SIX NATIONS — It’s six starts, six wins for the 2018 Six Nations Rebels so far this season. That’s good for 12-points to lead all OLA Jr. B so far in the early season.
Saturday night in Windsor, the very impressive mixture of young guns and solid veterans gave Rebels its sixth win in succession. Sophomore Rebels’ coach Miles General has a lot to get excited about as the Rebels took advantage of their early season momentum to slip past the Windsor Clippers 11-10.
Windsor scored first at 3:33 but Gates Abrams got that one back 29 seconds later from Garret Vyse-Square and Kobe Whitcomb. The teams traded first period goals towards a 3-3 first period score. Chayton King and Abram also scored in the first 20 minutes.
The Rebels took over to start the second period with a string of four unanswered goals, two scored by Whitcomb, and two by Abrams’ for his third of the game.
With the score 7-3 the Clippers were handed three powerplays after Rebels’ aggressive checking was interpreted as aggression and Windsor scored three powerplay goals before the end the second period to get back into the game at 7-6 for Six Nations.
An exciting third period had the Reb’s and Clippers combining for an eight-goal period, four goals each, for the close 11-10 Six Nations win. Kobe Whitcomb earned seven points for the Rebels with a pair of goals and five assists. Gates Abrams scored four and assisted on two, while Riley Miller turned in a three goal and two assist performance. Also scoring for Six Nations were Chayton King (1G,3A), and Khan General (1G,1A).
Friday night at the ILA, the Rebels had a much easier time with the visiting Guelph Generals out-shooting them, 73-46, and out-scoring them 16-9.
Abrams scored three and assisted on four but he was not the only dangerous Rebel on the floor that night. Mason Hill (3G,1A), Giles Austin (1G,3A), Riley Miller (3G,3A), Whitcolm (1G,5A),
Justin Martin (1G,1A), Khan General (2G), and Chayton King ( 2G,3A). Keegan Thomas earned the win in the Rebels’ cage.
Last Wednesday, the Rebels had little trouble with the London Blue Devils, winning 16-7. It was 4-3 for Six Nations after the first period. Dylan Hill scored the first goal of the second period. Devils’ Gregory Elijah-Brown scored the only Devils’ goal of the period. Meanwhile, Chayton Hill scored the next four goals in succession, Justin Martin, Riley Miller also scored before Hill closed the period with a shorthanded goal at 17:39.
The score was 12-4 entering the final period but London dug deep and opened the third with three goals to close the gap, but only temporarily as the Rebels came back to score the last four goals of the game with thanks to Austin Giles, Whitcomb, Justin Marin and King’s fifth goal. Daniel Hill earned the win in net, making 38 saves on 45 shots. Aden Antone scored two and assisted on another for London.
Even this early in the campaign, the Rebels have already established a pattern. League statistics show the Rebels first in goals per game (14.5), as well as first in penalty minutes at 48.33, almost seven minutes higher than the league average.
Defensively, the Rebel’s saves percentage of 0.822 is tops in the league, powerplay percentage is
Next up for the Rebels will be the Niagara Thunderhawks, Friday, May 4th, at the ILA for an 8 pm start. Sunday, they travel to St. Catharines for a date with the Spartans.