Still the Creators Game at Six Nations

SIX NATIONS — It looks like Six Nations lacrosse fans are in for another great season. The Jr. B Rebels will be looking for their fourth consecutive Founders Cup; the Major Series Chiefs will be out for a second consecutive Mann Cup while the Sr. B Rivermen have their sights on the Presidents Cup. Meanwhile the Can/Am Slash are off to a great 5-1 start to their season. Not to mention the powerful Six Nations Minor lacrosse system at all levels churning out both provincial championships and future lacrosse stars.

But Monday it was all about the Arrows Express and the Barrie Lakeshores, and the annual Bread ‘n Cheese Day Arrows Express lacrosse game did not disappoint again this year.

The Lakeshores were the guests at the ILA, Monday afternoon and they were not treated in a neighbourly way as the Arrows demolished them 17-3 on the floor and 3-0 in the ally.

It was the third start of the new Jr. A season and the third win for the Arrows, who are gunning for a return to the Minto Cup later on this summer. It is far too soon to tell, but the early signs look very good indeed.
It was the Lakeshores’ first game of the new season and it looked like it, while the Arrows seemed to be in the pocket already.

On Monday the Arrows systematically disassembled Barry and looked stronger and more confident with every successive period.

It was a surprisingly rough game considering how early it is in the season, but when the frustration of the Lakeshores spilled over, the Arrows were there to answer the bell.

Josh Johnson scored on the first shot of the game at 34 seconds to put the Lakeshores on their heels right off the hop. Austin Staats made it 2-0 at 2:08 and Stewart Martin scored at 5:21.

That is when things started to get a little testy around the Barrie players bench. The Toronto coaching staff felt they were getting a bad rap from the referees and that frustration spilled over onto their players who were being humiliated on the floor. But it didn’t help to stem the tide of the Arrows’ awesome offense or its solid defense and goaltending by Doug Jamieson who got the start.

Quinn Powless and Brendan Bomberry added two more before Barrie’s Spenser Pyke ended the first period with a goal at 14:33.

At 1:12 of the second, Arrows’ Derek Thomas took a checking-from-behind, four-minute penalty. But even that didn’t slow down the Six Nations’ attack. Shane Simpson scored a quick shorthanded goal and the Arrows penalty killers did the rest to ward off any Barrie threat.

Barrie scored their second goal when the teams returned to even strength, but that only inspired the Arrows who exploded with the next 8 goals to close the second period with the Arrows in charge, 14-2.

The Lakeshores netted their third, and last goal of the game to open the third period. The Arrows answered with goals scored by Brendan Bomberry, Austin Staats and Jordan Durston who recorded a seven-point game on two goals and five assists. Austin Staats scored two and assisted on four for a six-pointer, while Brendan Bomberry and Shane Simpson notched two goals and three assists each.

The Arrows Express will be back in action Sunday evening at 7 pm, at the ILA, before visiting the Burlington Chiefs, Monday at 8 pm.

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