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Rivermen meet James Gang for final showdown

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Rivermen squashed the St. Catharines Saints in a three game series to advance to the OLA Sr. B final round against the Ennismore James Gang.

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Rivermen squashed the St. Catharines Saints in a three game series to advance to the OLA Sr. B final round against the Ennismore James Gang.

Last Friday, the Rivermen followed their 10-6 Game #1 win over the Saints with Monday, July 28th’s 15-8 win at the Gaylord Powless Arena in downtown Ohsweken to sweep the series.

Six Nations Rivermen captain #72 Cory Bomberry scores from the edge of the crease against the St. Catharines Saints in semi-final action at the Gaylord Powless Arena last week. The Rivermen swept the Saints and begin their final series against the Ennismore James Gang, this Friday night in Ennismore before hosting Game #2 At the Gaylord Powless Arena, Monday, Aug. 11, at 8 pm. Photo by Jim Windle

Six Nations Rivermen captain #72 Cory Bomberry scores from the edge of the crease against the St. Catharines Saints in semi-final action at the Gaylord Powless Arena last week. The Rivermen swept the Saints and begin their final series against the Ennismore James Gang, this Friday night in Ennismore before hosting Game #2 At the Gaylord Powless Arena, Monday, Aug. 11, at 8 pm. Photo by Jim Windle

They now face the Ennismore James Gang beginning Friday, August 8th at the Robert E. Young Rec Centre.

The series returns to the Gaylord Powless Arena, Monday, Aug. 11, at 8 pm for Game #2 in the best-of-five battle. Game #3 is set for Saturday Aug. 16th at Innismore, with Game #4 booked back at the GPA, Monday, August 18th. Game #5, if necessary, will be played at the Robert E Young Rec Centre, Aug. 19th.

The Rivermen have been gaining momentum and look to be ready to take on the Gang, a team that has given them fits through the regular season, beating them 10-5 in the season opener, and again 12-6 back on May 24th. But this is a much-improved Rivermen team since then, so those early losses may not mean much.

As the first place team at the end of the regular season, the Gang got a bye through the first round of playoffs before returning to action to face the Oakville Titans.

They took down the Titans in straight games just as the Rivermen did to the St. Catharines Saints, which brought these two teams together for all the marbles.

The Rivermen boast four of the top five scoring leaders in the playoffs in Dean Hill (12G-18A), Delby Powless (4G-14A), Wayne VanEvery (9G-9A), and Zed Williams (9G-8A). Chad Evans leads Ennismore with five goals and 11 assists.

The trio of Warren Hill, Jeff Powless and Brennor Jacobs have the best goals against record of all remaining players, with Cole Murray backstopping the Gang, with a very respectable 8.0 goals against average.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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