Hamilton delivers knockout punch to Elora Mohawks
HAMILTON – There’ll be no repeat national championship win for the Elora Mohawks this year.
The defending Founders Cup champion Mohawks were knocked out of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League playoffs Saturday night when they suffered a 9-5 loss to the Hamilton Bengals at the Dave Andreychuk Arena. The win gave Hamilton a 3-1 win in the best-of-five Western Conference semifinal series.
The Mohawks never led as three straight goals by the hosts in the final eight minutes of the first period gave Hamilton a 4-1 lead at the end of the period. The Mohawks turned that feat in the second period to cut the gap to 6-5 by the end of that period.
However, Hamilton cemented the victory with three goals in the final four minutes of the third, the only goals of the period.
Ryan Mueller connected for a pair of goals for the Mohawks while Brett Harrison, Sam Dramnitzke and Hyatt Welsh added single markers. Trent Spear and Welsh each had two assists while single assists were awarded to Dramnitzke, Dawson Bolger, Logan Cameron and Jayden Bushey.
Coltrane Tyson and Tye Argent netted two goals apiece for Hamilton while single goals were added by Luke Robinson, Jacob Parkinson, Braedon Saris, Hunter Aggus and Dawson Brown. Aggus collected two assists while Saris, Argent, Brenden Boyle, Jack Travassos, Yvon Bolduc, Tanner Brennecke and Michael Grace each had one.
The Mohawks outshot the Bengals 58-54 and there were no power-play goals in the contest although Elora had five power plays and Hamilton had three.
Ryan Fitzgerald was tagged with the loss in the Elora net. He faced 37 shots and was replaced by Sam Hadley 7:55 of the second after Hamilton went up 6-2. Hadley made 14 saves the rest of the way.
Lucas Nagy had 53 saves for the win for Hamilton.
Elora had finished the regular season first in the Mid West Division and second in the Western Conference at 16-3-1 while Hamilton was second in the division and third in the conference at 15-4-1.
The Bengals advance to play the Six Nations Rebels in the conference final. Six Nations was first in the South West Division and first in the conference at 19-1-0. Dates for the series have not been set.
Six Nations swept the Windsor Clippers 3-0 in the other conference semifinal.
Nepean Knights gained a berth in the Eastern Conference final with a 14-6 win over the Orangeville Northmen Saturday at Nepean that gave the Knights a 3-1 win in that best-of-five series. They’ll play either the West Durham Ironheads or Akwesasne Hunters in the Eastern Conference final. That best-of-five series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 slated for Sunday afternoon at Akwesasne.
Bengals 9 Mohawks 5
- Guelph Sports Journal