With the series on the line the Hamilton Bengals stepped up and fought back the Red Devils, winning the game and evening the series at two games a piece. The hard fought 16-13 victory for Hamilton was very much a back and forth affair with the two teams going tit for tat on the scoresheet through the afternoon.
Wallaceburg got on the board first with a pair of early goals to give the Red Devils an early 2-0 lead. Hamilton’s George Pitt broke the ice for the hometeam at 7:55 of the first period with his first of three on Sunday. Tanner Brenneke also scored for the black and gold at 18:50 after the Dev’s Powless scored his first of five in the game.
Hamilton game out swinging after the intermission with the Bengals netting three straight goals in the opening minutes courtesy of Argent, Aggus, and Gillis. But after Wallageburg’s Burr and Hamilton’s Bolduc traded goals, the Red Devils put up three straight of their own to take a one goal lead. The back and forth would continue and the two teams would continue to trade leads until midway thru the third period when the Bengals began to pull away.
Sam English got the run started at 10:19 of the third period, followed up quickly by George Pitt with his third goal of the game. Luke Robinson scored his fourth of the game just a minute and a half later followed by a power play marker from Tanner Brenneke in his third of the game at 18:34.
Tensions boiled over after Wallaceburg’s final goal of the game at 19:00 with pushing and shoving taking over the floor seconds later. Multiple shoving matches broke out with the two referees trying to hold the two teams apart.
It was another hot game of lacrosse on the floor, in the stands, and in the air.
Wallaceburg’s Marshall Powless and Hamilton’s Ethan Finlay were both handed ten minute unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct penalties, with Wallaceburg’s Brendan Johnston also getting hit with a five minute major for high sticking and two minutes for unnecessary roughness.
The two teams will finish their series tomorrow afternoon from the Wallaceburg Memorial Arena at 4:00pm. The weather will be just as hot tomorrow and the Hamilton Bengals will need to be just as hot if they’re going to come away with a series win.