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Braves defeat Muskies, Indians; Snake Island takes win from Kahnawake


Jordan Thomas tries to keep the ball safe as Max Shea attempts a stick check.

Akwesasne's hometown Three Nations Lacrosse League teams went head-to-head on June 5 at Massena Arena, which ended with the Braves pulling away in the second period and hanging on for the win.

Also, the Muskies beat the Kahnawake Mohawks on June 8 and the Braves made quick work of the Caughnawaga Indians the following night.

The June 5 game was a makeup of a postponed bout from May.

Two minutes into the game, St. Regis's Derek Hopps got ahold of the ball and punched in the first marker of the tilt. Four minutes later, Jordan Thomas of the Muskies on an unassisted play tied the contest. Less than 90 seconds later, Tyson Square passed to Hopps to bring the Braves back ahead by one goal. Three minutes after that, Casey Swamp on the Snake Island contingent set up Akwi David, who scored to bring the game back to a tie. Just six seconds later, Ross Cree passed to Thomas who scored his second goal of the game and brought the Muskies into the lead with a 3-2 score. That was short-lived. Twenty-seven seconds later, Hopps set up Square for a 3-all tally with nine minutes left in the first period. The Muskies shooters then came alive. In the last 2:19 of the frame, Thomas would sandwich two goals around a Skye Sunday marker to push Snake Island out to a three-goal lead. Swamp assisted Thomas's first and Sunday and Shane Francis were credited helpers on the second. With less than 30 seconds before intermission, Tray Square from the St. Regis squad took a pass from Tyson Square and Geoff McNulty to make the score 6-4.

Returning to the cement for the second stanza, the Braves took control of the game with five straight goals, and they would go on to score another five to only three off of Muskies' sticks. Brett Bucktooth sparked the rally 1:11 into the period, assisted by Lukas Baldion. Goals from McNulty, Tray Square, Derek Hopps and again from Tray Square followed, answered by two Snake Island points from Shane Francis and Sunday. In the closing stanza, Dwight Bero, Tyson Square, Dalston Day, Zach Hopps and Tray Square scored for St. Regis, with the Muskies getting their final point from David partway through.

Tray Square for the Braves and Jordan Thomas for the Muskies each fashioned four goals, the most for each respective team. On the St. Regis scoresheet, four other players also scored four points: Brett Bucktooth and Geoff McNulty (one goal, three assists each), Tyson Square (two goals, two assists) and Derek Hopps (three goals, one assist). Dwight Bero, Dalston Day and Zach Hopps all scored single goals. Lukas Baldion and Kyle Lewis each assisted one play. Jake Lazore manned the crease. For the Muskies, Akwi David and Skye Sunday each scored two goals with one assist. Shane Francis scored once and assisted once. Ross Cree tallied two helpers. Ahta Lazore, Corey Thompson, Casey Swamp, Brandon Swamp and Justin Oakes each had solo assists. Kobi Johnson covered the net.

On June 8 at Kahnawake Sports Complex, the Muskies and Mohawks played an even first period before Snake Island kicked into high gear and scored all the goals they would need before the end of the second period.

The Mohawks managed a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of play, with markers coming off the sticks of Pete Jacobs, assisted by Theirry Boislard, and Ahsennontie Diabo, assisted by Jacobs and Alex Hamel. Skye Sunday and Lee Thomas responded in kind for the Muskies, tying the game in less than three minutes. Katsirakeron McComber, on a play set up by Emmett Printup and Konaton Marquis, brought Kahnawake back to a one-goal lead at 8:16. Hati Lazore then scored twice, each assisted by Akwi David, to push the hometown squadron ahead 4-3 before the intermission buzzer.

Snake Island returned for the middle stanza with renewed energy, with six consecutive goals and a tight defense backed by netminder Kobi Johnson netted the points they would need to secure a win, plus an insurance goal, while holding their opponents to just a single marker. The two teams traded goals in the closing frame, ending in a 13-7 final score.

Jordan Thomas (three goals, one assist) and Skye Sunday (four goals) paced the Snake Island offense. Hati Lazore and Lee Thomas each scored twice with a solo assist. Akwi David helped set up three plays. Ryan Desveaux scored once and assisted once. Tristan Thompson netted a singleton. Grayson Phillips and Shane Francis each tallied single assists. Pete Jacobs led the Mohawks offense with two goals and one assist. Mark Kirby scored twice. Katsirakeron McComber and Ahsennontie Diabo each scored once and assisted a play. Bradley McGowan scored one goal. Toke Goodleaf, Emmett Printup, Alex Hamel and Konaton Marquis all had single helpers.

The following night at Massena Arena, the St. Regis Braves made quick work of the Indians, scoring all the goals they would need within the first 10 minutes of the game. The stingy Braves defensive cohort and goalie Jake Lazore managed to shut out their opponents in both the second and third stanzas, while their shooters connected for a dozen goals.

Tristan Thompson gets ready to pass as Kyle Lewis prepares an attempt to intercept.

St. Regis's Geoff McNulty set the offensive pace for both teams, with two goals and five assists. Dalston Day scored three times and had three assists. Dan Lazore and Sam Bradman each scored twice and recorded three helpers. Brett Bucktooth scored once with four assists. Alex Turner scored three goals with one assist. Jarrett Jacobs scored twice with one assist. Derek Hopps scored once and assisted once. Dwight Bero and Zach Hopps netted solo goals. Curry Rice netted all three Indians markers. Assists went to Matt Patterson, Sose Regis and Jacob Ruest.

The Snake Island-Caughnawaga game scheduled for June 7 at Massena Arena was canceled. No makeup date has been announced.

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

• The Capital Region Axeman beat the Windsor Eagles 9-5 on June 3 at Bell Centennial Arena in Nepean, Ontario. William Beauvais scored three goals for the Eagles. Blake Kenny from the Axemen had two goals and three assists. Sam Verville had 19 saves and Alexandre Masse turned aside 25 shots. Brett Perras made 16 saves and Chris Chuback denied seven scoring attempts.


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