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Arrows push aside all comers

Arrows push aside all comers

SIX NATIONS – Austin Staats continued his torrid pace Sunday night to lead the Six Nations Arrows to an 11-4 win over the Barrie Lakeshores at the ILA. Staats scored four and assisted on two while Jake McNabb accounted for three goals and an assist. The Arrows played a steady, methodical and tactically solid game

SIX NATIONS – Austin Staats continued his torrid pace Sunday night to lead the Six Nations Arrows to an 11-4 win over the Barrie Lakeshores at the ILA. Staats scored four and assisted on two while Jake McNabb accounted for three goals and an assist.

The Arrows played a steady, methodical and tactically solid game against a team that put up only token resistance.

The Barrie Lakeshores forwards found nowhere to run against the Arrows’ stonewall defence Sunday night at the ILA. The Six Nations Arrows won a decisive 11-4 win over the Barrie Lakeshores at the ILA. Photo by Jim Windle

The Barrie Lakeshores forwards found nowhere to run against the Arrows’ stonewall defence Sunday night at the ILA. The Six Nations Arrows won a decisive 11-4 win over the Barrie Lakeshores at the ILA. Photo by Jim Windle

Also adding notches to their sticks were Brendan Bomberry (1G,3A), Zack Miller (1G,3A), Chris Cloutier (1G,1A), and Tyson Bomberry (1G).

With two games left in the regular season, the Arrows have set the bar pretty high, especially in goal. Doug Jamieson leads the league for goaltenders with a goals-against average of 5.77, which means that if you have any hope of winning against these Arrows, you are going to have to hold the most powerful offence in the league to under six goals.

This has proven doable three times this season, but not an easy task. The last time was June 3 when the Arrows beat the Lakeshores 6-5. Since that game, the Arrows have double-digited the opposition 11 straight times.

Austin Staats has had an incredible June scoring 48 goals and assisting on 34 for 82 points while missing a game in June.

The Arrows remain in first place after 17 games played with a 15-2-0 record for 30 points. Behind them is Orangeville, four points back with a 13-4-0 record, and Brampton with 21 points holds third place.

The St. Catharines Athletics visit the ILA this Thursday night, June 30, at 8 p.m. Friday July 1, they are in Orangeville to face the Northmen in a battle for first place.

The Arrows went into Sunday’s game with an 18-5 win, recorded Thursday night against the last place Toronto Beaches, at the ILA.

A 10-goal second period pretty well wrote the story as the Arrows bombed the Beaches 18-5. Austin Staats put in a gargantuan effort, scoring six and adding four assists for his second double-digit game in a row. In his last outing, last Sunday, June 19, he punched up 12 points in the Arrows’ 17-8 win over Brampton.

Brendan Bomberry also contributed well with nine assists to his credit. Several Arrows notched multiple points including Jae McNabb (6G.2A), Nolan Apers (3G,3A), and Chris Cloutier (2G,4A).

After playing a scoreless first half of the opening period, Brampton’s Jeff Teat beat Doug Jamieson at 9:59. They enjoyed their lead for about three-minutes. Jake McNabb, Chris Cloutier, with two, and Austin Staats made the Excelsiors pay heavy for their three-minute ride on top.

Up 4-1, the Arrows continued to sweep over the Excelsiors in the second to build a 9-3 second period lead on Arrows goals scored by Owen S. Hill, two more for Cloutier, Brendan Bomberry, and Zack Miller.

Nolan Apers, Austin Staats and Oran Horn scored for the Arrows in the last frame for the 12-5 final score.

The Arrows will close the regular season with a home game Thursday June 30, against the St Catharines A’s, and July 1 in Orangeville.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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