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Braves take one-goal win over Snake Island; Muskies down Axemen


The Braves' Troy Lyons fights to stop Snake Island's Jacob Wynn from stripping away the ball.

The St. Regis Braves avenged a loss to Caughnawaga with a one-goal nail-biter victory over the Snake Island Muskies, two days after Snake Island downed the Axemen.

Akwesasne's teams battled it out to a 7-6 final score on July 10 at Massena Arena. Lane Bennett scored the first goal of the game, unassisted, at 9:27. Snake Island responded with a three-goal barrage before the first period buzzer.

At 14:14, Justin Oakes tied the game on a play set up by Shane Francis and Kobi Johnson. A minute and 21 seconds later, Grayson Phillips connected to put the Muskies ahead 2-1 after taking a pass from Skye Sunday. Taking advantage of a power play with just under two minutes remaining, Sunday pushed Snake Island ahead to a 3-1 lead with helpers from Justin Oakes and Akwi David.

The Braves dominated the second period, which included two of three consecutive goals where they would score on power plays. Derek Hopps netted one unassisted at even strength 9:29 into the stanza, following by Dwight Bero on a powerplay with 37 seconds left on the clock, also unassisted. Four seconds later, Hopps took a pass from Lakota Square while at an advantage to push St. Regis ahead 4-3 going into the closing frame.

Twenty-seven seconds into the third period, Hopps while the team had a powerplay took a pass from Geoff McNulty and Square to gain a two-goal lead. A minute and three seconds after that, Snake Island's Akwi David passed to Oakes to bring them up to a one-goal deficit. After about 10 minutes of stalemate, Square scored an unassisted goal, followed by his squadmate Troy Lyons at 14:09 with an assist from McNulty. Tristan Thompson, assisted by Jordy Mitchell, and Ryan Desveaux unassisted would punch in two more for the Muskies before the final buzzer, but it would not be enough to escape their deficit.

Hopps led the Braves with three goals. Square scored once and assisted twice. McNulty assisted two plays. Lyons, Bero and Bennett netted singletons. Torry Bigtree covered the net.

For the Muskies, Oakes paced the squad with a pair of goals and an assist. David provided helpers on two plays. Sunday scored once and assisted once. Thompson, Phillips and Desveaux scored one goal apiece. Francis and Mitchell tallied solo assists. Kobi Johnson backstopped.

On July 10 at Massena Arena, the Snake Island Muskies outscored the Capital Region Axemen 6-2 in the first period and 7-3 in the second, scoring all the goals they would need despite being outscored 4-2 in the third for a 15-9 final tally. Ky Tarbell led the Muskies offense with one goal and seven assists. Skye Sunday scored five times with two helpers. Jordan Thomas scored two goals and had four assists. Akwi David scored four goals. Justin Oakes had two goals and an assist. Shane Francis scored one goal with one helper. Ahta Lazore had a solo assist.

For Ottawa, Blake Kenny tallied two goals and three helpers. Tim Bergin set up five plays. Mark Vradenburg had one goal and three assists. Jordan Joncas and Spencer Corkery each scored twice. Carter Bradour and Jason Crooke accounted for the team's other two goals.

On July 8 at Kahnawake Sports Complex, the Caughnawaga Indians gained an early lead over the Braves, who would go on to a shutout third period but were ultimately unable to produce a goal to force overtime. The final score was 8-7 Indians.

Caughnawaga led the first period 5-1 after goals from Vaughn Harris, Nick Angus and Haneh Brant, with two from Angus Leborgne. That streak was interrupted by one for St. Regis from Caleb Wiles, assisted by Luke Wiles.

After 10 minutes of second-stanza stalemate, Oran Horn posted a second marker for the Braves on a play set up by Mike Shea and Sam Bradman. Ty Thompson answered with two in a row for the Indians. Bradman connected for St. Regis with just under six minutes remaining, but Angus scored another one for Caughnawaga to leave the scoreboard at 8-3 Indians going into the closing frame.

A solid St. Regis defense along with goalie Trey Adams kept the Caughnawaga sticks silent for the final 20 minutes, while Bradman, Geoff McNulty, Caleb Wiles and Luke Wiles connected for four goals, but they weren't able to pull ahead by the game's end.

On the Braves scoresheet, Luke Wiles connected for a goal and three assists, while Bradman scored twice and assisted twice. Caleb Wiles netted a pair of goals. Horn scored once and assisted once. McNulty had a solo marker. Dwight Bero, Dan Lazore and Shea tallied single helpers.

For the Indians, Leborgne scored twice and assisted once. Jacob Ruest had three assists. Ty Thompson netted a pair of goals. Brant and Harris netted singletons. Jamie McComber, Chad Norton, Adam Bomberry and Ky Horn all recorded an assist. Brandon Miller backstopped.

Derek Hopps battles his way through a thicket of Muskie defenders.

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

• The Indians defeated the Kahnawake Mohawks 16-4 on July 14 at Kahnawake Sports Complex.

• The Axemen bested the Windsor Eagles 13-7 on July 14 at Earl Armstrong Arena, Gloucester, Ontario. Blake Kenny led the Axeman with one goal and four assists. Brett Perras posted a 37-save performance. Zach Windquist netted a hat trick for Windsor. Sam Verville stood tall in the net with 40 saves.

• The Axemen also defeated the Eagles on July 8, this time 15-7 at Centre J.A. Lemay, Windsor, Quebec. Kenny scored three goals with five assists for Ottawa. Perras turned aside 35 shots. Francis Cote scored one goal with two assists for the Eagles. Alexandre Masse (19 saves) and Verville (22 saves) split backstop duties.


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