A winning record is a great way to start the season. It’s an even better way to open greet your fans when you host your home opener, which for the Hamilton Bengals junior B lacrosse team is their fifth game of the season. The black and gold edged by the Windsor Clippers in a close 7-6 victory on Saturday night to improve to 3-1 on the season. They host their home opener on Thursday.
The game in Windsor was a true back and forth with both teams either tied or within a single goal for much of the game.
Yvon Bolduc opened the scoring for the Bengals on the power play at the 7:17 mark of the opening period, his first of three in the game. Bolduc would score his second of the game mere minutes later to restore a one goal lead after Windsor’s Jackman Schooley evened the store. Bolduc completed the hat trick, his third in four games, with the game winning goal in the third period.
Ty Argent closed out the first period with his fourth goal of the season at 15:37.
Hamilton’s Josh Millette and Windsor’s Chase Kavanaugh played a little back and fourth, trading goals through the front half of the second period. After the Clippers’ Liam Leclair evened the score for Windsor once again, Hamilton’s Jacob Parkinson gave the Bengals the lead into intermission.
Both teams could only muster a single goal each through the final twenty minutes with Yvon Bolduc netting the game winner after Windsor’s Andrew Garant tied the game.
Hamilton owes a some of their success on the floor on Saturday to a solid performance from goaltender Dylan Sprentz who turned away 52 of 58 shots from an on fire Clippers squad.
Next up the Hamilton Bengals turn their attention to Thursday night when they host their home opener when the thus far undefeated Six Nations Rebels pay Hamilton a visit. The game should turn out to be a challenge for Hamilton as the Rebels are first in the league for goals per game. The Bengals however have the edge on the power play and at killing penalties.
Game time is set for 8:00 PM from the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.