SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Rebels’ “Drive-for-Five” is alive and well as the four-time Founders Cup winning dynasty wades through the West Divisional playoff schedule. After easily disposing of the Wallaceburg Red Devils in three straight games, the Windsor Clippers were next to face the awesome power of the Rebels.
The series opened July 10th at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena with a 15-7 win which was followed by a 15-8 win in Windsor, Monday night. The series could be over this Friday night when the Clippers return to the ILA for the pivotal Game #3 of the best- of-five.
If they win the series, which is pretty likely, they will face one of the two teams that really gave them a run throughout the regular season.
Orangeville Northmen and the Niagara Thunderhawks are battling on the other series with Orangeville leading two games to one going into Game #4 Thursday night.
Monday night, at the Forest Glade Arena in Windsor, the Clippers took a 3-2 first period lead, but the hometown fans were silenced in the second when the Rebels unleashed a 10-goal barrage, leaving the Clippers far behind and shell shocked heading into the third, with the Rebels ahead 12-7.
The referees kept the whistle in their pockets throughout most of the game and let the players decide it with only six minutes spent n the box for misbehaving Rebels and 10 minutes for the Clippers.
Briley Miller got the win in the Six Nations’ net, and he earned it facing 46 Windsor shots. Ian Ferguson suffered the loss at the other end of the floor facing 54 Rebels shots.
Danton Miller led the Rebels charge with a pair of goals and four assists. Travis Longboat was good for three goals and two assists, Daylin Hill registered three goals, Layne Smith scored two and assisted on two, as did Ricky Smith.
Also scoring were Josh Miller (1G,1A), Mitch Green (1G,2A), Garret Vyse-Square (4A), Kessler Doolittle (2A) and Alex Henry (1G,1A).
In Game #1 played July 10th, at the ILA, the Rebels chose the third period to “unleash the beast” as it were.
The Rebels led 4-2 after the first period and the Clippers looked like they had a chance to steal one. They were down 8-5 at the end of the second period and still within striking distance, but the Rebels left no doubt about the eventual outcome scoring seven times in the third win the game, and leave a message.
Danton Miller scored one and assisted on five for a six-point night, while Travis Longboat scored two and assisted on three. Mitch Green went two and two for four points.