Arrows cling to first as season winds down

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Arrows Express and the Orangeville Northmen usually produce an entertaining game of lacrosse, and Sunday night was no exception as the Arrows held on to record a 7-5 win at the ILA.

The two teams fought to a 2-2 first period score with Six Nations goals scored by Ryan Lee and Jake McNabb while Orangeville got goals from Owen MacDonald and Jeff Henrick.

The Arrows put together a solid second period featuring three goals scored by Brendan Bomberry and singles scored by Ryan Lee and Dallas John. That gave the Arrows a 7-3 lead with 20 minutes left to play.

The Arrows were shut out of the third, but fortunately created a big enough lead to carry them through as the Northmen scored the only two goals of the last frame.

The Arrows were outshot 46-33 but Doug Jamieson had another solid game in the Six Nations net.

“I think we’re ready for the playoffs,” said Brendan Bomberry who scored three and assisted on two more. “These last few games we have been treating like playoff names to get ready. We know now who are team is and we have built up a chemistry and we know who we are going to war with and everybody is looking forward to the playoffs.”

You wouldn’t think the Burlington Chiefs had half the points in the Jr. A standings as the first place, Minto Cup defending Arrows Express Thursday night in Burlington after the Chiefs took the Arrows to OT. In the end, the Arrows won 10-8, but it took everything they had that night to do it.

The seventh place Chiefs ran stride for stride with the Arrows all night. It was 2-2 after the first period, 6-6 after two and 7-7 when regulation time expired. Ryan Lee (2G,4A), and Brendan Bomberry (2G,3A) carried the Arrows offense with supporting goals scored by Dallas John, Oran Horn, Cory Lucier (2G), and Jordan Durston.

The Arrows stepped it up in the OT period to outscore Burlington 3-1 for the 10-8 final score. Bomberry accounted for two of them and Jackson Ried the other.

Burlington’s attack was evenly spread across the roster as the Chiefs showed a solid 60 minutes of lacrosse before falling to the Six Nations power in OT.

Doug Jamieson faced 52 shots while Dug Buchan saw 54 Arrows shots.

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