SIX NATIONS – If anyone knows the Rebels this season; the games to see are the ones played against teams with older and hardened players. Much like the one played on Friday, June 17, which ended in a tie 12-12 versus the Niagara Thunderhawks.
Coming back from a previous loss to the Thunderhawks, the Rebels came out with nothing but determination throughout the game.
Although allowing the Thunderhawks to out score them in the first, Jeremy Bomberry and Assistant Captain Josh Miller both ensured their marks were on the scoreboard making the game 2-3 by the end.
Following up with the second period, the Rebels allowed Niagara to score one more before launching a series of back and forth scoring. Daylen Hill and ‘AP’ Riley Miller scored within minutes of each other, and ‘AP’ Wes Whitlow followed with another in the middle of the period. This brought the game to 5-7 in favour of the Thunderhawks, but it was in this time frame that the Rebels came back.
Goals came from Josh Miller with his second, Dreyton Martin unassisted, and Jeremy Bomberry with three only minutes a part. The Rebels finally took the lead by one at the end of the second period thanks to Bomberry’s hat trick, making the score 10-9.
The third period as well kept the Rebels in the lead, as Lyle Hill got a quick pass from Martin and buried. This set up for another quick goal minutes later by ‘AP’ Riley Miller with his second. But, the Thunderhawks seemed to catch momentum as the Rebels got a little too comfortable with their lead. Three goals were answered in the span of five minutes, and this tied the game up once again and opened for a fourth period.
Within this 10 minute period, family, friends and fans were brought to the edges of their seats, as both teams fought their hardest to score. Overall, Niagara led the game in the beginning but had to play catch up in the end; this led to neither side claiming victory as neither team wanted to surrender.