After a low scoring, however quickly paced and intense, first two periods the Elora Mohawks broke away in the third period with four straight goals as they defeated the Hamilton Bengals 10-6. The victory evens the series for the Mohawks with the quarter-final series tied 1-1. The series will now return to Elora on Wednesday night at 8:00pm.
The first two period were fast and furious. The action went back and forth from end to end with neither team able to find the back of the net for the nearly the first seven minutes of the game. Finally Elora’s Zack Cameron broke the ice for the Mohawks with a goal at 6:50. That was followed up quickly by Ryan Mueller who increased the lead to two goals at 9:17 of the period. That lead would last until 15:47 of the first period when Hunter Aggus found the back of the net to cut the lead to a goal. Aggus’ shot struck the post, hit the back of the goalie, bounced into the post and the goalie once more before rolling into the net. Yvon Bolduc netted a power play marker less than two minutes to even the score.
The middle stanza was a back and forth affair with the teams taking turns netting goals, though just two goals a piece would be scored thru the period. Dawson Brown and Tyson Allison (shorthanded) scored for Hamilton in the second period.
Tye Argent gave the Bengals the lead early in the third period with a goal at 1:54 of the period. The one goal lead would last until midway thru the period until Louie Ristov tied the game for Elora at 11:44. That goal was followed up by three straight goals from Elora’s Sam Dramnitzke, who scored three goals in three minutes, to put the Mohawks up by three. Hamilton’s Hunter Aggus got one back for the black and gold at 17:40 of the period, but another pair of goals from the Mohawks sealed the game.
Lucas Nagy made 41 saves on 50 shots on goal for the Bengals.
Next up the two teams will square off once again on Wednesday night from the Elora Community Centre in game 3 of the series. Game time is set for 8:00pm ET.