The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena was loud on Saturday night as the Hamilton Bengals hosted the Elora Mohawks. Coming off a thrilling double overtime victory earlier in the week the Bengals were keen to finish the series at home, and they did just that. Hamilton defeated Elora 9-5 to take the quarter final playoff series 3-1 and head to the Western Conference Finals where they’ll face Six Nations.
Elora is a tough team and they pushed the Bengals every minute of the game. Luke Robinson scored the opening goal of the game at 5:30 of the first period and gave Hamilton an early boost. Then, after Elora’s Brett Harrison evened the score with an unassisted goal at 9:20, the Bengals netted three in a row to close out the period. Jacob Parkinson found the back of the net for an unassisted goal at 12:23, Coltrane Tyson fought off a defender behind the net to circle back in front of the net and score at 15:18, and Tye Argent netted his first of the game at 18:04.
The second period saw the teams fortunes reverse somewhat with Elora scoring double the goals of the Bengals thru the middle twenty minutes. After Elora’s Ryan Mueller cut into the Bengals’ lead at 4:03 of the second period, Argent and Braedon Saris netted back to back goals to put the Bengals back in control with a sizable lead. That lead would quickly fizzle as the Mohawks scored three straight goals to close out the period, including two within the last two minutes of the period.
With Hamilton holding a one goal lead headed to the third period it was still anyone’s game. Both teams turned up the pressure on defense and the goalies kept the ball out of the net for the first fifteen minutes of the period. But in the final four minutes the Bengals would begin to pull away.
Coltrane Tyson netted his second goal of the game with an unassisted goal at 16:36. That was quickly followed by Hunter Aggus at 17:39 and Dawson Brown at 18:32.
Hamilton will now set their sights on the Six Nations Rebels who will be their opponents in the Western Conference Finals. The teams met just once during the regular season with the Rebels edging the Bengals by a goal.
Both teams are pretty balanced though the Rebels have had a strong playoff run so far. While both teams are 6-1 through the first two rounds, Six Nations has second in the playoffs scored with an average of 13 goals per game, slightly ahead of Hamilton’s 10.86. Six Nations also has a better power play, penalty kill, and let in less goals per game on average than the Bengals. Through the regular season Six Nations was the best team in the league in both goals for as well as goals against.
The next round should be an intense round of lacrosse. The schedule should be announced later this week.