The Hamilton Benagls are one game closer as they defeated the Elora Mohawks 11-9 on Friday night. The game was the first in the semi-final series of box lacrosse and gives Hamilton a 1-0 series lead. The two teams will face off again in game two on Tuesday night in Hamilton.
The two teams were pretty evenly matched throughout the game, much like their two meetings in the regular season. Hamilton started off the scoring early in the first period with three straight goals from the black and gold. Braedon Saris opened the scoring at 1:13 of the first period, followed quickly from Luke Robinson with his first of the game at 1:40. Tye Argent made it three zip with his marker at 2:59 of the period.
That’s where the tempo shifted as the Mohawks came roaring back with five straight over the next ten minutes, though the Bengals would manage to tie the score before the period was up. Sam Dramnitzke, Zack Cameron, and Logan Cameron all scored for the Mohawks in the period. Down a pair of goals Jacobson Parkinson scored his first at 15:09 to bring the Bengals within a goal. That tying goal would come with just two seconds left in the opening frame when Ty English netted his first of the game at 19:58.
The second period started off much like the first with the Bengals netting three straight goals, albeit a little more spread apart this time around. Saris, Parkinson, and English added their second goals of the game to bring the Bengals up by three goals again. Dawson Brown would also score for Hamilton late in the period with the Mohawks adding two more before the period was out.
With the Bengals ahead by two as the third period got under way, that goal quickly evaporated. Zack Cameron got the Mohawks within a goal just over a minute into the final frame, followed by Trent Spear who would tie the game for Elora.
It wouldn’t be the Mohawks night however as Braedon Saris netted his third of the game at 6:33 while Robinson bagged his second of the night midway thru the period as the Bengals went on to a 11-9 victory.
Lucas Nagy made 42 saves on 51 shots on goal in net for the Bengals.
Attention will now shift back to the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Tuesday night as the Bengals will host the Mohawks for game two of the series. The game is set to get under way at 8:00pm.