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2018 Senior B Lacrosse Season Opens With Battle of Hometown Teams


Snake Island's Lee Thomas and St. Regis's Tye Terrance battle for a loose ball during their home debut on May 17 at Massena Arena.

The Three Nations Senior B Lacrosse League season is officially underway.

Akwesasne's own St. Regis Braves and Snake Island Muskies met on May 17 for opening day, which ended in the Braves clinching a 10-6 win.

Two days later, the Muskies traveled to Kahnawake where they edged past the Caughnawaga Indians 10-7.

In the battle of the hometown teams, Casey Swamp got things started to punch in the first goal of the season at 1:24. The Braves answered with four goals of their own before the end of the stanza; one just over three minutes later shorthanded, and three more from Matt Thompson, Dan Lazore and another from Hopps by 13:33. Jordan Thomas at 17:49 took a pass from Justin Oakes to leave the scoreboard at 4-2 going into the middle frame.

Oakes brought Snake Island within one goal of a tie 6:20 into the second period. But the Braves would take advantage of three Muskies penalties and connect for power play goals, one off the stick of Geoff McNulty and two from Dalston Day. The teams traded goals in the third and final period, but it wasn't enough for Snake Island to fight past the four-goal deficit.

Dalston Day paced the Braves with two goals and one assist. Kyle Lewis had three assists. Hopps scored twice. Dwight Bero assisted two plays. Matt Thompson, Lazore, McNulty and Jarrett Jacobs each scored one goal with an assist. John Jacobs and Sam Bradman netted singletons. Goalkeeper Jake Lazore earned the win.

For the Muskies, Skye Sunday scored three goals. Jordan Thomas and Justin Oakes each netted one goal with two helpers. Swamp scored one goal. Shane Francis and Aweniio David all tallied solo assists. Netminder Kobi Johnson was tagged with the loss.

On May 19 in Kahnawake, the Muskies overturned a 4-3 deficit in the first period, returning to the cement in the second period to score seven goals while holding their opponents to just three. The closing stanza was a stalemate.

Vaughn Harris and Joe Hall open scoring and brought Caughnawaga to a 2-0 lead in the first 88 seconds of regulation. Lee Thomas put Snake Island on the scoreboard at 4:30, which was answered by Caughnawaga's Jamie McComber at 5:55. Skye Sunday posted the second Muskie goal just over a minute later, and Natie McComber and Akwi David traded goals for both teams leaving the scoreboard at 4-3 going into the second period.

Karahkwanoron Two Axe put the Indians up to a two-goal lead after 1:27, but Corey Thompson and Jordan Thomas scored back-to-back in less than 20 seconds to tie the bout. After five minutes of offensive silence, Curry Rice put the Indians back in the lead at 6:55, but Ryan Devoe, Jordan Thomas and Brandon Swamp answered by reeling off three goals in just over one minute. Vaughn Harris punched in the final Caughnawaga goal of the game at 10:39, and Jordan Thomas went on to score two insurance goals before the end of the frame.

Thomas led all scorers with four goals and one helper. Akwi David and Corey Thompson each netted one goal with two assists. Casey Swamp assisted three plays. Skye Sunday, Ryan Devoe and Lee Thomas each scored once and assisted one play. Grayson Phillips fashioned one assist and one goal came off the stick of Brandon Swamp. Kobi Johnson covered the crease to earn a win.

Zach Hopps winds up to fire a shot on the Muskies net during their home debut against Snake Island at Massena Arena on May 17.

Natie McComber and Joe Hall paced Caughnawaga with one goal and two assists each. Jamie McComber and Karahkwanoron Two Axe both scored once with one helper. Vaughn Harris scored two goals. Curry Rice scored once. Jozef Cheetham and Sose Regis tallied solo helpers. Ni McComber covered the net and was saddled with a loss.

In other Three Nations Senior B Lacrosse League/Quebec Senior B Lacrosse League action:

• The Windsor Eagles narrowly defeated Caughnawaga 15-14 on May 18 at Kahnawake Sports Complex. Windsor's Simon Windquist (four goals, two assists) and Caughnawaga's Hunter Hemlock (five goals, one assist) led all scorers with respective six-point games.

• The Capital Region Axemen won against the Indians 11-7 on May 12 at Bell Centennial Arena in Nepean, Ontario. The Axemen's Tim Bergin paced the offense with two goals and four assists. Robert York from the Indians scored a hat trick with one helper.


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