With two games remaining in regular season play, the Hamilton Bengals have clinched second place and will open a best-of-five playoff round on Tuesday, July 16.
Hamilton was assured of its Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League second place finish when Wilmot lost, 5-4, on Saturday to Fergus, leaving them four points back of the Bengals with one game left in their schedule. Hamilton had put together a three-game win streak, the two most recent victories being a 9-3 decision over Mimico Mountaineers on Friday (July 5) and a 7-2 victory over Shelbourne Veterans the previous night.The Bengals first round playoff opponent will be the Veterans. Tentative dates are Tuesday (July 16), 8 p.m. at Lawfield Arena, July 19 in Shelburne, July 21, 7 p.m., at Lawfield, and, if necessary, July 24 in Shelburne and July 25, 8 p.m. at Lawfield.
On Friday night, the Bengals first regular season trip to Mimico, Mimico scored a quick opening goal but it was all Hamilton from that point on. The Bengals were led by Ryan Coulter’s five points (2 goals, 3 assists), Bryce Mayea (3-2), Dan Foote (2-1), and Chris Dubois (1-2).
Anthony Baboth, who started in net allowing the three goals on the night, but with 10 minutes remaining, the coaching staff gave Baboth a break by putting in Midget call up Keaton Dale for the remainder of the game.
The previous night, the Bengals Danny Williams paced the Bengals win over Shelburne with two goals and an assist. Bryce Mayea added one goal and three helpers with Cree Blakely, Foote, and Mac Huckla contributing 1-1 each.
Baboth was stellar between the pipes.
The Bengals play their two remaining regular season games Monday (July 8) in Wilmot and then the next night in Caledon.