Arrows beat Braves to face A’s in first round

SIX NATIONS — With some of their star players off with the Iroquois Nationals to the World Lacrosse Championships, the Six Nations Arrows closed out the regular season schedule with two wins, 13-10, Sunday over the Kitchener Waterloo Braves after a 16-4 win over the last place Barrie Lakeshores, Friday night in Barrie.

Those four points bring the Arrows into a 22-point tie for sixth place with the Mimico Mountaineers with identical records of 11-9-0. However, the Arrows have 190 goals for compared to Mimico’s 163, and goals against records which show the Arrows have allowed 152 goals against compared to Mimico’s 168, giving the Arrows the advantage in pairing up for the playoffs.

Although this is not the powerhouse Arrows this year which fans may be used to, however, they are a lunch-bucket, come-to-work-every-day sort of team, good enough to make the post season when everything becomes new and everyone starts at zero on the playoff points race. As of Monday, it was not known officially who they will face in round one.

Sunday night at the ILA the shorthanded Arrows had to battle the Braves who knew before the game began it would be their last of the season and they left it all on the floor, but the Arrows power, even if depleted, won the day.

The Braves scored first as the teams see-sawed through the first 20 minutes to a 4-4 tie. Scoring for the Arrows were Greg Elijah-Brown with two, playing in only his second game of the season. AP player, Leland Powless who scored two, has been with the A’s for 17 games this season and has earned 17 goals, 28 assists for 45 points.

A quick unassisted goal 18 seconds into the second period sparked a power surge on the arrows bench and Six Nations answered with four to take an 8-5 lead by the midway point in the period. But it would not stand as the Braves regrouped with three goals before the end of the period. It was Tehoka Nanticoke’s goal at 17:49 tat gave the Arrows a one goal lead, 9-8, with 20 minutes left in regulation time.

Jake Rosa playing in only his ninth game of the year, evened the score at 1:03, but KW returned fire with back-to-back goals by Scott DelZotto.

But Owen S Hill took charge scoring back-to-back goals of his own, the first shorthanded, which Devon Buckshot added to with a power play goal at 18:00 for the 13-10 win.

Drayden Patey who has carried most of the goaltending duties this season, closed the season with his ninth win of the year. He came over to the Arrows from the St. Catharines Athletics during the off season and has also spent time in Orangeville and Halton Hills. Patey has won four of his last five starts.

As of Monday noon, it was still uncertain when the Arrows will open the playoff season but they will be facing the St. Catharines Athletics. Elsewhere the Burlington Chiefs will face the Toronto Beaches, Brampton will face Mimico, and Orangeville will take on Whitby, all are best-of-five.

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