OHSWEKEN – Last season’s Ontario Champions, the Six Nations Bantams, took it on the chin in their first official game of the new season as the visiting Norwich Knighthawks took the good side of a 3-2 game at the GPA, Sunday. But at the beginning of the 2012-13 season the Bantams had not peaked yet either.
Sunday, there was no scoring in the first period although Six Nations could have found themselves behind 1-0 had it not been for the quick reflexes of Six Nations defender Nash Miller. Goalie Richard Johnson got most, but not all, of a Norwich shot and the puck fell behind him, sliding towards the goal line when Miller reached in with his stick and scooped it out of danger, just before it crossed the line.
It remained 0-0 until the second period when Norwich took a 2-1 lead. Scoring for Six Nations was Davin Whitlow and for Norwich it was Gage Debourgrave and Brady Van Ymeren.
Six Nations’ Lyle Jonathan evened the score at 2-2 late in the third when he found the puck at his feet in a crowd in front of the Knighthawks’ net and swiped it past the netminder. Whitlow earned the assist.
But Norwich was not finished yet. Twenty-five seconds later, the Knighthawks’ Blair Couwenberg scored the game winner.