SIX NATIONS – The Jr. A Arrows Express unloaded on the Orangeville Northmen 12-9 Friday in Orangeville followed by a 12-4 win Sunday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena to increase their lead over the rest of the league with the Arrows’ so far perfect 2014 season. The loss drops the Orangeville record to six wins and five losses, putting them in a three-way tie for fourth place with the K-W Braves and the St. Catharines Athletics.
The Arrows attacked hard in the first period to build a 7-1 lead, overwhelming the Northmen with a steady wave of Six Nations shooters.
Austin Staats netted the first Arrows goal at 2:48 from Quinn Powless and Ian Martin before Josh Johnson added goals number 2 and 3. Staats put in his second of the game at 9:23 and it was 4-0.
Ian McKay broke the Arrows Express train of goals on a powerplay at 12:31, but did nothing to stop the Arrows domination. Bo Henhawk, called up from the Jr. B Rebels, continued the Arrows attack at 14:22, which was followed by Haodais Maracle and Dallas John, also on loan from the Rebels, to end the first period ahead 7-1.
The Northmen scored their second of the night at 2:14 scored by Brandon Clelland, but the Arrows launched another volley, which found their mark with goals by Staats, Maracle, Wenster Green, and Quinn Powless. Dallas Bridle scored for Orangeville at 14:11 but Jordan Durston closed out the scoring 30 second later with the Arrows leading 12-3.
Henhawk made his presence felt not only on the scoreboard, but also in his willingness to drop-‘em-and-go, when he took on Connor Brown at 10:35.
With the game well in the bag, Six Nations were content to use the third period to work on their ball control and their defensive game and as it turned out, their penalty killer unit. But it was certainly not a boring period for the fans.
The referees called 15 penalties in the third period alone, as frustration boiled over for Orangeville and the Arrows were happy to oblige.
Through it all, the Arrows were content to sit on their lead and did not need to score in the third to win the two points.
The goaltending duties were shared by Don Alton and Doug Jamieson with Alton credited for the win.
Friday night, in Orangeville, Alton played a big part of the win turning aside 40 of 49 shots to take the win.
In this one a strong third period was needed after the Northmen took a 6-5 lead after two periods. They were tied 2-2 at the end of the first.
The Arrows exploded with 7 goals in the final frame while allowing only 3, to put the game away.
Brendan Bomberry and Quinn Powless had five point outings, both with two goals and three assists, to lead the way. Jordan Durston put thee goals up and Austin Staats added two.
Next up for the Arrows Express will be a road trip to Mississauga to face the Tomahawks before returning home to the ILA Sunday night at 7 pm.