SIX NATIONS — The Iroquois Lacrosse Arena opened last Sunday to host two Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) games, with a versus that brought together the Sis Nations Snipers and the St. Catharines Shockwave.
Out of the gate, the Shockwave put away an trio of goals in the first three minutes. This blitz was countered by goals from Johnny Powless, Cheyton King, Tyler Brown and Ross Hill, interrupted by one from the Shockwave. But by the end of the first quarter, they were answered by another from Tyler Brown, giving the rivals a tie.
The second quarter saw a lot of climbing as goals came from Jordan Goddard, Jeremy Bomberry (2), Rodd Squire and Cheyton King. The Shockwave could only muster s ingle response, entering half-time 10-6 for the Snipers.
The third quarter saw goals from Johnny Powless (2), Cheyton King, and Gavin Skye, and closed the period at 14-10 for the Snipers.
Trailing behind, the Shockwave put away three fast ones. But the Snipers pulled the lead back with three more from Ross Hill, Johnny Powless, and Daylen Hill. This closed the game at 17-14 for the Snipers.
Earlier in the day, the Whitby Steelhawks met up with the Paris RiverWolves, and delivered a solid blow for a heartbreaking finish. A nearly even showing, the Steelhawks came out on top 13-11.
Both the Snipers and the Whitby Steelhawks, who finished second in the standings with an 8-4 record, will have received opening-round playoff passes. A quarter final weekend will take place at the Brampton Memorial Rena on Sunday, April 10. But both leading teams advance directly to the ALL semi-finals on April 16. The Snipers will host both semi-final matches as well as the championship final on April 17.