For the first time all series the Victoria Shamrocks opened the scoring but that did little to stop Six Nations on this night as they went on a 4-0 scoring streak the rest of the period to end the first frame up 4-1 in game five of the Mann Cup. Jeff Shattler continued his hot stick for the Chiefs getting 6 points on the night (2G,4A) and Brandon Miller stood tall in the pipes for the Chiefs who took advantage of turnovers and sloppy play to take a 3-2 series lead.
The Chiefs put junior star Johnny Powless into the lineup again and he didn’t disappoint continuing his impressive year for Six Nations in general getting two points on the night (1G,1A) and also helping Cody Jamison end the night with four points (2G,2A), while Colin Doyle continued his strong Mann Cup with a three point effort (2G,1A)
The Shamrocks made it a game in the second period slowing Six Nations down to only one goal and getting two themselves but the third is when the Rocks really didn’t take advantage of possession’s allowing Six Nations to keep and hold onto the lead, and as with every game in this series so far Rhys Duch had a great showing finishing the game with four points (1G,3A) who has seemed to keep the Shamrocks within striking distance every game this series with his play alone but the Rocks know they can’t just rely on him as Scott Ranger who finished the night with two points (2A) has the ability himself to take a game over as does Corey Small who ended the night with two points (2G) as well.
For the first time all series Matt Flindell didn’t dress giving up the starting role to Cody Hagedorn who was solid making 37 saves on 45 shots and it seemed to give the Shamrocks an early spark but that didn’t last long as the Chiefs gained first period momentum and kept it rolling pretty much all game.
Game 6 goes Friday, 8pm EST and if the Shamrocks want this series to continue the team in general has to wake up and finally shut down Cody Jamieson as well as Colin Doyle who seem to take over late and makes sure the Shamrocks never really regain valuable momentum.