Ward slams door shut to lead Chiefs in Game 5
Dillon Ward is making his mark in the Major Series Lacrosse final.
|Photo by Jesse Thomas, Metroland Media|
For the second-straight game, the Six Nations Pro-fit Chiefs goalie was a huge factor, making 38 saves to help his team to am 8-6 win over the Peterborough Lakers.
"That third game (a 15-9 loss last Thursday) we really got our asses handed to us," Ward said in the post-game scrum. "After that we came together and said 'We're not going out like this.' We had to get back to Chiefs' ball and you've seen that the last two games."
That loss put the Lakers up 3-0 in the best-of-seven MSL final. But after a pair of masterful performances by Ward, it is cut to 3-2.
Cory Vitarelli got the Lakers off to the start they wanted to close out the series, scoring two-straight goals.
Late in the period, Dhane Smith got the Chiefs on the board, giving them a bit of momentum heading into the second.
That’s when the Chiefs took over offensively.
Cody Jamieson, Randy Staats, Dan Dawson and Smith gave the Chiefs a three-goal lead midway through the second period.
Zach Currier, Ryan Benesch and Shawn Evans exchanged goals to close out the first 40 minutes.
In the third period, Austin Staats continues to impress, scoring early, before Mark Steenhuis, Randy Staats and Vitarelli exchanged goals.
The series resumes Thursday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, with Game 6 starting at 8 p.m.
In the Western Lacrosse Association final, the defending Mann Cup champions, Victoria Shamrocks beat the Maple Ridge Burrards 10-8 Tuesday, to tie their best-of-seven series 2-2.