The Hamilton Bengals entered into their final game of the regular season with two goals. First to end the season on a high with a win and two to get a little revenge on the Niagara Thunderhawks who had defeated them last week.
Mission accomplished. In a repeat of last year’s final game of the season, the Hamilton Bengals defeated the Niagara Thunderhawks 9-8.
The first period was a relatively low scoring affair with both teams trading a pair of goals thru the opening twenty. Tye Argent tied the game for Hamilton after an opening salvo from Niagara’s Devin Napolean in the opening minutes of the game. Argen’s goal at 9:18 was followed up with a marker from Yvon Bolduc who found the back of the net at 14:25. Nigara wouldn’t let the lead stand though as Kellen Pulera evened the score at 17:05 of the period.
The second period was also a back and forth affar as the teams traded leads. Duncan Carte put the Bengals ahead at 1:07 of the middle frame but the Thunderhawks retaliated with three goals in three minutes to jump out to a two goal lead.
Hamilton followed that up with four straight of their own from Jacob Parkinson, Sam Gower, Hunter Aggus, and Braedon Saris over the next ten minutes. Coltrane Tyson added his first of the game in the final minute of the period, but not before Joseph Conti got one back from the Thunderhawks.
Leading by a pair of goals the Bengals headed into the third period looking to hold on to the lead.
Niagara’s Kellen Pulera tested Hamilton’s resolve though with a goal early into the final frame to bring the Thunderhawks within one. But within one would be as close as Niagara would come as they teams traded goals one last time, Hamilton’s coming from Saris, as the Bengals defeated the Thunderhawks 9-8.
With the victory the Bengals and Thunderhawks have finished all regular season games as has the rest of the league.
The Hamilton Bengals finished the regular season second in the Mid West Division and third in the Western Conference with 31 points. The Bengals should face the sixth place team in the conference in the Owen Sound North Stars in a best-of-three series in the first round of the playoffs next week.
The league should announce the playoff schedule in the coming days.