SIX NATIONS — With what was expected to be a good game, the Brooklin Merchants were instead shown a hard time by the Six Nations Rivermen on their home soil this past Saturday at the Gaylord Powless Arena.
With one of their teammates in net and without a lot of gumption, the Merchants played as though they had already lost.
And the Rivermen showed no mercy.
Within the first 57 seconds of the game, Wayne Hill connected with the back of the Merchants net.
Another was bounced in by Rayce Vyse and another by Brendan Muise within minutes. This put the Rivermen ahead and the Merchants to play catch up, which they seemed keen to do as they scored twice more before the end. But with only 59 seconds left, Josh Byers snuck another in for his first. Finishing the period 4-2 for what seemed to be an interesting game.
But as the second period came around the Rivermen didn’t hold back in scoring.
Six goals were racked up throughout the period by Muise for his second and third, Greg Longboat, Brock Farmer, Alex Martin on a break away, and Joe Maracle Jr.. The Merchants were only able to return one goal as they played far to the outside and seemed too timid to go to the inside for shooting opportunities.
With the scoreboard already heavily uneven, the Merchants did land the first goal of the third period. But with goals from Marcus Elvin, two by Danton Miller, Vyse for his second; the efforts were futile.
The Merchants returned one more goal at the end of the period to end the game at 14-5.
The Rivermen’s next home game will host the Ennismore James Gang on Friday, June 15 at 8:30 at the Gaylord Poles Arena.