With Jason Gibson turning aside 42 of the 49 shots he faced, the Hamilton Bengals returned from Shelburne with a 9-7 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League win over the Veterans on Friday night (June 14).
The win left Hamilton with 14 points and tied with Wilmot for second place, although the Wild have one more win than the Bengals.
With a reduced roster, the Bengals Junior C goalies have been working overtime to hold on for the wins.
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Hamilton played with a reduced roster because of graduations, exams, and work commitments, but managed to floor a roster of 14 runners and two goalies, making for a very long night.
What the Bengals lacked in manpower, they made up for in determination. Game highlights included the return of last year’s leading scorer, Dan Foote, who made his 2013 debut in a big way. Scoring a hat trick on the night, including one while sitting on his behind, Foote also added two assists and after the contest went to a hospital and had three staples tacked to his elbow because of a large cut on his elbow.
Elliott McKibbon also continued to add to his points total with five assists on the night. And Brandon Ward, who has been battling a nagging high ankle sprain, notched the eighth and ninth goals while on the power play.
Hamilton has two more road games this coming week before returning home on June 28 to face arch rivals, the Wild.
The previous night, the Fergus Thistles made a trip down Highway 6 to the Bengals lair, Lawfield Arena. In a penalty filled affair, the Bengals were able to beat Fergus for a fifth straight time by a score of 9-3.
Ryan Coulter made his home debut after returning from Culver Military School in Indiana. Coulter, notched four goals, including a buzzer beater at .05 seconds to end the first period. Ellott McKibbon also had a huge night for the Bengals as he put up six points (3-3).
Rookie Cree Blakely continued his magical touch while on the power play as he scored one and had two assists. Goalie Anthony Baboth rejected 23 of 27 shots faced and last, but not least, the defensive play of Cole Martin and captain Will Horvatis were in top form as they held their opponent to three or less goals for the third time this season.