Chiefs bounce back in home-and-home set with Rock

photo by Darryl Smart
Now that's what you call a bounce back.
The Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs rode a 6-0 run that lasted midway through to the second period to beat the Oakville Rock at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Tuesday night.
The Chiefs got solid goaltending from Dillon Ward and plenty of offence led by Randy Staats in the victory.
"We came to play today," Ward said. "It was a tough game yesterday, and you'll have games like that. All you can do is put it behind you."
Staats got things rolling midway through the first period, after the Rock had already recorded 10 shots on Ward. Jamieson soon connected, while Jordan Durston added a pair of goals to end the first period scoring.
In the second period, Dave Brock converted in transition and Johnny Powless continued the run.
Bryan Cole scored the lone Rock goal eight minutes into the frame.
Staats continued with his hot stick, scoring twice in the first seven minutes of the third period, before the Rock took things over.
Mitch Desnoo scored a pair, and Bradley Kri added one for the Rock.
Stephen Keogh responded late in the third to stop the Rock run.
Ward was tough to beat Tuesday, making 40 save, including 18 in the first period.
Almost two hours before the game, head coach Rich Kilgour took the defensive side and offensive sides separately on the floor and spoke to them. Ward said Kilgour's message was very clear.
"It's one of those things you need to do sometimes, especially in the summer league because we don't get a chance to practice," Ward said. "We went over some things and were reminded that we have to punch in for the day and get to work."
On Monday in Oakville, the Rock went on a seven-goal tear in the third period to beat the Chiefs 15-8.
Jamieson continued to impress in his return, scoring twice and assisting on four goals in a losing effort. Ryan Benesch made his MSL return and scored twice and adding a pair of helpers, while Durston, Keogh, Leo Storous, and Dhane Smith netted one each.
The Chiefs host their arch-rival Peterborough Lakers Tuesday at 8 p.m., at the ILA.


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