Chiefs use big third period to beat Rock in Game 7 of MSL semifinal
|photo by Darryl Smart|
All tied up 5-5 after 40 minutes, the Chiefs got goals from Craig Point, Vaughn Harris, Dan Dawson and Ryan Benesch to put the game out of reach. Dan Lomas and Rob Hellyer did what they could to inch the Rock back into the game, but Kyle Jackson added one and goal and Harris added an empty-netter to put the final nails in the coffin.
"This was a huge one for us," Dave Brock said. "Not a lot was said in the dressing room (in the second intermission). We all knew what to do."
The Rock got off to the start they were hoping for, silencing the huge ILA crowd of 1,575 people with goals from Wes Berg and a pair from Jeremy Noble. But late in the period Point and Pat Corbett responded, giving the Chiefs a bit of momentum.
Connor Fields, Dhane Smith and Berg exchanged goals early in the second period, before the Chiefs took over and tied the game up thanks to goals from Jackson and Harris.
Dillon Ward was outstanding in the Chiefs goal making 42 saves, while Nick Rose again was great for the Rock in a 42-stop effort.
The Chiefs now take on the winner of the semifinal series between the Brooklin Redmen and Peterborough Lakers.
"I think a series like this is what we needed," Brock said. "You need to have a battle like this in the playoffs. A series like this will prepare you for the grind of the finals."
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