OHSWEKEN— Judging from Owyn Smith’s reaction, it’s clear that this hulking Six Nations Midget LL forward has a passion for scoring goals.
Showing a flair for the dramatics Smith thrilled the Gaylord Powless Arena fans when on Saturday, November 16th he gave an enthusiastic arm pump following what was a third period highlight reel breakaway game winning goal in what was a 2-1 win against the Waterford Wildcats #1.
’’We moved the puck better and we were using each other this game,” Smith said. “That was our second win this season. We are coming together as a team and we’re ready to rack up some wins.”
Coming into weekend play looking to snap a three- game losing skid, Six Nations was all business from puck drop as they applied some early pressure.
Showing relentlessness Six Nations dominated territorial wise as their best chances came from the likes of Smith, Nolan Jonathan and Sterling Smoke who were all denied on quality chances from the slot.
A little over five minutes into regulation, Six Nations was finally rewarded courtesy of a determined solo rush from Smith. Showing serious determination and strength Smith muscled his way past the Waterford defence before forcing the goalie into making a stellar save which resulted in a juicy rebound. Skating to the net was Six Nation’s Jade Hill who scored to give them that all important 1-0 lead.
“We’re slowly learning our positions,” Six Nations coach Russ Hill said.
Continuing to press the Midget LL team picked up where they left off as they had several second period opportunities including Smoke who was denied on a breakaway and Calvin Jonathan who had a golden chance but was denied on a partial breakaway.
Meanwhile Six Nations goalie Terence Jamieson was money as he made several in close saves as it remained a 1-0 game headed to the third.
“They have a couple of speedy players,” Hill said about the Waterford team. “We did pretty good.”
In seizing momentum, Waterford made it a brand -new game when 49 seconds into the third, they celebrated after netting that tying goal.
Both teams had chances but it wasn’t until just shy of five minutes in when Smith broke through the defense and showed his goal scoring hands by deaking the goalie and putting home what was the eventual game winning goal.