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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 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 Run to First Win of 2017

By Rob Massey

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – The losing streak is over.

The Regals scored five times in the first 7.5 minutes of the game and ran to their first win of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League season Sunday afternoon, a 16-6 win over the Niagara Thunderhawks at the Meridian Credit Union Arena.

The Regals, who had a long, soul-searching talk after a one-sided loss to the Elora Mohawks Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, led Niagara 5-4 at the end of the first period and 10-5 after the second.

For the full story by Rob Massey, click here.