Rivermen turn back the Titans 15-12

OHSWEKEN – After a very tightly played game at the Gaylord Powless Arena Saturday night, the Six Nations Rivermen took down the Oakville Titans 15-12 to clinch a playoff birth and improve their record to 7 wins and 2 losses, in solid third place behind the St. Catharines Saints (8-3) and the first place Ennismore James Gang who are 10-1.

Delby Powless surprised the Titans at the 37-second mark, but that only woke up the sleeping Titans who accounted for the next four straight goals.

Cory Bomberry cut the Oakville lead to 4-2, at 9:52, which the Titans’ Kevin Harper got that back at 11:19. Wayne VanEvery and Holden Vyse finished the period with the Titans leading 5-4.

Murray Porter evened the score at 2:44 of the second period from Logan Kane, but once again the Titans answered. The Rivermen seemed to find another gear and popped in the next three goals in quick succession as Jacob Crans, Porter and Cory Bomberry took the 8-6 lead.

The Titans fought back with two goals, both scored by Sean Gillies, to tie it up at 8-8. But the Rivermen kept coming with goals by Crans and Powless to take the 10-8 lead after 40 minutes.

The teams see-sawed through the third period with momentum shifting several times. Justin Gibson and Timothy Johnson restored the Rivermen lead early in the third but it didn’t stand long. The Titans strung together the next three to make it 12-11 and one goal away.

Chancey Johnson and Powless, with his third of the night, opened the gap to 14-11 but the Titans would not quit. Jeff Sehl scored at 18:03 to give Oakville some hope, but that was dashed when Stu Hill connected at 18:12 with the last goal of the game for the 15-12 win. Jeff Powless was in goal for the Rivermen win.

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