SIX NATIONS – Three games into the 2017 schedule the Six Nations’ Jr. B Rebels are 4-0 with Friday night’s 9-5 win over the Welland Generals at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA). Fans got a mix of two periods of lacrosse and a brawl.
Welland notched the first goal of the game at 31 seconds, which Josh Miller erased a minute and a half later from Layne Smith and Gavin Skye. The Generals took the lead again at 3:52 before Sidney Powless and Justin Martin closed the period with unassisted goals to take a 3-2 lead to the dressing room.
Wake:Riat Bowhunter made it 4-2 early in the second, which Gavin Skye added to for the 5-2 lead. Welland came back with goals scored by Noah Caperchione and Brandon Porga.
The Rebels put the game out of reach with Gates Abram, two by Laune Smith, and a late period goal by Tanner Baldin with one second left put the Rebels up 9-4 with 20 minutes left to play.
The increasing temperature of the game boiled over a few times in the third period with a number of extra-curricular battles punctuated by some short stretches of lacrosse. Fighting misconducts and associated game misconducts were assessed to Welland’s Owen Savoury, Brandon Porga, Braedon McIntire, Wesley Dykstra, Matt Mariner, Noah Caperchione.
For Six Nations, Kevin Owen-Hill, and Tyler Foxe-MacKenzie drew fighting misconducts. Welland’s Mitchell Geoffroy scored the only goal of the final frame.
Associate Player call-up from Six Nations minor lacrosse association, Mike Martin-Able, earned the win making 27 saves on 32 shot.
Coming up this Thursday, May 4, the Rebels will be at the Hamilton Mountain Arena to face the Bengals at 8 p.m., before returning home to the ILA for a date with the Niagara Thunderhawks, Friday night, at 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, the Rebels travel to Orangeville to meet the Northmen.