Mohawks Down Tyendinaga in Game 2 Thriller

by Greg Horn

Greg Horn Tue, Aug 30, 2016

LEDUC, ALBERTA - The Kahnawake Mohawks were able to withstand a late game surge by the Tyendinaga Thunderbirds to improve their 2016 Presidents’ Cup record to 1-1. The win was important as the Mohawks dropped their first game of the tournament 10-9 in overtime to the Langley Warriors.

Mohawks assistant captain Markie Kirby (Pat Saunders, Callum Crawford) opened the scoring at 7:20 of the first period. . Kirby then netted his second of the game on the powerplay at 8:51 to give the Mohawks a 2-0 lead. At 12:55 Tyendinaga’s Seth Oakes stopped the bleeding and made it 2-1. Peter Jacobs (Kasey Beirnes, Ky Horn) extended the Mohawks lead to 3-1 with just 40 seconds left in the first period. Then with just nine seconds left in the period Saunders (Emmet Printup, Crawford) made it 4-1 for the Mohawks.

Tyendinaga’s Chris George (Adam Bomberry) scored at 3:58 of the second period to cut the lead down to 4-2. Printup (Beirnes, Jacobs) scored to make it 5-2 for the Mohawks at 5:13. Less than two minutes later at 6:58 Saunders (Jacobs, Karahkwanoron Two-Axe) extended Kahnawake’s lead to 6-2. The Thunderbirds were able to get back-to-back goals from Greg Reilley (Alex Kedoh Hill) and Haodais Maracle (Tim Bergin, Hill) at 7:15 and 7:55 to cut the Mohawks lead down to 6-4. Two-Axe (Kyle Alfred, Printup) extended Kahnawake’s lead to 7-4 at 13:04. However, Bergin (Maracle, Jordan Thomas) would each score to cut the lead to 7-6 to close out the second period.

At 1:56 of the third period Alfred (Two-Axe) would make it 8-6 for the Mohawks. Thomas (Hill, Bomberry) would score at 3:06 and then Bergin (Maracle, Thomas) at 6:12 to make it 8-8. Jacobs (Two-Axe, Crawford) would net his second of the game at 7:25 to give the Mohawks a 9-8 lead. Jacobs took a lead pass from Brad McGowan at buried the ball past Tyendinaga netminder Trey Adams to make it 10-8 at 12:53 on a shorthanded goal. The Thunderbirds began to mount pressure on the Mohawks and Hill (Maracle, Bergin) would make it 10-9 with just 57 seconds left. After the Thunderbirds won the faceoff they called a timeout. They pulled their goalie and ran their play, but Mohawks netminder Angus Goodleaf came up big and made the save. Mohawks then called a timeout of their own and set up a play, with an empty net and killed the rest of the clock and held on for the win.

The Mohawks play Native Sons on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. to close out the roundrobin portion of the tournament.

Iorì:wase’s covered of the 2016 Presidents Cup in Leduc, Alberta is brought to you by our friends at the Kahnawake Driving Range and Club Rez.

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