(WINDSOR, ON) – With their backs to the wall and facing elimination from Round 2 of the OJBLL playoffs, the Windsor Clippers entered the lion’s den that is Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, Friday night. By the end of 60 minutes, the Clippers had regained some sense of esteem while still dropping a 10-6 result to the Six Nations Rebels.
The home side started the scoring at 5:31 of the 1st period and continued to the 20 minute buzzer. By the end of the stanza, they enjoyed a 4-0 lead.
Windsor didn’t give up, however, taking the play to the Rebels with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period to cut the Rebels’ lead to just one. Noah Bushnell, James Morgan, and Brady Doxtator scored for the Clippers, providing hope for extending the series before Six Nations closed the frame with their 5th of the night.
The Rebels potted two goals within 39 seconds early in the 3rd, to extend their lead, but Windsor continued to fight, matching those with two of their own from Austin Thompson and Chase Kavanaugh. Six Nations put two more behind Ian Ferguson before the two sides exchanged goals to end the game, including one by Matt Martinello.
Ferguson took the loss for Windsor, facing just 34 shots on goal.
Windsor will now take the time in the off season to regroup, recruit, and re-energize the squad in preparation for the 2016 campaign.
In the meantime, OJBLL has announced that Logan Holmes has officially won the scoring title for the Western Conference with 113 points, just 5 shy of the league lead. In the playoffs, Holmes again led Windsor with 8 goals and 21 points in 7 games.
Andrew Garant finished the regular season three spots behind Holmes, tied for 6th overall with 90 points.
As well, Dylan Riley has been named as the Western Conference’s Most Sportsmanlike Player. Riley appeared in 12 games for the Clippers, registering 17 goals and 28 points while visiting the sin bin for just 2 minutes.
Six Nations will now take on the Orangeville Northmen in a best-of-five series for the right to proceed to the OJBLL finals.