SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Jr. C Warriors will face the Wilmot Wild in round two of the OLA Jr. C post season after eliminating the Halton Hills Bulldogs 12-9 in the best-of-three first round.
Even though the bus from Halton Hills arrived on time for Monday night’s pivotal game at the ILA, the players seemed to show up about 20 minutes late, as the Six Nations Warriors took a 4-0 first period lead.
The Dogs woke up in a goal filled second period with each side adding six marks on their side of the score sheet.
Halton Hills outscored the Warriors 3-2 in the third, but it was their slow start that made the difference as the Warriors move on and the Dogs take the rest of the summer off.
Wesley Whitlow had the hot stick for Six Nations scoring three and assisting on another. Tyler Brown scored two and assisted on three to help secure the Six Nations win.
Josh Daly earned with win in the Warriors goal.
The Jr. C Six Nations Warriors edged out the Bulldogs 12-11 in Game #1 of the best-of-three Western Division quarterfinals, Saturday afternoon in Alcott Arena.
The Warriors kept pace with the Dogs throughout the first period, which ended in a 4-4 tie. Halton Hills pulled out ahead in the second period 8-6 in hopes of an upset the league leaders, but the Warriors refocused between periods and took the lead away as they chipped away at the deficit.
Halton added an early goal at the 36-second mark of the third period to put the Warriors even further behind the eight ball at 9-6. But Wesley Whitlow would not let that add to the Bull Dog’s momentum with a powerplay goals scored only seconds later. The Warriors got stronger as the Bull Dogs weakened and with two back-to-back goals scored by Madison General, the comeback was in progress, which Isaiah Mt. Pleasant, Bailey Skye and Vern Hill completed for the 12-11 win.
Goaltending duties were shared by Josh Daly and Dylan Busby-Corver.
The second round schedule was not drawn up by press time.
NOTE: While successful on the playing floor, the Warriors management were dealt with harshly by the OLA for knowingly playing ineligible players for most of the regular season.
It is up to the team management to inform the league brass of any AP players they use so they can be carded as such. The Warriors did not do that and as a result all 13 games where ineligible players were used, were removed from their wins record dropping them from a first place finish to barely making the playoffs. However, they are in the hunt and could still win the Jr. C Ontario Championship.