Late Game Heroics From Staats Propels The Chiefs To Victory

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

The Cobourg Kodiaks (0-1) visited the Six Nations Chiefs (1-0) in game one of their best of seven MSL semi-final at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario.

Cobourg had beaten the Chiefs twice during the year and were hoping to get off to a fast start in the series.

The goalie match-up had Steve Orelman in net for Cobourg facing Doug Jamieson in net for the Chiefs.

With the exception of 2:43 in the first period, the Kodiaks never trailed in this game until Austin Staats scored with just 0:25 seconds left to win the game 10-9 for the Chiefs.  Alex Simmons (2g,5a), Tanner Buck (2g,4a), and Kealan Pilon (2g,1a) led the way for the Kodiaks, with Steve Orelman making an impressive 44 saves in the Kodiaks net.  The Chiefs were led by Austin Staats (6g,2a), Eric Fannell (0g,4a), and Vaughn Harris (2g,0a), with Doug Jamieson making 33 saves in the win.

To The Game:

The Chiefs opened the scoring shorthanded when Shane Simpson converted a Tyson Bell pass at 5:05. 

Cobourg stormed back with three of their own.  Kealan Pilon scored on the power play off a Chris Attwood feed at 0:30 seconds later.  Riley Curtis gave Cobourg their first lead of the game finishing off an Alex Simmons pass at 9:44, followed by Simmons himself scoring shorthanded off a long lead pass from Steve Orelman at 13:42.  Vaughn Harris scored on an Austin Staats pass at 14:50 to make it a one goal game.

After one period, Cobourg 3 Six Nations 2.

Second Period:

Cobourg jumped out to a four goal lead with a three goal run to start the period.   Alex Simmons scored his second of the game off a Ben French pass at 4:02, followed by a power play goal by Tanner Buck at 5:08.  Cam Milligan also scored on the power play at 6:37 to make it a 6-2 game.

Austin Staats scored his second of the night shorthanded finishing a Cody Jamieson pass at 11:39, but the Kodiaks made it a four goal lead again when Aaron Woods scored off a Tanner Buck pass at 14:23.

Six Nations got on a three goal run thenselves to finish the period.  Vaughn Harris scored off an Austin Staats feed at 14:49, followed by two from Staats himself in just 0:54 seconds to end the period.  The first was off an Eric Fannell pass at 18:26, followed by an unassisted marker at 19:20.

After two periods, Cobourg 7 Six Nations 6.

Third Period:

The Chiefs opened the third period scoring to tie the game on a blast from Sam LeClair at 3:30.  Cobourg regained the lead when Kealan Pilon scored his second of the game off a Chris Attwood feed at 7:50, but Six Nations tied it once more when Austin Staats scored his fourth of the game converting an Eric Fannell pass at 10:15. 

Cobourg regained the lead once more when Tanner Buck scored his second of the game off an Alex Simmons pass at 13:10, but Austin Staats, continuing his monster game, scored to tie the game at 17:08 and again to win the game at 19:35.

Final score, Six Nations 10 Cobourg 9.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were in favor of the Chiefs 54- 42.
  • Cobourg went 3 for 6 on the power play, also adding a shorthanded goal.
  • Six Nations went 0 for 1 on the power play, scoring once shorthanded as well.

Top Scorers:

Cobourg Kodiaks:

  • Alex Simmons 2g, 5a
  • Tanner Buck 2g, 4a
  • Kealan Pilon 2g, 1a

Six Nations Chiefs:

  • Austin Staats 6g, 2a
  • Eric Fannell 0g, 4a
  • Sam LeClair 1g, 2a

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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.