SIX NATIONS – The Arena Lacrosse League had an unplanned mini-showcase day.
The Oshawa Outlaws and St. Catharines Shockwave using the ILA as a neutral site game due to floor scheduling issues at I p.m. followed by the Six Nations Snipers versus Toronto Monarchs at 4 p.m. Then, at 8 p.m., the Paris RiverWolves and the Peterborough Timbermen faced off just down the road in Paris.
By Sunday morning four teams were tied with identical 2-1-0 records. The Paris RiverWolves got their first win in thee outings while the Peterborough Timbermen were still looking for that illusive first win.
The Snipers and Monarchs put on a thriller of a game that kept fans glued to their seats until the last second. But in the end, Six Nations fans went home happy after a 16-13 comeback win.
Monarchs’ Matt Lyons scored first, 3:31 into the game with a rocket over Chase Martin’s shoulder which Stu Hill answered and Layne Smith upped the anti on with his first of a four goal performance.
There seemed to be considerable confusion among the on-floor officials regarding the rules of the new league. The former Canadian Lacrosse League had its own set of rules apart from today’s NLL game. The ALL follows NLL rules and uses the same net sizes.
The result of the confusion was two very frustrated coaches and benches of players. But eventually everyone climatized to the rules and the flow of the game and it was a close one.
The Snipers led 2-1 after the first quarter, and was tied at 7-7 at the half. Each team scored three times in the third quarter and at the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter the score was tied at 12-12.
The Snipers had more left in the tank as the game grew old and scored four of the last five goals of the game for the 16-13 win.
There were several multi-point Snipers on record including Haodais Maracle (1G,6A), Layne Smith (4G,2A), Roger Vyse (1G,4A), Danton Miller (1G,3A), Travis Longboat (2G,2A), Stu Hill (2G,1A), Race Vyse (2G,1A), Patrick Corbitt (2G), and Shane Adams (2A). Tyler Albrecht scored as well.
The Snipers will officially be the visitors to St Catharines next Saturday night, but the game will be played at the ILA where the ShockWave are playing out of until their own facility becomes available. It will be a 7 p.m. start.
Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest was a heart-stopping, close game all the way but in the end, the Shockwave prevailed 10-8. Chris Attwood and Cameron Seneca gave St. Catharines a 2-0 lead but Oshawa’s Mike Triolo and Dylan Goddard erased that lead before the end of the quarter.
The Shockwave took back the lead with Josh Becker scoring 40 seconds into the second quarter but the Outlaws then stole the momentum as TJ Sanders notching three goals in a row to give Toronto a 5-3 lead. That lead didn’t hold either. Josh Becker and Anthony Patterson made it a new game again at 5-5 at the half.
The Shockwave took the lead back again with a diving goal scored by Josh Becker, but the Outlaws tied it yet again thanks to John St. John.
Slade and Bryan Neufeld closed the third quarter with St. Catharines leading 8-6. The Shockwave opened up a 9-6 three-goal lead in the last quarter, which Oshawa pushed back to 9-7. Becker made it 10-7 with his fourth goal of the contest and TJ Sanders scored his fourth of the game for the Outlaws for the 10-8 final.
In the evening game played at the Syl Apps Arena, the Paris RiverWolves earned their first win of the inaugural season of the Arena Lacrosse League defeating the Peterborough Timbermen, 14-11, in Paris. And boy did it taste good. The RiverWolves dropped its first two games of the young season and were more than ready for the sweet taste of success and they earned it.
Paris led 2-1 after the first quarter and 9-5 at the half. Peterborough pushed back some in the third quarter but the Paris lead held through a 3-3 final quarter for the win.
Saturday, Jan. 28, the Timbermen will return the hospitality as the RiverWolves travel to Peterborough, where they hope to repeat the same results.