An 11-7 win on Thursday gives Six Nations a 3-2 series lead at Mann Cup.
Colin Doyle had a goal and 2 assists as the Six Nations Chiefs downed the Victoria Shamrocks 11-7 to take a 3-2 lead in the Mann Cup finals. The three points moved him past Josh Sanderson and Bill Wilson into sixth place in all-time Mann Cup scoring. And oh yeah, he played goalie as well. That’s right, Doyle played the final 11:04 in net after both of the Chiefs regular goalies were ejected for illegal equipment. He allowed 3 goals but made enough saves (6 in total) for the Chiefs to hang on and win.
Asked if he’d ever played goal before, Doyle responded “Monday night oldtimers in Kitchener in my hometown. But the pace of the shots was a little bit different. I was a little stressed out in there but the guys, [Stephen] Keogh and the guys really did something special to go get me a couple more and alleviate the load a bit. Having a couple burn by me there made me a little nervous. But I’m so proud of the guys tonight, they really fought hard.”
The Shamrocks scored 3 goals in two and a half minutes, including one on the power play resulting from backup Evan Kirk’s illegal equipment call, to close the gap to 9-7 and it was looking like the unusual gambit of calling for equipment checks on both goalies may pay off for Victoria. But then Keogh stepped up huge for the Chiefs. He drove to the net and got off a shot that hit Victoria goalie Matt Vinc, hit the post, bounced on the concrete near the goal line but went away from the net, then bounced and spun back into the goal before bouncing back outside the line. The ball was clearly over the goal line, though, and stretched the Six Nations lead to three.
Just over a minute later, Doyle looked to be in trouble after he made a save but all the Chiefs near him were covered tightly by Victoria players. Johnny Powlessraced back into his own zone and fought off a check to grab a bounce pass from Doyle, who knew he couldn’t really throw accurate passes with the goalie stick. Powless threw the ball to Keogh over by the boards in the offensive zone and Keogh went to work again. He fought his way through a couple of defenders, lowered his shoulder to bull his way towards the net, stepped back and skipped a low shot past Vinc for the goal that broke the camel’s back.
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