Guelph Regals blanked by Orangeville
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – Another slow start and another loss for the Guelph Regals.
The Regals surrendered three goals in the first four minutes of their Ontario junior B lacrosse league loss to the Orangeville Northmen Friday night at the Sleeman Centre. And the first goal, an unassisted marker by Grant Scott at 2:54 of the first proved to be the winner as the Regals were blanked 12-0.
“Even before we get to the rink – heading to the rink – we’ve got to get the mentality that we want to be here to play and that we’ve got to play hard and we’ve got to give it our all,” Regals’ defender Curtis Webb said.
The shutout loss at home to Orangeville was the second in just less than a year as the Northmen won 11-0 May 31, 2016, when the Regals were playing out of the Galt Arena Gardens in Cambridge.
“It is frustrating,” Webb said. “We just didn’t get the looks and the ball didn’t bounce our way. We had the chance maybe here and there to put a few in, but it just didn’t happen.”
The loss dropped the Regals to 1-9-0 on the season, the lone win coming last weekend when they defeated the Niagara Thunderhawks 16-6 in the only game they’ve hit double figures in goals this season and the only game they won. The locals had the quick start in that game, scoring five times in the first seven and a half minutes.
“We came out with a better start,” Webb said of the win. “We just got it rolling right off the hop. We had the five straight goals there and that kept us going. They even fought back in Niagara, but we just knew we had to keep going and that’s what we did.”
The Regals have surrendered at least one goal in the first five minutes in six of the nine games they’ve played. Of the games they held their opposition scoreless for the opening five minutes, one was the win and they trailed the other two by three at the end of the first period.
Friday, Orangeville scored four times in each period to raise its record to 10-2-0.
Tanner Buck hit or a hat trick and also had an assist while Malcolm Young had two goals and three assists and Grant Scott had two goals and two assists. Cameron Spencer and Nik Farrus each had a goal and two assists while Craig Maizis and Shane Hillis each had a goal and an assist and Tyler Halls also scored. Mike Sutton, Quinten Schneider and Ty Mikulik had one assist apiece.
Guelph netminder Brady Wilson faced 59 shots while his teammates managed 19 on the Northmen net guarded by Daniel Tanner.
In two games at the Sleeman Centre this season, the Regals have been outscored 27-2.
The Regals are to face the Elora Mohawks (7-4-0) at the Elora and District Community Centre Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.