Big weekend for Warriors

A member of the Brantford Warriors junior C lacrosse team takes a shot on goal during a practice earlier this season. Expositor file photo

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This weekend will be a crucial one for the Brantford Warriors, who will play two games against the top team in the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s junior C west division.

Heading into the weekend, Brantford (9-2) trails Wilmot (10-3) by two points, however, the Warriors have a pair of games in hand. Also fighting for top spot is Fergus (9-4).

The Warriors will host the first game in the home-and-away series on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Wilmot then welcomes Brantford to its home arena on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The two games will mark the final time the teams play this season unless they meet in the playoffs.  Brantford beat Wilmot 10-9 on May 3 at the Gretzky centre.

The Warriors have two wins in their past two games, beating Barrie 13-5 at home on Saturday and Caledon 10-7 on the road on Monday.

A tight game against Barrie became a Brantford win when it outscored its opponent 4-0 in the third period. Caleb Wells (2G, 2A), Dalton Thomas (1G, 3A), Josh Millette, (3G, 1A), Michael Comeau (4A) and Max Lewis (2G, 2A) all got four points in the game. Goaltender Jacob Moir earned the win.

Against Caledon, the Warriors jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead and then hung on for the victory. Max Lewis (3G, 1A), Duncan Carte (2G, 1A), Nash Kramer (3A) and Michael Comeau (1G, 2A) were the offensive leaders as Bobby Morrison earned the win in goal.

 

MAJOR SERIES LACROSSE – SIX NATIONS CHIEFS

 

The Six Nations Chiefs are 1-1 in their past two games, beating Cobourg 13-8 on the road on Sunday before losing 9-8 to Brampton at home on Tuesday.

Randy Staats had a massive game against Cobourg, scoring four goals and adding six assists for 10 points. Jordan Durston (1G, 5A), Kyler Kilgour (2G, 3A) and Cody Jamieson (1G, 4A) also made huge impacts on the game sheet. Doug Jamieson was the winner in goal.

Before the game against Brampton was half over, the Chiefs trailed 8-2. Although Six Natons battled back, it came up just short. Lyle Thompson (2G, 2A) and Cody Jamieson (2G, 2A) each got four points with Randy Staats (3G) right behind. Dillon Ward suffered the loss between the pipes.

 

JUNIOR A – SIX NATIONS ARROWS

 

Six Nations followed up a busy weekend with a tough loss to first-place St. Catharines on Wednesday. Heading out on the road, the Arrows dropped a 13-6 decision to St. Catharines. Six Nations scored the first goal of the game but then it was outscored 6-1 during the remainder of the opening period as St. Catharines built a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Clay Scanlin (4A) and Chase Scanlan (3G) led the offensive charge for the Arrows. Troy Holowchuk took the loss in goal.

 

JUNIOR B – SIX NATIONS REBELS

 

The Rebels are ready to finish a terrific regular season.

Heading into their final regular season game of the year, at home on Friday against Windsor, Six Nations will look to finish things off with a win that would move its record to 19-1.

Six Nations enters that final game following a 12-6 win on the road on Sunday against Wallaceburg. In what has been a usual occurrence this season, Wes Whitlow (2G, 4A), Marshall Powless (1G, 4A) and Sidney Powless (2G, 3A) sparked the offence with Imani Mitten picking up the win in goal.

The Rebels currently lead the entire 24-team league in goals per game (15.3) and are second in goals against per game (5.8).

Six Nations has the fourth-best power-play percentage (40.16) and ninth-best penalty-killing percentage (72.73). Then team also leads the league in short-handed goals (25).

Marshall Powless leads the league in scoring (50G, 92A, 142 points), which is 34 more points than his next closest competitor.

Sidney Powless (43G, 55A) is tied for third in scoring while Wes Whitlow (30G, 65A) is sixth.

Rebels goalie Briley Miller (5.53) has the best goals against average.

 

ONTARIO SERIES LACROSSE – SIX NATIONS RIVERMEN

 

The Six Nations Rivermen will be looking to regain their legs quickly this weekend. Six Nations hasn’t played since June 4, when it scored a 12-7 win against K-W to break a two-game losing streak. The Rivermen return to action with two road games this weekend, on Saturday in Ennismore and on Sunday in Waterloo.

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