SIX NATIONS — Unfortunately for the Snipers, their recent matches have fallen just short of victory each time.
During their pairing with the Toronto Monarchs on Sunday, February 17, they were just shy of a win.
The Monarchs kicked off the first period with two goals, while the Snipers didn’t return until the second, with a bury from Justin Martin. Soon to follow was Josh Miller from Skye Sunday and Tyler brown for two consecutives.
This still made the score 5-4 for the Monarchs, who were quick to maintain their lead. Following into the third they racked up three in a row and left the Snipers without.
The fourth period however, gave the snipers the opportunity to start climbing back as Martin scored his second from Brent Longboat and Sunday. Mike Mclaughlin received a pass from goaltender Jake Lazore and buried just minutes later and Brown scored his third for a hat trick. But this left the Snipers still behind by two, as the Monarchs closed the competition 9-7.
Later, on Saturday, March 2, the Snipers travelled to RiverWolve soil to battle it out in the Syl Apps Community Centre.
The first period began with a goal for the Snipers by James Chadwick from Justin Martin. But the RiverWolves sent a barrage of shots that paid off with a four goal lead, until the end as Mike Mclaughlin buried from Patrick Corbett.
The second period opened with a goal by Jake Bomberry from Wayne Vanevery and Brown. But this closed the scoring for the Snipers until the third period, as Brown buried from Vanevery and Danton Miller right at the start.
This gave way to their strongest period as Martin scored twice, while Miller and Josh Miller racked one each. Vanevery then finished with a pass from Ian Martin, from Tyler Brown and this brought the score to 9-8 for the Snipers.
Entering the fourth period, the Snipers and Riverwolves went back and forth until a 10-10 tie brought an over time goal for the RiverWolves. This closed the contest 11-10 with the Snipers simply missing out.
In their most recent home game, the Snipers met up with the currently undefeated St. Catharines Shockwave on Saturday, March 10.
With the Shockwave sitting on top of league standings, the Snipers came out full force in the first period, earning three consecutive goals by Vanevery, D. Miller and Longboat within minutes of each other.
But by the second period, the Shockwave tied it up, pushing the Snipers to continue to put work in. Which they did, as Vernon Hill scored twice in a row, Vanevery scored twice for a hat trick and McLaughlin and Ian scored their firsts of the game.
This brought a 9-5 lead for the Snipers in the fourth and victory seemed close. But the Shockwave did all of the necessary scoring to close the gap.
Within the last seconds of the game, the Snipers tried hard to put the ball in the Shockwave net, but the Shockwave tender stepped up to the challenge and blocked I. Martin’s final shot.
This closed the game 9-10 for the Shockwave, but proved that the Snipers can compete, they just need a little more finish.
1: A lot of push and pull during their match with the St. Catharines Shockwave pulled the Snipers away from winning a very close game.