Peterborough wins handily to eliminate Six Nations
In Game 6 of the MSL Ontario Championship series, the PeterboroughLakers came out and simply dominated the home team Six Nations Chiefs in the first period building up a 7-0 lead. With crisp ball movement around the perimeter in the Six Nations end, the Lakers had seven different players score goals. Out shooting the Chiefs 20-17, Peterborough sticks had impressive finish. The Lakers scored quickly and with pairs of goals. Shawn Evans opened the scoring at 3:12 to which Mark Matthews added a goal at the 4:14 mark. Shortly thereafter, with precision passing the Lakers made it 3-0 at the 6:47 mark. Just 14 seconds later. Kyle Matisz made it 4-0 with a weak side shot. That goal ended the night for Chiefs goalie Dillon Ward who gave up 4 goals on just 10 shots. Doug Jamieson took over in the pipes for Six Nations. He gave up 3 goals on 10 shots with Holden Cattoni scoring at 11:37; Joe Resetarits at 15:01 and Jake Withers 55 seconds later at 15:56. A nightmare of a first period for the Chiefs ended with the Laker leading 7-0.
The Chiefs scored the opening goal of the second period when Shayne Jackson woke up the home team fans scoring at 3:48. Holden Cattoni replied on the power play with his second goal of the game to make the score 8-1. Lyle Thompson found the back of the net at 8:22 to cut the lead to 8-2. Quickly the Lakers responded when Cory Vitarelli fired a blast just 16 seconds later to return the score to a seven-goal deficit of 9-2. The Lakers won the period 3-2 when they scored a beauty on the power play with Kyle Buchanan connecting at of the third period to end the period with a 10-2 lead!
The third period saw the teams exchange goals each scoring four goals for a game final score of 14-6 for the Lakers, winning the series 4-2. Goaltender Mike Poulin backstopped the series ending win for Peterborough.
Hard to imagine that any fan saw the outcome of this game coming. In the first 5 games of the series, Peterborough had outscored Six Nations 57-53. The first two games of the series won by Six Nations were two goal victories. Two of Peterborough’s wins (Game 3 and 5) were won by a single goal. The Lakers won Game four of the series by 6 goals. But tonight – the final game of the series – the Lakers opened up a huge lead that simply could not be overcome.
Peterborough will take on the Victoria Shamrocks in the best of seven series for the Mann Cup. The Lakers are going for their third consecutive Mann Cup championship and their fifth in ten years. Overall, Victoria has won 9 Mann Cups. Peterborough has won 16 Mann Cups. Head to head – the Lakers have defeated the Shamrocks in 7 of 12 Mann Cup series. However, in the most recent series in 2015, Victoria defeated Peterborough in six games.