Demons clinch first and tame Turfdogs 14-9

SIX NATIONS – You would have to know the C-Lax rulebook well to follow Saturday’s 14-10 win by the Ohsweken Demons over the visiting Durham Turfdogs. 

It seems pretty well every C-Lax rule in the book was called upon at one time or another throughout the game. Most of the game was played with somebody in the penalty box, as there were scads of powerplay and shorthanded goals scored by each team.

But driven by Tom Montour’s 2 goals and 4 assists, and Chris Attwood’s 3 goals and 2 assists, the Demons came out the winners and have clinched first place and home floor advantage in the playoffs.

The first half was an Ohsweken route of the Turfdogs, as the Demons held a 6-1 lead after the first quarter and 10-3 at the half.

Durham marksman John St. John scored back-to-back goals 31 second apart to open the second half, cutting the Demons lead to 10-5. Travis Hill and Jason Henhawk closed the quarter with Ohsweken leading 12-5.

Jake Henhawk played a huge game in the Demons net but with the game well in hand at that point, the coaching staff decided to give Jake Lazore some floor time and put him in for the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately Lazore was not on his game and allowed four consecutive Durham goals in 6 shots, forcing Randy Chrysler to put Henhawk back in to play the second half of the quarter.

These two teams do not like each other at all and that was proven by the many skirmishes throughout the game. Kedoh Hill was involved in two of the more serious of the infractions.

In the fourth quarter, moments after Hill and Jordan Robertson squared off and were settled in the penalty box, Kyle Isaacs mugged Travis Bland in front of the Durham bench. As a result, the Demons found themselves down by two men. The Turfdogs netted two while they were 5 on 3, and then added two more before Henhawk was returned to active duty.

The goaltender change also changed the momentum of the game as Chris Attwood found a second rebound in front of Durham goalie Kevin Coswell to make it 13-9. Elijah Printup scored a short hander soon after and it was 14-9.

Brad Levick gave the Dogs double digits on a powerplay with a quick release from outside for the final goal of the game.

The week 6 of the C-Lax regular season starts Thursday, March 13, at the Seymour Hanna Arena, when Niagara take on the Southwest Cyclops at 8 pm.

Then on Friday night, the Demons take on the Barrie Blizzard at the ILA at 8 pm, while the Turfdogs and Blizzard have a date, Sunday, Mar. 16, at the Molson Centre.

The regular season closes Sunday, March 23 with Barrie hosting the Cyclops at 2 pm.

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