The Six Nations Rivermen faced the Oakville Rock in the rubber match for the Clare Levack Trophy as the Ontario Senior B Champions.
The goaltending match-up had Troy Holowchuk in net for Six Nations against Nick Rose in net for the Rock.
With the Oakville Rock jumping out to a quick 7-1 lead, it looked as though the Rock were going to run away with this game. A couple of late first period goals got the Rivermen back in the game. Six Nations kept fighting and brough6 the game within three goals after two periods.
The Rivermen made it very interesting getting within one goal, but a three from Andrew Kew, and a pair by Brandon Slade gave Oakville some breathing room, en route to a 16-12 victory.
To The Game:
Josh Dawick opened the scoring for the Rock with a laser to the top corner off a Dan Lintner feed, but Marcus Elvin of the Rivermen answered with a great individual effort to tie the game.
Zach Kearney gave Oakville the lead again with a bounced shot that beat Troy Holowchuk over his left shoulder, followed by Ryan Lanchbury with a screen shot from the outside at 6:08.
Zach Kearney scored his second of the period from in close at 13:50 to give Oakville a three goal advantage, followed by Marley Angus finishing off a Josh Dawick feed with a bounced shot at 15:18. Andrew Kew added to the Rock lead from the outside finding the top corner at 16:06.
Six Nations replaced Troy Holowchuk with Dusty Hill in net.
The onslaught continued when Ryan Lanchbury welcomed Hill to the game with a low bounced shot on the power-play at 16:47. Greg Elijah-Brown banked a shot off the post at 19:09 for Six Nations, followed by Winter Rivera scoring just 0:10 seconds later to get the Rivermen back in the game.
After one period, Oakville 7 Six Nations 3.
Dan Lintner converted a Jordan McKenna pass at 1:17 from in close, followed by Ryan Lanchbury with a howitzer beating Dusty Hill at 4:07.
The Rivermen came back when Greg Elijah-Brown scored his second of the game with a blast fromni close at 4:34, followed by Danton Miller finding the top corner at 5:40 to bring the score to 9-5 for the Rock.
Andrew Kew fired a laser that found the far corner at 8:50, but Six Nations answered with Greg Elijah-Brown’s third goal of the game at 11:44. Doug Powless brought the game to three goals beating Nick Rose at 15:26, but Andrew Kew’s third of the night slid under Dusty Hill’s pad at 18:20 to increase the score to 11-7. Justin Martin split the defense in transition at 18:56 for Six Nations to end the period scoring.
After two periods, Oakville 11 Six Nations 8.
Photo Courtesy of Oakville Rock OSL Twitter
The Rivermen got moving quickly with Anahilis Doxtator scoring, followed by Dalton Sulver blasting a power-play goal at 1:40 to make it a one goal game.
Andrew Kew scored his fourth of the night in traffic to give the Rock a bit of breathing room. Oakville was then awarded a penalty shot on the ensuing play with Andrew Kew making no mistake for his fifth of the game at 5:22.
Danton Miller feathered a rebound shorthanded at 10:45 to narrow the Rock lead to two, but Brandon Slade answered in twice in transition on breakaways. First off a Bill Hostrawser feed at 12:52, then again at 18:00 making it a four goal Rock lead.
Greg Elijah-Brown fed Dalton Sulver, who made no mistake at 18:51, but Andrew Kew’s sixth goal was the exclamation point at 19:22.
Final score, Oakville 16 Six Nations 12.
The Ontario Series Lacrosse Senior B Champions are the Oakville Rock.
The Three Stars:
1. Andrew Kew
2. Ryan Lanchbury
3. Greg Elijah-Brown
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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.
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