OHSWEKEN — An excited Six Nations Peewee LL#1 forward Aubri Johns admitted to feeling relief.
During first period action Johns entertained the Gaylord Powless arena faithful when on Saturday, November 23rd, he powered his way through the defence before unleashing a bullet wrist shot which found net in what was an eventual 3-2 loss against the Paris Wolfpack 1.
“I was just happy. The last few games I had no goals,” Johns said. “It (shot) was supposed to go top corner.”
Though the loss extends Six Nations streak to four straight games, Johns was encouraged by how his team played.
“We did better chasing pucks and we had more shots this game,” he said.
Early in the first Six Nations goalie Troy Martin proved clutch as he made some early big saves before Paris finally broke through with consecutive goals in taking a 2-0 lead.
“They (Paris) did pretty good but we could have beaten them,” Johns said.
Showing they didn’t know the meaning to quit, Six Nations’ offence with under two minutes remaining managed to tie things up with consecutive goals including Johns’ marker with 59 seconds left on the clock.
“We were on the puck,” Six Nations coach Rodger Martin said. “We skated, pressured and didn’t sit back.”
Both teams had a variety of second period chances but the score remained the same heading to the third where Paris ended up scoring the eventual winner with under four minutes remaining in regulation.
“I enjoy playing with my teammates and friends. I like playing all sports,” Johns said.
Having fun, and developing skills is what Six Nations minor hockey is all about.