Guelph Regals dropped in their first playoff game since 2016
HAGERSVILLE – The Guelph Regals were dropped 18-4 by the Six Nations Rebels Friday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Guelph’s first playoff appearance in almost three years.
Six Nations hit for the game’s first five goals and its last eight in the win. The Rebels scored five times in the first nine minutes and led 5-1 at the end of the first period. They extended that margin to 12-4 at the end of the second before adding six unanswered goals in the third.
The game, Guelph’s first postseason match since July 2, 2016, was the first of a best-of-five Western Conference quarter-final series between first-place Six Nations (19-1-0) and eighth place Guelph (6-12-2).
Marcus Keleher, Liam Holwell, Aiden Marroni and Matthew Vilas scored a goal apiece for the Regals while Keleher also had two assists. Getting one assist apiece were Holwell, Gavin Lang, Carter TenEycke and Ethan Harkins.
Sidney Powless connected for three goals and four assists for Six Nations while Marshall Powless had a 10-point game with two goals and eight assists. Mason Hill, Gregory Elijah-Brown and Daylen Hill each added two goals while single goals were netted by Dawit Martin, Justin Martin, Gutch Salinas, Owen Martin, Tayton Skye, Wes Whitlow and Tycie Cowan. Briley Miller had three assists while Mason Hill, Elijah-Brown and Tyrese Staats each had two and Daylen Hill, Dawit Martin, Justin Martin, Salinas, Owen Martin, Daris Anderson and Chayton King each had one.
Six Nations outshot the Regals 46-29 and scored on both of its power plays while Guelph was 1-for-9 on its power play.
Hayden Finoro had 28 saves in the Regals net while Briley Miller had 25 in the Six Nations net.
Second game of the series is set for Monday at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Road arena.
Rebels 18 Regals 4
Six Nations 5-7-6–18
- Guelph Sports Journal