Redmen Learn Valuable Lesson; Never Say Die

June 4, 2008
Whitby, ON

Redmen fans may not be familiar with the likes of Steve Hutchins and Jason Mainer but each scored three tonight in a thriller at Iroquois Park. On a night when some were home watching game six of the NHL final, the Redmen and the Six Nations Chiefs were in a battle of their own and a buzzer beater by Derek Suddons gave the Redmen their first win of this young season.

Matt Roik was given the nod in net for the Redmen after Kurtis Wagar had started the first two games. Ken Montour was in the pipes for the Chiefs. Veterans Gary Martin and Paul PJ Johnston were the assigned referees tonight.

The visitors jumped all over the Redmen from the opening face-off and it was 5-0 before the game was eight minutes old. Hutchins solved Montour halfway through the opening frame and added another with one to Scott Campbell to make it 5-3 after the first twenty.

The Chiefs came out flying again to start the second and three consecutive goals made it 8-3 and Peter Vipond decided to give Roik a rest and Wagar made his way to the Redmen net. Teams traded goals and after the first two periods it was 9-5 for the visitors.

Wayne Colley and Peter Vipond have been in these types of situations many times and an inspiring second intermission speech was enough to propel their young charges to a much better last frame. Jason Mainer kicked off the third with a pair of power play goals in the first minute and a half and it was a new feel in the arena. The Redmen kept coming and with 10 minutes to go it was 11-9 for the Chiefs but both teams and fans in attendance could feel the momentum changing ever so slowly. The Redmen tied the game at 11-11 with just over four minutes on the clock. The teams traded opportunities for the rest of the way.
With less than thirty seconds on the clock the Chiefs called a time out and pulled Montour for the extra attacker, they let the clock run down to nine seconds and set up a designed play. The play broke down and Derek Suddons scooped up the loose ball, looked back at the clock, crossed centre floor and with a well placed, one bounce shot hit the twine. Players streamed off the bench to congratulate him. As coaches said after the game, it wasn’t pretty but a very important two points nonetheless.

With his three goal and one assist performance, Steve Hutchins was named player of the game and won a gift certificate from Shoeless Joes for his efforts. Balanced scoring as well for the Redmen as 14 of the 18 runners were involved on the score sheet.

The Chiefs got into penalty trouble with 44 total minutes, Cody Jacobs took the brunt of those minutes with a game misconduct near the end of the second for over reacting to a call from the referees. The Redmen had only 12 minutes on the night. Redmen scored three on the power play to Chiefs only one.

Redmen now have two on the road to wrap up the week, tomorrow (Thursday) in Barrie at the Holly Community Centre and Sunday June 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Six Nations.



Hutchins (3,1), Mainer (3,2), Campbell (2,2), Suddons (1,1), Worden (1), Williams (1,4), Baker (1,1), Niziol (0,1), Hopcroft (0,3), Griffiths (0,1), Winder (0,1), M. Carroll (0,1), M, Carroll (0,1) Graham (0,1)

Six Nations

Hill (4,1), Smith (2,1), Jacobs (2,2), Kicknosway (1), Point (2,1), Gilchrist (0,1), Montour (0,1), Powless (0,5), Henhawk (0,4), Goertz (0,1)

Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624



  1. And, it was shown live on Rogers. Are all the home games going to be?

    The stands were pretty empty though.


  2. they always are

  3. Thats a prettty unfair comment about an organisation that is trying to turn things around. They were up against the Stanley Cup Final game .. So you and have no excuse the next time the Redmen play I hope you can make it to the rest of thre Redmen games this year you will NOT be dissapointed. Give them a chance you wont be dissapointed.

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