Rivermen suffer first loss, but still hold first

OHSWEKEN – A pair of one goal games this past week in Sr. B lacrosse action saw the Six Nations Rivermen edge the Oakville Titans at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, 11-10, Sunday and a narrow, 8-7 loss to the Brooklin Redmen at the GPA, Saturday night.

It was a quiet first period for the most part, that is if you happened to go for a hotdog for a couple of minutes. The Redmen were first on the scorecard, surprising the Rivermen with two goals in 19 seconds. A minute after that, Roger Vyse scored from Dwayne Porter and it was very suddenly 2-1, which is how the period would end.

Forty-six seconds into the second period it was 3-2 for Brooklin. Dwayne Porter scored from Kedoh Hill at 27 seconds, and Zach Sloan answered at 46 seconds.

The floor began to tilt towards the Rivermen in the middle minutes, of the middle period when Cory Bomberry tied the game again at 3-3 and Kedoh Hill scored the 4-3 go-ahead goal at 12:49.

The teeter tottered towards Brooklin as the period closed. Graham Bergsma tied it at 4-4 and Nick Loyst took the lead back at 18:19.

Kedoh Hill balance the score at 5-5 at 1:23 of the third, and the score flipped flopped the rest of the way. Unfortunately for the Rivermen, it flopped one more time than it flipped and the Merchants went home with the 8-7 win.

Sunday in Oakville, lady luck leaned the Rivermen way as Six Nations eked out an 11-10, come from behind win.

The Rivermen spotted the Rock two first period goals before finding their range. In the second there was all kinds of action starting with Dwayne Porter’s goal from Murray Porter and Kyle Smith and Danton Miller’s tying 2-2 goal from Roger Vyse. Kedoh Hill made it 3-2, Six Nations, at 4:14, which Greg Longboat added to at 5:43.

The Titans pushed back hard and it became an end-to-end free-for-all with the lead trading five times. But on this night, the last goal was the 11-10 winner, scored by Kyle Smith from Josh Johnson and Roger Vyse.

Friday, June 30, The Rivermen clash with the Titans again, this time at the Gaylord Powless Arena at 8 p.m.

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