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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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2018 OJBLL Pre-Season Tournament Schedules

Lacrosse is coming.

The first “Junior” league to begin play is the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League (OJBLL) and the majority of teams have begun shaking off the cobwebs. Players have started to battle it out for roster spots at Training Camps and fans will soon be able to get their lacrosse fix with exhibition games!

There are several pre-season Jr B tournaments taking place this season, and it all begins on Easter Weekend in Six Nations. Each tournament will feature shortened games with the exception of the Green Gaels Tournament on April 7, which will play full-length contests.

Here is a full list of 2018 Jr B exhibition tournaments in Ontario and their schedules:

Saturday, March 31 in Six Nations (Iroquois Lacrosse Arena)

Six Nations vs Six Nations Jr.C 9:00 AM
Six Nations vs London 10:00 AM
Windsor vs Hamilton 11:00 AM
Brantford Jr.C vs Six Nations Jr.C 12:00 PM
Six Nations vs Hamilton 1:00 PM
Windsor vs London 2:00 PM
Wilmot Jr.C vs Six Nations Jr.C 3:00 PM
Hamilton vs London 4:00 PM
Six Nations vs Windsor 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 in St. Catharines (Merritton Arena)

Mississauga vs Spartan 9:00 AM
Newmarket vs Hamilton 10:00 AM
Mississauga vs Niagara 11:00 AM
Six Nations vs Newmarket 12:00 PM
Hamillton vs Mississauga 1:00 PM
Niagara vs Newmarket 2:00 PM
Guelph vs Spartan 3:00 PM
W. Durham vs Six Nations 4:00 PM
Hamillton vs Guelph 5:00 PM
Niagara vs W. Durham 6:00 PM
Guelph vs Six Nations 7:00 PM
W. Durham vs Spartan 8:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 in Elora (Elora Community Centre)

London vs Elora 10:00 AM
Point Edward vs Wilmot 11:30 AM
Owen Sound vs London 1:00 PM
Point Edward vs Elora 2:30 PM
Wilmot vs Owen Sound 4:00 PM
London vs Point Edward 5:30 PM
Owen Sound vs Elora 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 in Hampton (Darlington Sports Centre)

 Green Gaels vs Welland 9:20 AM
Oakville vs Wallaceburg 11:30 AM
Welland vs Oakville 2:40 PM
Wallaceburg vs Green Gaels 4:50 PM

Saturday, April 14 in Orangeville

Orangeville vs Newmarket 9:00 AM
Owen Sound vs Brampton 10:45 AM
Windsor vs Oakville 12:30 PM
Elora vs Newmarket 2:15 PM
Owen Sound vs Brampton 4:00 PM
Windsor vs Elora 5:45 PM
Orangeville vs Oakville 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 21 in Gloucester

Gloucester vs Nepean 9:30 AM
Kahnawake vs Akwesasne 10:45 AM
Gloucester vs Kahnawake 12:30 PM
Akwesasne vs Nepean 1:45 PM
Nepean vs Kahnawake 3:30 PM
Gloucester vs Akwesasne 4:45 PM
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2018 Coaching Staff Announced

The Guelph Jr B Regals Lacrosse Club announced the Coaching Staff for the 2018 season on Thursday afternoon:

Head Coach: Ken Hastie

Assistant Coach: Lewis White

Assistant Coach: Jay Martin

Goalie Coach: Blair Hastie

Leading the charge behind the bench is Ken Hastie. Hastie returned to the Jr B Regals for his second stint with the club midway through the 2017 season. Hastie was last with the Regals in the 2011 season when he served as the team’s General Manager and Assistant Coach.

Also back for the 2018 season is Lewis White. A Guelph Minor Lacrosse Association and Guelph Jr B graduate, White will be helping the offence once again in the upcoming season.

New to the Jr B Coaching Staff for 2018 is Assistant Jay Martin, as well as Blair Hastie, who will be overseeing the development of the team’s goaltenders.

Martin joins the Regals with a wealth of coaching experience at the Junior and Minor levels. Most recently, Martin was head coach of the 2017 Guelph Midget team, guiding them to a 4th place finish in the “A” division. Before that, he coached Jr B in Elora and Guelph.

Blair Hastie, a goalie himself, is the brother of Ken and will be the first full-time Goalie Coach the team has had since 2011.

The entire Coaching Staff and Management Team is looking forward to what is shaping up to be a promising 2018 season.

The team will be holding various events during the off-season in preparation for the upcoming season.

Follow the Jr B Regals social media accounts for the latest news!

www.facebook.com/guelphjrbregals

www.twitter.com/guelphjrbregals

www.instagram.com/guelphjrbregals