Mohawks run away early to hide from Regals
ELORA – The Elora Mohawks ran off seven consecutive goals to give themselves a lead that couldn’t be overcome as they handed the Guelph Regals a 12-10 setback in Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League play Sunday night at the Elora and District Community Centre.
However, the Regals did claw their way back into the game they led 3-2 just past the midway point of the opening period. The Mohawks responded to that with their seven-goal spree, but Guelph replied with five of a row of their own to close the gap to a single goal three minutes into the third. The teams traded goals the rest of the way.
Elora led 7-3 at the end of the first period and 9-7 after the second.
“We’ve got to start on time, that’s all,” Regals coach Al Burton said. “We’ve got to start on time. We got down 7-3 to these guys and it was very similar to when we lost up in St. Catharines 10-7. We were down 6-0. The boys have got to start on time and what that is is just maturity. There are a lot of young kids. Sometimes you come in here and you think they’ve started on time, but it takes a period.”
Ryan Mueller connected for four goals for the Mohawks while Zack Cameron had a hat trick and Owen O’Donnell, Trent Spear, Jacob Black, Tyler Healey and Louie Ristov added single goals. Dean Sealey and Hyatt Welsh each had four assists while Spear had three, Sam Dramnitzke two and Cameron, Jonah White, goaltender Sam Hadley and Mueller one each.
“That’s a good team over there,” Burton said of the Mohawks. “You’ve got to show up and play 60 minutes. You can’t take a shift off. You can’t take a loose ball off. You can’t take a defensive possession off. You can’t take an offensive possession off so at the end of the day, we’re happy with the effort. It would’ve been nice to win a divisional game, but we’re happy with the effort.”
Mueller’s performance gives the indication that his recovery from an ACL injury suffered in last year’s league playoffs that kept him out of the Founders Cup national tournament.
“It was definitely a tough injury to come off of, not being able to walk for two months and then lots of physio and rehab for the next seven months,” Mueller said. “I’m just getting back the last couple of weeks and it’s feeling good.”
Mueller’s played three games and he’s picked up seven goals and three assists.
“Everything’s going well,” he said. “The boys are starting to click. It’s pretty much a whole new team, but everything’s working well.”
As one of the veterans back from last season, Mueller will be counted on to provide some leadership for the younger Mohawks.
“We’re all leaders on the team, but in the end there are the older guys who have been here before and know what it takes. We’re all just working together again.”
Shane Halliwell led the Regals with three goals and four assists while Liam Holwell and Marcus Keleher each scored twice and Mitch Taylor, Julian Siragusa and Matthew Vilas netted a goal apiece. Ethan Harkins and Taylor each had two assists and single assists were awarded to Holwell, goalkeeper Brady Wilson, Jack Burke, Keleher, Vilas, Michael Blaymires and Aiden Marroni.
The Mohawks outshot the Regals 46-45 and both teams had three power-play goals, the Regals getting theirs on four power plays while the Mohawks had 10 power plays.
“We have so much skill on this team, it’s really just harnessing their emotions,” Burton said. “We took some undisciplined penalties in the third which really hurt us. I’ll take it a step further – we took some selfish penalties in the third that really hurt us. You’ve got to be a good teammate. You can’t be pulling that sort of stuff when it’s really on the line. You’ve got to be a good teammate.”
Hadley had 35 saves for the win in the Elora net and Wilson had 34 saves for the Regals.
The Mohawks lead the Mid West Division at 6-2-1 while the Regals are fourth at 3-5-1. Elora is tied for second in the Western Conference while Guelph is in a three-way tie for sixth. Top eight qualify for the playoffs.
The Mohawks are to play the Wallaceburg Red Devils (3-4-1) Sunday at 4 p.m. at Dresden to wrap up the first half of their regular-season schedule. They’ll start the second half with three consecutive home games.
The Regals are to host the Owen Sound North Stars (4-6-1) Friday at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Road arena to complete the opening half of their regular season. They’re to host the Six Nations Rebels (8-0-0) there Sunday at 3 p.m. to start the second half.
Mohawks 12 Regals 10
1. Elora, Zack Cameron (Dean Sealey, Trent Spear) 1:19 pp
2. Elora, Ryan Mueller (Sam Dramnitzke, Zack Cameron) 6:08
3. Guelph, Mitch Taylor (Liam Holwell, Ethan Harkins) 7:18
4. Guelph, Julian Siragusa (Brady Wilson) 9:02
5. Guelph, Liam Holwell (Shane Halliwell, Mitch Taylor) 10:17
6. Elora, Owen O’Donnell (Hyatt Welsh, Jonah White) 11:57
7. Elora, Ryan Mueller (Sam Dramnitzke) 13:19
8. Elora, Trent Spear (Dean Sealey, Sam Hadley) 14:23
9. Elora, Zack Cameron (Hyatt Welsh, Trent Spear) 14:44
10. Elora, Jacob Black (unassisted) 19:12
Penalty: Carter TenEycke Gue (holding), 0:58.
11. Elora, Tyler Healey (unassisted) 1:48
12. Elora, Ryan Mueller (Hyatt Welsh, Dean Sealey) 5:47 pp
13. Guelph, Marcus Keleher (unassisted) 8:40
14. Guelph, Shane Halliwell (Jack Burke) 12:34 sh
15. Guelph, Marcus Keleher (Shane Halliwell) 12:50
16. Guelph, Shane Halliwell (Mitch Taylor, Ethan Harkins) 17:33 pp
Penalties: Michael Blaymires Gue (checking in the crease), 3:03; Marcus Keleher Gue (roughing), 5:37; Carter TenEycke Gue (boarding major), 11:46; Cam Coughlin Elora (high sticking), 12:41; Jacob Black Elora (high sticking major), 15:37.
17. Guelph, Matthew Vilas (Shane Halliwell, Marcus Keleher) 2:43 pp
18. Elora, Zack Cameron (Ryan Mueller, Trent Spear) 11:11 pp
19. Guelph, Liam Holwell (Shane Halliwell, Matthew Vilas) 13:16 pp
20. Elora, Ryan Mueller (Dean Sealey, Hyatt Welsh) 14:19
21. Guelph, Shane Halliwell (Michael Blaymires, Aiden Marroni) 15:23
22. Elora, Louie Ristov (unassisted) 17:21
Penalties: Louie Ristov Elora (high sticking), 2:22; Forrester Bristol Gue (high sticking), 3:01; Cam Wheeldon Gue (interference), 9:27; Forrester Bristol Gue (delay of game), 9:44; Hyatt Welsh Elora (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:11; Cam Coughlin Elora (slashing), 12:42; Forrester Bristol Gue (tripping), 13:13; Liam Holwell Gue (illegal cross checking), 19:12.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Brady Wilson (L, 46 shots-34 saves), Guelph; Sam Hadley (W, 45 shots-35 saves), Elora.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 3-4; Elora 3-10.
- Guelph Sports Journal