Mohawks break out to dump St. Catharines
ELORA – The Elora Mohawks held the St. Catharines Spartans scoreless for almost half the game on their way to an 18-4 whitewash win in Ontario junior B lacrosse league play Sunday night at the Elora and District Community Centre.
St. Catharines scored its first goal of the game at 9:08 of the second period, after the host Mohawks had scored 11 times by then.
Elora led 5-0 at the end of the first period and 12-2 at the end of the second. The Mohawks outshot St. Catharines 56-32 and went 3-for-11 on their power play while the Spartans went 2-for-7.
The win left the Mohawks two points away from clinching a playoff berth. So far the Six Nations Rebels (15-1-0) and Orangeville Northmen (14-2-0) are the lone teams in the West Conference to secure positions in the playoffs. No team has clinched a playoff berth in the East Conference.
Dawson Bolger, Eric Egan and Kurtis Woodland each scored three times for Elora while Cody Stannard had a pair of goals. Single markers were netted by Owen O’Donnell, Hyatt Welsh, Klayton Hoelscher, Ryan Buller, Ryan Mueller, Cam Coughlin and Noah Lebar. Hoelscher had six assists while Woodland, Welsh and Mueller had four apiece. Stannard and Nathan Bolger each had three while goalkeeper Matt Humphrey had two and Jack Francis, Owen Ristov, Dawson Bolger, Kevin Hutchison, Sam Rooney, Buller, Egan and O’Donnell each had one.
St. Catharines received goals from Henry Stites, Mario Caito, Brett Barnes and Connor Aquanno while Kealan Pilon assisted on three of the goals and Barnes, Aquanno, Jacob Edmands and Caito each had one assist.
The Mohawks face the two teams that have secured playoff berths this weekend. They’re to play Six Nations at Hagersville Friday at 8 p.m. and host Orangeville at the Elora and District Community Centre Sunday at 7 p.m.
Mohawks 18 Spartans 4
1. Elora, D.Bolger (Woodland, Stannard) 0:26
2. Elora, Stannard (Welsh, Hoelscher) 1:17
3. Elora, O’Donnell (Woodland) 2:29
4. Elora, Egan (Woodland, Stannard) 3:54
5. Elora, Woodland (Hoelscher, N.Bolger) 8:52
Penalties: Stevens StC (slashing), 10:59; O.Ristov Elora (slashing), 18:59; Stevens StC (slashing), 19:48.
6. Elora, D.Bolger (Welsh, Woodland) 0:30
7. Elora, Welsh (Mueller, Hoelscher) 1:39 pp
8. Elora, Hoelscher (Francis, O.Ristov) 3:22
9. Elora, Buller (N.Bolger, Humphrey) 4:02
10. Elora, Mueller (D.Bolger, Hoelscher) 4:39
11. Elora, Woodland (Mueller, Hoelscher) 8:42
12. St. Catharines, Stites (Barnes) 9:08
13. St. Catharines, Caito (Aquanno, Pilon) 12:47 sh
14. Elora, Coughlin (Hutchison, Humphrey) 19:20 sh
Penalties: Sanzone StC (interference), 11:51; Kit StC (high sticking), 15:33; O.Ristov Elora (high sticking), 17:36.
15. Elora, Egan (Welsh, Mueller) 1:52 sh
16. Elora, Lebar (Rooney) 3:21
17. Elora, Woodland (Hoelscher, Welsh) 7:52
18. Elora, D.Bolger (Mueller, N.Bolger) 9:01
19. Elora, Egan (Stannard, Buller) 11:11 pp
20. St. Catharines, Barnes (Edmands, Pilon) 11:54 pp
21. Elora, Stannard (Egan, O’Donnell) 17:25 pp
22. St. Catharines, Aquanno (Caito, Pilon) 18:21 pp
Penalties: Stevens StC (slashing), 0:30; Woodland Elora (delay of game), 1:01; Unyi StC (high sticking), Stone StC (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor), 3:45; Unyi StC (holding), 9:25; Caito StC (roughing), Hutchison Elora (roughing), 10:53; N.Bolger Elora (holding), 11:20; Rooney Elora (slashing), 12:52; Edmands StC (checking from behind double minor), 13:56; Unyi StC (roughing), 14:20; Buller Elora (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:00.
Shots on Goal
St. Catharines 5-20-7–32
Goalies: Holowchuk (L, 20 shots-14 saves), Daley (0:00 of second, 36 shots-24 saves), St. Catharines; Humphrey (W, 32 shots-28 saves), Elora.
Power plays (goals-chances): St. Catharines 2-7; Elora 3-11.
- Guelph Sports Journal