SIX NATIONS — The Peterborough Jr. C Lakers lead the final, best-of-five series against the Six Nations Warriors, two games to none, putting all the pressure on the Warriors after a 10-7 loss August 1st in Game #1, played in Peterborough. That was followed by a second straight loss, this time 13-3 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Sunday afternoon, August 2nd.
The Warriors may have had a better result in both games had they played the Lakers even at five aside. But they just couldn’t seem to keep their emotions in check as the Lakers pounded the Warriors 13-3 in Game #2, which the visitors spent most of the game on the powerplay. Even assistant coach Jay Smith couldn’t hold his temper and was tossed from the game for complaining too long and too hard over the referee’s penalty decisions.
The lack to discipline shown by the Warriors on Sunday was frustrating for fans to watch, as Six Nations drew 63 minutes in 20 infractions while Peterborough served 22 minutes in 11 penalties.
The truth is, the Warriors didn’t seem to be in the game right off the hop. Meanwhile, the Lakers looked poised and ready to play, and built a 5-2 first period lead.
There was a lot of action in the second period but no goals scored by either team as the 5-2 score remained until 1:29 of the third period which the Lakers dominated outscoring Six Nations 5-1 for the 13-3 final score. Warriors’ goals were scored by Wesley Whitlow, Chauncey Hill and Bradley Hill.
The mountain in front of Six Nations heading into Game #3, was of their own making, but the Warriors hope to come back from it. But it will take winning the next three games straight to do so. Without a lot more discipline on the part of Six Nations, this could be a mountain too high to climb.
The Warriors have proven all season they can beat anyone at even strength, but not with a man or two short all night, as has been the case so far this series.
Should the Warriors pull their act together in time, Game #4 of the best-of-five series will be played at the ILA Saturday Aug. 8th at 2 pm. Game #5 is back at the Ennismore Recreation Complex, Sunday August 9th at 7 pm.