SIX NATIONS – The “Drive-for-Five” season continues as the four-time Founders Cup winning Six Nations Rebels posted two more victories this week to improve their 2015 record to 9-0 to lead the Southwest Division with 18 points.
Saturday night, in Guelph, the Rebels bettered the Guelph Regals 9-7 in a surprisingly close matchup. The Regals have two wins to their credit so far this season and put up a good battle, but in the end, the equity Six Nations built up in a six-goal second period was enough to fend off a Guelph comeback attempt in the third.
Guelph call up, AP player, Tye Kurtz accounted for five goals and an assist in the Regals’ loss.
The Rebels were powered by Mitch Green, who scored two and assisted on three. Other rebels netting goals were Rickey Smith (1G,2A), Danton Miller (1G,1A), Josh Miller (1G), Garret Vyse-Square (1G,1A), AP Ceaton Smoke (1G,1A), Alex Henry (1G,1A), Jerry Staats (1G). Briley Miller earned the win in goal.
The night before, the Rebels doubled up on the visiting Niagara Thunderhawks 10-5 with a well balanced attack and some fine goaltending from Briley Miller with a stonewall defense in front of him.
The checking was close in the first period as the Thunderhawks came at the Rebels, but Chayton King recorded the only goal at 2:02 from Garret Vyse-Square. Miller had to come up with several good saves to keep Niagara off the scoresheet.
Each team scored two in the second with the Thunderhawks markers coming from Zack Dubuc and Cates Abram, and Six Nations scorers Kevin Hill and Alex Henry.
The score was 3-2 for Six Nation heading into the third period when Niagara jumped into a 4-3 lead with early goals from Dave D’Agostino and Brad Thomas.
Rebels coach Derrek General rallied his troops and responded with King’s second of the game and Jerry Staats to restore the one goal lead.
Thomas scored for Niagara at the 10-minute mark of the third to make it a 5-5 tie, which only served to stir up the Rebels’ bench as the Rebels exploded with a five goal outburst to leave the Thunderhawks in the dust.
The barrage started at 10:28 with Mitch Green, Layne Smith Josh Miller and two by Travis Longboat, for the 10-5 win.