BRONZE MEDAL GAME: IROQUOIS NATIONALS 20, AUSTRALIA 8 | GAME SHEET: http://filacrosse.com/wp-content/them...
GAME 46: Bronze medal game between Australia and the Iroquois Nationals.
COQUITLAM, BC – Mitch Laffin led the way for the Iroquois Nationals scoring six goals and adding three assists en route to a 20-8 victory over Australia.
Laffin, Austin Staats (3G, 3A), Tehoka Nanticoke (2G, 1A), Matthew Bennett (2G, 1A), Sekwanee Baker (2G), Doug Jamieson (1G, 1A), Skkylar Thomas (1G, 1A), Devon Buckshot (1G) and Tyson Bomberry (1G) provided the Iroquois scoring. Gordon Purdie Jr (2G, 2A), Mathew Wood (2G, 3A), Jordan Campbell (2G), Brayden Panting (1G, 1A) and Keegan Davies (1G, 1A) provided the Australian offence.
This is the third consecutive bronze medal for the Iroquois at the U19 tournament, with others coming in Finland in 2012 and Coquitlam in 2008. They also won bronze in Australia in 1999.
The Iroquois led 3-2 after the opening quarter before exploding for a 7-2 edge in second to lead by six at the break. Discipline allowed the Crocodiles from down under to creep back into the game – Australia’s powerplay went 4-for-12, with three of extra-man goals coming in the second quarter.
Laffin had his best game of the tournament – but some of that credit needs to be shared as close marking on Staats and Nanticoke opened up the attacker from Onondaga. Jamieson was impressive winning 16 of 26 draws.
The momentum was going in Australia’s favour until Staats and Nanticoke each tallied in the final minute of the half.
Australia finishes in fourth, hitting a goal to move up in the U-19 placings after a fifth-place showing in 2012. Their best-ever placing is second which they achieved in 1992 and 1996.