The Hamilton Bengals completed the sweep on Saturday night at the Dave as they defeated the Owen Sound North Stars 12-4. The victory pushes the Bengals thru to the next round of the playoffs.
Things started off slowly for Hamilton. After conceding the first goal of the game just over a minute into play, they finished the first period with just a pair of goals and trailed 3-2. Goalies at either end of the floor were nearly unstoppable for the first twenty minutes with plenty of chances for both teams being turned away by the netminders. Braedon Saris got the first goal for the Bengals at 2:03 of the first period, his first of a hat trick performance. Tanner Brennecke also found the back of the net in the first period.
After regrouping at intermission the Bengals turned things around for the final forty minutes. Hamilton went on a 10-1 run through the second and third periods with goals across the board. Saris netted his second and third on the night in the second period, while Luke Robinson and Coltrane Tyson picked up a pair of goals each. Ty English, Carter Schultz, and Hunter Aggus also found the back of the net for Hamilton.
Lucas Nagy picked up the win between the pipes for the Bengals.
The shining star for the Hamilton Bengals thru their first series was Braedon Saris who had seven goals in the three game series. Saris was a late addition to the Bengals roster and joined the team late in the season, playing just the final six games with the team. In those six games Saris had eight goals and 11 assists.
Hamilton will now await their next round opponent, which will come in the form of the Elora Mohawks. Elora finished the regular season with a 16-3 record and were the second place team in the Western Conference. Hamilton and Elora met exactly twice during the regular season, with both games going to overtime and both games ending with a 12-11 final.
The two teams split the games with one win a piece.
Looking purely at the stats and the Bengals have the edge on paper. Hamilton scores more goals per game, lets in fewer goals, is slightly better on the power play (Hamilton was the #1 team during the regular season), and they are the superior team on the penalty kill. Hamilton was third in the league during the regular season while Elora was 13th.
The first round is done for all eight playoff series so the schedule for the next round should be announced in the coming days. But with both regular season matchups between Hamilton and Elora coming right down to the wire, both teams will have something to prove when they meet.
And that can’t come soon enough.