Chiefs Defeat Kodiaks 11-7 Behind Benesch, Merrill


The Six Nation Chiefs got back to their winning ways when they took on the Kitchener Waterloo Kodiaks Tuesday night. The last time KW came to the ILA they walked away with the season opening win.

On this night though, things were a bit different with star player Ryan Benesch now with Six Nations. Things started off pretty good for the home team after Johnny Powless opened up the scoring and put the Chiefs up 1-0. Not too long after, Derek Searle, who is a top NLL prospect, scored for KW.

The first period finished off with the Chiefs up 3-2 after goals from Benesch and the newly acquired Brodie Merrill. In the second period, however, is where KW caught fire racking off three straight goals and scoring five all together in the period. Scott Defrancesco, who came over in the Chiefs trade, got his second of the night while Corey Fowler also scored and Torrey VanEvery had two assists.

During the second is when veteran Brandon Miller saw his first action of the summer with the Chiefs when he replaced Dillon Ward. Miller stopped numerous shots by KW.

Also forward Jeff Shattler scored the hat trick in the second helping the Chiefs tie the game. In the third, the Chiefs rolled to victory while Ryan Benesch scored to give his team one of his two third quarter goals.

Kasey Beirnes and Colin Doyle, who played in his first game of the summer, scored to give their team the 11-7 win.

The Chiefs are stacked with talent and they are one of the top contenders for another Mann Cup championship.

Chiefs player Marty Hill said “It’s a real good feeling in the dressing room everyone knows we have the team that can three peat and we got to still work hard every game no matter how much talent we have.”

The Chiefs will look for their eleventh win of the season Thursday when they take on Brampton right now the Chiefs have a 10-2 record this season.