Photo by Gar FitzGerald
Guelph Regals surprise Six Nations with playoff victory
GUELPH – The Guelph Regals scored twice in the final minute of the game to surprise the Six Nations Rebels 9-7 in Ontario junior B lacrosse league playoff action Monday night at the Victoria Road arena.
Marcus Keleher put the Regals ahead of good with 49 seconds to go when he connected on a penalty shot.
Lucas Hucal added an insurance goal 27 seconds later.
The Regals never trailed in the game. They started in a hurry, scoring three times in the first five and a half minutes of the game before Six Nations rallied to tie it 3-3 by the end of the first period. The Regals led 5-4 at the end of the second.
Keleher led the Regals with four goals and three assists while Liam Holwell scored twice. Getting one goal apiece were Kaz Nizielski, Hucal and Ethan Harkins. Michael Blaymires and Matthew Vilas each collected two assists while Tyler Beecraft and Jack Burke had one apiece.
Marshall Powless and Sidney Powless each had two goals and an assist for Six Nations while Wes Whitlow, Dawit Martin and Chayton King tallied once apiece. Whitlow also had three assists while Mason Hill had two and Tayton Skye, goalkeeper Briley Miller, Jesse Longboat and Owen Martin had one each.
Six Nations outshot the Regals 43-35 and went 2-for-3 on its power play while the Regals were scoreless on eight power plays.
Brady Wilson turned aside 36 shots for the win in the Guelph net while Miller had 26 saves for the Rebels.
The result ties the best-of-5 Western Conference quarter-final series at a win apiece. Game 3 is to go Wednesday at Hagersville’s Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Game time is 8 p.m.
Six Nations had finished the regular season in first place in the conference at 19-1-0 while the Regals were eighth at 6-12-2.
Regals 9 Rebels 7
Six Nations 3-1-3–7
- Guelph Sports Journal