No decision as Regals and Spartans fight to stalemate
GUELPH – The Guelph Regals and St. Catharines Spartans couldn’t decide who wanted to win Sunday’s Ontario junior B lacrosse league games at the Victoria Road arena so in the end, neither did.
The Regals and Spartans both scored a goal in overtime as they fought to a 6-6 standoff.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before the Spartans looked like they had things their way as they hit for four consecutive goals in the first nine minutes of the second period.
However, the Regals battled back with four straight of their own to knot the score 5-5 by the end of regulation time. Two of those goals for Guelph came in the second period to cut the lead by the Spartans to 5-3 by the end of the second.
St. Catharines jumped ahead early in the 10-minute overtime when Sam LeClair scored at the 2:07 mark of the extra period. Marcus Keleher got that one back to create the final tie when he scored with 1:11 to go in the game.
Matthew Vilas tallied twice for the Regals while single goals were added by Liam Holwell, Grant Patterson, Aiden Marroni and Marcus Keleher. Holwell also had two assists while Kaz Nizielski, Ethan Harkins, Keleher, Mitch Taylor, Grant Patterson, Colin Matthews, Vilas and Jack Burke had one each.
Connor Aquanno, Alex Gaston and LeClair scored the goals for the Spartans with two apiece. LeClair also had two assists while single assists were awarded to Gaston, Tyler Kolodka, Daniel Kennedy, Jacob McMillan, Mitchell Geoffroy, Owen Bachelor and Peyton McIntosh.
The Regals outshot St. Catharines 46-40, but were limited to a single power-play goal on nine chances while the Spartans were scoreless on their lone power play.
Brady Wilson had 34 saves for the tie for Guelph and Andrew Kidd had 40 saves for St. Catharines.
The game had playoff implications as the Regals and Spartans are two of five teams in the running for the final two playoff berths in the Western Conference. Top eight qualify for the playoffs and the Spartans are seventh and Regals eighth, but the London Blue Devils, Point Edward Pacers and Wallaceburg Red Devils are close behind and within striking distance.
The Regals have four games left in their regular season including three this week – at home to London Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Hamilton Friday at 8 p.m. and at Welland Sunday at 7 p.m.
x-Six Nations Rebels 15-1-0
x-Windsor Clippers 11-3-2
x-Elora Mohawks 1-2-1
x-Hamilton Bengals 11-2-1
x-Owen Sound North Stars 9-7-1
Niagara Thunderhawks 8-4-1
St. Catharines Spartans 5-8-1
Guelph Regals 4-10-2
London Blue Devils 4-11-0
Point Edward Pacers 4-11-0
Wallaceburg Red Devils 3-11-1
Welland Generals 0-15-0
Regals 6 Spartans 6
St. Catharines 1-4-0-1–6
Goals: Guelph — M.Vilas 2, L.Holwell, G.Patterson, A.Marroni, M.Keleher; St. Catharines — C.Aquanno 2, A.Gaston 2, S.LeClair 2
Assists: Guelph — L.Holwell 2, K.Nizielski, E.Harkins, M.Keleher, M.Taylor, G.Patterson, C.Matthews, M.Vilas, J.Burke; St. Catharines — S.LeClair 2, A.Gaston, T.Kolodka, D.Kennedy, J.McMillan, M.Geoffroy, O.Bachelor, P.McIntosh
Shots on Goal: Guelph 46; St. Catharines 40
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-9; St. Catharines 0-1
Penalty Minutes: Guelph 14; St. Catharines 33
- Guelph Sports Journal