June 4 – The Saints loaded up the bus and hit the road for a weekend set out east. First up, the Akwesasne Indians. It was the first visit to one of the toughest buildings to play in for many of the Saints, only made tougher given the season the home side is having, sitting atop the Far East division. Cory Campbell got the call in goal for the Newmarket, while Akwesasne countered with Gage King.
From the opening face-off, Akwesasne dictated the pace. Russ Oakes kicked off the scoring, finding the back of the net just under two minutes in. The goal ignited the home side and set them on a seven-goal run. The period ended with the home side leading 7-0.
The second started the same way. Akwesasne padded its lead to 10-0 just over five minutes in, but then the Saints started to settle in. Dante Romano got them on the board on a fast-break rush. Akwesasne responded, but then Nolan Rutty picked off a pass in his own zone and ran the floor, scoring on a 12-foot shot. The period closed at 11-2, but it was a much tighter frame.
In the third, the teams traded chances and goals. Dante Romano buried his second of the game early on, followed by a tally from Josh Connors and then Luca Romano with under four minutes to go. Akwesasne didn’t back down and added six goals in the period.
“Learning experience for a young group,” said Saints Head Coach, Dan Ransom Sr. "They're a team that plays extremely well in their barn, don't think they’ve lost a game at home yet. We need to find a way to control the pace better early on in games."
Final Score: Indians 17 - Saints 5.
Up next – the boys have a quick turnaround, heading to play Kahnawake to play the Hunters at 2PM on Sunday.