Rivermen lose in Oakville but still in first

OAKVILLE – The Six Nations Sr. B Rivermen remain in first place, but not without an unblemished record after falling to the Oakville Titans, Sunday night.

The defending Presidents Cup Rivermen paddled to Oakville to take on the Titans and were ambushed 9-6 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.

Without Roger Vyse, who did not make the trip, the Rivermen seemed to miss their usual scoring touch. Penalties also played into the loss as the Rivermen afforded 14 powerplay opportunities to Oakville who capitalized on two.

Oakville took a 2-1 first period lead and then added four more in the second in a six-goal sting that spilled over two periods.

Tom Montour and Stu Hill temporarily stopped the run, but it was 7-3, Oakville, after two periods. The Rivermen made up some of that lost ground in the third with two goals by Mike Miller and one by Jake Bomberry, but it wouldn’t be enough offence to mount a complete comeback as the Titans hung on and added only their second win of the season.

Saturday night, in Wallaceburg, the Rivermen offence exploded with 19 goals on their way to a 19-7 drubbing of the Thrashers. Despite the lop-sided win, shots of goal were very close at 31-29 for Six Nations. The difference was in quality of shots created by the Rivermen and Grant Crawley backing up the win.

Several Rivermen enjoyed multiple points Saturday including Roger Vyse (3G,6A), Jesse Johnson (3G,3A), Travis Bland (2G,6A), Wayne Hill (4G,2A), Rodd Squire Jr. (2G,4A), Tom Montour (2G,2A), Jake Bomberry (1G, 3A). Timmy Johnson and Johnny Rae, scored one each as well.

The Rivermen will remain on the road this week when they head to Owen Sound to see the North Stars, Fri. June 3. They will be returning to the Gaylord Powless Arena Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. to do battle with the Wallaceburg Thrashers.

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