Chiefs re-claim 1st-place, can finish no worse than 3rd-place.
Game Report to follow.
For Immediate Release by Six Nations Chiefs
Friday, July 23, 2004
Six Nations Chiefs win 8th straight to finish off the regular season
OHSWEKEN Six Nations Chiefs completed their best OLA Major Series season since 1996 when they won their 3rd straight Mann Cup.
It was the Chiefs 8th straight win which helped them climbed back into first-place following a 9-4 victory over the 6th-place, St.Catharines Athletics at the new Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) Friday night.
The Chiefs record is now 12-5-1 for 25 points, only one point ahead of Brooklin Redmen (12-5-0) for top spot.
Brooklin has one game remaining Saturday night when they host the winless, Windsor Warlocks in both teams season finales.
The third-place, Peterborough Lakers (11-5-0= 22 Pts) are the only team that has a shot at knocking the Chiefs out of a possible first-round bye as they play a pair of games in Akwesasne against the Thunder (6-9-1= 13 Pts) to finish off both of their seasons.
Playing for the first time at the new ILA, both teams had issues with the new clock that was installed just prior to the start of the game.
The Athletics Billy Dee Smith had the biggest issue as he thought that he had scored into an empty Chief net in the dying seconds of the first period. Smith and his teammates were a little upset when the referees had informed them that the goal will be disallowed since the clock had run out, but the buzzer did not go off.
Technicians solved the problem for the start of the 2nd period.
So instead of being only one goal behind Six Nations after one period, the As wound up being down 4-2 instead.
A minor collision between the As, Drew Candy and the Chiefs Tim Bomberry turned into Battle-Royale as Candy-Bomberry landed in the Chiefs bench area.
Since the fight was outside the playing surface, the combatants were issued game misconduct with Candy receiving an extra five-minute major for kicking.
St.Catharines top player, Mark Steenhuis (40th of the season) notched a short-handed goal early in the second, but a powerplay marker by Delby Powless (31st of the season) less than a couple of minutes later. The Powless would turn out to be the game-winning marker.
Chiefs veteran, Dallas Squire got his 10th goal of the season for a 6-3 Six Nations lead after 40 minutes.
Six Nations rookie-of-the-year candidate, Tom Montour would complete the scoring with an empty-net marker late in the third period to earn him the game ball.
Since this was the Chiefs final regular season game, the final stats for the players showed that Delby Powless (31G, 32A= 63 Pts) and Cory Bomberry (15G, 48A= 63 Pts) finished tied for the Chiefs regular season games.
Mike Longboat (1G, 2A), Kim Squire (1G, 2A) and Cory Bomberry (3A) led the Chiefs with three points each. Cam Bomberry (1G, 1A), Dallas Squire (1G, 1A), Jason Henhawk (1G, 1A), Neal Powless (1G, 1A), Roger Vyse (2A) and Gewas Schindler (2A) finished with two points each. Single Six Nations points were by Delby Powless (1G), Brock Boyle (1G), Tom Montour (1G), J. D. Jones (1A) and goalie, Ken Montour (1A).
Tony Henderson (2G), Mark Steenhuis (1G, 1A) and Mike Hominuk (2A) led the As with a pair of points each. Single St.Catharines points were by Pat McCready (1G), Mike Daley (1A), Sean Holmes (1A) and goalie, Matt Vinc (1A).
The Chiefs wont know who their playoff opponent will be until Sunday night with the OLA Major Series regular season is completed.
