Redmen Treat Fans to Home Opener Victory

Prior to this evenings contest between the Brooklin Redmen and the Six Nations Chiefs each team was hungry for their first win of this young season. The Chiefs had lost twice to Brampton and the Redmen came off a weekend in Akwesasne with an 0-2 record. The Redmen were thrilled to welcome back Jeff Zywicki, Stephen Hoar and Gavin Prout. Each of those players contributed in the 15-10 win tonight to drop the Chiefs to 0-3 and move the Redmen to 1-2.

The Redmen owned the opening frame as they built a commanding 7-2 lead. Grant Crawley started in net for Six Nations but once the Redmen had built a 6-2 lead with six minutes to go in the first, Ron Henry decided enough was enough and Matt Vinc went in at 13:59 of the first and played the balance of the night. Kurtis Wagar started his third consecutive game to open the season and the rookie netminder played strong again.

The second period was closer as the teams tied 4-4 to give the Chiefs hope for the night as the period ended 11-6 for the Redmen. Coach Ian McGough said after the game that he was concerned over a five minute total team breakdown in the second period. The Chiefs scored three times in that brief Redmen collapse to crawl back and they were trailing 9-5 and on the attack.

The third frame saw Shawn Williams open the scoring on a short-handed marker for his third goal on the night. The teams traded goals as the Chiefs started to pull Vinc off the floor in favour of the extra attacker with six minutes to go in the contest. They would not get any closer as the Redmen improved to 1-2 with two more games on the road this week.

Gary Martin and Paul Ravary, two veteran referees called a good game. They assessed the Redmen four minors and decided that the Chiefs did not commit any infractions, as the Redmen had no power play chances. The visitors scored two power play goals off those four chances and the Redmen scored a short- handed goal to start the third.

Submitted by Mark Stehlin

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