It was a tale of two periods and it all came down to a second straight overtime matchup between the Bengals and Mohawks. In the end it would be the black and gold who would walk away with the “W” and two points as the Hamilton Bengals defeated the Elora Mohawks 12-11 in overtime. The big win for Hamilton put the Bengals in a tie for first place in the Mid West Division with Elora.
Elora got things started with a pair of goals in the first two minutes of play, but control of the scoring would then shift to the visitng Bengals as Hamilton scored six straight goals to close out the period. Yvon Bolduc netted the first two goals of the period for Hamilton followed by Luke Robinson in his first of two in the period. Michael Grace also added a shorty at 16:42 of the period and Coltrane Tyson capped off scoring with his marker at 17:30.
Bolduc opened the scoring in the second period to give himself a hat trick on the game before Elora came back with a quick pair of goals. The Mohawks netted three goals in the second period with Tanner Brenneke scoring for the Bengals. Both Sam Gower and Jacob Parkinson, who had an unsuccessful penalty shot in the first period, also beat the Mohawks’ netminder for shorthanded goals.
By the time the buzzer sounded to end the middle frame Hamilton had a solid 10-5 lead.
The third period would be a different story.
Elora turned up their intensity for the final frame and succeeded in scoring five straight goals to close out the third period while holding the Bengals off the scoreboard for an entire period. The last time that happened to the Bengals was three days ago when a scoreless overtime period for Hamilton resulted in an overtime loss to the very same Mohawks.
That fate looked like it was going to befall the Bengals once again as the two teams headed to overtime and Elora’s Sam Dramnitzke made quick work of scoring the go ahead goal just 1:40 into overtime. Would the Bengals be downed in two straight overtime losses to the Mohawks?
Just past the midway mark of overtime Hamilton’s Tyson Allison found the back of the net to tie the game at 6:39. Then, less than two minutes later and with just over a minute remaining in overtime, Tye Argent would break the “tye” and give the Bengals the lead with a minute left. The buzzer sounded giving Hamilton the big win.
Lucas Nagy defended the goal for the Hamilton Bengals and made 48 saves on 59 shots on net.
The win gives Hamilton a huge two points and evens the team’s record with Elora. Both teams are 13-3-1 and have 27 points.
Next up the Bengals will continue on the road and will visit the Niagara Thunderhawks on Wednesday night at 8:00pm. They will then return home for their final two regular season games at home when they host the London Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon and then the Thunderhawks next Monday night. Both of those games will come from the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.