Chiefs Come Up Big In Must Win Game

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

The Peterborough Lakers (3-2) visited the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in Hagersville, Ontario Friday night to face the Chiefs (2-3) in game five of the best of seven Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) finals. 

The Lakers have dominated this series leading 3-1, and were looking to close it out and book their spot in the Mann Cup.   The Chiefs have looked out of sorts with the Lakers grabbing big leads in most of the games so far, and were hoping for a better result on their home turf to extend the series.

The goaltending match-up had Doug Buchan in net for Peterborough facing Doug Jamieson in net for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs had big games from Eric Fannell (5g,3a), Randy Staats (3g,3a), Vaughn Harris (2g,3a) and Austin Staats (2g,3a) on the way to a lopsided 15-8 victory over the Peterborough Lakers.  A late four goal run in the latter stages of the first period gave Six Nations a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night.

To The Game:

Randy Staats got things rolling for Six Nations just 0:23 seconds in converting a Cody Jamieson pass, but Thomas Hoggarth tied it finishing off a Joe Resetarits pass at 1:18.  Vaughn Harris regained the lead off a Jordan Durston pass at 2:38, but Ian Llord tied the game again in transition unassisted at 7:37.

The Chiefs then broke the game wide open.  Eric Fannell converted a Randy Staats feed at 8:15, followed by Austin Staats converting a Fannell pass just 0:32 seconds later.  Lyle Thompson scored on a beautiful individual effort at 14:10.

  • Peterborough made a goalie change, putting Matt Vinc in net for Doug Buchan.

Eric Fannell continued the scoring with his second of the game off a Cody Jamieson pass at 16:05.  The Lakers struck back with Mark Matthews scoring on the power play converting a Joe Resetarits pass at 17:16, but Randy Staats got that back unassisted at 18:20. 

After one period, Six Nations 7 Peterborough 3.

Second Period:

Thomas Hoggarth opened the scoring for Peterborough off a Holden Cattoni pass at 0:31 seconds, but Eric Fannell scored his third of the game to keep it a four goal lead at 2:19.  Shawn Evans then scored on the power play off a Mark Matthews feed at 4:25.

Eric Fannell scored the next two for the Chiefs to make it a 10-5 game, followed by Randy Staats with his second of the night off a Lyle Thompson feed at 8:16. 

The Lakers came back with two of their own.  Joe Resetarits scored off a Mitch Ogilvie pass at 11:29, followed by Kiel Matisz finishing off a Mark Matthews pass at 13:48. 

Joey Cupido scored in transition off a Ty Logan feed shorthanded to end the second period scoring.

After two periods, Chiefs 12 Lakers 7.

Third Period:

Six Nations controlled the majority of play, scoring three of the four goals in the period. 

Cody Jamieson scored off a Jordan Durston pass at 9:30, followed by Austin Staats scoring 0:37 seconds later.  Thomas Hoggarth got one back for the Lakers, but Vaughn Harris answered with a power play goal off an Austin Staats pass at 16:45 to end the scoring.

Final score, Six Nations 15 Peterborough 8.

“With their backs against the wall they came out and played really hard and we weren’t able to match what they brought. It’s disappointing but at the end of the day we knew this was going to be a long, hard fought series and we have a good opportunity on Sunday to change it.  With their backs against the wall they came out and played really hard and we weren’t able to match what they brought,” said Lakers head coach Mike Hasen. “It’s disappointing but at the end of the day we knew this was going to be a long, hard fought series and we have a good opportunity on Sunday to change it. It’s disappointing how badly they outworked us and it started from that opening faceoff where we had an opportunity to pick up loose balls and we watched them go get it. It compounded from there. We were a step behind and a second-and-a-half too late all night. They played well and deserved that one.

Quote courtesy of the Peterborough Examiner

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were dominated by the Chiefs 66-45.
  • Peterborough went 2 for 10 on the power play.
  • Six Nations went 2 for 6 on the power play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Joe Resetarits 1g, 3a
  • Thomas Hoggarth 3g, 0a
  • Mark Matthews 1g, 2a

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Eric Fannell 5g, 3a
  • Randy Staats 3g, 3a
  • Austin Staats 2g, 3a
  • Vaughn Harris 2g, 2a

The Lakers lead the best of seven MSL finals 3-2.  Game six is slated for Sunday, August 28th at 8pm, at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough.

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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.