OHSWEKEN – The Caledonia Midget Thunder defeated Six Nations Midget Reps by the score of 5-2 at the Gaylord Powless Sunday afternoon.
There was some concern that Six Nations would be able to ice enough players as several Six Nations multi-sport stars were away playing in a lacrosse tournament in the USA over the weekend. But they were able to call up a number of Bantams to fill in as AP players.
Caledonia took a 1-0 lead at 2:08 of the first period when Richard Goodwin converted a close in pass across the crease by Jake MacDougall into the open side of the net. Dylan Spurr also added an assist on the play.
Six Nations had several chances but could not cash in as the period ended 1-0 for the Thunder.
Early in the second period, Kyle Barton collected a loose puck at centre ice and sped past Six Nations defenders in alone on Jerry Staats to score the first goal of the period.
Three and a half minutes later, Caledonia had a 3-0 lead after Brennan Hazell beat Staats to the stick side. Goodwin and Barton assisted.
Six Nations stormed back late in the period as Cole Dezainde fired a hard point shot that rattled through players in front before finding an open spot behind Thunder goalie, Spencer Edwards. Trey Farmer and Travis Longboat assisted.
Then, with 1:08 remaining in the period, Colin Monture made it 3-2 with a backhander from Owen Whitlow and Travis Longboat with 14 seconds remaining on a Six Nations power play. That would be as close as Six Nations would get.
In the third period, Six Nations put on all kinds of pressure on the Caledonia goal, but could not find the range with several wide shots and goalposts, but no goals. The momentum suddenly shifted in Caledonia’s favour when Hazell scored from Jacob Soloman at 8:47.
With 2:27 remaining Liam Putt put the final nail in Six Nations’ coffin from Carter Rock with the 5-2 goal.