It was truly a battle of Warriors when Brantford and Six Nations met in an Ontario Lacrosse Association junior C west division semifinal series.
And, when the dust settled last week, it was the Six Nations Warriors who scored a 13-12 overtime win on the road in Game 5 on Thursday to defeat the Brantford Warriors 3-2 in the best-of-five series.
Six Nations advanced to the best-of-five west division final, where it trails the Wilmot Wild 1-0.
Six Nations and Brantford split the first two games in the semifinal before Brantford took a 2-1 lead with an 11-10 home win on July 16.
Six Nations then staved off elimination with a 9-5 home win on Wednesday before scoring the 13-12 victory at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre last Thursday.
In the 11-10 victory for Brantford in Game 3, captain Connor Merritt scored the game winner with 1:12 remaining in regulation.
Merritt (three goals, one assist), Caleb Wells (1G, 2A), Cole Robillard (1G, 2A) and Cooper Day-Allison (2G, 1A) were the leading scorers for Brantford with Jordan Mike (2G, 1A) and Riley Hess (1G, 2A) getting three points each for Six Nations.
Mitchell Dunham was the winner in goal.
With its backs against the wall, Six Nations scored the huge Game 4 win as Tyrese Staats (2A), Riley Hess (1G, 1A), Sam Gowland (1G, 1A), Matt Miller (2G), Ryan Johnson (2A) and Tehas Powless (2G) led the offence.
Caleb Wells (1G, 2A) got three points to pace Brantford.
Going into the third period of the deciding game, Brantford held an 11-9 lead. However, three goals from Six Nations – including two in a 25-second span just past the midway point of the period – put them ahead 12-11.
Brantford tied the game with 3:40 remaining in regulation before Jaxon Martin became the hero for Six Nations, scoring the only goal of overtime at the 8:39 mark.
Martin (2G, 1A), Darris Anderson (1G, 2A), Tehas Powless (3G) and Sam Gowland (2G, 1A) all got three points for Six Nations as Mike Martin-Abel won his second straight game between the pipes.
Caleb Wells (6G) had a massive game for Brantford with Cole Robillard (4A) providing support.
Brantford were the defending Meredith Cup provincial junior C champions.
In Game 1 of the west division final, Six Nations lost 11-3 to Wilmot as Jake Smith (1G, 1A) was the only Warriors player to get more than one point.
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Six Nations Chiefs
The Six Nations Chiefs will return to action this week after a bit of a break.
With several of its players helping Team Iroquois and Team Canada at the FIL Men’s Field Lacrosse World Championship in Israel, the Chiefs have been out of action since a 10-9 win against Brampton on July 10.
Six Nations returns to the floor on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for a game against Peterborough at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
At the world championship, Canada lost 9-8 to the U.S. in the gold-medal game after giving up two late goals, the final one with one second remaining in regulation.
Six Nations players Tyson Bell and Ian MacKay were members of Team Canada.
Team Iroquois defeated Australia 14-12 in the bronze-medal game. Chiefs who suited up for Iroquois included Randy Staats, Kyle Jackson, Frank Brown, Vaughn Harris, Brendan Bomberry, Tyson Bomberry and Warren Hill.
Staats was named to the all-world team at the conclusion of the tournament.
Six Nations Rebels
Getting to the Ontario Lacrosse Association junior B championship isn’t going to be easy for the Six Nations Rebels.
After beating the Elora Mohawks 11-6 at home in Game 1 of a best-of-five western conference championship series on Friday, Six Nations lost 7-6 in Elora for Game 2 on Sunday.
Leading Elora 6-5 going into the third period of the opener, the Rebels scored four straight goals to seal the win.
Kahn General (1G, 5A), Riley Miller (1G, 3A), Garret Vyse-Squire (3A) and Gates Abrams (3G) were the main Six Nations offensive threats as Keegan Thomas was the winner in goal.
Down 3-1 in the first and 5-3 in the second, Six Nations was able to tie things up at 6-6 going into the final 20 minutes of Game 2.
In the third period, the only goal was scored with 27 seconds to play in regulation as Mason Noble earned the win for Elora.
Tanner Baldin (2G, 1A) led the Rebels on offence with Justin Martin (2A), Riley Miller (1G, 1A), Wes Whitlow (2A), Gates Abrams (2G) and Daniel Hill (2A) getting two points apiece.
Six Nations Rivermen
The Six Nations Rivermen have their work cut out for them.
Playing the Owen Sound North Stars in a best-of-five semifinal series, Six Nations lost the first two games in overtime.
In Game 1, Six Nations led just once – 6-5 with 14:34 to play in the game – and after falling behind 9-8, the Rivermen tied the game with 41 seconds to play in regulation.
In the overtime session, Owen Sound scored twice.
Greg Longboat Jr. (1G, 2A) and Wayne Van Every (2G) were the only Six Nations players with more than one point.
Trailing the North Stars 6-4 with 7:23 to play in Game 2, the Rivermen scored twice, including a final tally once again with 41 seconds to play.
However, history repeated itself as Owen Sound scored twice in overtime to secure the win.
Wayne Van Every (1G, 2A), Rayce Vyse (1G, 1A), Brendan Muise (1G, 1A), Wayne Hill (2A) and Greg Longboat Jr. (2A) led the offence for Six Nations.