SIX NATIONS – The Arrows Express eliminated the Peterborough Lakers in six games of the OLA Jr. semi-finals Monday night in Peterborough by the score of 9-7. The win put the Arrows in the OLA Jr. A final series against either the Brampton Excelsiors or the Whitby Warriors.
The two teams were even at the end of the first period at 3-3. Haodais Maracle scored at 4:06 from Quinn Powless and Wenster Green. Nate White evened it a 1-1 but Maracle and Shane Simpson took a 3-1 lead by the 15:25 mark.
The Lakers steamed back with goals by Jake Fox and Josh Carter, both on powerplays, to make it a new game.
Riley Cambell gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead early in the second before Stuart Martin and Johnny Powless closed the second with the Arrows leading 5-4, which set up for an exciting third period.
The Lakers struck early to tie the game at 5-5 with Ethan Walker’s goal at the 45 second mark.
Maracle took the Six Nations’ lead back at 1:35 and Shane Simpson netted a short hander at 3:15. Peterborough scored the next two to even the score again, 7-7.
Johnny Powless scored what would hold up as the game winner at 11:18 from Quinn Powless and Brendan Bomberry, and Ian Martin put the cherry on top with his goal at 13:03.
Doug Jamieson was outstanding in the Arrows net especially late in the third when he held off all Peterborough advances to protect the win.
Until Sunday, it had not been a homer series for either the Six Nations Arrows or the Peterborough Lakers. The Lakers won Game #1, 12-7 at the ILA in Six Nations, and the Arrows Express took Game #2, 15-10 in Peterborough. Game #3 went to the visitors 12-11 at the ILA, and the Arrows took Game #4 out of the Peterborough Memorial Arena.
The Arrows brought the series to a one-win situation for themselves Sunday night in Game #5, by breaking the home floor curse, and defeating the visiting Peterborough Lakers 13-8 at the ILA.
A strong first period made the difference Sunday as Six Nations carved out a 6-2 lead in the opening 20 minutes with two goals each scored by Ian Martin, Haodais Maracle and Brandon Montour. Holdin Cattoni scored both Peterborough goals.
The Arrows continued in the second with goals by Montour, Maracle, Johnny Powless and two by Josh Johnson for an 11-5 lead going into the third. Quinn Powless and Shane Simpson accounted for the last Six Nations goals of the game. The Lakers came back with two late goals but they would not change a thing as the Arrows secured a 3-2 lead on the best of seven series.
Thursday night, at the ILA, the Arrows fought back from a 5-0 first period deficit to push Game #3 into OT. But they could not get that last goal, as the Lakers won it 12-11.
The Arrows came back in the second period to outscore the Lakers 6-3 to complete 40 minutes of play with Peterborough still leading but only by an 8-6 score. The Arrows outscored them again in the third period, 5-3 to force the OT period after an exciting second half of the third. But it was not to be for Six Nations as Lakers’ Josh Currier scored the winner.
Newly drafted by the NHL Colorado Avalanche, Brandon Montour, had a big game scoring three and assisting on three, while Johnny Powless netted three and added an assist.
Starter Don Alton was replaced with Doug Jamieson to start the second period and finished the game.
Friday night, the Arrows kept the home court curse alive in Peterborough when they downed the home team 15-7 in Game #4 by shutting the Lakers out 7-0 in the second period to take a 12-3 lead into the third. Johnny Powless was the playmaker of the night chalking up 6 assists and one goal, while Quinn Powless scored two and assisted on two.
The Arrows’ final series matchups and dates were still not set by press time.