Rebels clinch divisional title

SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Rebels have clinched the South West Divisional title after another successful weekend for the  powerful seven-time Founders Cup winning Jr. B lacrosse franchise. After 17 games played, the Rebels are 16-0-1.

It was a very busy weekend around the league as teams jockey for playoff positioning with 20 teams in action Sunday alone, including the Rebels and the Spartans.

Sunday night in St. Catharines, Wes Whitlow put up an eight point game to lead the Rebels past the Spartans 11-8, in the second leg of the home and home series which began with a 10-10 tie game, Friday night at the ILA.

The Rebels appeared a bit wobbly as Spartans took an early 2-0 lead, but after the Rebs got their feet under them, Wes Whitlow and Kahn General pulled the Rebels even and at 19:35, Waylon Abrams put Six Nations up 3-2.

The second period was an end-to-end affair with lots of scoring both ways. Once again, the Spartans came out hot and netted the first two goals of the frame. After goals were traded between  the two, The Rebels put a lid on the second period with the final three goals to go into the final 20 minutes ahead 8-6.

The Rebel’s final goal, an empty-netter, was scored by Justin Martin from Daniel Hill at 19:03.

It doesn’t happen often in lacrosse, but Friday night’s Jr. B tiff against the visiting St. Catharines Spartans at the ILA ended in a 10-10 draw after three periods and overtime. The usually dominant Rebels ran up against an over-achieving Spartans who, with the single point tie, still remains 20 points behind the Rebels with 11 points. The Rebels remain best in Ontario with 31 points.

Chayton King led the Rebel charge with four goals, three of them I succession in the second period.

It was 2-1 for the Spartans after the first period with Riley Miller accounting the goal for the Rebels. Kahn General opened the second period for Six Nations from Bo Peltier and Keegan Thomas, at 4:13. That is when Chayton King did most of his damage scoring at 8:40, 9:44 and again at 11:51 tomato it a 5-2 game.

St. Kitts steadied the Spartans ship late in the frame with three unanswered markers to end the second period in a 5-5 tie, setting up for a wild third period.

The Spartans struck early to take the lead 26-seconds into the third, followed by an unassisted goal to take a two goal lead at 7-5. Garret Vyse-Square and Bo Peltier wrestled the game back into a 7-7 tie. Alex Gibson put St. Kitts ahead again with a powerplay goal, which Mason Hill erased at 11:23 from Kobe Whitcomb.

A minute later, Mario Caito gave the lead back to the visitors at 12:28 until Wes Whitlow played the hero at 19:29 to send the game into overtime. In the OT period, Chayton King took advantage of an OT five-minute boarding penalty, against Blake Haliday which gave the lead back to the Rebels, But a mental miscue during a Rebels powerplay turned ugly and Tyler Kolodha evened the score again with a shorthanded goal and it was locked at 10-10 where the game would officially end.

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