SIX NATIONS – The Rivermen have been on a long road journey the past few weeks but have been looking pretty good anyhow. Sunday afternoon, in Clearwater, the Rivermen came back with a strong 3rd period to earn the come-back win.
Jacob Crans put Six Nations on the score sheet 20 seconds into the game with an unassisted marker. Ronoy Martin made it 2-0 at 3:22 from Delby Powless and Travis Elvin.
The Beavers bounced back with two goals scored by Kevin Finds and a one by Jim Purves. Jesse Johnson tied the game at 3-3 from Wayne VanEvery and Cory Bomberry at 15:07, but the Beavers finished the frame with the last 3 goals of the period, scored by Chris Davey and two by Colin McDowall to double up on the Rivermen 6-3.
Jason Johns and Dan Vyse scored unassisted goals to begin the second period and cut the Sarnia lead to 6-5. Sarnia’s Kyle Childerhose and Purves got those two back before Ronoy Martin took a Powless pass and netted Six Nations’ 6th goal.
McDowell answered less than a minute later and Martin scored again a minute after that to complete second period scoring with Sarnia leading 9-7.
After the second intermission, the Rivermen came out on fire and took the lead, which they held to the end.
Brock Farmer, Ronoy Martin, Cory Bomberry Martin, and Jeszse Johnson kept the Beavers back on their heels and took a 12-9 lead by the 14:37 mark. Childerhose and Farmer scored late period goals but the die had already been cast and the Rivermen worked hard for the come from behind win.
Thursday night at the Glenn Abbey Recreation Centre, in Oakville the Rivermen and Titans fought to a 4-4 first period tie. Oakville broke out in the second with five unanswered goals, putting Six Nations clearly behind the eight-ball. Jacob Crans scored the last goal of the period for the Rivermen to end the middle period with Oakville leading 9-5.
The Titans pushed that lead to 10-5 before Dean Hill scored a nothing-goal at 10:20. There would be no further scoring as both Sarnia’s Mike Creghan and Six Nations’ Jeff Powless stood firm at opposite ends of the floor.
This Friday night the Rivermen complete their extended road trip in St Catharines where they face the Saints at 8 pm. They finally return to the Gaylord Powless Arena Sunday at 4 pm, when they host the Owen Sound Northstars.