Rock Fall 12-10 to Chiefs
ROCK FALL 12-10 TO CHIEFS
Shayne Jackson’s Hat Trick Fuels Six Nations’ Win
Oakville, ON – On Tuesday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, the Oakville Rock entered game two of their best-of-seven semi-final series looking to hold serve at home after falling to Six Nations in game one a night earlier by a score of 8-7 in OT. Another close contest ended with the Chiefs rallying to defeat the Rock 12-10 and take a 2-0 series lead.
Six Nations opened the scoring just 3:47 into the first period when Shayne Jackson fired one past Nick Rose. The Rock responded with a pair from Dan Craig and Cory Highfield, giving Oakville a 2-1 lead. Jackson scored his 2nd goal of the night to even the score at 2-2. The Rock’s Challen Rogers, in transition, powered his way to the front of the net unleashing a rocket past Doug Jamieson to restore the Rock one-goal lead. With time ticking away in the first period, Rob Hellyer found the back of the net just before the buzzer sounded, giving the Rock a 4-2 edge after 20 minutes.
In the second period, the game blew wide open. Chris Cloutier found the back of the net from outside pulling the Chiefs to within one of the Rock. Oakville added back-to-back markers from Andrew Kew and Dan Craig, extending the lead to 6-3. Six Nations answered back with a three-goal run, spanning 3:31 to tie the game at 6-6. Dan Lintner weaved his way to the front of the net putting one past Jamieson counter punching for the Rock and giving them another slim lead, 7-6. Six Nations closed out the second period with two shorthanded tallies giving the visitors an 8-7 advantage.
Rob Hellyer evened the score at 8-8, 5:52 into the final frame. The seesaw battle continued when Dhane Smith found twine from distance reclaiming the lead for Six Nations. Moments later, Hellyer connected with Rogers in front, cashing in to match the score at 9-9. Smith then answered for the Chiefs, adding his second goal of the period giving the advantage back to Six Nations. Dan Lintner also scored his second of the evening, once again knotting the game at 10-10. Tehoka Nanticoke scored the game winner followed by Shayne Jackson finding the empty net, making it a 12-10 final.
The Rock will be back in action on for game three on Thursday at 8pm at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations. Game four of the series will be back in Oakville at the TRAC on Sunday night at 7pm. Fans can watch every game this season live on lacrosse-tv.com.