Huge Shoot Out in Hagersville

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The curtain came down on the Regular Season the Arena Lacrosse League East with a wild one.

If you like offense,this was for you.

A combined 30 goals, 42 assists and 128 shots highlighted the 17-13 Six Nations victory.

In a match up at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in Hagersville saw Former NLLer, Johnny Powless post a seven point game to fuel the sixth straight win for the Snipers.(10-2)

“St. Catharines had nothing to lose, They were out there playing pretty hard.” said Powless.

Head Coach, Darcy Powless, knowing first place was locked up, took the opportunity to clear his bench.

To the Action:

St.Catherine’s came out with a hot hand and utilized Cody Ward (2g,1a) scoring with just :14 seconds gone.

Ward helped by Seamus Shanahan (1a) set up Lucas Beaver (1g) at 13:06 followed with a power play goal from Chris Attwood (3g) helped by Anthony Patterson and Wayne Hill (2a) put the Snipers behind the eight Ball with less than four minutes played.

The Snipers adjusted their scope with Vern Hill (3a) and Ross Hill setting up the start of the Powless (4g,3a) big game.

Powless accompanied by Tyler Brown, helped get it to a 3-2 game assisting on Cheyton King’s first of three goals and five points at 8:27.

Tyler Brown (2g,2a) and Ross Hill (2g,2a)doing the work for a 4-3 Snipers lead with 6:09 to play

Oakley Thomas (3g,2a) stopped the run with Brown at 3:19 follwed by Anthony Patterson (1g,1a) ended the opening stanza with a 5-5 score.

The Second..

Six Nations flexed their muscles to seize a 10-5 lead and outscoring the Shockwave, 5-1.

Jordan Goddard (1g,3a), Jeremy Bomberry (2g,2a), Rodd Squire (1g) with Powless and Mike McGloughlin (2a) setting the plate for Cheyton King.

Bomberry potted a set up from King and Vern Hill to get the run to five goals and the 10-5 advantage.

With :39 on the clock, Beaver stopped the run and the half with a 10-6 Six Nations edge.

Half-Way Done

Thomas hit rope at 13:03 to make it a three goal game Just over a minute and a half later,Tyler Conn (2a) hit Powless with a pretty pass that Powless quick sticked for his second.

Powless and Brown kept the pressure on with King reaping the benefits at 9:38 to increase the lead to 12-7.

St.Catherine’s went on the offensive with Jordan Medeiros (1g), Thomas and Rees (1g,2a) and, just like that, it was a two goal game, 12-10.

The Snipers took a deep breath and countered at 1:22 with Gavin Skye (1g) followed with :30 left with Powless putting home a work around from Jake Bomberry and Brooker Muir (1a).

The curtain came down on the third with the Snipers in control, 14-10.

Wind It Down

Attwood went back to back at 12:54 and 10:51 to snag his hat trick and get it back to a two goal differential, 14:12.

Sensing the comeback, Cody Ward got it to 14-13 with 9:28 to play.

The Snipers fired back courtesy of Ross Hill, Vern Hill and Tye Argent (4a) setting up the fourth for Powless and Daylen Hill (1g,1a) to give Six Nations it’s 6th Consecutive win.

After having to come from a five goal deficit the previous day, the Snipers were prepared.

“Saturday’s game was a bit of a wakeup call, We were a little more prepared (on Sunday) knowing teams aren’t just going to roll over and let us pound on them.” Coach Powless spoke candidly.

Inside the Numbers:

• Each team fired 64 shots with Chase Martin (Shockwave) turning aside 47 and Dylan Sprentz stopping 51 for the Snipers

• Despite a total of 11 penalties being called, only one advantage was registered with Six Nations going 0 for 5 and St. Catherine’s 1 of 5.

• Scoring Leaders: For Six Nations.

Johnny Powless 4g,3a

Cheyton King 3g,2a

Ross Hill 2g,2a.

Tye Argent 4 assists.

St. Catherine’s:

Oakley Thomas. 3g, 2a.

Chris Attwood. 3g,1a

Cody Ward. 2g,1a

Jake Bomberry 2g,1a

Huge Shootout in Hagersville.

• By virtue of regular season standings, Six Nations and the Whitby Warriors have first round byes.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.