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Ontario Lacrosse on Hold Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

LATEST UPDATE: The Ontario Lacrosse Association announced an extension on the cancellation of all lacrosse-related events until at least June 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The situation will continue to be closely monitored by the OLA. The Association is following in the footsteps of many other sports organizations around the world by canceling any activities for the foreseeable future.

The OLA will be posting updates as they become available and we will continue to do the same. Please keep checking back for the latest updates.

Here is an official release from the OLA:

 

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2020 Schedule Announced

As Training Camp quickly approaches, so does the 2020 regular season for the Guelph Jr. B Regals. The upcoming season’s schedule was announced on Friday.

The Regals will kick off the new campaign with a road trip to Thorold on April 16 to battle the Spartans before returning home for the home opener on Saturday afternoon, April 18, versus the Wallaceburg Red Devils.

Guelph will wrap up the 2020 regular season on the road with a visit to Welland to face the Generals on June 14.

All home games will once again be played at Victoria Road Arena. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Tickets for the 2020 season can be purchased at the front gate on home game days.

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2020 Open Tryouts & Training Camp

Buckle up, lacrosse fans! The 2020 lacrosse season is just around the corner.

Within the coming months, the Guelph Regals Jr B Lacrosse Club will be in full swing as they try to build off of a season that featured 11 rookies and a narrow 1st Round playoff exit to the eventual Ontario Champions.

With a full roster returning plus the addition of some new faces and promising upcoming prospects, the 2020 Camp is bound to be the club’s most competitive in recent memory.

Any player interested in competing for a roster spot is welcome to attend. However, please note that if you are NOT a resident of Guelph, you will need permission to run from your home centre.  This includes all graduating midget players outside of Guelph or those who played on a Jr. C team last year. 

The 2020 tryout dates are below. The first two March runs are open tryouts with the following runs and tournaments being invite-only.

Sunday, March 8 – 10 am – 12 pm – Queensmount Arena (Kitchener)
Sunday, March 22 – 1 pm – 3 pm – Queensmount Arena (Kitchener)
Sunday, March 29 – 10 am – 2 pm – Queensmount Arena (Kitchener)
Saturday, April 4 – TOURNAMENT – Six Nations (Iroquois Lacrosse Arena) – Game times TBD
Wednesday, April 8 – INVITE ONLY – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Victoria Road Arena (Guelph)

Saturday, April 11 – TOURNAMENT – Elora (Elora Community Centre) – Game times TBD

– The cost for the first 3 runs in March is $10/run. There is zero cost for the remainder of the tryouts.

– The 2020 roster will be finalized after the Elora tournament – however, there will be releases throughout camp.

IMPORTANT: All players MUST first register online in order to attend camp for the Guelph Regals. This is a requirement per the OLA. You are required to provide the receipt of the registration at the first date of camp that you attend. Players will not be allowed on the floor if they have failed to do so. Registration link and instructions can be found herehttps://www.guelphjrblacrosse.com/player-registration/ 

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Regals, Mohawks battle to 7-7 draw in opener

(Photo courtesy of Gar Fitzgerald)

The Guelph Jr. B Regals and rival Elora Mohawks battled to a 7-7 tie in the Regals’ 2019 home opener Wednesday evening at Victoria Road Arena.

After trailing 2-0 early in the 1st period, Guelph battled back to take a 7-4 lead in the 3rd frame before the Mohawks drew even. After a scoreless 10 minute overtime, both teams left the rink with a point in the standings.

After dropping their opener 11-6 to Elora in 2018, it was a better effort this time around versus the defending National Champions. Both squads experienced some turnover from last year, but for different reasons. Elora lost a dozen players due to overage while the Regals brought in some new faces to improve their roster. Entering the 2019 season, Guelph has just 2 players who were born in 1999 or earlier in Captain Jack Burke and goaltender Chris Wood while the remainder of the team is in their 3rd season of eligibility or less.

“It was our first game playing altogether as a team,” Burke said in an interview with Guelph Sports Journal’s Rob Massey.

“I think it just took us a couple of minutes to get the kinks out and then from there we got back to our game. We slipped a little bit throughout, but we mostly kept it from there.”

While there is still plenty to work on for Guelph, things are looking up for a team that is looking to crack the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

The team will hit the road for 3 straight road games, beginning Saturday night in Windsor. From there, the Regals will play in Thorold on Sunday evening for a battle with the Spartans before heading north to play Owen Sound Thursday night. The team is back home next Friday night (May 3) when they welcome the Welland Generals to town.

To read more from Wednesday night’s contest, visit the GSJ’s story here.

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Regals to Host Alumni Game on Saturday, May 11

Calling all Regals Jr. B Alumni!

The Guelph Jr. B Regals Lacrosse Club is holding its 2019 Alumni Game on Saturday, May 11 at 4:30 PM.

All Regals Alumni are invited to play in the game and support the Jr. B team afterward as they host Wallaceburg.

