Chiefs have rough end to regular season
|photo by Darryl Smart|
The defending Major Series Lacrosse and Mann Cup champions limp into the postseason having lost two of its last three games of the regular season.
After a tight 10-9 win over the Coburg Kodiaks Sunday, the Chiefs dropped a 15-10 decision to the Peterborough Lakers Tuesday and then finished the season off with a 13-11 loss at the hands of the Brampton Excelsiors Thursday on the road.
Despite the loss Thursday in Brampton, Randy Staats had a brilliant performance scoring four goals and an assist to lead the way for the short-staffed Chiefs. Vaughn Harris added a pair of goals, while Jordan Durston, Ryan Benesch, Sid Smith, Dhane Smith and junior B call up Kahn General scored one goal each.
General, a standout with the Six Nations Rebels, was making his MSL debut for the Chiefs.
Jordan Dance, Phillip Caputo and Six Nations product Wayne VanEvery led the Excelsiors charge. VanEvery had two goals and four assists, while Dance scored four goals and Caputo netted three. Bennett Drake scored twice, while Jayson Crawford and Tyson Bell added singles. Former Chief Quinn Powless also pitched in with four assists.
Tuesday, the Lakers used a nine-goal second period to brake the game wide open to beat the Chiefs.
Staats and Craig Point led the Chiefs scoring three goals and two assists each. Ryan Benesch added two goals, while Harris and Kyle Jackson netted singles.
Holden cattoni led the Lakers with three goals, while Turner Evans and Adam Jones added a pair. Jake Fox, Kyle Buchanan, and Bryce Sweeting each pitched in with one goal.
On Sunday, the Chiefs got two goals from Jackson and one from Leo Sturos in the third period to secure the victory over the Kodiaks.
Jackson added two more goals to lead the way with a hat trick, while Point and Brendan Bomberry each scored two goals. Durston and Kyler Kilgour also netted one goal each.
The Chiefs end up in second place in the MSL standings with its 14-3-1 record. They will now take on the Oakville Rock in a best-of-seven MSL semifinal series.
Although the Rock finished fourth in the standings, with a 7-10-1 record, the four playoff teams decided to cut down on travel costs, so the Chiefs face the Rock, while the first-place Lakers take on the third-place Brooklin Redmen in the other MSL semifinal series.
Game 1 of the series between the Chiefs and Rock is Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, with Game 2 Thursday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.
The rest of the series will be posted once available