By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Six Nations Rivermen eliminated the Owen Sound Bug Juice NorthStars from the Ontario Senior Lacrosse playoffs over the weekend.
Six Nations won the best of 5 semifinal series 3 games to 1, taking Games 3 & 4 with overtime victories; one at Brantford on Friday night, and then the clincher at the JD McArthur Arena in Owen Sound on Saturday night.
Everyone knows this was a volatile & emotional series where one on-the-floor sequence translated into a week of finger pointing, allegations and utter nonsense.
There is a suggestion being floated that the late game incident in Game 1 at Six Nations, one in which video clearly shows the Rivermen on the attack in a confrontation at the Owen Sound bench, was the turning point in the series.
I don't buy that, .....not wholeheartedly.
I don't think the NorthStars were overly bothered or consumed with the events in the latter stage of Game 1.
And if they were bothered, it certainly didn't show in their resolve as twice Owen Sound rallied to force overtime in the final 2 games with last minute markers.
From my viewpoint, the bigger turning point might have been an Ontario Lacrosse Association stipulation that the Rivermen play their home games at Brantford for the remainder of the series, rather than on their home floor at the Gaylord Powless Arena.
I think you can make the point this move, call it what you want from whatever side you view it from, unified and motivated Six Nations to an even higher degree.
Factor that possibility with my view that the Rivermen have a deeper, more skilled roster than anybody in Senior Lacrosse and it was a tough combination for Owen Sound, or anybody, to beat.
Having said that, the Bug Juice NorthStars almost did it.
I'm Fred Wallace