Arrows ready to defend Minto Cup

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Arrows Express took both legs of a home-and-home series against the Brampton Excelsiors this week in OLA Jr. A lacrosse action.

Sunday night, at the ILA the Arrows poured consistent pressure on the Excelsiors to finish with a 10-4 win to complete the two-game sweep.

Dallas John and Ryan Lee scored for the Arrows to take a 2-0 first period lead. John and Austin Staats opened the second before Brampton came to life with three consecutive goals. Staats put an end to any thoughts of a comeback for the Excelsiors by netting two late second period goals scored at 18:35 and 19:13.

Brendan Bomberry, John, Staats, and Jackson Reid scored in the third to make it a 10-3 game. Jeff Teat put the last mark on the Excelsiors side of the game sheet, but it made no difference as the Arrows posted the 10-4 win.

Friday night, in Brampton, the third place Excelsiors hoped to gain some ground on the defending Minto Cup Champions but were not up to the task as the Arrows methodically built up a 6-3 first period lead which they extended to 11-5 after two periods. The Arrows Express accounted for all five third period goals, for the 16-5 final score.

Austin Staats recorded an 11-point game with five goals and six assists. Brendan Bomberry and Jordan Durston each tallied three goals and four assists along the way. Also in on the scoring were Ryan Lee (1G,4A), Dallas John (2G,2A), Tehoka Nanticoke (1G,1A), and Jackson Reid (1G,3A). Doug Jamieson was in goal. The Arrows were three-for-five on the powerplay.

This week, the Six Nations Arrows will be in Burlington to face the Chiefs, Thursday night, before hosting the Orangeville Northmen, Sunday, July 5th at the ILA in a 7 pm start. They close the 2015 regular season Monday in Peterborough.

The Arrows Express will finish the season in first place and get home floor advantage throughout the Jr. A playoffs. The playoff schedule is not available at this time.

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