Midgets squander lead with bad penalties

OHSWEKEN ‑ If not for an undisciplined second period, the Six Nations Midget Reps would have had the game in the bag, but Tillsonburg took advantage by scoring three back-to-back power play goals to inch past Six Nations 6–5 at the Gaylord Powless Arena on Sunday.

Six Nations’ Davin Whitlow scored on a two-man breakaway in the first period with Tanner Jonathan assisting on the play.

Seth Lamoure tied it a 1–1 late in the period from Jarrod Winters, and Brandon Soares gave Tillsonburg an early second period lead when the Six Nations defense failed to clear the puck from in front of Cody Summers in the Six Nations net.

A well-executed two-on-one saw Whitlow and Austin Staats combine to even the score at 2–2. Whitlow drew the goalie to the post using Staats as a decoy and shot to the long side for the goal. Then, 18 seconds later, Six Nations had the 3–2 lead on Cecil Monture’s first of the game from Staats.

Penalties against Six Nations literally filled the penalty box and forced them to play two men short for the last two minutes of the period. Tillsonburg scored three straight power play goals by Lamoure, with 1:46 remaining, Matt Meharg, 18 second later, and Winters with 27 seconds left in the period, turning the tide and putting Six Nations behind 5–3.

After the second intermission, Six Nations got back to hockey. Keelan Green showed some soft hands with the puck close in to bring Six Nations to within one. A little over a minute later the score was tied again at 5–5 after Cecil Monture tipped one in from the crease from Staats and Sam Green.

But then, with Dylan Hill serving two for a head check and with four seconds remaining, Brandon Soares scored to take the two points out of the hands of Six Nations with a 6–5 final score.

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