ALL playoffs set to begin this weekend

By TRT Staff with notes from

SIX NATIONS — Eastern Arena Lacrosse League games continued this past weekend with the Six Nations Snipers in sixth place and the Ohsweken Bears in seventh as the league prepares for playoffs this weekend.

On Friday, March 24, at the Brampton Memorial Arena, the Brampton Express opened with an 8-0 lead five minutes into the second quarter. It took the Snipers a while to get on the board. At the half the Express had a 10-1 lead. Brampton took their foot off the gas in the second half. Although the Express still controlled play, they didn’t run up the score. The final score was 14-3 for Brampton.

Justin Porga (1g,0a), Nolan Fehr (1g,0a) and Cheyton King (1g,0a) scored for the Snipers.
Dustin Hill faced 58 shots, making 46 saves while Jaxon Longboat played the majority of the fourth quarter facing 12 shots, making 10 saves.

The Three Stars included a third place star for tender Dustin Hill.

On Saturday, the Toronto Monarchs faced the Whitby Steelhawks and lost 17-20 at the Children’s Arena in Oshawa, Ontario

The league leading Toronto Monarchs had their work cut out for them losing two of their top players the day earlier to the National Lacrosse League. Parker Pipher was put on the Rochester Knighthawks’ active roster, while Mason Kamminga was put on the New York Riptide’s active roster.

Later on Saturday, the Ohsweken Bears took a hit from the Oshawa Outlaws at the Children’s Arena in Oshawa.

The Ohsweken Bears put up a good fight in the first quarter, but just were over-matched being extremely undermanned. Ohsweken was only able to dress nine runners in this game. By the half it was 13-5 for the Outlaws, and 22-6 after three. A full Oshawa squad showed they are primed and ready for the upcoming playoffs.

For the Bears, Isaac Vanderzalm (2g,2a), Chris Attwood (2g,1a) and Alex Henry (3g,0a) did the scoring. This closed the game at 7-25, giving the game to the Outlaws.

On Sunday, the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena saw the Peterborough Timbermen lose to the Paris RiverWolves 14-17.

A fast start from Paris helped them hold on for the victory in this game. Andy Campbell, Dylan Goddard and Noah Simonelli helped stake the RiverWolves to an 11-2 lead by the second quarter. Aaron Bradshaw and Riley Curtis were instrumental in the seven goal Timbermen third quarter to make this a close game again. Campbell and Eric Lemire were able to restore a five goal lead with just one minute to go, but Peterborough had been scrappy all season, and would go down swinging in this one as well. Goals from Keegan White and Riley Curtis brought this game to a 17-14 finish for the RiverWolves.

As for the playoffs: April 1st at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario the Peterborough Timbermen will play the Toronto Monarchs at 7pm, on April 2nd at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, the Six Nations Snipers will play the Oshawa Outlaws at 1pm, the Paris RiverWolves will face the Whitby Steelhawks at 4:30pm and the Ohsweken Bears will pair up against the Brampton Express at 8pm.

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