After getting off to a slow start the Elora Mohawks took advantage of the power play to slip by the Hamilton Bengals 8-7 in an overtime decision.
Danny Attridge got the scoring off to a quick start for the Bengals at 1:26 of the first period. That lone goal would stand until late in the period when Tanner Brennecke doubled Hamilton’s lead, though that two-goal edge would evaporate seconds later with Cole Spear getting Elora on the board. The two teams would trade goals in the second period, Michael Mayes netting the Bengals’ goal, to give Hamilton a 3-1 edge through twenty minutes.
The third period saw double the scoring of the first two periods combined.
The Mohawks scored four straight goals to open the third period, three of which were scored on the power play. Ryan Mueller and Kurtis Woodland each scored a pair of goals to give Elora a 5-3 lead thru the middle of the third. With minutes left in the game, and the Bengals down by a pair of goals, Hamilton rallied back from the deficit to tie the game as regulation ended. Luke Robinson got the Bengals within a goal and Jordan Gillis found the back of the net with one second left in the third.
With the game on the line, Hamilton’s Sam Gower caught a high sticking five minute major and a game misconduct early in overtime. The penalty cost the Bengals two goals as Elora’s Cole Spear capitalized with a pair of power play goals. Tye Argent brought the Bengals close to tying the game, but Hamilton couldn’t find the back of the net with the extra attacker.
Dylan Sprentz made 50 saves on 58 shots in goal for the Bengals.
Hamilton has now dropped three in a row, the last two games by a single goal. The Bengals will look to regroup on Thursday night when they welcome the Orangeville Northmen to the Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena. The two teams face off beginning at 8:00pm.