Chiefs Outlast Salmonbellies For Game Two Victory

Game two of the 2023 Mann Cup between the Six Nations Chiefs and the New Westminster Salmonbellies from the Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, B.C.

Game one saw the Chiefs jump out to big leads of 4-0 and 7-2. The Salmonbellies got rolling in the third but couldn’t overcome the substantial lead for a 10-7 defeat.

The goaltending match-up had Warren Hill in net for the Chiefs against Zach Higgins in net for the Salmonbellies.

In a game that came down to special teams, the Six Nations Chiefs showed how dominant they were in that department going 4 for 7 on the power-play (.556%) as well as scoring a shorthanded goal.   The Chiefs held the Salmonbellies to a mere 1 for 10 on the power-play (.200) with their only blemish, giving up a shorthanded goal.

Six Nations broke a tie game when Shayne Jackson scored with just 1:11 left giving them the lead, followed by Tim Edwards scoring into the empty net for a 13-11 Chiefs win.

These teams had gone stride for stride, punch for punch all night, but Jackson’s goal was the difference in this game.

To The Game:

Unlike the previous evening, the Salmonbellies jumped out to a quick lead when Mitch Jones converted a Haiden Dickson pass at 1:21, but a blast by Lyle Thompson off an Eric Fannell feed 0:14 seconds later tied the game.  Brendan Bomberry then gave the Chiefs the lead with a howitzer off a Ben McIntosh feed at 5:15.

New Westminster’s special teams came to life near the end of the period when Will Malcom scored shorthanded off a Mitch Jones pass at 14:54, followed by Jones himself scoring his second of the period on the power-play off a Haiden Dickson pass at 18:39.

After one period, New Westminster 3 Six Nations 2.
Shots on goal were 17-9 in favor of the Salmonbellies.

Second Period:

The Salmonbellies increased their lead when Ryan Martel finished a Kevin Crowley pass at 1:16, but Dhane Smith answered back shorthanded for the Chiefs unassisted at 2:33.  Anthony Malcom added to the New West lead unassisted at 4:18, but Shayne Jackson answered converting a Randy Staats feed at 5:55 to pull Six Nations within one goal.

Cody Jamieson tied the game firing a laser off a Lyle Thompson pass at 11:49 on the power-play, but Brandon Goodwin restored the Salmonbellies lead off a Mike Messenger pass at 12:42.

Again, Six Nations tied the game when Lyle Thompson beat Zach Higgins unassisted on the power-play at 13:19, but Jeff Cornwall got the lead back again off a Patrick Shoemay feed In transition at 15:20.  Brendan Bomberry scored again for the Chiefs off a Randy Staats feed at 18:23, and we were tied heading to the third period.

After two periods, Six Nations 7 New Westminster 7.
Shots on goal were 22-14 in favor of the Salmonbellies.

Third Period:

We experienced punch/counterpunch play  throughout this period.

Cody Jamieson opened the third period scoring converting a Lyle Thompson pass at 3:11 on the power-play, but the Salmonbellies were equal to the task with Mike Messenger beating Warren Hill unassisted 0:35 seconds later.  Ben McIntosh added another power-play marker off a Randy Staats feed at 9:23, but Will Malcom answered back just 0:17 seconds later to tie the game again.

Cody Jamieson and Dhane Smith scored 0:30 seconds apart to stake the Chiefs to a two goal lead late in the period.  Will Malcom then scored for New Westminster off a Haiden Dickson pass, followed Jeff Cornwall scoring unassisted at 18:20, making overtime a definite possibility.

Shayne Jackson dashed those hopes with a beautiful goal off a Randy Staats feed at 18:49, followed by Tim Edwards finding the empty net at 19:31 for the Chiefs victory.

Final score, Six Nations 13 New Westminster 11.
Shots on goal were 29-13 in favor of the Chiefs.

Photo Courtesy of Six Nations Chiefs

The Three Stars:

1. Lyle Thompson
2. Mitch Jones
3. Cody Jamieson

Game Stats:

Total shots on goal were tied 52-52.

Six Nations went 4 for 7 on the power-play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.

The Salmonbellies went 1 for 10 on the power-play, scoring a shorthanded goal as well.

The Chiefs lead the best of seven series 2-0.

The next game is Monday September 11th, game time is 7:30 pm (PT).

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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.

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