PETERBOROUGH — It could be all over for the Lakers, Wednesday night at the ILA when the poised and determined Six Nations Arrows Express welcome Peterborough for Game #5 of the best-of-seven series.
Monday night they put the Lakers in a must-win situation with a 13-6 Six Nations win to take a 3-1 hold on the series, in Peterborough.
The Arrows looked loose and confident as several of the team stopped for lunch at the Village Café before boarding the bus to Peterborough.
“We’ll get it done,” was the promise from the table, and they were right.
The Lakers scored 42 seconds into the game, which Ryan Fournier answered at 6:50. Zack Bryant restored the Laker lead. That sparked a five-goal outburst from the Arrows with Jordan Durston, Brendan Bomberry, Durston, Haodais Maracle and James Rahe scoring in order. Jake Fox scored the Lakers second of the period with less than a minute in the first period.
Rahe scored again at 7:53 of the second before Holden Cattoni made it 7-4. The Arrows struck again with a bunch as Rahe, Staats and Bomberry ended the second period with the Arrows in charge, 10-4. Johns, Fournier and Bomberry added to the Arrows 13-6 win.
After the Six Nations Arrows Express pounded the Peterborough Jr. A Lakers 12-9 in Game #1, Aug. 2nd, it was Peterborough’s turn to humiliate their guest in like fashion, 14-4, in Peterborough. That set up for Game #3, at the ILA, Thursday night.
The Arrows took a 4-0 first period lead on goals by Haodais Maracle, Brendan Bomberry, Greg Sawl Longboat and Jordan Dursto, with Doug Jamieson standing firm in the Arrows net.
Bomberry and Austin Staats kept the Six Nations goals coming early in the second period before Zac Currier and Ethan Walker broke the Arrows string. Longboat finished the period with the Arrows leading 7-2.
Staats and Dallas John closed the scoring for Six Nations in the third, with Dan Michel scoring at 9:43 for the 9-3 final.
Earlier in the series, the Arrows delivered a strong message to all that Game #2 was the fluke, and not Game #1. Haodais Maracle, Brendan Bomberry, Greg Longboat and Jordan Durston did the honours.
The Arrows continued to find their mark early in the second frame with Bomberry and Austin Staats adding to the lead, 6-0, before the Lakers got out of port. Zac Currier and Ethan Walker got things going for Peterborough late in the period but Greg Sawi Longboat closed it at 19:19.
The score was 7-2 heading into the third when Austin Staats and Dallas John deflated the Lakers hopes for a comeback. Dan Michel scored a nothing goal at 9:43 for the Lakers for the 9-3 final.
Doug Jamieson was especially sharp and along with a strong defensive effort from the Arrows, held the high scoring Lakers to 3 goals.
The defending Minto Cup Champs would like to retain the coveted challis a little longer and feel they have the horses to do so.