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Bantam heartbreaker at the Gaylord Powless Arena

OHSWEKEN – The Six Nations Bantams’ disappointment could only be matched by the Norwich Knighthawks’ elation Sunday afternoon at the Gaylord Powless Arena in a 5-5 tie game.

The Six Nations Bantam Reps and the Norwich Knighthawks battled to a thrilling 5-5 tie at the Gaylord Powless Arena Sunday afternoon in Southern Counties playoff action. Six Nations’ Captain Tanner Jonathan had a strong two-way game. (Photo by Jim Windle)

The Six Nations Bantam Reps and the Norwich Knighthawks battled to a thrilling 5-5 tie at the Gaylord Powless Arena Sunday afternoon in Southern Counties playoff action. Six Nations’ Captain Tanner Jonathan had a strong two-way game. (Photo by Jim Windle)

OHSWEKEN – The Six Nations Bantams’ disappointment could only be matched by the Norwich Knighthawks’ elation Sunday afternoon at the Gaylord Powless Arena in a 5-5 tie game.

Six Nations thought they had made it past a very hard working Norwich club in Southern Counties playoff action, with Cecil Monture’s late game goal, but it wasn’t over yet.

Norwich stormed into the Six Nations zone and attacked the net throwing Six Nations into a momentary fit of chaos, just long enough to tie the score again at 5-5 with 16 seconds remaining, to earn the point for the tie game.
Six Nations took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals by Davin Whitlow. The second was a beauty, as the speedy Whitlow shot down the right wing from his own blue line putting fakes on Norwich defenders to put himself right in front of Norwich goaltender Aric Pedley before lifting a wrist shot high to the stick side.

Dylan Morrison performed almost the same act at the other end of the ice for Norwich, but used a backhander to beat Jesse Longboat in the Six Nations net, to end the first period with Six Nations leading 2-1.

Although Six Nations carried more territorial play in the second period, many of the shots fired on Pedley were low percentage shots from far out or bad angles.

At the three-minute mark, Branden Briggs evened the score at 2-2 after Longboat made a first and a second save but his defense could not clear the puck before Briggs buried the second rebound.

With 34 seconds remaining in the period, Cecil Monture took the puck behind the Norwich goal and put a pass onto the waiting stick of captain, Tanner Jonathan to send the teams into the third period with Six Nations clinging to a 3-2 lead.

Thirty seconds into the frame, Gage Deborahraeve surprised Six Nations to even up things again. Then, 2:19 later, Norwich struck again to take the 4-3 lead with Tyson Simpson’s goal.

That set up the thrilling final minute of the game when Nick Martin and Norwich’s Morrison did their dramatics to end the game in a 5-5 tie.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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