A late timeout, extra attacker on the floor, and a cracker of a shot payed off for the visiting Hamilton Bengals as they inched by the Elora Mohawks 9-8 on Tuesday night. Trevor Barrett, who had four goals on the night, sent in the game winning goal with just two seconds left in the third period. The victory gives the Bengals a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five playoff series.
Hamilton got off to a strong start in the first period with a four goal performance, including a pair of goals from Jordan Gillis. The four goals followed Elora breaking onto the scoresheet just 47 seconds into the game. Sam English, who has been a powerhouse since joining the team late in the regular season, also added a goal at 7:01 of the period. Barrett netted a power play goal, his first of three markers with the man advantage, at 11:35 of the first.
Hamilton lost their footing through much of the second period with Elora outscoring the black and gold 7-3 through the middle frame. The outcome of the period could have been far worse if it wasn’t for stellar performances from the boys killing penalties. The Mohawks went 2 for 6 on the power play with both power play goals coming during the second period. Dawson Brown and Trevor Barrett made up for those goals and picked up a shorthanded goal a piece through the middle stanza.
But it was the third period where the Bengals really came together.
Through the final twenty minutes the defense put on a show and Bengals’ netminder Jackson Brown, who came into the game midway through the second period, put up a brick wall in net. Down by a goal headed into the third period Hamilton’s own Tanner Brenneke made the Mohawks pay for some undisciplined play and netted a power play goal at 8:39. The goal tied the game and raised tensions at the Fergus Memorial Arena.
The score would remain deadlocked until the dying seconds of the game when Trevor Barrett scored the game winner at 19:58 of the third period.
Game four returns to Hamilton on Thursday night from the Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena. The Bengals will look to eliminate Elora and move on to the second round of the OJBLL playoffs.