Mohawks survive to move on to league final

HAGERSVILLE – The Elora Mohawks are headed to the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League’s championship series.

A pair of goals by Tyrus Rehanek and a pair of shorthanded goals, all in the third period, sparked the Mohawks to a 9-8 victory over the Six Nations Rebels Monday night in the fifth and deciding game of the league’s Western Conference final. That win gives the Mohawks a berth in the league’s best-of-five championship series with the Green Gaels of Clarington, the Eastern Conference champs.

The Mohawks rallied for Monday’s win as they trailed 7-5 with 12 and a half minutes to go in the third period before shorthanded goals by Kurtis Woodland and Zach Cameron 54 seconds apart lifted Elora into a tie.

However, Chayton King’s third goal of the game, this one on a power play, put the Rebels back into the lead with 10:31 to go.

Rehanek’s first goal just over a minute later knotted the score again and he fired in the winner with exactly one minute to play. That goal put Elora ahead for the first time in the game.

Six Nations had led 3-2 at the end of the first period and 6-5 after the second.

Cameron and Rehanek scored twice each for the Mohawks while single goals were netted by Hyatt Welsh, Nathan Bolger, Cole Spear, Dean Sealey and Woodland. Klayton Hoelscher had three assists while Rehanek and Welsh had two each and Bolger, Spear, Sealey, A.J. Skirving and Josh Rex had one each.

King collected a hat trick for Six Nations while Riley Miller had a pair of goals and Justin Martin, Garret Vyse-Squire and Kahn General scored once each. Jesse Longboat, Tanner Baldin, Miller, King and Mason Hill each had two assists while Daniel Hill, Daylen Hill, Justin Martin and Wes Whitlow each collected one assist.

Six Nations outshot the Mohawks 48-40 and scored on its only power play while Elora went 1-for-5 with a manpower advantage.

Landon Kells made 40 saves in the Elora net for the win while Keegan Thomas and Daniel Hill shared the goaltending chores for Six Nations. They combined for 31 saves.

The Green Gaels gained their berth in the final by edging the Akwesasne Indians 3-2 in the best-of-five Eastern Conference final. The Gaels had swept the Newmarket Saints 3-0 in the quarter-finals and the Kahnawake Hunters 3-0 in the semifinals.

The Gaels had finished the regular season first in the Eastern Conference at 18-2-0 while the Mohawks were second in the Western Conference at 17-3-0.

The Gaels were championship finalists each of the last two seasons, losing to the Orangeville Northmen both times.

It’ll be the Mohawks’ first appearance in the final since they lost the 2010 final 3-2 to the Halton Hills Bulldogs and their 11th appearance overall. They won in 1967, 1968, 1976, 1999 and 2005.

The Mohawks and Gaels have met in the final four times with Elora winning in 1999 and Clarington winning in 2000, 2004 and 2009.

 

Mohawks 9 Rebels 8
First Period
1. Six Nations, J.Martin (Longboat) 1:15
2. Elora, Welsh (Rehanek, Hoelscher) 8:16
3. Six Nations, King (Baldin, Miller) 14:39 sh
4. Six Nations, King (Baldin, Dan.Hill) 18:18
5. Elora, Bolger (unassisted) 19:56
Penalties: Longboat SN (roughing), Rex Elora (roughing), 6:48; General SN (slashing), 11:03; Giles SN (illegal cross checking), 13:09.
Second Period
6. Elora, Cameron (Hoelscher, Bolger) 8:16
7. Six Nations, Vyse-Squire (Miller, King) 11:30
8. Six Nations, General (M.Hill, Day.Hill) 12:05
9. Elora, Spear (Rehanek) 13:14
10. Six Nations, Miller (King) 17:21
11. Elora, Sealey (Woodland, Welsh) 18:02 pp
Penalties: Sealey Elora (delay of game), Skye SN (roughing), 11:19; Montour SN (holding), 17:53.
Third Period
12. Six Nations, Miller (J.Martin, Longboat) 5:02
13. Elora, Woodland (Spear, Sealey) 7:43 sh
14. Elora, Cameron (Skirving) 8:37 sh
15. Six Nations, King (W.Whitlow, M.Hill) 9:29 pp
16. Elora, Rehanek (Rex) 10:34
17. Elora, Rehanek (Welsh) 19:00
Penalties: Longboat SN (high sticking), 2:42; King SN (roughing), M.Hill SN (roughing), Hutchison Elora (roughing), Francis Elora (roughing), 5:40; Abrams SN (unnecessary roughness major), Noble Elora (aggressor major), 5:42; Lebar Elora (holding), 6:23; Skye SN (high sticking), 11:15.
Shots on Goal
Elora                14-14-12–40
Six Nations     12-23-15–50
Goalies: Kells (W, 50 shots-42 saves), Elora; Thomas (20:00, 2 shots-2 saves), Dan.Hill (L, 39:49, 38 shots-31 saves), Six Nations.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Elora 1-5; Six Nations 1-1.
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