Guelph Regals claim first victory of season
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – The losing streak is over.
The Guelph Regals scored five times in the first seven and a half minutes of the game to score their first win of the Ontario junior B lacrosse league season Sunday afternoon, a 16-6 win over the Niagara Thunderhawks at the Meridian Credit Union Arena.
The Regals, who had a long, soul-searching talk after a one-sided loss to the Elora Mohawks Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, led Niagara 5-4 at the end of the first period and 10-5 after the second.
The win followed seven consecutive losses.
Guelph outshot Niagara 48-38 and went 2-for-5 on their power play while Niagara went 1-for-9.
While the Regals scored the first five goals of the game, they had a string of seven in a row later in the match.
Quenton Begin struck for five goals for the Regals while Ben Heidecker had a hat trick and Carter TenEycke and Josh Fenton scored twice each. Single goals were added by Braydon Hickey, Zach Pollock, Cohen Campbell and David Pavlinich. A.J. Skirving assisted on four of the goals while Pollock had three assists, Hickey, Heidecker and Cole Cook had two each and Kent Radbourne, Jack Burke and Campbell had one each.
Niagara received goals from Devin Napolean, Saul Vanderzalm, Wyn Blueye, Chris Weier, Dan Kritkausky and Brandon Sveda. Napolean had three assists and Hunter Lemieux and Dawitt Martin had two each.
Hayden Finoro picked up the win in net for the Regals while Tyson McCool took the loss for Niagara.
While the Regals improved to 1-7-0, Niagara fell to 3-5-0.
The Regals are to host the Orangeville Northmen (8-1-0) Friday at 8 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
Regals 16 Thunderhawks 6
1. Guelph, TenEycke (Pollock, Skirving) 2:40
2. Guelph, Fenton (Hickey, Pollock) 4:37 pp
3. Guelph, Begin (Heidecker) 7:12
4. Guelph, Heidecker (unassisted) 7:20
5. Guelph, Begin (Heidecker) 7:25
6. Niagara, Napolean (Lemieux, Martin) 8:34
7. Niagara, Vanderzalm (Napolean, Lemieux) 13:52
8. Niagara, Blueye (Martin, Napolean) 19:11
9. Niagara, Weier (unassisted) 19:50
Penalties: Dancuskis Niag (high sticking), 3:44; Hoogaars Gue (too many men), 10:57; Manogan Gue (slashing), 13:03; Hoogaars Gue (bench minor), 13:52; Hoogaars Gue (holding), 16:15.
10. Guelph, Hickey (unassisted) 0:51
11. Niagara, Kritkausky (unassisted) 3:21
12. Guelph, Pollock (Skirving) 5:35
13. Guelph, Fenton (Radbourne) 9:16
14. Guelph, Campbell (Burke) 16:05
15. Guelph, Begin (Hickey) 16:52
Penalties: Hickey Gue (too many men), 1:10; Latham Niag (high sticking), 13:37; Fenton Gue (roughing match), 18:32; Vanderzalm Niag (holding), 19:48.
16. Guelph, Heidecker (unassisted) 3:21 sh
17. Guelph, Begin (Cook, Pollock) 3:56
18. Guelph, Pavlinich (Skirving) 7:40 sh
19. Niagara, Sveda (Napolean) 11:18 pp
20. Guelph, TenEycke (Campbell, Cook) 12:40
21. Guelph, Heidecker (Skirving) 16:10 pp
22. Guelph, Begin (unassisted) 19:31
Penalties: Hoogaars Gue (checking from behind double minor), 6:31; Burke Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:35; Overstrom Niag (slashing), 14:48; Dancuskis Niag (high sticking), 17:10; Campbell Gue (slashing), 17:31.
Shots on Goal
Guelph 20-14-14– 48
Niagara 13-13-12– 38
Goalies: Finoro (W, 38 shots-32 saves), Guelph; Richards (5 shots-2 saves), McCool (L, 7:12 of first period, 43 shots-30 saves), Niagara.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 2-5; Niagara 1-9.
- Guelph Sports Journal