1 Six Nations Rebels 6 Orangeville Northmen
The hosts of the 2012 Founders Cup championships Six Nations downed Orangeville in 3 games, but the Northmen did not go down without a fight.
Games 1 and 2 both ended in 14-10 scores in favor of the Rebels. In each game, long scoring runs would help the Rebels gain leads that were too large for the Northmen to overcome.
Game 3 was a different story line as the Rebels downed the Northmen 10-9 in a tight battle. Orangeville hopped out to an 5-3 lead at the end of the first period but Six Nations answered back and would tie the ball game up at 6 at the end of 3. A pair of goals from Joe Haodias Maracle in the first five minutes of the third period would eventually be the difference maker.
Maracle was a big part in the series victory as he tallied 9 goals, 5 assists for 14 points. Alongside Maracle was Western New York resident Zed Williams who also racked up 14 points. Williams netted 6 goals and 8 assists to help the Rebels defeat the Northmen in three straight games. The duo stepped up to the plate for scoring threats as leading scorer from last series Jacob Bomberry is currently in Turku, Finland representing Iroqouis Nation in the U19 World Championship.
Across the pond with Bomberry is Orangevilleâ€™s Brandon Armstrong who is donning the blue and white for Scotland the Brave.
In his last Jr.B game of his career, Whitby native Jason Armstrong had a stellar final performance between the pipes making 44 saves on 53 shots.
The Six Nations Rebels are heading to the Western conference finals for the sixth year in a row and will take on the Wallaceburg Red Devils.
2 London Blue Devils 5 Wallaceburg Red Devils
The devils of the OJBLL faced off against each other in what many anticipated to be a long series, but the Red Devils ended the bout quick with a three game sweep.
Although the series ended quick, after checking the box scores, it’s evident that the games were close.
The first two games were separated by a goal(10-9,13-12), including game 2 which was sent into OT.
Blue Devils goaltender Tyler Glebe stood on his head in game 2 making an impressive 65 saves in the overtime loss.
One of the biggest story lines of the playoffs is outstanding offensive performance of the Wallaceburg duo; Rob Pollock and Jordan Durston. The Red Devil tandem has combined for 43 points in all 8 playoff games thus far.
The Red Devils win their second playoff series in franchise history, their first being last series. Wallaceburg will take on Six Nations in the Western Conference finals. The last time the two met the Rebels defeated the Red Devils 22-6. Expect a different outcome as the Red Devils are revamped and looking to continue to shock the lacrosse world.