AKWESASNE — The Elora Mohawks defeated the Seneca WarChiefs 9-5 in a rough one at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena in Awkwesasne (Cornwall) to win the 2018 Founders Cup, last Saturday. It was the franchise’s sixth Founders’ Cup title, winning the national Jr. B champions in 1964, 1967, 1968, 1976 and 2005.
The Mohawks established themselves early taking a 2-0 lead by the 4:22 mark, before Cole Spear added to Zack Cameron, Clayton Hoelscher’s tallies.
The WarChiefs saved the first period from being a shut-out by Clay Scanlan scoring at the 16:00 mark. Tyrus Rehanek slipped in a buzzer beater to end the first period with Elora ahead 4-1.
Both teams tightened up in their own defensive zones as Seneca’s Troi Bebedict and Elora’s Landon Kells made scoring difficult. Chiefs’ Scanlan and Sherman Williams brought Seneca close in the second but Elora’s Hoelscher scored midway into the second to end segment 2, with the Elora Mohawks up 5-3.
The Mohawks stunned the WarChiefs early in the third with three goals scored within a minute and a half as Even Printup, and Kurtis Woodland, with two, put the Mohawks in charge, 8-3. Scanlan scored his hat-trick goal which Woodland answered with his third goal of the period.
Tonatiuh Salinas recorded the last goal of the game at 19:07 and the Elora Mohawks danced with the Founders Cup this year.
Landon Kells of the Mohawks went 3-0 with a 5.00 goals against average, while silver medalist Troi Benedict was equally as impressive for the WarChiefs, finishing with a 2-1-1 record and 6.13 GAA mark.
MVP: Clay Scanlan, Seneca WarChiefs
Offensive Player of the Tournament: Kelson Borisenko, Manitoba Blizzard
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Matthew Froese, Coquitlam Adanacs
Transition Player of the Tournament: Ron John, Seneca WarChiefs
Goaltender of the Tournament: Landon Kells, Elora Mohawks
All-Star Team (Group A)
Kelson Borisenko, Manitoba Blizzard; Bryce Dueck, Saskatchewan SWAT; Landon Kells, Elora Mohawks; Dalton McGinnis, Mohawk Medicine Men; Cole Spear, Elora Mohawks; Kurtis Woodland, Elora Mohawks
All-Start Team (Group B)
Troi Benedict, Seneca WarChiefs; Beau Chetner, Coquitlam Adanacs; Anthony Desmarais, North Shore Kodiaks; Ron John, Seneca WarChiefs; Kale Lundell, Calgary Shamrocks; Clay Scanlan, Seneca WarChiefs