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LacrosseChiefs hold on to defeat Lakers in season opener

The Six Nations Chiefs came out on top with an 11-10 win in a close game against the Peterborough Lakers in Major Series Lacrosse action on Tuesday, June 21.

The Lakers came out flying in the first period to take an early lead, scoring two goals in the opening two minutes. 

The Chiefs cut the lead in half with an even strength goal before scoring two power play goals to take a 3-2 lead. The lead didn’t last long as the Lakers scored to tie the game three seconds later. 

Peterborough Lakers goalie Landon Kells makes a save on Six Nations Chiefs Randy Staats early in the first period on Tuesday, June 21.

Within the next two minutes, the Chiefs scored back to back goals to regain their two goal lead. Before the end of the period the Lakers added a shorthanded goal to head into the second period down by one.

Six Nations started the second period on the attack and added a quick goal just 18 seconds in. The Lakers dominated on a power play but couldn’t get one past Chiefs goalie Warren Hill. Following the power play, they stayed hot and added a goal at even strength. 

A shot beats Six Nations Chiefs goalie Warren Hill early in the second period on Tuesday, June 21.

Chiefs runner Eric Fannell responded with two goals, one even strength and one shorthanded, to give Six Nations their biggest lead of the game 8-5. 

In the second half of the period, each team saw 5-on-3 chances. The Lakers slowed down the Chiefs on their advantage to kill off both of their penalties. 

Six Nations Chiefs goalie Warren Hill stops a shot from Peterborough Lakers runner Jordan Stouros late in the second period on Tuesday, June 21.

The Lakers capitalized on two of four Chiefs penalties, one 5-on-3, and scored an even strength goal in between calls to tie the game at eight. 

The Chiefs added their second shorthanded goal of the period to take a one goal lead into the final frame. 

Six Nations runner Austin Staats takes a shot on net late in the second period on Tuesday, June 21.

Peterborough battled to start the third period with possession, and got an early power play. They capitalized on the advantage to tie the game at nine. Minutes later, the Chiefs regained their lead. 

Six Nations battled to hold onto their lead as the goalies at either end stood tall for their respective teams. 

Just past the four minute mark, the Lakers tied the game for the fourth time making a push to send it to overtime. 

Six Nations runner Sam Leclair spoiled Peterborough’s efforts, scoring at the 1:44 mark to solidify the win for the Chiefs. 

Six Nations Chiefs runner Sam Leclair scores the game winning goal late in the third period on Tuesday, June 21.

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