SIX NATIONS – The Orangeville Northmen gave the Six Nations Rebels their toughest opposition to date Friday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, but Layne Smith’s goal scored at 9:34 of the third period from Cecil Monture and Josh Miller stood up as the game winner. The 6-5 win kept the Rebels perfect 14-0 season going while the Orangeville loss makes it 13-3 for the Midwest Division leaders.
Not taking anything away from the Northmen, who played a very solid game at both ends of the floor, but the Rebels just didn’t seem themselves on this night. There was a good reason for that. Several key Rebels were absent, playing in high school tournaments for McKinnon Park, Hagersville Secondary and Assumption College in Brantford.
Green did not want to offer that as an excuse after the game, but instead, gave the Northmen full marks for their game.
“It was a really good game. They are a very good team,” said team captain Mitch Green of the Orangeville opponents. “We played good enough to beat ‘em. That’s all I can say about that. We had another level to go today. They played well but so did we. We’re not the defending champions for nothing.”
Green is pleased with the way the team chemistry and comradely is coming together and says tat the dressing room moral is high as the Rebels try for a never before done, fifth consecutive Founders Cup.
Layne Smith was on fire with four goals to lead the Rebels offense while Briley Miller put in a stellar performance in goal.
Smith opened the scoring at 1:26 on a powerplay assisted by Danton Miller and Travis Longboat. Ricky Smith added another, unassisted, at 11:58 to give Six Nations at 2-0 lead before Grayson Houghton got the Northmen started at 12:16.
Houghton scored again at 4:44 of the second to tie the game at 2-2. Layne Smith handed the lead back to the Rebels, but Mike Sutton erased that goal seconds later. Cecil Monture restored the lead and Smith added some insurance with his third of the game at 17:09. That insurance was needed, as the Northmen continued to pressure the Rebels in the third.
Orangeville notched the first two goals of the final frame to even the score at 5-5 before Smith’s game winner.
After such stiff competition Friday night, the Rebels had light duty against the Owen Sound North Stars Sunday in Owen Sound.
The Rebs attacked quickly. Josh Miller scored from Cecil Monture at 5:03 which Sherman Williams and Kessler Doolittle followed up on with unassisted goals less than a minute apart, and Chayton King’s first of the game from Layne Smith.
The North Stars connected with a short-hander at 12:18, which King answered at 18:15 to end the first 20 minutes with the Rebels leading 4-1.
It continued to go down hill for the Stars from there and by the end of the 14-3 Rebels’ win, their record was a perfect 15-0.
Multiple goal scorers included, Josh Miller (2G), Mitch Green (4G), Kessler Doolittle (3G), Chayton King (2G). Single goal contributors included Layne Smith, Sherman Williams and Cecil Monture.
This coming Thursday, Six Nations will be in Hamilton for a 7:30 pm start before hosting the Spartans of St Catharines at the ILA, Friday, June 12. Tuesday, June 16, they will be in Niagara.