Below are the details for the game:

4:30 – 5:30pm – Alumni Game
7:00pm – Jr. B Game: Guelph vs. Wallaceburg

For $10, you will get a spot in the Alumni Game, a memorable Alumni t-shirt and admission to that night’s Jr. B game. Of course, all other charitable donations in support of your Jr. B Regals are welcome!

The alumni game will only be helmets and gloves. Please let us know if you will be in attendance by clicking “Going” or “Not Going” on the Event’s Facebook Page so we can get a headcount!

Also, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to former Alumni by sharing this event with them.

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Regals Name Assistants To Round Out 2019 Coaching Staff

The Guelph Jr. B Regals are excited to announce the rest of its coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Joining the club are Dilan Graham, Peter Pavlinich, and Craig Wende. Graham takes over as the team’s Defensive Coordinator while Pavlinich will be in charge of the Offence. Both will assist Head Coach Al Burton on the bench for the upcoming season while Wende will help the Regals goaltenders throughout the season as a goaltending consultant.

Dilan Graham - Toronto Beaches

Graham joins Guelph with many years of playing experience. Before being drafted 37th overall by the Boston Blazers in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft, Graham played 4 years of Junior A for the Toronto Beaches, where he served as team captain in his final season. He went on to play Major in the summer for 6 seasons with the Brooklin Redmen and Ajax-Pickering/Oakville Rock, captaining the team its final season in Ajax before relocating to Oakville, as well as playing stints in CLax and the NLL. Graham also played 4 years of NCAA D1 Lacrosse at Bellarmine University and won a CUFLA Championship with Brock University. Since exiting the game as a player, Graham has focused his attention on coaching where he was an assistant with Toronto (Junior A), London (Junior B), Toronto Minor Lacrosse and the EDGE Field Lacrosse program.

Pavlinich comes to the Regals with decades of lacrosse experience under his belt. Beginning at the age of 5, Pavlinich played Minor Lacrosse in Kitchener before graduating to play 2 years of Junior B in Kitchener and 3 years of Junior A in Elora. After his junior career ended he played Senior with the Fergus Thistles, where he was a member of a pair of teams that won the Presidents’ Cup. Pavlinich began coaching Minor Lacrosse once his playing career ended and has been doing so for nearly 25 years.

Wende will help coach the team’s goaltenders during Training Camp as well as at practices throughout the season. Wende, who is currently a goalie on the Georgia Swarm (NLL) practice roster, has more than 20 years of playing experience across all levels. He recently won the Ontario Sr. B Lacrosse League’s Goaltender of the Year Award in addition to being named to an All-Star team at the 2018 Presidents’ Cup Tournament in Nanaimo, B.C.

The Regals open the 2019 season on Thursday, April 25 when the defending Founders Cup Champion Elora Mohawks visit the Royal City. Game time is slated for 8:00 PM at Victoria Road Arena.

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2019 Tryout Dates Announced

The Guelph Jr. B Regals Lacrosse Club announced its first 5 dates of training camp for the 2019 season.

The club will hit the floor for its 28th season on Sunday, March 3, when new head coach Al Burton will have his first look at his new team. Burton, who had previously been at the helm of the Oakville Buzz Jr. B team, rounded out his coaching staff this week with two assistants that will be formally announced in the coming days.

The Regals are anticipating a competitive camp with several position battles.

“My philosophy is to ensure that everyone is competing hard for positions, whether you’re a veteran or rookie,” Burton said.

“We want to ensure that all players are being held accountable. I’m not coming in with a hard line disciplinary approach. However, it’s a highly motivated firm but fair approach. On the first day of camp, every team in the league is in first place.”

The first 5 tryout dates are:

Sun. March 3 | 12 – 2 PM

Sun. March 10 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Sun. March 17 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Sun. March 24 | 10 AM – 12 PM

Sun. March 31 | 3:30 – 5 PM

Additional camp dates and exhibition games will be announced in the near future.

The camp is open to all interested players who were born between 2002 and 1998. If you are interested in attending the camp and do not reside in Guelph, a Permission to Run letter will be required from your home association before being permitted to step on the floor.

If you have any questions, please contact GM Matt Pelkey at pelks19@yahoo.ca.

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Burton Takes Over Coaching Duties

The Guelph Jr. B Regals Lacrosse Club announced on Wednesday that Al Burton will be taking over the team’s Head Coaching duties for the 2019 season.

Burton will take over behind the bench after previous head coach Ken Hastie and the club mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the season. The organization would like to thank Ken for his dedication over the past 1.5 seasons and wish him the best moving forward.

Burton takes the reigns with over 35 years of coaching experience across all levels of lacrosse. His coaching journey has seen him behind the bench at Major, Sr. B, Jr. B, and Jr. A.

