Friday night wasn’t the way the Bengals wanted to get the Western Conference Finals with Six Nations started. While a win is always the preferred outcome a close game at the end is also a better way to start. By the time the game ended the Rebels handed the team from Hamilton a 13-5 loss to game 1.
The game started off very much back and forth and it was anyone’s game after forty minutes. Tanner Brennecke scored the lone goal for the Bengals in the opening period at 14:19 of the period. That goal was a game tying goal in a low scoring first period. After the boys game back from the intermission trailing the Rebels netted the only two goals of the middle frame.
The third period was where most of the action was during the game. With only five goals scored between the two teams in the opening of the game, the third period by contrast had five goals in the first five minutes. The teams went back and forth through the final twenty minutes but the Rebels had the edge by the time the dust settled.
Yvon Bolduc had a pair of goals in the third period, including an early powerplay goal at 2:29. Dawson Brown and Braedon Saris also netted goals for the Bengals.
The boys will look to regroup when they host the Six Nations Rebels for game two next Tuesday night. Game time at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena is set for 8:00pm ET>