SIX NATIONS —The Six Nations Junior ‘B’ Rebels are riding a great early-season trajectory; the Rebels sit undefeated after nine scheduled games.
In defeating the Windsor Clippers 8-6 the week before, the Rebels hosted the London Blue Devils within the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in the evening on Friday, May 11.
A high scoring game ensued, with Tayton Skye and Hodo Martin opening scoring in the first period. Damon Doxtatar scored a third, as the Blue Devils put four up on the board. Winter Rivera, Tayton Skye for his second, and Hodo Martin for his second each scored by the end of the first, giving the Rebels a lead 6-4. Coming into the second period, Damonie Thomas clocked the first goal of the period, as four more for the Blue Devils were peppered in between Rebels goals. Damon Doxtatar put three away, Winter Rivera out away his second, Tayton Skye buried his third, Joe Squire and Rahonwinetha Elijah each put one away, closing the period 14-8.
Coming into the third period, the Rebels maintained their lead as Damon Doxtatar, Tray Miller, Eli Himelein, Cole Powless each put goals away, while Damon Doxtatar put his fifth in the net. The Blue Devils answered once, and this finalized the game 19-8 for the Rebels.
Another close game was had the following Friday, at the ILA again. The Rebels met up with the Cambridge Highlanders for their eighth regular season match. Rahonwinetha Elijah opened scoring followed by a second, with an answer from Kayla Whales Racette. Later Hodo Martin and Damon Doxtatar put single away, finishing the period 5-2 for the Rebels.
Maintaining their lead in the second, Joe Squire put two away, and Damon Doxtatar put four away. Cole Powless came through with a single as the Highlanders put up two responses on the board. This closed the period 12-4 for the Rebels. In the third, the Highlanders put in a massive effort to eat at the gap, scoring seven goals throughout the period as the Rebels took a fighting (15 minutes, game misconduct) and roughing major (15 minutes, roughing major) with an additional 10 minutes of penalties, as compared to the 15 minute fighting major and checking from behind game misconduct for the Highlanders.
Cole Powless and Macay Jimerson managed single goals for the period, closing the game 14-10 for the Rebels.
The following Sunday, May 14, took the Rebels away from home to the Welland Arena to face the Welland Generals. Offering a calmer game than the match previous, Winter Rivera opened scoring with two goals in the first period. This period brought the first lead to their opponent, as the first ended 2-3 for the Generals.
Looking to regain themselves, the Rebels offered a shut out period for their goalie, Imani Mitten. Rahonwinetha Elijah and Hodo Martin put single away, while Joe Squire and Richie Albert sunk two goals each. This brought the Rebels back into the lead, 8-3.
In the third, the Generals put up three goals, but the Rebels maintained themselves. Joe Squire put his third away, followed by Winter Rivera with his third, Macay JImerson with a single and Rahonwinetha with his second, unassisted. This closed the period and ended the game at 12-6 for the Rebels.
Their next match will take the Rebels to the Dave Andreychuk Arena to face the Hamilton Bengals on Thursday, May 18. The next Rebels home game will see them at home within the ILA, where they will host the Point Edward Pacers at 8:00 p.m..