Jr A Northmen drop third period to Six Nations

June 17, 2015   ·   0 Comments

It was looking good on the Rayburn Construction Orangeville Northmen Junior A bench after the first period of Friday night’s game against the first place Six Nations Arrows at the Alder Street arena in Orangeville, but by the midway mark in the third period the O-ville squad knew they were in trouble.

The Northmen were off to a good start when Matt Vangalen scored at just 1:03 into the game follow by a second goal from Jeff Henrick three minutes later.

A third Orangeville goal from Lucas Ducharme left the Six Nations squad scrambling to get back in the game and they managed a pair before the period ended to make it a 3-2 game.

The Northmen again got a good start when they returned for the second period of play when Daniel Craig put one past the Arrows goalie just 30 seconds into the period.

That was followed by a good effort from Owen MacDonald to give Orangeville a 5-3 lead and O-ville fans were hoping the team would following through and give Six Nations their second loss of the season.

The Arrows scored two midway in the frame, but the Northmen responded with two more from Dallas Bridle and Ian Mackay.

Another Six Nations goal with 1:11 left in the period made it a 7-5 game going into the final period.

“It felt pretty good, getting out there quickly,” Said Northmen Ian Mackay of start of the game. “They’re the defending champions so we knew they weren’t going to fold over or anything like that. We only played a full 40 out of 60 (minutes) so that kind of got us in the end.”

It was the third period that dropped the game for the Northmen when Six Nations scored five unanswered goals to tie the game at seven then go ahead with two more then find the empty net for the final goal when the Northmen put six attackers on the floor in an effort to close the gap.

“We usually attack each team the same way. We knew that we would have to be a little tighter, a little smarter with them,” Mackay said of playing the Six Nations team. “In the third period I think we got a little too comfortable with our lead and kind of sat back and they took advantage of it. We knew they could shoot from anywhere on the floor and they showed that in the third period with a few outside goals. It was just a matter of trying to get back in it, and we fell short in the end.”

It was only the third loss for the Northmen this season who ended that game with a 6-3-1 record and a fourth place standing in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League

The team followed up the next night by delivering a win over Mimico Mountaineers in Mimico.

The Northmen opened the scoring on goals from Lucas Ducharme and Ryan Myles, then notched three more from Daniel Craig, Dallas Bridle, and Travis Brown to end the first period 5-2. The Mountaineers fought back in the second frame scoring two period openers then matching two Orangeville goals.

Northmen’ Vangalen and Craig scored and a final second period goal from Braydon Cresswell gave the Orangeville team a two goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

It was a draw in scoring in the third period with each team scoring four, but the Northmen kept the lead to win 12-10 – their seventh in the plus column this season.

Final period Orangeville goals came from Ian Mackay, Daniel Craig, Brandon Slade, and Ryan Myles.

The Northmen took ten minutes in minor penalties for the game.

Mimico also spend ten minutes in the box.

The Mounaineers came to the arena as a last place team having won only two games so far this season.

Over all the Six Nations Arrows are leading the League with a 9-1 record and 18 points.

They are followed by the Peterborough Lakes with 16 points, and Orangeville who moved up a notch to third place after this game with 15 points.

The Junior A Northmen will be in Kitchener-Waterloo tonight (June 18) to take on the Braves.

They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville on Friday, June 19, to host the Peterborough Lakers.

Game time is 8:00 p.m.

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