To say that the Hamilton Bengals’ victory over Six Nations on Friday was huge would be an understatement. Non only was it Hamilton’s eighth straight victory as the team improves to 12-5 on the season, but it was also the Six Nations Rebel’s first loss this season. The Rebels are 16-1-1 this year, with the only other blemish on their perfect season coming from a tie with St. Catharines last week.
The Rebels only had one loss all of last season too and finished with a record of 19-1-0 in 2017. And the last time Hamilton defeated Six Nations? You’d have to go all the way back to June 16th, 2011 for that distinction.
The Hamilton Bengals had something to prove on Friday. Not only were they looking to upset the best team in the entire league, they were also looking to extend their hot streak with a eighth straight victory.
The first period the Bengals hit the floor with their claws out and took a commanding 6-2 lead after the first twenty minutes. The black and goal scored six straight goals through the middle of the frame, book-ended by Rebels’ goals to start and finish the period. Seeming to awaken in the second period, the scoring was flipped through the middle stanza with the Rebels netting six goals to the Bengals’ three markers.
After a bit of back and forth in the third period Sam English found the back of the net for the unassisted game winner with just 14 seconds left in the game. English put in a five goal effort on Friday to help push the Bengals over the Rebels.
Tanner Brenneke, Yvon Bolduc, Luke Robinson, Jordan Gillis, and George Pitt also contributed goals in the win. Lucas Nagy made 49 saves on 59 shots in goal for Hamilton in the win.
Next up the Bengals will return home for their final home game of the season on Wednesday night. Hamilton will host the London Blue Devils from the Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena starting at 8:00pm.