Mohawks to go for national gold Saturday
AKWESASNE, Ont. – The Elora Mohawks grabbed a berth in the gold-medal match of the Founder Cup Canadian junior B lacrosse championship tournament by tripling the Coquitlam Adanacs 15-5 in Friday’s semifinals at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena.
The Mohawks put the game out of reach early as they scored the first 10 goals of the match including four in a span of one minute and 41 seconds to claim a 5-0 advantage before the game was nine minutes old.
Elora led 9-0 at the end of the first period and 12-3 after the second.
Cole Spear connected for four goals for the Mohawks while Hyatt Welsh and Klayton Hoelscher each had hat tricks. Kurtis Woodland scored twice while single goals were added by Zack Cameron, Josh Rex and Mason Noble. Woodland assisted on nine of the goals while Spear had six assists, Tyrus Rehanek three, Hoelscher, Cameron and Rex two apiece and Noah Lebar, goaltender Landon Kells and Welsh one each.
Beau Chetner netted three goals for Coquitlam while Daniel Miller and Anthony Buono also scored. Matt Smigel and Trevor Funk each gathered two assists while Brian Smith, Chetner and Jeremy Basic each had one assist.
Kells was the winner in net for the Mohawks, although he was replaced late in the match by Matt Humphrey. Gordon Bowden took the loss for Coquitlam.
Elora when 5-for-8 on its power play and held Coquitlam to 1-for-7 on its power play.
The Mohawks are to play the Seneca WarChiefs in Saturday’s gold-medal match at 5 p.m. The WarChiefs edged the Manitoba Blizzard 9-8 in overtime, the winning goal coming after 2:35 of OT. Manitoba had scored with six seconds to go in regulation time to force the extra time.
While the Mohawks finished first in Pool A with three consecutive wins, the WarChiefs finished atop Pool B with two wins and a loss in OT. Seneca finished first in the four-team First Nations Junior B Lacrosse League season by winning all 12 of their regular-season games to be the only team in the league with a winning record. The WarChiefs then defeated the second-place Tyendinaga Thunder 2-1 in the best-of-three league final.
Coquitlam and Manitoba are to play in the bronze-medal game Saturday at 2 p.m.
North Shore Kodiaks are to battle the Calgary Shamrocks in the consolation final at 11 a.m.
In Friday’s consolation semifinals, North Shore downed the Mohawk Medicine Men 11-7 and Calgary edged Saskatchewan Swat 10-9.
The Mohawks are looking for their sixth national title in franchise history and first since 2005.
Mohawks 15 Adanacs 5
1. Elora, Cameron (Woodland, Rehanek) 2:06
2. Elora, Welsh (Lebar, Hoelscher) 6:30 pp
3. Elora, Hoelscher (Woodland) 7:04
4. Elora, Spear (Woodland, Kells) 7:51
5. Elora, Spear (Woodland, Rehanek) 8:11
6. Elora, Rex (Cameron, Welsh) 10:39
7. Elora, Spear (Cameron, Hoelscher) 11:11
8. Elora, Woodland (Spear, Rehanek) 13:44 pp
9. Elora, Welsh (Spear, Woodland) 15:19
Penalties: Johnston Coquit (cross checking), 6:04; Smigel Coquit (slashing), 12:02; Hutchinson Elora (holding), 16:18; Miller Coquit (holding), 19:02.
10. Elora, Hoelscher (Spear, Woodland) 0:48 pp
11. Coquitlam, Chetner (Smigel, Funk) 8:44
12. Coquitlam, Chetner (Smith, Smigel) 10:54
13. Elora, Spear (unassisted) 15:11
14. Elora, Woodland (Rex, Spear) 15:24 pp
15. Coquitlam, Miller (Funk, Chetner) 15:49
Penalties: White Elora (cross checking), 0:59; Rex Elora (high sticking), 2:03; Johnston Coquit (cross checking), 4:24; Lebar Elora (roughing), Miller Coquit (roughing), 10:03; Francis Elora (slashing), 14:34; Smigel Coquit (slashing), 14:53; Froese Coquit (cross checking), 15:11; Bolger Elora (fighting, fighting misconduct), Goble Coquit (fighting, fighting misconduct), 16:47.
16. Elora, Noble (Rex, Woodland) 7:52
17. Coquitlam, Chetner (Basic) 8:30 pp
18. Elora, Welsh (Woodland, Spear) 9:43 pp
19. Elora, Hoelscher (Woodland, Spear) 12:59
20. Coquitlam, Buono (unassisted) 17:10
Penalties: Cameron Elora (holding), 8:18; Buono Coquit (interference), 9:00; Gallant Coquit (bench/coach), 9:08; Rex Elora (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting, fighting misconduct), 14:03; Rehanek Elora (roughing), Froese Coquit (cross checking, fighting, fighting misconduct), 17:54.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Kells (W), Humphrey, Elora; Bowden (L), Coquitlam
Power Plays (goals-chances): Elora 5-8; Coquitlam 1-7.
- Guelph Sports Journal