fourth of the night.  Less than two minutes later on the same power-play, Randy Staats tied the game 10-10.

Once again, the Lakers took the lead when Josh Currier blasted a marker at 12;47.  However, again, the Chiefs tied the game as Shayne Jackson notched his fourth goal of the game making the score 11-11.  Cody Jamieson blasted his xx of the game to put Six Nations ahead 12-11 with two and a half minutes left in regulation time.  However, Zach Currier tied the game 12-12 at 18:12.  Looking like the contest might go into overtime, BUT - Mark Matthews scored his fifth goal of the game with just two seconds left in regulation time making the final game score 13-12 for Peterborough.  Despite out-shooting the Lakers 19-12 and outscoring them 5-4 in the third period, the Chiefs suffered a heart-breaking defeat to fall behind in the series 3-2.

Regardless of which team you wanted to win – this game was end to end with typical MSL play – gifted athletes with incredible skills on display literally every single shift of the game. 

Game six is Thursday night, August 29th at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena  in Haggersville with an 8:00 p.m. start.

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Top Scorers


Shawn Evans - 1goal; 6 assists

Mark Matthews – 5 goals;

Holden Cattoni – 1 goal, 3 assists

Joe Resetarits – 2 goals; 1 assist

Josh Currier – 1 goal; 1 assist

Nick Weiss – 1 goal

Karl Matisz – 1 goal

Zach Currier – 1 goal

Six Nations:

Cody Jamieson – 4 goals; 3 assists

Randy Staats – 2 goals; 4 assists

Shayne Jackson – 4 goals; 1 assist

Dhane Smith – 1 goal; 2 assists

Brendan Bomberry – 1 goal; 1 assist