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Photos: Six Nations Chiefs triumph in Game 1 of 2023 Mann Cup

Six Nations Chiefs outscore New Westminster Salmonbellies in exciting Mann Cup opener

The Six Nations Chiefs struck first in the 2023 Mann Cup.

The Chiefs beat the Salmonbellies 10-7 in Game 1 of the Mann Cup before a boisterous crowd in New Westminster’s Queen’s Park Arena.

Before the teams hit the wooden floor, folks lined up from the front doors of Queen’s Park out to the sidewalk in front of the arena, and then up First Street for more than a block.

After a ceremonial faceoff featuring New Westminster Salmonbellies legends Wayne Goss and Geordie Dean, it was game on.

Six Nations got off to a quick start, scoring four goals in the first period before the Bellies even got on the board. When the teams headed to their dressings rooms for the first intermission, Six Nations was up 5-2.

A similar story played out at the beginning of the second period, when the Chiefs put two goals past Bellies’ goalie Zach Higgins within the first five minutes of play. The Bellies answered with a couple of their own, but the hometown team was down 9-4 at the second intermission.

New West opened the scoring in the third period, ultimately putting three behind Chiefs’ goalie Doug Jamieson. The Chiefs scored once in the third.

As the hard-hitting game entered the final minute, players from both teams did a bit of pushing and shoving behind the Bellies net. Game 2 of the Mann Cup is at Queen’s Park Arena on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Six Nations fans made their presence felt throughout the game with the sound of thunderous drumming filling the arena. As the Salmonbellies narrowed the gap on the scoreboard, Bellies’ fans really started to make some noise in the third.

Shayne Jackson, who had five points, was Player of the Game for the Chiefs. Anthony Malcom, who recently returned to the Bellies’ lineup, was the home team’s Player of the Game.

Jackson was also named the game’s first star and Malcom was the second star. Jaimieson, who had 45 saves for the Chiefs, was the third star.