SIX NATIONS – It was a lot closer than it had to be, but the Six Nations Arrows Express, defeated the visiting Whitby Warriors 9-7 Sunday night at the ILA.
After a slow start, the Jr. A Arrows are gaining traction and finding their stride in the young Jr. A season.
The Arrows took an easy 5-2 lead after the first period, with Austin Staats scoring his second and third of the game in the second period to take a 7-2 lead into the third.
It could have been all but over in the second period had it not been for at least six great saves, made by Matt Carrol in the Whitby net, four of them on breakaways.
Whitby scored their third goal to open the third period, but Brendan Bomberry and Oran Horn tallied to create a 9-3 score with the Arrows well ahead. Maybe too well ahead to worry about their own end, as the Warriors made the Arrows pay for taking the foot off the pedal maybe just a bit too far in front of the finish line.
Four successive Whitby goals in the last three and a half minutes of the game made the ending interesting but the final results were unaltered as the Arrows collected the two points for the win and Whitby went home empty handed.
Austin Staats led the Arrows attack with three goals and an assist. Doug Jamieson earned the win.
Last Tuesday, in a game played in Peterborough that missed our deadline, the Arrows Express won 15-9. Austin Staats scored three and assisted on seven for a 10-point-night.
Also adding numbers to their season statistics were Jake McNabb with four goals and an assist, Travis Longboat (3G,1A), Dylan Riley (3G), and Alex Henry (2G,1A).
This week’s games include a Thursday night visit to the ILA from the Mimico Jr. A Mountaineers at 8 p.m., and a Friday night road game to the Innisfil Arena to take on the Barrie Lakeshores. From there, the Arrows will return home to get ready for Sunday’s game at the ILA against the K-W Braves at 7 p.m.