Chiefs sweep home-and-home set with Rock
|Photo by Darryl Smart|
With some solid defence, great goaltending and timely scoring, especially from Jeff Shattler, the Chiefs came away with an 8-7 win over the Oakville Rock Monday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.
Shattler's power-play goal with just under six minutes left in regulation time was the difference maker for the Chiefs.
With the two teams tied 6-6 heading into the third period, Mike Mawdsley gave the Rock an early lead, before Kasey Beirnes knotted things up three minutes later to set up Shattler's heroics.
Cody Jamieson gave the Chiefs the start they were looking for, scoring three minutes into the game. But that lead was quickly erased when Ethan O'Connor, Dave Lomas and Jordan MacIntosh responded for the Rock.
Rob Hellyer added another early in the second period before Randy Staats finally responded for the visitors midway through the frame.
Alex Crepinsek then gave the Rock another three-goal lead, before the Chiefs exploded for four goals to take their second lead of the game thanks to Jamieson, Rodd Squire, Colin Doyle and Beirnes.
Lomas scored the final goal of the second, late in the period.
Brandon Miller got another start between the Chiefs pipes, and earned the win in a 35-save effort. Nick Rose took the loss for the Rock, stopping 35 shots.
The win improves the Chiefs record to 9-8, which keeps pace with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, who have an identical record.
The Chiefs and Kodiaks will decide who finishes third in the Major Series Lacrosse regular season, when the two teams take to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena floor Wednesday at 8 p.m.