Unlike in hockey, you don’t get an extra point for an overtime loss in box lacrosse. Though perhaps the Hamilton Bengals deserved a single point for their effort on Thursday night at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in a 12-11 overtime loss to the Elora Mohawks.
The Bengals had a strong opening in the first period and took an a 4-2 lead into the first intermission. Coltrane Tyson got the scoring started early with his goal just 36 seconds into the opening period, his first of two on the night. Tyson Allison, Braedon Saris, and Yvon Bolduc also netted goals in the opening twenty minutes.
The second period saw Elora get a second wind as they outscored the Bengals through the middle frame by a pair of goals which brought the score to an even seven goals a piece by the end of the period. Tyson Allison opened the second period scoring for Hamilton with his second goal of the game at 4:14 of the second period. The goal extended Hamilton’s lead to three goals. The goal lit a fire in the Mohawks who then scored five consecutive goals over the next six minutes to take a two goal lead over Hamilton.
A powerplay goal from Ken Sproat and Tye Argent with his first of the game less than a minute apart tied the game for the Bengals headed into intermission.
The final twenty minutes of regulation saw the two teams go back and forth, trading goals. Hamilton took a one goal lead and then Elora came back and tied the game. The Bengals scored a pair of goals and the Mohawks followed suit. The final buzzer sounded to end the third period with the scored knotted at eleven goals a piece.
Overtime wouldn’t yield a victory for the Bengals though as Nathan Bolger netted the only overtime goal for Elora as they took the 12-11 victory.
With the win the Mohawks jump ahead of the Bengals for sole possession of first place in the Mid West Division with 25 points. Hamilton’s record drops to 11-3-1 on the season.
Next up the Bengals will hit the road on Friday night when they visit the Guelph Regals. First face off is set for 8:00pm ET. The Bengals will then close out the weekend on the road in Elora where they will look to take down the division leaders.