Jr. C Warriors shell shorthanded Shelburne

OHSWEKEN – Monday night, the Six Nations Warriors offence exploded with 19 goals to make no doubt that this is going to be the team to be reckoned with in 2016 as they basted the Shelburne Vets 19-4 at the Gaylord Powless Arena.

So far this young Jr. C lacrosse season the Warriors are 1-1-1 but if Monday night was any indication, the warriors are finding their legs.

Halton Hill beat them 10-9 in the season opener before tying Brantford 12-12 Friday night in Ohsweken.

But to be fair, Shelburne showed up with only 11 runners. Although there was talk of a forfeit, to their credit, Shelburne took to the floor with a near empty bench and put out an effort.

Defender Howie Jacobs and goalie Nick Martin keep Brantford shooters on the outside. Photo by Jim Windle
Defender Howie Jacobs and goalie Nick Martin keep Brantford shooters on the outside. Photo by Jim Windle

Wesley Whitlow is already topping the league scoring with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in those three games. He earned 10 points in Monday’s game alone with three goals and seven assists. But teammate Steve Harris had an even better night with seven goals and three assists.

There is not much to say about the game that at times seemed more like a practice than a game, other than with token resistance, some of the Warriors got a chance to show off their ball handling skills. In the end, 14 Warriors earned points on the night.

It was 8-0 after the first period, and 7-2 after two periods. Shelburne are no 0-2 in last place in the Western Division with Halton Hills riding atop the division in this very early season. But for the Vets, the nightmare is not quite over. The Six Nations Warriors will be in Shelburne for a rematch, on Friday 13th. Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., they will be in Mimico.

The Warriors and the Warriors played to a 12-12 tie in their first meeting of the OLA Jr. C season at the Brantford and District Civic Centre, Friday night. No that is not a typo. In a league with 16 teams one might think a distinctive team name would be easy to find. Why would the new Brantford Jr. C Warriors pick a name that has already been taken by the Six Nations Jr. C Warriors?

It is understandable considering the proud past of that name as associated with the city of Brantford. It draws on Brantford’s illustrious past as a lacrosse town when the Brantford Warriors Sr. A’s were the Mann Cup Champions in 1971 and 1972 before Morley Kells and others attempted the first professional lacrosse league of the modern era, dismantling the Warriors to seed some of the new pro franchises.

The experiment, although looking good on paper, did not fly and disbanded after a few short seasons. It was a good idea, but lacrosse did not have enough of a fan base in the mainstream to make it a viable venture at that time, but it was a precursor to the National Lacrosse League.

But that was then and this is now and the new Jr. C Brantford Warriors looked very good against the Six Nations Warriors as the two Warriors franchises played to a 12-12 tie game Friday night.

Six Nations penalties accounted for six Brantford powerplay goals as discipline and a poor penalty-killing unit conspired to make Six Nations pay heavy for six of 18 odd man situations. Meanwhile their own penalty killers went a dismal 0-6 with an extra man.

Brantford took a 4-2 first period lead with goals by Travis Scott and Tye Argent before Kahn General got Six Nations on the board. Argent’s goal was scored on a powerplay. Brantford’s Campbell McFedries scored their second powerplay goal of the period at 9:31, which was washed out by Wesley Whitlow’s unassisted goal at 9:31. Argent netted his second powerplay goal of the period at 17:21.

Six Nations stayed out of the penalty box in the second period and faired much better outscoring Brantford 6-2 while even strength to end the second period ahead 8-6. Six Nations goals were scored by Leon Henhawk and Wesley Whitlow, each with two, Owen Martin, and Steve Harris. Brantford’s Max Lewis and Connor Gillis put up goals for Brantford.

More Six Nations penalties meant more Brantford goals in the third. Brantford’s Travis Scott scored three third period goals, two of them on the powerplay, and Caleb Wells added another extra man goal to send the game into OT. Sid Powless and Steve Harris scored for Six Nations.

There is no sudden death in the OT period and although Whitlow scored first 15 seconds into the extra frame, Brantford’s Campbell McFedries and Jayden Drage got that back and one more before Kahn General salvaged the point for the tie from Sid Powless.

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