SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Arrows Express are 2-1 following Sunday night’s 7-6 loss at the hands of the Burlington Chiefs at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
The team has undergone massive changes at the management level since winning the Minto Cup last season, with none of the coaching staff and most of the management support staff no longer associated with the organization. At this point, no one attached to the franchise is talking about it and are evasive when asked.
But on the floor, under an entirely news coaching staff headed up by Toronto Rock star Patrick Merrill, the Arrows have had early success. That is, until Sunday night, when the Chiefs let the lead slip from their fingers to take their first loss of the season.
Haodais Maracle and Jordan Durston gave the Arrows a 2-0 lead by the halfway point in the first period before Andrew Kew got one past Doug Jamieson in the Six Nations’ net. Jerry Staats responded to restore the two goal edge, but Tyler O’Brien closed the period with a minute and a half remaining to cut the Arrows’ lead in half.
Josh Johnson and Justin Inacio traded second period goals to enter the third period with the Arrows clinging to a narrow 4-3 lead.
Staats scored his second of the game early in the period to once again restore the Six Nations two-goal advantage.
The Chiefs got their second wind and exploded with three goals in four minutes to change the entire game. Durston evened the score at 6-6, but O’Brien delivered the final blow for Burlington at 18:28 for the win.
The Arrows are still catching up on games after a late start to their 2015 Minto Cup defense season, and have played fewer games than the rest of the league.
Thursday night, May 28th, the Arrows host the Barrie Lakeshores at the ILA before beginning a home-and-home series against the Toronto Beaches in Toronto Saturday night. The second leg will be played at the ILA on Sunday at 7 p.m.