Six Nations Keep Rolling

The Hamilton Bengals (2-4) visited the Six Nations Rivermen (5-1) Friday night at the Six Nations Sports and Cultural Memorial Center.

Six Nations has been rolling over their competition this season, with their only blemish, an early season one goal loss to Brooklin.   Hamilton has fallen on hard times lately losing a pair last weekend, and were hoping they could get back in the win column in this game.

The goaltending match-up had Dylan Sprentz in net for Hamilton facing Dusty Hill in net for the Rivermen.

After a fairly evenly played first period, Six Nations exploded at the end of the second period scoring four unanswered goals, jumping out to a 9-3 lead.  Led by Jordan Durston (3g,2a) and Ross Hill (2g,0a) the Rivermen seemed in control of the game heading into the third.

An inspired Bengals team was able to turn the momentum around, scoring four times on Dusty Hill while only yeilding one to the powerful Rivermen team.  While not enough to overturn the 10-7 result, it was definitely a performance to build upon for future games.

To The Game:

After almost eight scoreless minutes the Rivermen broke the deadlock on the power-play with Tyler Conn converting a Danton Miller pass at 7:58.  Kaden Brennan then increased the lead in transition off a long lead pass from Dusty Hill 0:40 seconds later.

Neil McInroy cut the lead in half while shorthanded with a great individual effort at 12:48, but was answered immediately by Jordan Durston who blasted a Danton Miller pass just 0:27 seconds later.

Tye Argent again got Hamilton on the board converting a Shane Halliwell feed at 13:59, but a late goal from Mason Hill restored the two goal cushion heading to the break.

After one period, Six Nations 4 Hamilton 2.

Second Period:

The Bengals brought the game within one goal again when Shane Halliwell scored on the power-play unassisted at 1:42.  The Rivermen would tighten up their defense the rest of the period, not letting Hamilton get any closer.

The Rivermen broke the game open with a flurry near the end of the period.  Jordan Durston scored his second of the game off a Jordan Goddard pass at 13:16, followed by Ross Hill converting a Danton Miller pass at 14:15 for a three goal lead.

Durston again found the back of the net wiring a Tyler Conn pass at 15:17 on the power-play.  Danton Miller then scored off a Durston feed at 17:09, followed by Ross Hill’s second of the game 0:26 seconds later.

After two periods, Six Nations 9 Hamilton 3.

Third Period:

The Bengals came out roaring in the third with Tye Argent scoring his second of the game off a Shane Halliwell pass at 5:18, followed by Andrew Vradenburg converting a Neil McInroy pass shorthanded at 6:32.  Trevor McDonald then brought the game within three with an unassisted talley at 8:31.

Tanyon Skye stopped the run for the Rivermen scoring a shorthanded goal off a Danton Miller pass at 9:50, but Kealan Pilon blasted a Tye Argent feed at 11:31 to again bring the game within three.

The game went end to end the rest of the way with both Dylan Sprentz and Dusty Hill playing superb in net, not yeilding any more goals on the evening.

Final score, Six Nations 10 Hamilton 7.

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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.