Chiefs have backs against the wall
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Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, the Chiefs got behind early and couldn't come back, losing 15-9 to the Peterborough Lakers.
The Lakers now lead the best-of-seven Major Series Lacrosse final 3-0.
"They came out flying and we could never erase that seven-goal deficit," Chiefs coach Rich Kilgour said during the post-game scrum. "We could never get over the hump and get it to a workable margin."
The Lakers came out with purpose, scoring seven unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Shawn Evans led the charge with a pair, while Cory Vitarelli, Brad Self, Mark Steenhuis, Holden Cattoni and Josh Currier added singles.
Ryan Benesch stopped the bleeding for a moment, before John Grant Jr. and Steenhuis added to the first-period pile.
Dhane Smith and Dan Dawson, breathed some life into the Chiefs late in the frame, with hopes of grabbing some momentum.
Dawson struck again early in the second period, before Steenhuis, Dawson and Self exchanged goals.
In a very chippy third period, the two teams exchanged goals again. Dawson, Austin Staats, Randy Staats and Craig Point scored for the Chiefs, while Steenhuis scored two more, with Jake Fox and Vitarelli scoring one each.
Sandwiched between the goals, the bad blood flowed between the two rivals. It all started when Zack Currier labeled Austin Staats.
"To me that's at least a possession call and they didn't even call that,"Kilgour said. "He banged up his shoulder pretty good. Of course everyone was a little upset. I'm not going to call it a cheap shot, but if Billy Dee got a five at the end it's tough as coach to stand and watch that on the bench."
Game 4 of the series returns to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Sunday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: The list of injured Chiefs gets longer. With Cody Jamieson and Jordan Durston still out, Johnny Powless was not dressed because of his injury, while Dhane Smith left the game. He and the others will be assessed