Rebel power dominates early season

SIX NATIONS — Six Nations Rebels took the second leg of a home-and-home series with the Welland Generals this Sunday at the Welland Arena 16-10, to add a third win in as many starts to their early season totals. The new season opened with an 11-8 win over Hamilton and continued with two more wins against Welland.

The Generals had hoped for a better showing than they had in the season opener Friday against the Rebels, but as it turned out it was more of the same as the Generals lost 16-10 at home.

The Rebels blew the hinges off the doors in the first period, easily building up a 10-5 lead in a penalty filled period where Garret Vyse-Squire set the pace with the first of six first period powerplay goals, starting with Vyse-Squire’s extra man goal scored at 34 seconds with Generals’ Brock Parker in the box for an overly aggressive slash at 19 seconds.

The referees were busy all night as second period continued to be interrupted by 17 penalties between the two teams after calling 22 penalties in the first.

It was 10-5 after 20 minutes and 15-8 after 40 minutes of play when Six Nations pulled back on the throttle in the third using the huge lead to work on a few things in the third.

Kobe Whitcomb is off to a terrific start scoring two and assisting on two more in Friday nights win, and four goals and three assists in Monday’s win, both versus Welland.

Two nights earlier, at the ILA, the Generals suffered a 17-4 clobbering at the hands of the young Rebels. It didn’t take long for the floor at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena began to tilt towards the Welland goal. By the end of the first period, Garret Vyse-Squire, Daylen Hill (2G), Khan General, Kobe Whitcomb, Austin Giles and Riley Miller had created a 7-2 first period lead.

The Rebels dominance continued throughout the second period ending 12-4. Six Nations added five more in the third for the lopsided win.

The offensive and defensive power shown already this early in the Jr. B season is exciting, but there may be one area coach General my want to address before it becomes a problem. Discipline.

Tyler Foxe-MacKenzie and Wes Whitlow ran into disciplinary problems at 18:26 when Whitlow was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct minor plus a 10 minute abuse of officials Gross Misconduct. MacKenzie and Welland’s Zach Otto tangled with Mackenzie given a five minute Fighting Major, a Fighting Game Misconduct, five minutes as Instigator, another Fighting Game Misconduct and an aggressor Major. Otto got five firefighting and a Game Misconduct.

Upcoming games include Wednesday, April 25th when the Reb’s travel to London to face the Blue Devils, before returning home Friday, April 27th to play host to the Guelph Regals. Then, Saturday, they are back on the road where they will take on the Windsor Clippers.

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