OHSWEKEN— Life is good for the Six Nations Snipers who just keep on winning.
Anchored by a six- point performance from Marshall Powless the surging Snipers on Sunday, March 1 entertained the I.L.A. faithful by recording a 16-10 win against the St. Catharines Shockwave which extended their winning streak to five.
“Our guys are happy and having fun,” Snipers coach Darcy Powless said. “They’ve (players) had pretty good spirits all season. Once we got a few wins you could feel the team and us coaches just take a deep breath and relax a little. We knew what kind of team we built it was just a matter of time before things started to come together.”
It has been quite the turnaround for Six Nations who after starting the ALL season with six straight losses, have gotten on a role which currently has has them battling the Peterborough Timbermen for third in the overall standings.
“Our win streak has been put together just on the fact we’re finally meshing together and finding ways to win,” Snipers Danton Miller said. “I like that we’ve finally got a set lineup going forward. It’s tough trying to get wins playing with a different group of guys and we finally have our team and are finally getting some chemistry flowing on defence and offensively.”
After surrendering two early goals, Six Nations bounced back with consecutive goals from Alec Tamas and Justin Martin to make it a brand- new game at 2-2. With a little over two minutes remaining in the first, Marshall Powless scored his first of three but the Snipers found themselves trailing by a 4-3 score headed to the second.
“As any team there is always room for improvement,” Coach Powless said. “One spot would be our power play, which makes a big difference in a close game. But overall, we’ve been improving every week.”
Showing strong character, the Snipers would come from behind three times in the second starting with Tye Argent who scored an early goal which once again made it a brand- new game at 4-4.
After the Shockwave retook the lead, it only took 19 seconds before Danton Miller got the I.L.A. crowd in a frenzy following his tying goal.
Argent, who had a four- point game, scored his second which evened things up at 6-6 heading into the second half.
When asked what in his opinion was the game’s turning point coach Powless stated, “It was in the third quarter. We got on a little goal run and they began to get undisciplined. And we were able to keep our heads and make then pay for it on the scoreboard instead of retaliating.”
The Snipers in second half play would end up outscoring St. Catharines by a 10-4 count which obviously proved to be the eventual turning point.
After the Shockwave scored to ahead 7-6, Six Nations offence caught fire as they scored four straight goals from Jordan Goddard, Marshall Powless, Tamas and Martin with their second as they held an eventual 10-8 lead heading to the fourth.
Not slowing down, Six Nations finished strong with six fourth period goals including five straight from Sid Powless, Vern Hill, Wes Whitlow, Goddard with his second and Jamie Downie for a healthy 15-8 advantage.
The Snipers would get one more goal from Marshall Powless completing the hattrick in what was another Snipers win.