Jacob Parkinson was the black and gold hero on Wednesday night for the Hamilton Bengals as the Dundas native scored the game winning goal in a thrilling double overtime victory for the Bengals. The 12-11 victory gave the Bengals a 2-1 series lead over the Mohawks. The two teams will face off in a do or die game four for the Mohawks in Hamilton on Saturday.
Overtime is nothing new for these two teams. In both meetings during the regular season the games went into overtime. The teams split those games with one win a piece and interestingly enough those contests also ended with a final score of 12-11.
Tonight’s game was truly a back and forth affair. The two teams went nearly goal for goal thru the first period with Hamilton coming out with a 4-3 edge by period’s end. The second period was more of the same, but showed shades of last night when the Mohawks scored four straight thru the middle part of the period. Hamilton trailed by a pair after forty minutes.
That two goal deficit would last until late in the third period. After trading goals thru the early going the Bengals were still trailing by a pair into the final three minutes of the game. Then an illegal cross checking penalty to Mohawks’ Nick Aitchison gave the Bengals an opening. Yvon Bolduc became the saviour of the game for Hamilton with a power play goal off the penalty at 17:10 of the third period and followed that up with the game tying goal with just over a minute to go in regulation.
Overtime solved nothing, but double overtime was all Hamilton.
With sudden death rules in place it would be Jacob Parkinson with the game winner. At 2:58 of the double overtime period Parkinson sent the ball into the back of the net and the Bengals back to Hamilton in control of the series.
The Bengals will host the Elora Mohawks in game four of the quarter-final series on Saturday night from Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena. Game time is set for an earlier start time of 7:00pm. A win will put Hamilton in the Western Conference Finals.
See you Saturday.
— Stephanie McDonald (@Stephmcd0nald) July 11, 2019