SIX NATIONS – The Ohsweken Demons have a bent for the dramatic that was well expressed when they hung on for a very important 13-11 Canadian Lacrosse League win Friday night at the ILA.
After taking a convincing 8-3 lead and maintaining the five-goal edge over the visiting Durham Turfdogs for most of the game, the Turfdogs began gradually chipping away at that lead, raising the blood pressure of Demons fans. But a strong game by goaltender Jake Henhawk stopped the Turfdogs’ comeback attempt.
The Demons led 7-3 at the half, which Wayne VanEvery increased into an 8-3 lead early in the second half. Durham responded and the two teams traded goals throughout the rest of the third quarter, which ended 12-9 for Ohsweken.
Tom Montour opened the final quarter with a breakaway goal. The Turfdogs put it all on the table. While Henhawk stopped several good chances at goals, two did get past him, though it wasn’t enough to stop the Demons from taking the win and the points.
Tommy Montour had a great game, scoring two and assisting on three. Wayne VanEvery and Chris Attwood scored three goals and one assist each.
“It’s good to get back on track,” said Mouse Henry following the win. “We were shorthanded in Durham the other night but we had a full line up tonight. Jacob stood tall again, and it was good to see Mike Miller on the scoreboard. He’s been working hard for us.”
Henry considers the win a solid two-way team effort at both ends of the floor.
The final game of the regular season is set for Sunday, Mar. 15th in Barrie.
In other area action, the Southwest Cyclops, playing out of the Syl Apps arena in Paris, will play their last game of the regular season Saturday, Mar. 14th, at home against the Turfdogs at 8 p.m.