Six Nations tied up Minto Cup series 2-2 with Coquitlam with 10-7 win in Game 4 at Langley Events Centre. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
With NLL players & prospects suiting up for both teams, the Minto Cup Canadian Jr. A Championship is now a best-of-three series. The Six Nations Arrows evened things up by defeating the Coquitlam Adanacs by a score of 10-7 in Game 4 at Langley Events Centre on Wednesday night.
It wasn’t an ideal start for the Arrows, allowing three goals in 1:13 of the first period. From there on, Six Nations tightened up their defense, allowing four goals in the rest of the game.
“Their face-off man has been really good,” said Arrows head coach Marshall Abrams. “We just had to settle the boys down and keep our composure because we knew we were also going to make a run.”
Six Nations was led with another strong performance from Rochester Knighthawks forward Johnny Powless. The Arrows captain scored twice and added four assists while forward Josh Johnson scored four times, including the game winner.
“As one of the leaders on the team, I had to step up at one point,” said Johnson. “I got lucky on a couple shots, and it happened to be my night.”
The Arrows have stepped into another gear offensively, scoring 29 goals in the last two games and outshooting Coquitlam, 106-85.
“We started to get hot and set our picks,” said Johnny Powless. “Our defense made a few adjustments and we started to play Six Nations lacrosse.”
This marks the first time the Adanacs have lost two games in a row all season.
“It was a battle,” said head coach Neil Doddridge. “Both teams came to play, but we fell just short.”
“We had some momentum in the third period,” said Doddridge. “We were down by two, when I think the refs missed an interference call. Jordan Gilles gets laid out on a pick, they go in and score and get it back to a three-goal lead."
Coquitlam’s Wesley Berg was held to just one point in Game 4, as the Arrows have started to be more aggressive on the Adanacs captain.
“They’re (Six Nations) just not getting called for their penalties,” said Doddridge. “They’re playing tough defense, as we are, and now it comes down to which team can win two more games.”
The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Game 5 of the Minto Cup is Thursday 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)
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