Warriors strong again this year

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Jr. C Warriors toyed with the visiting Caledon Bandits like a cat with a mouse, Sunday afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA). After a few minutes of getting acquainted, the Warriors seemed almost bored and started filling the Bandits net.

The Warriors were the far better team on this given Sunday. They looked mid-season ready compared to the Bandits who still appeared to be getting their legs under them for the 2017 season.

The game was well in hand rather early as some of the more outgoing Warriors started taking a trick shot or two, just for the shear fun of it. At times, it was easy to feel sorry for the Bandits under all that offensive pressure, but not for the Warriors who just kept ringing them up.

You could forgive goalie Jackson Miller and his defence for loosing focus as the game wound down, allowing the Bandits to score a few and preserve some form of dignity, getting back on the bus.

Loaded with new players not named on the game sheet, the Six Nations Jr. C Warriors crushed the Bandits 19-8 at the ILA. There was very little resistance along the way as the Warriors looked well prepared for the new season. That is on the floor. However, there were eight Warriors on the official game sheet simply referred to “new player.”

After a 7-2 first period in which the Warriors accurate shooting and natural playmaking skills played a major role, which they duplicated in the second period of a 14-2 score to that point in the game.

They let the Bandits into the game in the third period allowing four goals, however, Six Nations added another five for the 19-8 final.

The skill differential was obvious even to visiting Bandit fans as they watched their boys get humiliated by the high-flying Warriors.

The Warriors opened the season with a 10-7 win over Brantford last week.

Meanwhile, the new Brantford Warriors won a huge confidence building 9-8 win over last year’s champion Wilmot Wild, Sunday at the Wilmot Arena. Wilmot took a 4-3 first period lead with Mark Verutis scoring two for Wilmot and Ryan Maksymyk and Ryan Smart scoring 52 second apart at the midway point of the period. Michael Comeau scored twice along with Austin Giles for Brantford.

Each team scored four goals in the second to head into the final frame with Brantford ahead by a slim 8-7 margin. Brantford Warriors’ Jayden Drage and Austin Gilles scored in the third while Lucas Nagy held the fort in the Brantford goal.

Wilmot was led by Tyler Verutis with four goals.

Saturday, May 13, the Oakville Buzz will host the Warriors in Oakville for a 7 p.m. start. Sunday, May 14, Six Nations fans will see the Warriors and Mimico face off at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena for an afternoon, 2 p.m. start.

Brantford will be in Whitby Friday, May 12, and return to the Brantford and District Civic Centre to host the Fergus Thistles at 8 p.m.

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