Chiefs Comeback To Win In OT

The Cobourg Kodiaks and the Six Nations Chiefs opened the 2023 Major Series Lacrosse season in the annual Bread and Cheese game at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

Background on the Bread and Cheese Game:

In appreciation of their allegiance to the British Empire during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, Queen Victoria began an annual tradition of giving gifts to the Six Nations community, namely blankets.  The custom ended with Victoria’s death in 1901. In 1924, however, the Grand Council of the Six Nations decided to revive the practice, this time with gifts of bread and cheese, as a commemoration of the close ties between Six Nations and the British Crown.

A Tale of the Tape:

With the Kodiaks recently adding Brandon Francis and Darryl Gibson to their coaching ranks, there could be a slight adjustment period for the team, but in the long run, a tougher, more intense Kodiaks unit will appear. 

Six Nations added some big pieces including new head coach John Tavares.  This past week had the addition of Tyler Biles and Larson Sundown as well.  Last season the Chiefs, ever so close to making the Mann Cup last season, were looking get over the hump this year.

The goaltending match-up had Jackson Brown in net for Cobourg against Warren Hill in net for the Chiefs.

In a game which looked like the Kodiaks had well in hand, the Six Nations Chiefs got on a late three goal run to tie the game 9-9.  In overtime, Bryan Cole was able to find Larson Sundown.   Sundown dove across the crease scoring the game winner, to thrust the Chiefs to a 10-9 victory.

To The Game:

The Kodiaks got on the board first with Tanner Buck skipping a shot through traffic that beat Warren Hill at 5:42, but Cody Jamieson converting a Lyle Thompson feed with a behind the back shot tied the game 1-1.  On a Chiefs power-play, a bad clearing pass from Kevin Orleman had Austin Staats able to intercept and get it to Cody Jamieson who scored on a breakaway at 11:50.  Six Nations increased the lead witha tic-tac-toe play.  Lyle Thompson brought the ball up the floor in transition, flipped a pass to Brendan Bomberry who found Tyler Biles in front.  Biles finished the play for the highlight reel goal at 18:44.

After one period, Six Nations 3 Cobourg 1.

Second Period:

Cobourg got on the board first when Curtis Romancych was able to recover a loose ball in the Kodiaks end.  Going coast to coast  Romancych scored shorthanded on a breakaway at 4:16.  Curtis Conley then followed up with another quick Kodiaks goal to tie the game 3-3 at 7:06.

Lyle Thompson showed why he is one of the greatest players in the game with a beautiful individual effort to give the Chiefs the lead at 9:24, but Tanner Buck scored once again for the Kodiaks with a howitzer from the outside to tie the game once again.  Buck then scored his third of the night on the power-play with a low to low shot beating Hill to the shortside for the Kodiaks first lead of the night at 14:03.  Cobourg increased their lead on the power-play when Riley Curtis had a shot bounce off the back boards hit Warren Hill and bounce in at 17:00, followed by Aaron Woods scoring to give the Kodiaks a three goal lead 0:39 seconds later.  Six Nations scored near the end of the period with Brendan Bomberry scoring through the five-hole at 18:55.

After two periods, Cobourg 7 Six Nations 5.

Third Period:

Tyler Hendricks opened the third period scoring, recovering his own rebound and putting it behind Warren Hill at 5:31.  Brendan Bomberry answered on the power-play off an Lyle Thompson pass, but Curtis Romancych regained the three goal lead going coast to coast in transition at 8:46.

Wes Whitlow was able to convert an Austin Staats pass from the outside at 13:07, followed by Larson Sundown with a blast to the shortside at 15:42 making it a one goal game.  With just seconds left, Warren Hill on the bench, Bryan Cole was able to tie the game up for the Chiefs, sending it to overtime.

After regulation, Cobourg 9 Six Nations 9.


Bryan Cole found Larson Sundown who dove across the crease and was able to win the game in sudden death at 4:17 for Six Nations.

Final score, Six Nations 10 Cobourg 9.

The Three Stars:

  1. Larson Sundown
  2. Tanner Buck
  3. Warren Hill

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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.