Austin Staats The Hero Again As The Chiefs Advance To MSL Finals

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Six Nations Chiefs (4-0) visited the Cobourg Kodiaks (0-4) on Wednesday night looking to close out the series at the Baltimore Recreation Centre Arena in Cobourg, Ontario.

Although this series was over in four games, it was much closer than it looked.  The Chiefs came away with 3 one goal victories, with the last game going to double overtime.  Austin Staats scored four times, including the game winner, while Randy Staats (1g,3a), Cody Jamieson (1g,3a), and Vaughn Harris (2g,1a) also led the way for Six Nations in the 10-9 win.  Ben French (2g,2a), Alex Simmons (2g,2a), Jake McNabb (1g,1a), and Kealan Pilon (1g,1a) led the way for Cobourg.

The goalie match-up had Steve Orelman in net for Cobourg facing Warren Hill in net for Six Nations.

To The Game:

The Kodiaks got on the board first when Ben French converted a Kealan Pilon pass at 2:31, but was answered back by Sam LeClair unassisted 0:36 seconds later.  Scott Dominey gave Cobourg the lead once more in transition off a long lead pass from Steve Orelman at 6:50, followed by Curtis Conley finishing off a Curtis Romanchych pass at 9:51.

Six Nations came back with two quick goals at the end of the period to tie the game.  Austin Staats blasted a Randy Staats pass in at 17:46 on the power play, followed by Randy Staats converting a Brendan Bomberry feed at 19:36.

After one period, Six Nations 3 Cobourg 3.

Second Period:

Jake McNabb opened the second period scoring for Cobourg finishing off a Ben French feed at 5:14, but was answered by Joey Cupido scoring shorthanded in transition off a Tyson Bell feed at 8:19.  Alex Simmons gave the Kodiaks the lead again scoring off a Chris Weier pass at 14:14, followed by Kealan Pilon scoring off a Tanner Buck feed at 17:25.

Six Nations again came back with two quick goals to end the period.   Austin Staats scored off a Brendan Bomberry pass at 17:58, followed by Vaughn Harris scoring on the power play at 18:35.

After two periods, Six Nations 6 Cobourg 6.

Third Period:

Ben French opened the third period scoring with his second of the game off an Alex Simmons pass at 2:53, but two from the Chiefs gave them the lead for the first time all night.  Austin Staats scored his third of the night off an Eric Fannell pass at 9:56, followed by Vaughn Harris scoring off a Cody Jamieson feed just 0:34 seconds later. 

Cobourg, with their season on the line kept pressing, and were rewarded with just 0:07 seconds remaining.  Alex Simmons converted a Ben French pass to send the game to overtime.

After regulation, Six Nations 8 Cobourg 8.

Overtime 1:

Cody Jamieson scored off a Randy Staats pass at 1:27, but was immediately answered by Aaron Woods converting a Riley Curtis pass 0:15 seconds later.

Both goalies were spectacular, making a number of big saves to send this to a second overtime.

After overtime 1, Six Nations 9, Cobourg 9.

Overtime 2:

This would now become a sudden victory period, with the win going to the first team to score.

Austin Staats was the hero for the Chiefs as he converted a Randy Staats pass at 1:12 to punch Six Nations ticket to the finals.

Final score, Six Nations 10 Cobourg 9.

  • Six Nations went 2 for 6 on the power play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.
  • Cobourg went 0 for 1 on the power play.

Six Nations will now face the Peterborough Lakers in a best of seven finals for the right to compete for the 2022 Mann Cup.

Top Scorers:

Cobourg Kodiaks:

  • Ben French 2g, 2a
  • Alex Simmons 2g, 2a
  • .Jake McNabb 1g, 1a
  • Kealan Pilon 1g, 1a
  • Riley Curtis 0g, 2a

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Austin Staats 4g, 2a
  • Brendan Bomberry 0g, 4a
  • Randy Staats 1g, 3a
  • Cody Jamieson 1g, 3a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.