Six Nations earned their first win with a 19-5 rout of Coquitlam in Game 3 of the Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre on Tuesday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
After being held to a combined 12 goals in the first two games of the series, Six Nations showed they’re more than capable of finding the back of the net. With NLL players and prospects in action for both teams, the Arrows scored a playoff-high 19 goals to take Game 3 of the Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre by a score of 19-5 against the Coquitlam Adanacs.
“Our backs were against the wall and the boys responded,” said Arrows head coach Marshall Abrams. "We’re very happy with our play and we just have to keep it going for Game 4.”
In a game that saw 15 game misconducts and 54 penalties, the rough play seemed to favor Six Nations, who were using their aggressiveness to frustrate the Adanacs and forcing them to take some early penalties.
“In the first two games, we took too many penalties and were undisciplined,” said Abrams. "This time we were heavy on the cross-check and took it on the chin when we had to and answered on the scoreboard.”
The Arrows scored two shorthanded goals and another three times on the powerplay, as they outshot the Adanacs 48-42.
“I know we’ll expect a better game from Coquitlam tomorrow night," Abrams added. "They’re going to come out hungry and we have to match that intensity right off the bat.”
Arrows captain, Johnny Powless led the way with a game-high seven points (2+5), Joseph Maracle had six points and Josh Johnson delivered with a five goal performance.
“We needed that win,” said Powless. “The guys believed in each other and we came together tonight and played like a team.”
“That was a big game for me,” said Arrows goaltender Doug Jamieson. “I didn’t play my best the first two games, so it was nice to make some big saves and see the guys step up and score some goals.”
For the Adanacs, the team still leads the series 2-1 and know that the battle is far from over.
“It’s just one game,” said Coquitlam head coach Neil Doddridge. “They all can’t go the right way and this one obviously didn’t. We’re not down 2-1, we’re up 2-1. As of right now, we’re closer to winning the series than they are.”
Coquitlam leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 of the Minto Cup set for Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET at Langley Events Centre.
Johnny Powless (Six Nations & Rochester Knighthawks)
Don Alton (Six Nations & Philadelphia Wings)
Wenster Green (Six Nations & Rochester Knighthawks)
Peter Dubenski (Coquitlam & Calgary Roughnecks)
Taylor Northway (Coquitlam & Rochester Knighthawks)
NLL draft prospects:
Eli McLaughlin (Coquitlam- eligible for 2014 NLL Draft)
Wes Berg (Coquitlam- eligible for 2015 NLL Draft)