St.Catharines Athletics Line-up
48. Matt Vinc (Starting Goalie)
6. Carter Livingstone
7. Tony Henderson A
8. Billy Dee Smith
9. Mark Steenhuis A
10. Pat McCready
12. Mike Daley
18. Chris Mackie
19. Jon Sullivan
20. Marc Landriault A
22. Sean Holmes
23 Brian Ferguson
26. Drew Candy
42. Matt Roik
77. Matt Skinner
93. Mike Hominuk
Six Nations Chiefs Line-up
29. Ken Montour (Starting Goalie)
1. Derek General (Backup Goalie)
3. J. D. Jones
6. Kyle Jamieson
7. Mike Longboat
8. Neal Powless
9. Delby Powless
10. Brock Boyle
11. Dallas Squire
14. Tim Bomberry C
15. Tom Montour
16. Chuck Doxtator
18. Cam Bomberry A
19. Landon Miller
22. Roger Vyse
42. Gewas Schindler
49. Tyler Bomberry
72. Cory Bomberry A
88. Jason Henhawk
93. Kim Squire
St.Catharines Athletics 2-1-1= 4
Six Nations Chiefs 4-2-3= 9
St.Catharines Athletics 6-32-0= 38
Six Nations Chiefs 0-19-0= 19
1. Six Nations, 18-Cam Bomberry (13) (11-Dallas Squire and 22-Roger Vyse) 2:30
2. St.Catharines, 7-Tony Henderson (22) (12-Mike Daley and 93-Mike Hominuk) 5:10
3. St.Catharines, 10-Pat McCready (4) (9-Mark Steenhuis) 10:36 (SH)
4. Six Nations, 93-Kim Squire (7) (18-Cam Bomberry and 72-Cory Bomberry) 13:41
5. Six Nations, 7-Mike Longboat (30) (72-Cory Bomberry and 42-Gewas Schindler) 16:21 (PPG)
6. Six Nations, 10-Brock Boyle (5) (3-J. D. Jones and 7-Mike Longboat) 18:57
Penalties 1. St.Catharines 42-Matt Roik (Roughing) 7:02; 2. St.Catharines 42-Matt Roik (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 7:02; 3. St.Catharines 7-Tony Henderson (Roughing) 16:08
Timeout Six Nations at 19:39
7. St.Catharines, 9-Mark Steenhuis (40) (48-Matt Vinc) 6:50 (SH)
8. Six Nations, 9-Delby Powless (31) (93-Kim Squire and 72-Cory Bomberry) 8:39 (PPG) (GWG)
9. Six Nations, 11-Dallas Squire (10) (22-Roger Vyse and 93-Kim Squire) 13:44
Penalties 4. St.Catharines 26-Drew Candy (5-Minute Fighting Served by 18-Chris Mackie) 3:45; 5. St.Catharines 26-Drew Candy (5-Minute Kicking Served by 42-Matt Roik) 3:45; 6. St.Catharines 26-Drew Candy (Game Misconduct) 3:45; 7. St.Catharines 26-Drew Candy (2nd -Game Misconduct) 3:45; 8. Six Nations 14-Tim Bomberry (5-Minute Fighting Served by 49-Tyler Bomberry) 3:45; 9. Six Nations 14-Tim Bomberry (Game Misconduct) 3:45; 10. Six Nations Bench Minor (Served by 19-Landon Miller) 3:45; 11. St. Catharines 6-Carter Livingstone (Tripping) 7:19; 12. Six Nations 15-Tom Montour (Penalty Shot) 16:26
Penalty Shot St.Catharines 10-Pat McCready (Failed) 16:26
Timeouts St.Catharines @ 19:36
10. St.Catharines, 7-Tony Henderson 2 (23) (93-Mike Hominuk and 22-Sean Holmes) 3:25
11. Six Nations, 88-Jason Henhawk (11) (7-Mike Longboat and 8-Neal Powless) 6:31
12. Six Nations, 8-Neal Powless (15) (88-Jason Henhawk and 42-Gewas Schindler) 14:36
13. Six Nations, 15-Tom Montour (17) (29-Ken Montour) 19:34 (EN)
Timeouts St.Catharines @ 10:44
Winner of 50/50 T. Thomas ($ 212.00)
By Wray Maracle
Six Nations Chiefs Director of Media Relations