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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

Regals To Host Development Camp December 27

The Guelph Jr B Regals Lacrosse Club are excited to announce that they will be holding a Winter Development Camp on Wednesday, December 27 from 6-9 PM at Queensmount Arena in Kitchener.

Any players interested in furthering their lacrosse careers at the Jr level and/or playing Jr B in Guelph in 2018 are highly encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending and live in a centre outside of Guelph, you will need to bring a Permission To Run letter with you.

The club will also be holding a Player & Parent Orientation for those who are looking to learn more about Junior Lacrosse, the options players have, team expectations, and meet the coaching staff.

6 – 7 PM – Player/Parent Orientation

7-9 PM – Development Camp

Any interested players in attending or have questions, please contact Matt Pelkey at pelks19@yahoo.ca. There is a $5 cost for players attending.

We looking forward to seeing everyone out!