SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Arrows Express got off to a good start in Game #1 of the OJALL finals at the ILA Monday night with a determined effort, defeating the Peterborough Jr. A Lakers 12-9.
Backed up by Doug Jamieson in goal, the Arrows withstood persistent pressure from the Lakers to pull out in front in the third period.
Peterborough came prepared to take on the defending Minto Cup Champions and took a 4-2 first period lead, including Ethan Walker’s goal with 10 seconds left in the frame.
James Rahe and Austin Staats scored for the Arrows while Cam Milligan, Jake Fox Ethan Walker (2G), scoring for the Lakers.
Six Nations had more success in the second period opening the session with goals from Shane Simpson, Ryan Fournier, Brendan Bomberry, and Staats.
The Lakers netted the next three goals with Walker and Thomas Hoggarth and Holden Cattoni adding tallies to their side of the ledger. Staats and Haodais Maracle closed the second period with Six Nations carrying a narrow 8-7 lead.
Milligan tied the game at 8-8 at 2:09 of the third, but Jordan Durston took the lead back one minute later. Milligan scored again for Peterborough on a powerplay with Marcus Elvin in the box for slashing for a 9-9 score.
Late in the period, Ryan Lee, Maracle, and Staats put the icing on the cake to put the Arrows ahead one game to none in the best of seven.
Peterborough outshot the Arrows 55-46 with Jamieson playing well in the Arrows net.
The tone of the series was set in Game #1 as both teams pushing the envelop physically, resulting in a number of roughing and slashing calls. The Lakers accumulated 25 minutes on 11 infractions while the Arrows amassed 18 minutes on 9 infractions.
Game #2 was set for Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Peterborough in a game that will miss our deadline. Game #3 will be back at the ILA, Thursday Aug. 6th, Game #4, is Aug 10, in Peterborough.