Mohawks, Rebels to begin Western final Friday

ELORA – The Elora Mohawks and Six Nations Rebels have announced the dates for their best-of-five Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League Western Conference championship series.

Six Nations will have home-floor advantage in the series due to finishing first in the conference at 18-1-1. The Mohawks were second at 17-3-0.

The series is to start Friday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena just outside Hagersville. Game 3 will be there the following Friday and Game 5, if it’s needed, will also be there either July 30 or 31. Games at the ILA are to start at 8 p.m.

The Mohawks will host Game 2 Sunday and Game 4, if it’s required, a week later and both will carry 7 p.m. game times.

Elora and Six Nations met once during the regular season with the Rebels winning 8-6 at Elora May 27. That was the first loss of the season for the Mohawks and started their string of three consecutive losses. They finished the regular season with six consecutive wins.

The lone loss of the regular season for Six Nations came June 8 when they were edged 11-10 by the Hamilton Bengals at the ILA. That was their first loss there in regular-season play since they were defeated 10-8 by the Guelph Regals June 3, 2016. There were 19 wins and a tie at home for the Rebels between those losses.

Kurtis Woodland led the Mohawks during the regular season with 39 goals and 59 assists for 98 points and they had four other players above the 50-point plateau – Cole Spear (37g-39a), Hyatt Welsh (13g-46a), Ryan Mueller (33g-24a) and Klayton Hoelscher (17g-36a). They also had four other players who collected between 30 and 50 points.

Chayton King was the leading scorer for Six Nations with 36 goals and 34 assists for 70 points while Riley Miller (30g-35a), Wes Whitlow (22g-39a) and Kobe Whitcomb (21g-34a) also collected more than 50 points and there were seven others who gathered 30 or more points.

In net, Matt Humphrey was 9-0-0 with a 4.59 goals-against average and .872 save percentage during the regular season for Elora while Landon Kells was 8-3-0, 5.03 and .874. They were the top two in the league in both GAA and save percentage.

For Six Nations, Daniel Hill was at 9-0-0, 7.03 and .822 and Keegan Thomas was at 9-1-1, 7.31 and .819.

The Mohawks had the most potent power play in the league as they scored on 49.02 per cent of their power plays during the regular season. Six Nations was fifth in the 25-team league at 35.05.

Elora also led the league in penalty killing as they killed off 92.16 of their penalties while Six Nations was fourth at 78.18.

During the regular season the Rebels were called for 779 minutes in penalties while Elora was whistled for 351.

The Mohawks have five players with 30 or more points in the playoffs (Spear 39, Woodland 37, Hoelscher 36, Mueller 31 and Tyrus Rehanek 30) while King and Whitlow lead the Rebels with 21 points apiece in the playoffs. Elora has played seven playoff games, one more than Six Nations.

Elora has gone exclusively with Kells in net in the playoffs and he’s 6-1-0, 6.43 and .840 while Daniel Hill is 5-0-0, 6.21 and .856 for Six Nations and Thomas is 1-0-0, 9.00 and .700.

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