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Medicine Men avenge road loss to Thunder with 14-4 win at home

 

Sky Mason takes possession following a faceoff against the Thunder.

By Andy Gardner

The Bear's Den Mohawk Medicine Men easily defeated the Tyendinaga Thunder 14-4 on their home turf at the St. Lawrence Centre Arena on Thursday, June 27.

The win avenges a 9-7 road loss to the Thunder five days earlier.

"I think we are slowly coming together as a team, it's like putting a difficult puzzle together, it just takes time," Medicine Men Coach Kariwate Mitchell said after the June 27 game. "The difference this time around is that we've added a few players and the young players that have been with us from the start are getting comfortable playing now. We have also added some solid lacrosse players in the past two weeks and they're really helping us get stronger."

In the June 27 win, the teams traded goals through the first 10 minutes. While tied 2-2, Cam Smith and Kearnan Lafaver both scored in the final six minutes to push the Medicine Men ahead by two goals heading into the middle stanza.

"We made a few changes to our man up unit, we put Kearnan Lafaver our there, he works really hard and he scored some big goals for us. He's a player that gives everything he's got all the time and the great thing about him is that he can play solid on any position," Coach Mitchell said. "Josh Huiatt had a big game once his stick got hot, he is a naturally gifted player and when he gets going, our team gets momentum off his game. He's been more vocal, he's getting our guys ready for the playoffs."

Noah Prudhomme scored for the Thunder just seven seconds into the period, but the Mohawk squad fashioned a three-goal barrage in the next six minutes. The first of that trio, from Josh Huiatt and assisted by Keenan O'Gorman, would hold up as the eventual game-winner.

The Medicine Men outscored the Thunder 5-2 in the second period and shut them out 5-0 in the closing frame.

Huiatt sparked the Medicine Men offense with five goals and a helper. Lafaver had two goals and two assists. Mick Miller scored twice and assisted once. Cam Talcott and Kenny Doan each scored a solo goal with two helpers. Jeremy Girard assisted three plays. Cam Smith connected for a pair of goals and Billy O'Neill netted a singleton. Keenan O'Gorman, Sky Mason, Blaze Benedict, O. Mitchell and Davis Jacobs each fashioned solo assists. Dreydon Jackson worked the crease.

Billy O'Neill lines up a shot that would turn into the second Akwesasne goal in their June 27 game against the Thunder.

For Tyendinaga, Noah Brant led their offense with two goals and an assist. Prudhomme scored twice. Owen Hill had a pair of helpers. Single assists came from Noah Straighter and Ben Sinfield.

The Medicine Men will play their final home game of the year on Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Centre against Seneca.

Coach Mitchell said he is hoping the team can snap the War Chiefs thus far-undefeated record.

" I'm hoping that we can have a full roster next week against Seneca, I'd like to see how we match up against them with a full bench. They're the strongest team this year but I like how we have been playing in the past couple games," Mitchell said. " I hope our guys are ready to play this weekend, we've had a few injuries and suspensions but I'm hoping to hand Seneca their first loss this season. I believe in these guys. I really believe that if we get everyone there and ready to play that we can make an exciting game against them."

 

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