OHSWEKEN — The Six Nations Midgets under the direction of head coach Terry “Bean” Smith and assistant coach Jerry Staats, won their sixth straight start at the Gaylord Powless Arena Saturday by defeating the visiting Burford squad 3-1.
Smith predicts that his Midgets will be facing Burford in the playoffs and is a little extra-pleased with Saturday’s win.
Six Nations went up 1-0 on a goal by Austin Staats with 4:42 remaining in the first period. Travis Longboat assisted on the play.
Madison General added another Six Nations goal five minutes into the second period from Hayden Smith before Burford get into the game with 2:33 left in the period with Colton Jones connecting from Chad Hunt.
Sam Green made it 3-1 with a late goal scored with 26 seconds remaining in the second period assisted by Daylen Hill.
Despite the team’s recent success, coach Smith is not one to be satisfied until his team holds the championship.
“They are just learning how to work as a team and the price they have to pay to win,” he says. “We’ve won six in a row now and we’re starting to gel as a team more.”
There were a number of players missing from the lineup as well, which he is not happy about, although he concedes that some had been legitimately excused, others, in his opinion, did not.
“If they are not committed to attending practice, they will not be in the lineup the next game.”
That’s the law under coach Smith who has had some considerable success with that method, both on ice and in the dressing room.