He was most recently the head coach of the Oakville Buzz Jr. B team in 2016 and 2017 before stepping down for work commitments in 2018. Burton works in Guelph and could not make the full commitment back to Oakville for the 2018 season; however, Burton is now fully committed to the Regals.

“I’m highly committed to getting the team back on track and playing the right way,” Burton said.

“We want to ensure that all players are being held accountable. I’m not coming in with a hard line disciplinary approach, but it’s a highly motivated, firm but fair approach. My philosophy is to ensure that everyone is competing hard for positions, whether it’s a veteran or rookie. Everyone in the league is in first place on the first day of camp.”

In his 2 seasons with Oakville, Burton compiled a 26-13-1 regular season record before falling in the East Finals in 2016 and East Semi-Finals in 2017 – both in the 5th and deciding game – to the eventual Conference Champion Green Gaels.

The organization was sold on Al in their first meeting.

“Al is a stand-up guy,” said Regals General Manager Matt Pelkey. “We met with him for about 3 hours and just talked about everything. Lacrosse, life, you name it. He’s a well-decorated coach who has seen it all, but more importantly, he’s a solid person.”

“I played for Al in Senior B and you’re always going to know where you stand with him and he really preaches everything you’d want in a coach. He knows the game inside and out. He’s good with the players, someone you can talk to about anything, but is all business once he gets on that bench. He wants to win and wants to do it the right way. He’s a big preacher of trust, commitment, and accountability.”

“We could not be more excited to bring a guy like Al on board to lead this group back to the playoffs and to being competitive.”

The club is currently rounding out its coaching staff.

The 2019 regular season schedule will be released in January along with Training Camp details.

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Regals split weekend matchups, sit at .500 after first 4 games

Photo by Rob Massey of Guelph Sports Journal

The Guelph Jr. B Regals split their two road games over the weekend and now sit second in the MidWest Division.

The Regals began their first of five straight road games with a 16-9 loss in Six Nations on Friday evening. Guelph went shot-for-shot with the Rebels in the early going and finished the first 20 minutes tied 4-4.

The game remained close until the 2:34 mark of the second frame.

Leading 8-7, the Rebels fired off four goals in the last 2:33 of the middle period to take a 12-7 lead into the third period. From there, the Rebels would not let the Regals back into the game as they cruised to a 16-9 win (view boxscore). The victory was the Rebels’ fifth in as many games while the loss dropped Guelph to 1-2 on the season.

On Sunday, the Jr. B’s headed down to Welland for a 7 PM face-off with the Generals. It had been eight years since the Regals had last tasted victory over Welland.

It was a tight game for the majority of the opening frame before Reed Kurtz started a four-goal outburst for the visitors on the powerplay. Trailing 1-0 15 minutes into the game, Guelph fired off four goals in the final five minutes to head to the first intermission with a 4-1 advantage.

A feisty second period saw the Regals’ Luke Kivell and Welland’s Jesse Schoeman duke it out in a spirited battle. After all was said and done, Guelph led 7-6 after 40 minutes.

In the final frame, the Regals took what many assumed was a comfortable five-goal lead when they potted five goals in just 4:30, including a hat-trick for second-year player Liam Holwell, to go up 13-8.

However, the eight-year curse of the Generals began to creep its way into the picture.

After a timeout from the home team, Welland countered with five goals of their own to send the game to overtime.

In the extra frame, Kurtz and fellow rookie Gavin Lang netted goals to give Guelph a 15-13 victory and snap the losing streak against the Generals. The win also increased the Regals’ record to 2-2 and moved them to second in the division. You can view the boxscore here.

Guelph will continue its road swing in Orangeville on Tuesday before making a Far West Division visit to Point Edward and Wallaceburg on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

 

 

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Regals drop opener to Mohawks, 11-6, in front of packed house

Photo by Rob Massey of the Guelph Sports Journal

The 2018 season began for both the Guelph Regals and Elora Mohawks on Friday night when the two teams faced off at Victoria Road Arena in the Royal City.

The Regals, loaded with a team of young players looking to help the team qualify for the playoffs after missing the post-season last year, welcomed an experienced Mohawks team that, on-paper, is built to contend for the Ontario Junior “B” Lacrosse League title this season.

Despite the loss, the Regals were happy with the effort from their team.

It was the first time the team had played a full game with each other after a previously scheduled exhibition game versus Halton Hills was canceled due to an ice storm last Sunday.

After falling behind 5-1 in the 1st period, Guelph fought back and trailed 7-5 after 40 minutes. The game was 8-6 in the 3rd period before Elora potted three unanswered goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to collect the two points with an 11-6 victory.

HIGHLIGHTS & POST-GAME REPORT

Rob Massey of Guelph Sports Journal was on hand and has a full game report with quotes from coaches and players of both teams. You can read the full article over on the GSJ website.

519SportsOnline was also in attendance and captured highlights of the game, which you can view on their website here.

Victoria Road Arena Crowd