Mohawks, Hamilton to start series Thursday at Fergus
ELORA – The Elora Mohawks will play the Hamilton Bengals in the opening round of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League’s playoffs.
The Mohawks will have home-court advantage in the best-of-five Western Conference quarter-final that is to start Thursday night at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex in Fergus.
The Mohawks finished second in the Mid West Division and third in the conference with a 14-6-0 record while Hamilton was second in the South West Division and sixth in the conference at 12-8-0.
The teams met once in the regular season with the Mohawks winning 9-3 at the Elora and District Community Centre May 14.
Elora’s home games in the series will be played in Fergus due to the unsafe playing conditions caused by the humidity in the Elora arena.
Second game of the series is set for Monday at 8 p.m. at Hamilton’s Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena while the third game is to go June 27 at 8 p.m. at Fergus. If a fourth game is necessary, it’s to be played June 29 at Hamilton beginning at 8 p.m.
If the series goes its five-game limit, the fifth game is scheduled for July 2 at Fergus. Game time for that match has not been decided.
The Mohawks enter the playoffs on a three-game winning streak. They won seven of their final nine regular-season games.
Hamilton also enters the playoffs on a three-game winning streak and the Bengals won six of their final eight regular-season games.
Both teams started their three-game streaks after losing to the Six Nations Rebels. The Bengals lost 22-12 at home June 8 and the Mohawks lost 13-7 at Hagersville the following night.
Hyatt Welsh finished the regular season as Elora’s top scorer with 16 goals and 44 assists in 20 games. He was one of six players to collect at least 40 points as Ryan Mueller (22 goals-37 assists), Eric Egan (21-33), Kurtis Woodland (25-23), Klayton Hoelscher (9-35) and Cody Stannard (14-29) were the others. The Mohawks also had nine players score at least 10 goals as Dawson Bolger (19), Ryan Buller (14), Owen O’Donnell (13) and Nathan Bolger (11) were the others.
Jordan Gillis led Hamilton with 20 goals and 49 assists in 20 games. The Bengals had five players record at least 40 points as Yvon Bolduc (28-29), Luke Robinson (26-30), Tanner Brenneke (19-31) and Ty Argent (23-22) were the others. Sam English scored 15 goals and Trevor Barrett netted 13 as the Bengals had seven players hit double figures in goals.
Veteran Matt Humphrey is expected to get the call in net for the Mohawks as he played both weekend games, an 11-4 win over the Guelph Regals Friday night at the Sleeman Centre and a 12-7 win over the Niagara Thunderhawks at Niagara Saturday night.
In his fourth year with the Mohawks, Humphrey posted a 10-2-0 record this season with a 5.10 goals-against average and .840 save percentage. Rookie Landon Kells had a 4-4-0 record, 5.98 goals-against average and .843 save percentage.
Dylan Sprentz received the majority of the playing time in net for Hamilton. The second-year Bengal had an 8-6-0 record, 9.04 goals-against average and .808 save percentage. Fellow second-year Bengal Jackson Brown had a 4-2-0 record, 9.51 goals-against average and .803 save percentage.
- Guelph Sports Journal