Jamieson Leads Six Nations to Mann Cup Title
|Roger Vyse, Sid Smith and
Colin Doyle (l-r) celebrate with the Mann Cup last night in British
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The Six Nations Chiefs rode a seven-point performance from Cody Jamieson to take an 8-5 win on Friday night and clinch their first Mann Cup championship since 1996, taking the best of seven series 4-2 over the Victoria Shamrocks.
The win was the eighth consecutive for Ontario's Major Series Lacrosse. The last Western Lacrosse Association team to win the cup was Victoria, back in 2005. Six Nations has now won four cups in its history, having won three straight from 1994-'96 before last night's clincher.
Jamieson was named the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy winner as series MVP after posting 29 points (13G, 16A) in six games.
"They (the Shamrocks) were a tough team, and we beat the best goalie in the world," Jamieson told Yahoo Sports' Andy Watson. "What we said all season long was that with this much firepower we have out front, anyone can have a big game. We needed guys to step up and guys did."
Colin Doyle had 18 points (4, 14) but played a huge role in the past two games, assisting the game-tying goal in the third period and then scoring the game winner. In game five, Doyle was also a hero, donning the goalie pads and jumping in net for half of the third period after both of his team's goalies were ejected for equipment violations. The Chiefs won that game 11-7 to set up the final victory.
Brandon Miller also had a huge hand in the Chiefs' victory, stopping all 15 Shamrocks shots in the third period and finishing the series with a 4.45 goals against average and stopping just over 90% of the shots he saw, earning the win in games 4, 5 and 6.
Victoria had led the series 1-0 and 2-1, but couldn't take home another victory despite hosting the entire series at Bear Mountain Arena.
"They kept coming," Shamrocks head coach Bob Heyes told Mario Annicchiarico of the Times Colonist. "We gave them a hard game tonight. We punished them and they kept coming. They're a great team. ... There's not much difference between winning and losing and this is really tough right now."