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The game that almost got away – Rebels sweep Spartans

The game that almost got away – Rebels sweep Spartans
Six Nations Rebels’ Riley Miller led the Rebel attack with three goals and two assists Friday night in the elimination of the St. Catharines Spartans, Friday night at the ILA. Photo by Jim Windle

SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Rebels opened a 6-0 lead at one point in Friday night’s Game no. 3 of the best-of -five Jr. B playoffs, first round against the visiting St. Catharines Spartans. They eventually got the 12-9 win but only after surviving probably the worst period of the entire season. The Rebels

SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Rebels opened a 6-0 lead at one point in Friday night’s Game no. 3 of the best-of -five Jr. B playoffs, first round against the visiting St. Catharines Spartans. They eventually got the 12-9 win but only after surviving probably the worst period of the entire season. The Rebels began to take their too lightly, far too early.

The Rebels were cooking with first period Six Nations goals scored by Riley Miller, Garret Vyse-Square, Wes Whitlow with two, Mason Hill, Chayton King, Tanner Baldwin and Khan General scoring almost at will.
Then the bottom fell out.

“It just comes down to not giving a shit,” coach Miles General said bluntly of his teams second period performance. “You know, thinking they got it and playing with no sense of emergency.”

Statistics have shown that second periods tend to be bad for the Rebels at the ILA and General thinks they knew it, but this game was the mother of all bad periods.

“We just got lazy,” he adds.”St. Catherines knew it and they come out at us.”

Usually solid goaltender, Keegan Thomas, can normally be called on without worry. But most of the middle period, he faced several break aways, and he did not look good on many of them.

After going into the dressing room with their collective tails between their legs, the Rebel spirit began to reawaken in the third with Riley Miller’s hat-trick goal, a beauty, 31 seconds into the period to put a two goal cushion under their diminished lead.Spartan’s Connor Aquanno scored St. Catharines’ last goal of the game and of their season at 56 seconds.

Fortunately, Thomas awoke from his second period coma and was sensational when he had to be as the Spartans emptied their arsenal on him. While Thomas was minding the fort, Gates Abrams scored at 10:55 from King and General, and Daylen Hill put the lid on it with a shorthanded goal at 19:05.

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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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