SIX NATIONS ‑ Saturday night the Ohsweken Demons and the Southwest Cyclops — CLax regional rivals — met at the Syl Apps Arena in Paris, and after the smoke cleared the Demons were the ones celebrating a 15–13 win, their first of this very young season.
The three “Ms” that consist of Ian Martin (3G,2A), Tom Montour (2G,3A), and Joe Maracle (4G,1A), combined for 24 points with Vaughn Harris chipping in two goals and three assists, all in the second half.
Corey Dance scored three and added an assist for the Cyclops.
The teams fought to a 2–2 first quarter before the Demons unloaded in the second and at the half, the Demons led 7–3.
In the third quarter, the Cyclops began to fight back, but by the end of the quarter the Demons still held a 12–7 lead. Southwest gave it a good effort in the last quarter outscoring Ohsweken 6–3, but the Demons held ground for the win.
Friday night at the ILA didn’t bring the results that the Ohsweken Demons wanted to see in their home opener, but it was a good test against the 2015 Creator’s Cup winning Barrie Blizzard in a rematch of the Championship combatants.
The Blizz showed the lacrosse world that last year’s Championship win was no fluke, by defeating the Demons 14–12. It was a see-saw battle between two evenly matched teams.
Spearheading the Blizzard attack was Shane Scott who accounted for six goals, while Vaughn Harris and Ian Martin combined for six goals and an assist for the Demons.
“We had a lot of opportunities and their goalposts were hot, we hit a few in the game,” said General Manager Ron “Mouse” Henry after the game.
This season, Roger Chrysler has full charge of the bench after working with Henry as assistant coach last season, and he is bringing with him a few new elements.
“The guys still have to get used to Roger’s defensive system,” said Henry.
He describes the Canadian Lacrosse League as a transition league and admits that some of the older guys who play in the summer leagues where it’s a one-way game, are having to get used to playing a two-way game again. But, overall he was pleased with what he saw against the reigning champions.
Chase Martin started the game but was not at his best and was replaced in the first quarter with Jake Lazore for the rest of the way.
The Demons were pleased to welcome National Lacrosse League veteran and transition specialist Tommy Montour back from the Buffalo Bandits. Montour is wearing the “C” this season for Ohsweken.