An eight-point night by Wes Whitlow led the Six Nations Snipers to a 20-14 win over the Whitby Steelhawks in ALL East action on Sunday.
It would be the Steelhawks that would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter off of goals from Cam Milligan and Tristan Hanna.
Johnny Powless’ power play marker at 5:19 got Six Nations on the board. However, Kris Veltman would put Whitby back up 3–1 with a short handed goal.
Rodd Squire of Six Nations and Dylan Goddard for Whitby exchanged goals until Squire and Powless ended the first quarter on a two-goal run for the Snipers.
The Snipers held the momentum with Vern Hill finding the back of the net 43 seconds into the second quarter. Six Nations held their first lead 5-4.
Milligan scored at 11:53 to Whitby back on the board to knot the game up at 5.
Mike McLaughlin scored for the Snipers at 10:22. The Six Nations’ lead was short-lived as Dan Michel would beat Snipers’ goaltender Dylan Sprentz 12 seconds later.
Six Nations would start to pull away with goals from Goddard and Tyler Brown.
The two teams exchanged goals to head into halftime with Veltman and Michel scoring for the Steelhawks and Goddard and Whitlow for the Snipers. Make the score 10-8 Six Nations at the break.
Six Nations Takes Over Second Half
Brown and Tye Argent expanded the Snipers’ lead to 12-8 in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone, Whitby would get within one goal with two markers from Michel and a single from Adam Perroni.
Whitby couldn’t capitalize on a Gavin Skye cross-checking penalty, but Justin Martin would get a shortie for the Snipers at 4:31.
Vern Hill would score with 15 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 14-11 for Six Nations.
The wheels would fall off for Whitby in the fourth.
Whitlow would open the fourth quarter scoring. The Steelhawks put together a two-goal run with Tyler Goodchild and Mark Farthing goals.
Cue a five-goal run by Six Nations to put the game out of reach. Scoring was Whitlow with a pair, Argent, Daylen Hill and Vern Hill.
Nick Webb would score with 59 seconds left in the game for the Steelhawks, but at that point, the damage was done.
Laine Hruska and Lucas Coote split the time in goal for Whitby.
Wes Whitlow, 4g 4a
Johnny Powless, 2g 4a
Vern Hill, 3g 2a
Dan Michel, 4g 1a
Cam Milligan, 2g 2a
Kris Veltman, 2g 1a
Dylan Goddard, 1g 2a
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.