Rivermen steal an exciting home win

SIX NATIONS — The match up between the Ennismore James Gang and the Six Nations Rivermen made for an entertaining evening of Senior B., on Friday, June 15.

The game of back and forth didn’t materialize early on as the Rivermen scored in the first minutes of the period by Danton Miller, assisted by Wayne VanEvery and Roger Vyse.

Another six minutes in and Joe Maracle Jr., buried from Alex Hill and Greg Longboat Jr., and 20 seconds later VanEvery scored his first from Ashton Jacobs, from Goalie Warren Hill giving the Rivermen a three point lead.

But the toll was high for the hard working defensemen trying to maintain the lead, as a full 20 minutes in penalties were earned by the Rivermen and a mere two minutes for the James Gang. As the period waned with only a few minutes left, the James Gang was able to take advantage of the missing man and scored twice to close the period 3-2.

This opened for the second period to be the highest scoring period for the James Gang.

With 22 seconds into the period Miller scored his second from Vanevery, from Rodd Squire, but the James Gang was quick to return moments later. The James Gang then scored another two, before the Rivermen made a return with goals by Miller for his third and Race Vyse for his first.

But a few minutes later the James Gang seemed focused on earning the lead and went on to sink three more before finishing the second period 8-6.

This wasn’t off-putting for the Rivermen however, who opened the period with a pass from Roger Vyse to Alex Hill who buried his first. Another came from Riley Johnson completely unassisted which tied the game up in two minutes.

An uneasy defence helped in handing the win to the Rivermen as the James Gang were eager to put themselves in the box as they lost the lead. This enabled the James Gang to return only one goal for nearly the rest of the period.

Mean while goals came from Joe Maracle Jr., VanEvery, Greg Longboat Jr., and Rayce Vyse with assists from Miller, Maracle Jr., Roger Vyse, Hill, and Race Vyse, on frustrated James Gang goalie James Murray.

This finalized the game 12-10.

But after defeating the James Gang on home soil, the Rivermen faced them again at the Robert E. Young Recreational Complex the following Saturday and with a bench of only 13 took a loss of 11-6. Goals from Rodd Squire, Greg Longboat Jr. (3), Joe Maracle Jr. (2), and assists from Brendan Muise (4), Danton Miller (3), Riley Monture, Rodd Squire, and Joe Maracle Jr..

As the season continues, goalie Warren Hill and offender Brendan Muise both stand in the top three for wins and game winning goals.

After an away game versus the K/W Velocity on Saturday, the Rivermen will host the Owen Sound North Stars at the Gaylord Powless Arena on Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m..

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