Six Nations Snipers see improvement

SIX NATIONS — Eastern Arena Lacrosse League games continued this past week-end, starting with a match that saw the Ohsweken Bears take on the second place team in ALL standings, and the Six Nations Snipers earn a win to pull themselves out of sixth place.

The Ohsweken Bears opened the weekend with a face off at the Brampton Memorial Arena against the Brampton Express on Friday, February 17. This followed the Bear loss to the Sniper the weekend prior, 14-19.

The first period saw two initial goals go to the Express, then a goal was cinched by Marvin Curry for the Bears. This was followed by five consecutive goals for the Ex-press, with the final goal of the period by Jake Bomberry, giving a lead to the Express 2-7.

Coming into the second period, the Express scored to start, while Wayne Hill came through with a single for the Bears. This closed scoring for the Bears and the Express saw five more consecutive goals to finalize the second period 3-13.

In the third, three more goals were earned by the Express, keeping the game in their court 3-16. In the fourth, two more goals were put away by the Express, while Marvin Curry, Spencer Martin, and Sturgis Sundown put three away. One more response came from the Express, as Danton Miller and Isaac Vanderzalm put singles up on the board. This closed the game 8-19 for the Express.

Isaac Vanderzalm was awarded a third place star for one goal, two assists, tallying three points total for the Bears.

Later in the day, the Toronto Monarchs took a victory over the Oshawa Outlaws 20-19 at the Children’s Arena. Later in the day, the Whitby Steelhawks won a match over the Peterborough Timbermen 4-18 at the Children’s Arena.

On Sunday, February 19, the Six Nations Snipers took on the Paris RiverWolves at home within the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

A close game was had, as the first goal went the RiverWolves, but this was followed by goals from Travis Staats and Nolan Fehr. The RiverWolves closed out the period with an answer, tying the game 2-2. This opened the second period, with the Snipers taking the lead as Justin Porga put two goals away and a single came from Andrew Vradenburg. The RiverWolves answered once, leaving the peri-od at 5-3.

In the third, the RiverWolves tied the game with a double, but Kedoh Hill, Cheyton King and Mason Hill came through for the Snipers, closing the period 8-5 in their favour. In the fourth, the RiverWolves put two goals up, and received an answer from Tyler VanEvery for the Snipers. The RiverWolves mustered three more goals, but Cheyton King and Justin Porga ensured a win by the end. This closed the game at 11-10 for the Snipers.

Dustin Hill was awarded a first place star for ten assists, and 37 saves, while Kedoh Hill was awarded a third place star for 1 goal and 4 assists, tallying four points total for the Snipers.

The next scheduled game for the the Ohsweken Bears will see them play at home against the Oshawa Outlaws on Sunday, February 26 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at 1:00 p.m.. As for the Six Nations Snipers, they will face off on the same day at the Brampton Express at 4:00 p.m., within the ILA as well.

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