Native Sons vs. Mohawks Game Recap

by Dallas Smith

August 31, 2016


LEDUC, Alberta - Coming off an impressive victory on Tuesday night, the Native Sons entered Wednesday morning seeking to extend their unbeaten record to 3-0. Conversely, the Mohawks sought to build off an impressive and tough fought victory over the Tyendinaga Thunderbirds. 


The first period witnessed a slightly slower pace than the two teams previous games. Settled offensive possessions dominated the first period of play as both teams were able to effectively control each other's transition game. The Native Sons struck fast and early with a goal from Cameron Seneca, who scored within the first three minutes of play. The Mohawks quickly answered with an impressive goal from Callum Crawford to tie the game at one. The Native Sons were able to score consecutive goals to push their lead to two points before the Mohawks Ky Horn cut the lead to one before the period expired. The two goaltenders Angus Goodleaf and Hunyahdengowah Abrams highlighted the period, as the two consistently stopped several would-be goals on the top of the crease. 


The Mohawks opened the second period scoring, tying the game at three within seven minutes of the period beginning. Back-to-back scoring between both teams dominated the remaining thirteen minutes of play, which included four combined goals from Kasey Beirnes and Patrick Saunders that enabled the Mohawks to take a two-goal advantage heading into the third period. The Native Sons six goals came from six different players, yet after the end of two periods, the Mohawks still led the Native Sons 8-6. 


Propelled by a strong and vigorous performance by the Mohawks goalkeeper Angus Goodleaf and the efficiency of the Mohawks right-handed offensive players, they were able to extend their lead consistently throughout the third period. Kasey Beirnes and Patrick Saunders added another pair of goals in the third period propelling the Mohawks to a 12-8 advantage before the half-way point of the period. Despite being down by four, the Native Sons did not go quietly in the third. After a coach’s timeout, the Native Sons Charles Thomas Scanlan and Jordan Williams were able to score the last two goals of the game.


Nevertheless, the Mohawks defense stiffened in the final five minutes of play, as their offense effectively used the thirty-second clock to drain the remaining time down. At the end of the third period, the Mohawks came out ahead with a 12-10 victory over the Native Sons.
Both teams now hold a 2-1 record while awaiting the 1:30 match-up between the Langley Warriors and Tyendinaga Mohawks to determine the tie-breakers for playoff positioning.