Mohawks keep eye on third in conference
GUELPH – The Elora Mohawks moved a step closer to securing home-court advantage in the first round of the Ontario junior B lacrosse league’s playoffs by handing the Guelph Regals an 11-4 setback Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
A win in their final game of the regular season Saturday night against the Niagara Thunderhawks (8-11-0) at Niagara will give the Mohawks (13-6-0) a third-place finish in the Western Conference. A loss by the Windsor Clippers (12-6-1) in their final game of the regular season will give the Mohawks at least a fourth-place finish. A loss by the Wallaceburg Red Devils (11-6-1) in either of their final two games of the regular season will give Elora at least a fourth-place finish.
Windsor is to play the London Blue Devils (1-17-0) at London Saturday afternoon. Wallaceburg is to host the St. Catharines Spartans (6-14-0) Saturday night and play the Regals (3-16-0) Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph’s final game of its season.
Friday, the Mohawks scored eight consecutive goals against the Regals to rally from a 3-2 deficit at the end of the first period. Elora was up 8-3 at the end of the second.
Kurtis Woodland had a hat trick for Elora while Carter McKenzie scored twice. Single goals were added by Dawson Bolger, Eric Egan, Klayton Hoelscher, Ryan Mueller, A.J. Skirving and Hyatt Welsh. Bolger and Mueller each had three assists while Egan, McKenzie and Cody Stannard had two apiece and Ryan Buller, Jack Francis, Hoelscher, Matt Humphrey, Owen O’Donnell, Welsh and Jonah White had one each.
Liam Holwell netted a pair of goals for the Regals while Jack Burke and Braydon Hickey scored once each. Assists were awarded to Hickey, Cohen Campbell, Cole Cook and Joel Hoogaars.
The Mohawks outshot the Regals 54-40 and neither team scored a power-play goal, Elora on eight power plays and the Regals on nine.
Matt Humphrey claimed the win in net for Elora while Tyson McCool took the loss for Guelph.
The league’s playoffs are to start next week with the conference quarter-finals.
Mohawks 11 Regals 4
1. Guelph, Holwell (Hoogaars) 4:04
2. Elora, Woodland (Buller, McKenzie) 4:37
3. Elora, Hoelscher (Welsh, Bolger) 10:11
4. Guelph, Burke (unassisted) 12:26
5. Guelph, Hickey (Cook, Campbell) 18:24
Penalties: Masters Elora (slashing), 1:10; Francis Elora (high sticking), 5:49; Burke Gue (high sticking), 6:40; Sanders Gue (slashing), 14:57.
6. Elora, McKenzie (Mueller) 3:05
7. Elora, Mueller (Stannard, McKenzie) 3:35
8. Elora, Egan (Bolger, Humphrey) 8:04 sh
9. Elora, Skirving (O’Donnell, White) 9:15
10. Elora, Woodland (Bolger, Mueller) 12:23
11. Elora, Woodland (Stannard, Egan) 15:10
Penalties: McKenzie Elora (high sticking), 7:26; Cook Gue (slashing), 8:25; Webb Gue (slashing), 12:53; Masters Elora (interference), 16:09; Masters Elora (illegal cross checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:15.
12. Elora, McKenzie (Francis) 5:14
13. Elora, Welsh (Egan, Mueller) 6:14
14. Guelph, Holwell (Hickey) 6:47
15. Elora, Bolger (Hoelscher) 14:28
Penalties: Masters Elora (interference), 3:39; Buller Elora (roughing major), Webb Gue (roughing), 4:30; Burke Gue (facemask, high sticking), Egan Elora (facemask), 8:53; Welsh Elora (high sticking), Hoelscher Elora (high sticking), 12:03; Holwell Gue (checking from behind double minor), 12:24; Cook Gue (slashing), 18:56; Francis Elora (roughing), 19:54.
Shots on Goal: Elora 54; Guelph 40
Goalies: Humphrey (W, 40 shots-36 saves), Elora; McCool (L, 54 shots-43 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Elora 0-8; Guelph 0-9.
- Guelph Sports Journal