Five games into the round robin Seneca WarChiefs (4-1) are on verge of clinching a berth to the Founders’ Cup Gold Medal game. The two-time FNJBLL champion opened play the afternoon of August 18 with a 9-8 overtime victory over Saskatchewan SWAT. Marvin Curry led all scores with three goals and an assist while Gowah Abrams was often brilliant in net for Seneca.
The following day saw the WarChiefs pick up two more wins, first against Manitoba Blizzard (19-6) followed by a 11-9 victory against Calgary Chill.
In the Manitoba game, which was played at 9 AM local time, several players score four points or more: Curry (3 G, 3 A), Brandon Brooks (2 G, 3 A), Larson Sundown (4 G), Lane Benedict and Eric McComber (3 G, 1 A), Ron John (1 G, 3 A).
Calgary Chill proved to be a tougher matchup in the 10:15 PM game. After a 4-1 opening period lead, the WarChiefs only outscored the Chill 5-4 in the second. Taking a 9-5 lead into the final period Calgary scored four more to make things interesting, but Seneca held on to win their third game of the tournament.
Brooks, who is currently third in tournament scoring, scored four goals against the Chill while Sundown added a goal and five assists.
Seneca faced another two-game day, the only team in the field to do so, on Thursday, August 20. The WarChiefs would defeat the Coquitlam Adanacs 9-6 in their first, scoring four goals in each of the first two periods. Bryce Williams led the offense with two goals and four assists in the win.
In the final game of the day Seneca would face the home team, Calgary Mountaineers. This would conclude the WarChiefs grueling run of four games played in a 36-hour period. Much like the other games Seneca jumped on the Mountaineers early leading 5-1 after one period, then 8-3 after two. Calgary scored twice in the final two minutes of the period and grabbed momentum from the weary WarChiefs.
The third period was all Calgary as they completed their comeback with five goals to send the game into overtime tied at 8-8. It took just :25 into extra time before Bret Davis finished off the Calgary victory 9-8.
After a rest day Seneca will play their final round robin game of the tournament on Saturday at 9 AM (MT) against the Akwesasne Indians. Follow along on Twitter @FNJBLL and @SenecaWarChiefs for updates.