Braves finish season with loss to Arrows

HAGERSVILLE – The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves yielded three goals in the final 11 minutes of the game as they finished their Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League season with a 13-10 loss to the Six Nations Arrows Sunday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

The Braves finished ninth in the final standings at 8-12-0, two points behind Toronto Beaches (9-11-0) who grabbed the final playoff berth. K-W knew going into the game that the playoffs were out of reach as the Braves had lost both of their outings with Beaches this season and that would be the tie-breaker.

It’s the second time in four years and third time in eight years that the Braves failed to make the playoffs.

Sunday, the Braves and Arrows were tied 4-4 after the first period and Six Nations led 9-8 after the second period.

Scott DelZotto connected for five goals for the Braves while Daire Newbrough scored twice and single goals were netted by Tye Kurtz, Spencer Pyke and Cody Hamley. Jake Stevens had four assists, Kurtz three, Pyke two and DelZotto, Hamley, Trent DiCiccio, Quinn Commandant, Mackenzie Iacocca, Zack Dybowski, Curtis Hall and Cole Martin one apiece.

Leland Powless led Six Nations with three goals and five assists while Owen S Hill had three goals and four assists. Tehoka Nanticoke and Greg Elijah-Brown scored twice each and Devon Buckshot, Jake Rosa and Wake:Riat Bowhunter also scored. Buckshot also had four assists while Nanticoke had three, Myles Jacobs had two and Elijah-Brown, Rosa, Bowhunter, Liam Leclair and Isaac Squire-Hill had one each.

K-W was outshot 51-41 and went 2-for-4 on its power play while Six Nations scored on each of its three power plays.

Cole Martin took the loss in net for the Braves. He made 38 saves while winning goaltender Drayden Patey made 31 saves for Six Nations.

Burlington Chiefs finished atop the league’s standings at 15-5-0 and were followed by the Brampton Excelsiors (14-6-0), St. Catharines Athletics (13-7-0), Orangeville Northmen (12-8-0), Whitby Warriors (12-8-0), Six Nations (11-9-0), Mimico Mountaineers (11-9-0), Beaches, K-W, Peterborough Lakers (3-17-0) and Barrie Lakeshores (2-18-0).


Arrows 13 Braves 10
First Period
1. Kitchener-Waterloo, DelZotto (Hamley, Pyke) 3:07
2. Six Nations, Elijah-Brown (Powless, O.Hill) 3:37
3. Six Nations, Powless (Leclair) 8:56
4. Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamley (Kurtz, DiCiccio) 11:42
5. Kitchener-Waterloo, Pyke (Stevens, Hall) 13:28
6. Six Nations, Powless (Squire-Hill, O.Hill) 16:08
7. Six Nations, Elijah-Brown (Jacobs, Rosa) 16:39
8. Kitchener-Waterloo, Kurtz (DelZotto, Commandant) 18:04
Penalties: none.
Second Period
9. Kitchener-Waterloo, Newbrough (unassisted) 0:18
10. Six Nations, Powless (Buckshot) 4:54
11. Six Nations, Bowhunter (Buckshot, Elijah-Brown) 6:07
12. Six Nations, O.Hill (Nanticoke, Bowhunter) 7:12 pp
13. Six Nations, Nanticoke (Buckshot, Powless) 11:44 pp
14. Kitchener-Waterloo, DelZotto (Stevens, Kurtz) 12:16 pp
15. Six Nations, Nanticoke (Powless) 17:49
16. Kitchener-Waterloo, Newbrough (Dybowski) 18:01
17. Kitchener-Waterloo, DelZotto (Pyke, Iacocca) 18:26
Penalties: DelZotto KW (interference), 6:51; DelZotto KW (delay of game), 11:09; Squire-Hill SN (holding), 11:56.
Third Period
18. Six Nations, Rosa (O.Hill, Jacobs) 1:03
19. Kitchener-Waterloo, DelZotto (Stevens, Martin) 2:24
20. Kitchener-Waterloo, DelZotto (Stevens, Kurtz) 7:26 pp
21. Six Nations, O.Hill (Nanticoke, Buckshot) 9:05 sh
22. Six Nations, O.Hill (Nanticoke, Powless) 13:06
23. Six Nations, Buckshot (O.Hill, Powless) 18:00 pp
Penalties: C.Hill SN (high sticking), C.Hill SN (slashing), 5:52; Newbrough KW (interference), 16:51; Staats SN (slashing), 18:35.
Shots on Goal
Kitchener-Waterloo     9-13-19–41
Six Nations                    15-21-15–51
Goalies: Martin (L, 51 shots-38 saves), Kitchener-Waterloo; Patey (W, 41 shots-31 saves), Six Nations.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Kitchener-Waterloo 2-4; Six Nations 3-3.
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