OHSWEKEN – The 4 o’clock game on Saturday had the Six Nations Bantam Local League squad up against a much smaller Langton team.
Six Nations head coach, “Bub” Jacobs, had a full bench of players to work while Langton iced only 8 skaters, which made more and more of a difference as the game went on.
In the end, Six Nations came out with a 7-0 win. Riley Miller started things off for Six Nations at 6:05 on the clock from Kalem Hill. Then, with four seconds remaining in the period, Matts Miller made it 2-0 with a point shot that passed through a screen of players in front, and in behind Langton goaltender Josh D’Ariano, who didn’t see it at all.
Six Nations survived a 5-on-3 situation to begin the second period after Martin Burning-Bomberry and Ken Davis were assessed two minutes each on separate plays. There was no scoring throughout the period until, with 35 seconds remaining, Miller scored his second of the game off a rebound in front of the Langton net to go up 3-0.
The short Langton bench began to take its toll in the third period as Six Nations added four more goals to their total, two of them scored by Kenren Jacobs, plus goals by Liam Aaron and Phoenix General, while Jackson Miller and his defence held Langton off to record the shut out.
There were a couple of scary moments in the third when the fatigued Langton team and the noticeable differential in size between the two teams conspired to create a dangerous situation.
Six Nations’ #20, Kendran Jacobs, hit a much smaller Tyler Smith with a legal body check into the boards, but because of the size difference, his head and Jacobs shoulder were in alignment and Smith’s head crashed into the boards knocking the young Langton skater to the ice where he lay for several minutes. After being attended to by the Langton trainer on the ice, he was helped to the bench but later had to be assisted to the dressing room. There was no penalty called, as the check itself was perfectly legal.
A similar legal body check, a few minutes later, resulted in a second Langton player having to receive attention, again due to the difference in size.
The two biggest players on the ice were Six Nations #14, captain Briley Miller and #20 Jacobs, neither one particularly aggressive, but so much bigger in stature than everyone else on the ice.