Guelph Regals overpowered by Rebels in season opener

Guelph Regals overpowered by Rebels in season opener

GUELPH – Penalties proved extremely costly for the Guelph Regals in their Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League season opener Saturday at the Victoria Road arena.

The Regals surrendered 10 power-play goals as they were dropped 20-8 by the Six Nations Rebels. The 10 manpower-advantage goals for Six Nations came on 11 power plays.


Six Nations Rebels 20 Guelph Regals 8

“We were a little bit undisciplined at times and we sat in the penalty box,” said Regals assistant coach Peter Pavlinich. “They got 10 power-play goals and that doesn’t bode well, right? So it was just one of those games. I think the kids were excited (with first-game jitters) and maybe some of that got the better of them, but it is what it is. You have to learn from it, right? The first game of the year is tough. You know, some guys might have been nervous and stuff and you understand, but, you know, one game doesn’t make a season either.”

The Regals held the Rebels close for almost half the game as Six Nations led 7-5 at the end of the first period and 8-6 nine minutes into the second before things went the wrong way for the host squad as they trailed 13-6 at the end of the period.

While it was a one-sided setback in the end, the Regals did take some positives out of the game with most of the positives coming in the opening period and a half.

“Compared to last year we did score some goals on the power play,” Pavlinich said. “There were some good efforts by individuals, but we’ve got to put it together as a team. I think at times we looked good, but it’s just gaining the consistency. Some of the guys haven’t played with each other so it takes a little bit of time to start gelling.”

The hosts never led in the game while Six Nations had several scoring sprees during the game as they had two three-goal outbursts in the first period, a five-goal run in the second and a six-goal surge in the third.

Dylan Davey led Guelph’s scoring output as he had a pair of power-play goals in the third. The Regals went 4-for-11 on their power play. Dylan Goddard, Mason Walton, Parker Lock, Owen Orpana, Marcus Keleher and Dallon Evans added single goals while Orpana and Keleher each had three assists. Evans had two assists while single assists were awarded to Goddard and Davey.

Winter Rivera and Hodo Martin each had 10-point outings for Six Nations. Rivera had six goals and four assists while Hodo Martin had two goals and eight assists. Damonie Thomas collected two goals and seven assists while Connely Squire had three goals and four assists, Wene Elijah had three goals and one assist and Jack Henhawk had a goal and two assists. Tayton Skye, Kaden Porter and Whales Racette each netted single goals while Colby Martin and Cole Powless each had one assist.

The Rebels scored 16 goals against Ty Fox-Trudel in the Guelph net before he was replaced by Anthony Fonte at 6:47 of the third period. Fonte yielded four goals.

Kayden Hearn played the complete game in net for Six Nations.

While the game was the first of the season for the Regals, the Rebels had scored a one-sided win over the Welland Generals at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville Friday night.

The Regals won’t have long to think about their opening-game setback as they’re to play the Generals at the Welland Arena Sunday.

“In some ways it’s a good thing,” Pavlinich said of the quick turnaround. “We’ll see. We just have to come ready to play and play 60 minutes. We can’t play 10, 12, 15 minutes, right? We have to play 60 minutes. There are no easy games.”

Game time Sunday is 2 p.m.

 

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Guelph Regals overpowered by Rebels in season opener

GUELPH – Penalties proved extremely costly for the Guelph Regals in their Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League season opener Saturday at the Victoria Road arena.

The Regals surrendered 10 power-play goals as they were dropped 20-8 by the Six Nations Rebels. The 10 manpower-advantage goals for Six Nations came on 11 power plays.


Six Nations Rebels 20
Guelph Regals 8

“We were a little bit undisciplined at times and we sat in the penalty box,” said Regals assistant coach Peter Pavlinich. “They got 10 power-play goals and that doesn’t bode well, right? So it was just one of those games. I think the kids were excited (with first-game jitters) and maybe some of that got the better of them, but it is what it is. You have to learn from it, right? The first game of the year is tough. You know, some guys might have been nervous and stuff and you understand, but, you know, one game doesn’t make a season either.”

The Regals held the Rebels close for almost half the game as Six Nations led 7-5 at the end of the first period and 8-6 nine minutes into the second before things went the wrong way for the host squad as they trailed 13-6 at the end of the period.

While it was a one-sided setback in the end, the Regals did take some positives out of the game with most of the positives coming in the opening period and a half.

“Compared to last year we did score some goals on the power play,” Pavlinich said. “There were some good efforts by individuals, but we’ve got to put it together as a team. I think at times we looked good, but it’s just gaining the consistency. Some of the guys haven’t played with each other so it takes a little bit of time to start gelling.”

The hosts never led in the game while Six Nations had several scoring sprees during the game as they had two three-goal outbursts in the first period, a five-goal run in the second and a six-goal surge in the third.

Dylan Davey led Guelph’s scoring output as he had a pair of power-play goals in the third. The Regals went 4-for-11 on their power play. Dylan Goddard, Mason Walton, Parker Lock, Owen Orpana, Marcus Keleher and Dallon Evans added single goals while Orpana and Keleher each had three assists. Evans had two assists while single assists were awarded to Goddard and Davey.

Winter Rivera and Hodo Martin each had 10-point outings for Six Nations. Rivera had six goals and four assists while Hodo Martin had two goals and eight assists. Damonie Thomas collected two goals and seven assists while Connely Squire had three goals and four assists, Wene Elijah had three goals and one assist and Jack Henhawk had a goal and two assists. Tayton Skye, Kaden Porter and Whales Racette each netted single goals while Colby Martin and Cole Powless each had one assist.

The Rebels scored 16 goals against Ty Fox-Trudel in the Guelph net before he was replaced by Anthony Fonte at 6:47 of the third period. Fonte yielded four goals.

Kayden Hearn played the complete game in net for Six Nations.

While the game was the first of the season for the Regals, the Rebels had scored a one-sided win over the Welland Generals at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville Friday night.

The Regals won’t have long to think about their opening-game setback as they’re to play the Generals at the Welland Arena Sunday.

“In some ways it’s a good thing,” Pavlinich said of the quick turnaround. “We’ll see. We just have to come ready to play and play 60 minutes. We can’t play 10, 12, 15 minutes, right? We have to play 60 minutes. There are no easy games.”

Game time Sunday is 2 p.m.

 

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