HALIFAX, NS – The Six Nations Rebels are Canada’s best Jr. B Lacrosse franchise for four years running. This is unprecedented in Jr. B lacrosse and the well of Six Nations lacrosse talent coming up is deep enough to keep that dynasty going for a few more years to come.
The Rebels will only lose four players to over age, but the Jr. A Arrows will be depleted with 11 players moving into the Sr. ranks. That will mean some of this year’s Rebels will likely find a home with the Jr. A Arrows next season.
After completing their second consecutive perfect regular 20-0 regular season and winning their fourth OLA Jr. B title, the Rebels cut through all comers in Halifax like a hot knife through butter, embarrassing Quebec’s champions 29-0 along the way with 15-year-old Six Nations Midget goalie Briley Miller earning a rare Founders Cup shut out in the Rebels net. They pulverized the host Nova Scotia team 23-1, squashed Saskatchewan 23-6, ruined the Alberta Rampage 15-5, and manhandled Manitoba 16-2.
Sunday night the Rebels faced the Seneca War Chiefs for all the marbles. The game was pretty well sewn up after the first 20 minutes with the Rebels taking a 9-2 first period lead. It was 11-5 at the end of the second on their way to the 14-7 final.
The Rebels scored a total of 118 goals for, and a miniscule 20 goals against throughout the tournament.
Leading the Rebels in points was Mitch Green who clocked 19 goals and 19 assists in six games, averaging 6.33 points per game.
“Obviously some of the teams were just not as talented as us so, we just went out and played our own style of lacrosse like we’ve been doing all year and the scores show how hard we worked out there,” said tournament leading goaltender Chase Martin who finished the series with a goals-against-average of 3.94. ”Sometimes it gets hard to stay focused when the score is one-sided, but we did a good job of staying focused.”
Like most goaltenders, Martin gave high praise to his defense.
“They played really well,” he says. “They just got better every game. We stressed that we try and peak for the Championship game.”
This was Martin’s last Minto cup as he will be one of only four Rebels going overage this year. He was a part of the 2013 and 2012 Champions as well.