The Hamilton Bengals have clinched second place in the Ontario Jr. C Lacrosse League’ west division and will play the Shelburne Veterans in the first round of the playoffs.
The Bengals beat the Vets 7-2 in a home game last Thursday.
Hamilton was led by Danny Williams with two goals and an assist. Bryce Mayea had a goal and three assists, while Cree Blakely, Dan Foote and Mac Huckla each added one goal and one assist. Anthony Baboth faced 34 shots on net.
The next night, the Bengals made their first regular season trip to Mimico to face the Mountaineers. After a quick goal by Mimico, it was all Hamilton, who went on to win 9-3. Mayea (three goals, two assists) and Ryan Coulter each had five points (two goals, three assists), Foote had two goals and an assist and Chris Dubois had a goal and two assists).
A Wilmot Wild loss last Saturday night helped the Bengals clinch second place in the west division and a best-of-five, first-round matchup against Shelburne. The tentative schedule has the Bengals hosting the Vets July 16, 8 p.m. at Lawfield, July 19 in Shelburne and July 21 at 7 p.m. at Lawfield. If necessary, game four will be July 24 in Shelburne and game five on July 25 at Lawfield.
Halton Hills, with a 14-1-1 record heading into the final week of play, clinched first place in the west.