SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Jr. A Arrows had three games in four nights over the past weekend. Friday they were on the road to play the Brampton Excelsiors.
Brampton got on the board early taking a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play. Ross Hill answered a minute later for the Arrows to tie the game 1-1. Brampton scored the next goal, but the Arrows defense would hold them scoreless the rest of the opening period as their offence would put five in a row behind the Excelsiors goaltender.
Daylin John-Hill and Taka Thompson would provide two each with Mitch VanEvery adding a single marker. The Arrows offence kept it going in the second period scoring eleven goals in the frame causing Brampton to switch goaltenders multiple times.
Arrows would eventually cruise to a decisive 17-9 victory with goaltenders Tehonatake Nicholas and Sagoyehdehs Hill combining for 55 saves in the win. Offensively the Arrows were led by Daylin John-Hill (5g, 3a), Brendan Anderson (4g, 4a), Mitch VanEvery (1g, 4a), Taka Thompson (3g, 1a), Oneniotekowa Maracle (2g, 2a), with Ros and Thunder Hill both chipping a goal and two assists each.
Sunday night the Arrows hosted the defending Minto Cup Champions Whitby Warriors. The Arrows did not come with the same offensive spark it had two nights earlier as they could only muster 13 shots in the period while scoring once off the stick of Oneniotekowa Maracle. Whitby would build a 6-1 lead to end the first period.
The second would not be much different as Whitby would build a 13-4 lead. Arrows goals came from Maracle with his second with Blayze Becker and Ross Hill adding one each. The Arrows would win the final period 4-2 but could not cut much into the Whitby lead and would drop the game by a score of 15-8. Arrows third period goals were scored by Matt Hamill, Thunder Hill, Reef Beal and Brendan Anderson.
Arrows had a quick chance at redemption the following night at ILA against the Mimico Mountaineers. The Arrows offence again could not get things rolling against a veteran Mimico defense. Defensively the Arrows played well 5 on 5 but were forced to kill off quite a few penalties giving up 5 power play goals.
Arrows got two goals from Winter Rivera while Hawi Francis, Oneniotakowa Maracle and Isaac Squire-Hill added singles. In the end the Arrows would fall 15-6 dropping their record to 3-5 on the season which is has them currently sitting in eighth place clinging to the last playoff spot in the Ontario Junior Lacrosse League.
The next two games are at the ILA where they host the Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday, June 18 at 7pm and the Burlington Blaze Wednesday, June 21 at 8pm.