by Andre Spence

Yesterday, the third game of the 2024 ALL East playoffs took off. The Whitby Steelhawks beat the Ohsweken Bears 16 – 14 in a game that went to the final buzzer, continuing their success from the regular season. The Steelhawks now move to the semi-finals this upcoming Saturday.


The scoring in the first quarter started slowly, but once it picked up pace, it continued regularly. Both teams remained competitive, with neither team taking a significant lead, the largest gap being only one goal. By the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at 3 – 3.

In the second quarter, both teams continued to score goals, but the Steelhawks surged ahead after the first five minutes. At around eight minutes into the quarter, Devin Pipher scored for the Steelhawks, initiating a scoring streak that lasted until halftime. Whitby scored five consecutive goals, taking them ahead of the Bears with a score of 9 – 4.

Although Owen Hill of the Bears scored first in the third quarter, the Steelhawks continued their scoring streak, netting three more goals in quick succession. The Bears were down by seven points midway through the quarter, but they did not give up. They scored four times in the rest of the quarter, with a goal from Whitby interrupting their back-to-back scoring. As the teams entered the fourth quarter, the Bears had closed the gap to just four points, with the Steelhawks leading 13 – 9.

The Bears continued their comeback efforts in the final quarter, bringing the game back to a two-goal margin. However, despite their valiant efforts, they were unable to catch up to the Steelhawks. In the end, Whitby emerged victorious, winning the game 16 – 14, with the Bears scoring a final goal with only 16 seconds remaining in the game.