Chiefs Offense Keeps It Simple Yet Effective In Win Over The Lakers

The Peterborough Lakers (6-5) traveled west to face the Six Nations Chiefs (11-0) in Major Series Lacrosse action Tuesday evening at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario.

Although the Lakers haven’t been as dominant this year as in recent years, lately they have started to look more like themselves of old.  Winners of four of the last five have them bearing down on second place.  Although Brooklin sits there at 8-3, a win against Six Nations would help their cause immensely.

The Chiefs have been invincible this season, walking through any and all comers all season.  The last time these teams met the Chiefs doubled Peterborough 14-7 at the Memorial Centre.  If the Lakers can stay out of the penalty box, they could very well be the team that spoils the Chiefs perfect season.

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

Although Peterborough put up a good fight early, the waves of offense took it’s toll as the first period wore on.  Lyle Thompson had a hat-trick to lead the Chiefs to a 7-2 lead at the break.

The Six Nations offense ramped up the pressure in the second period controlling the majority of the period.  The defense was just as stifling frustrating the Lakers continuously as the game wore on.  Near the end of the period Peterborough’s transition game started paying dividends helping them score three in the period.

The third period had the Lakers with more jump in their step, but Warren Hill was steady in net for the Chiefs.  Six Nations played a lot of keep-away to kill clock in the period.  The Chiefs came away with a 12-7 victory.

To The Game:

Six Nations got on the board early when Lyle Thompson converted a Dhane Smith pass on the doorstep on the power-play at 1:51, but Koleton Marquis answered with a shot to the far side off a Rob Hellyer feed at 5:01.

The Chiefs regained the lead when Ross Hill blasted a shot from in close at 6:39, but Joe Resetarits responded on the power-play with a laser to corner at 9:00.

Larson Sundown blasted a howitzer from the outside off a Travis Longboat pass at 12:42, followed by Cody Jamieson in transition with a high to low laser at 16:19. 

Eli McLaughlin added a goal all alone in front of the net off a Dhane Smith pass at 17:05, followed by Lyle Thompson with his second of the game that Buchan thought he had, but momentum had it dribble over the line. 

Thompson then added a shorthanded marker near the end of the period. This was more of a prayer at the end of the shot clock that found it’s way in the net.

After one period, Six Nations 7 Peterborough 2.

Second Period:

The Chiefs opened the second period scoring with a howitzer from Austin Staats from the outside off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 1:25, followed by Shayne Jackson also from the outside with a one bounced laser at 2:58.

The Lakers replaced Doug Buchan with Landon Kells in net.

Lyle Thompson introduced Kells to the game with a sidearm snipe that caught the corner. 

Carter Page finally stopped the eight goal run with a great individual effort shorthanded, but Austin Staats responded with another howitzer from the outside off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 12:18.

Koleton Marquis added his second of the night in transition for Peterborough at 15:30, followed by Joe Resetarits off an Owen Hiltz feed at 19:55.

After two periods, Six Nations 11 Peterborough 5.

Third Period:

Peterborough opened the third period scoring with Colin Matthews converting an Owen Hiltz pass at 1:18, but Larson Sundown answered with his second of the night off an Eli McLaughlin feed at 7:02.

Joe Resetarits scored his third of the night on the power-play hitting the top corner off a Rob Hellyer pass at 14:14.

Final score, Six Nations 12 Peterborough 7.

The Three Stars:

1. Lyle Thompson
2. Austin Staats
3. Koleton Marquis

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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.