The Hamilton Bengals played a see-saw game but were eventually edged out from victory as the Port Edward Pacers slid by with a 7-6 victory.
The loss is Hamilton’s second straight loss as they dropped both weekend games. The slide follows a three game win streak for the black and gold who now sit in second place in the southwest conference with a 3-4 record.
The Bengals held control of the first twenty minutes and took a two goal lead as the horn sounded. Paul Daniel notched a pair of goals in the opening frame with Tyler OBrien adding his sixth goal of the young season. After Jordan Gillis gave Hamilton a three goal lead at 4:18 of the second period, that lead slipped away as Point Edward found the back of the net with four straight goals over the next fifteen minutes to take a 5-4 lead into the second intermission.
With the final frame started Bryce Mayea evened the score for the Bengals, finding the back of the net at 4:20 of the period. Then, after Point Edward’s Korey Conroy restored the Pacers’ lead at 11:20, Mayea once again tied the game for Hamilton just thirty seconds later.
But with the clock ticking away it would once again be Point Edward’s Conroy who would find the back of the net and seal the victory for the Pacers.
Bryce Mayea and Mason Wright each had three assists during the game, with Josh Bryers also adding a pair of helpers. Steven Lee, Paul Daniel, and Ryan Coulter also added an assist.
Next up the Hamilton Bengals will take to the road when they visit the Elora Mohawks on Saturday night. They’ll invade the Elora Community Centre when the teams face off at 7:00pm.