After giving up six straight goals in the first half of the game, a late rally in the second half fell short as the Bengals were edged by the Welland Generals 8-6. The loss is Hamilton’s fourth in a row since starting the season with a 3-2 record.
The loss leaves the Bengals sitting in third place in the South West division with a 3-6 record, just two points behind the second place Niagara Thunderhawks.
Welland stonewalled the Bengals for the first half of the game, keeping Hamilton off the scoreboard until the twelve minute mark of the second period. The opening marker for the Bengals came off the stick of Jordan Gillis with an unassisted goal at 12:11 of the period. That was followed up quickly by Ryan Smith, who took advantage of a Generals’ penalty, and netted a power play goal at 13:44, his twelfth goal of the season.
While the first twenty minutes were controlled by the Generals, the final twenty minutes were on the side of the home team.
Smith opened the scoring in the final frame with another power play goal, this time just thirty three seconds into the period. Gillis and Bryce Mayea assisted on the goal. After Welland’s Kirchmayer pushed the Generals up by another goal, Hamilton scored another three. Mayea found the back of the net at 7:43 followed by Smith’s third of the game at 13:26 and finally Jack McIssac at 17:05.
While the Bengals came close, they weren’t able to complete the comeback and were downed 8-6.
Connor Maitz had a trio of assists on the night while each of Jordan Gillis, Ryan Smith and Bryce Mayea finished the game with a pair of assists. Blaze McCullough also ended the night with a helper.
Spencer Chabrak and Keaton Dale split time in net for Hamilton with Chabrak making thirteen saves on eighteen shots in goal. Dale turned away seventeen of the twenty shots he faced.
Next up the Junior B Bengals will return home to the Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena on Thursday night when they host the St. Catharines Spartans. The teams will face off at 8:00pm