Sam Leclair scores last-second goal to give Chiefs the win over Excelsiors

Sam Leclair played the role of hero, scoring with two seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Six Nations Chiefs a 7-6 victory over the Brampton Excelsiors in Major Series Lacrosse action Thursday.

The Excelsiors got on the board first when Luke Van Schepen beat Warren Hill unassisted at 6:35.  The Chiefs answered back on the power-play when Cody Jamieson blasted a shot off a Lyle Thompson pass at 10:52, followed by Tyson Bell scoring in transition, finishing off a Kevin Hill feed at 15:00. 

The Excelsiors scored twice before the end of the period. Seth Van Schepen scored on the power-play off an Alec Simons pass at 16:02, followed by Jonathan Gagliardi finishing a Luke Van Schepen pass at 18:27.


The Excelsiors opened the second period scoring with Steven Portelli converting a Carter Zavitz pass at 2:05, followed by Zavitz himself scoring on the power-play off a James Whiteford pass at 8:05.

The Chiefs came back with two of their own. Austin Staats converted an Eric Fannell pass at 11:03, followed by a laser by Lyle Thompson unassisted 0:18 seconds later.  Austin Staats second of the night tied the game off a Lyle Thompson pass at 17:44. 

In the third period, the Excelsiors regained the lead when Lucas Ferreira converted a Tyler Ferreira pass at 5:48, but Larson Sundown tied the game on the power-play off a Brendan Bomberry feed at 14:50. 

With just 0:02 seconds left in the game Sam LeClair converted a Lyle Thompson pass to win the game for the Chiefs in dramatic fashion.

NOTES: The Excelsiors, in cooperation with the Chiefs celebrated Indigenous Heritage Month during the game with a ceremony featuring the Ontario Native Women's Association.