Guelph Regals keep win streak going, wallop Welland
GUELPH – How good is the Guelph Regals’ start to the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League’s season?
Well, they might just have tied the team record for the fastest it has ever got out of the starting blocks.
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Might have tied it because game-by-game results for the team’s first five years of existence, 1992 through 1996, aren’t easily attainable.
Friday night at the Victoria Road arena, the Regals dropped the Welland Generals 18-7 for their fourth consecutive victory.
That equals the team’s start in 2006 when they won their first four, two of them in overtime.
Friday, the Regals led 5-2 at the end of the first period thanks to a pair of goals in the final minute and a half of the period. They stretched the lead to 10-3 by the end of the second and then scored the first five goals of the third period.
Dylan Goddard, Ethan Keleher and Marcus Keleher each collected hat tricks for the locals while Dylan Davey, Parker Lock and Riley McLellan netted two goals apiece. Scoring once each were Tyler Beecraft, Tye Cathcart and Julian Siragusa. Marcus Keleher assisted on six of the goals while Sam MacDonald had four assists, Aiden Marroni had three, Goddard and Marcus Visentin had two apiece and Siragusa, Hayden Sabourin, Ethan Keleher, Owen Orpana, Dawson Bloch, Matt Maldonado and goalkeeper Mateo Beaudin each had one.
Dawson Battersby and Blake Colonell scored twice apiece for Welland while single goals were added by Liam Haines, Ethen Wellings and Billy Dale. Wellings assisted on four of the goals while Justin Porga had three assists, Jakob Bomberry had two and Haines and Max Brook had one apiece.
Shots on goal were not recorded. Welland went 1-for-2 on its power play while the Regals went 2-for-9.
Beaudin picked up the win in net for the Regals while Hunter Berry took the loss for Welland.
The Regals’ four-win start to the season hasn’t all been against pushovers. While they have beaten Welland (0-5-0) and the St. Catharines Athletics (1-3-0), they also prevailed over the Wallaceburg Red Devils (3-2-0) and Hamilton Bengals (3-1-0).
However, the win streak could be in jeopardy in their next couple of games as they’re to play the Windsor Clippers at Windsor’s Forest Glade arena Saturday at 7 p.m. and host the Elora Mohawks Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Road arena.
Windsor has won its only game of the season while the Mohawks also have four wins in four outings heading into a pair of 7 p.m. home games at the Elora and District Community Centre this weekend – Saturday against St. Catharines and Sunday against the Six Nations Rebels (3-2-0).
- Guelph Sports Journal