The Six Nations Arrows are 2014 Minto Cup champions after defeating the Coquitlam Adanacs by a score of 14-8 in Game 6 on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre, taking the best-of-seven series 4-2. The Canadian Jr. A Championships series highlighted NLL players & prospects on both teams playing at the LEC, home of the Vancouver Stealth.
Coquitlam threw everything they had at Six Nations in Game 6, but the Arrows held off the charge as they captured their third ever Minto Cup in franchise history.
“We knew they weren’t going to lay down,” said Arrows coach Marshall Abrams. “We wanted to at least tie the first two periods and then go hard in the third, and we did that,” he said. “Hats off to Coquitlam for a heck of a series.”
After losing the first two, the Arrows won four straight games to claim the title, their first since 2007.
“After those two losses, we just had to get our mind focused and get the jitters out,” said Quinn Powless, who had a goal and five assists in Game 6. “We knew we were the better team and we proved it.”
Johnny Powless, who has won three-straight championships with the Rochester Knighthawks, was named Tournament MVP as the Arrows captain scored 29 points (8g, 21a) in six games.
“We’ve been working so hard for this trophy,” Powless said. “I grew up with all these guys, they’re all family. This means the world to us”.
Along with Powless, the Arrows were backed by some outstanding goaltending. Doug Jamieson stopped 225 of the Adanacs 266 shots in the series, including some crucial saves at key moments.
“Doug was the MVP out East versus Whitby,” said Abrams. “After being down 2-0 in the series, we were all behind him and confident he would step up, which he did.”
Coquitlam looked to be in control after the first two games of the series, but it wasn’t meant to be for the Adanacs.
“We knew it was a matter of time before we saw their best games,” said head coach Neil Doddridge. “They seemed to get better in games three and four. They were really transitioning to the ball well and that got us in trouble.”
“It was a hard fought series,” said Adanacs captain Wesley Berg. “Sometimes the score didn’t really show it. We put it all on the line and we played for each other.”
“It was a great series with two great teams playing the game the right way,” said Doddridge. "We emptied the tank the last six days, you can’t ask for much more from the guys.”
“The focus was there all series long,” said Abrams. “After the first two games, the boys realized what it took to win the Minto Cup. They realized the dedication and determination needed,” he said. “It’s been seven years since our last cup, so we’re going to have some fun tonight.”
Six Nations will have a chance to enjoy the Minto Cup victory on Sunday before flying home on Monday.
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)