Regals complete regular season with loss in overtime
POINT EDWARD – The Guelph Regals surrendered a pair of goals in overtime, including one with 1:04 to go in an extra 10-minute period, as they were edged 10-9 by the Point Edward Pacers in Ontario junior B lacrosse league play Saturday night at the Point Edward arena.
The game was the final one of the regular season for the Regals and had no effect on their final place in the Western Conference standings. They’d already clinched the eighth and final playoff berth in the conference.
The Regals finished the regular season at 6-12-2 and will face the first-place Six Nations Rebels who finished at 19-1-0 including 9-5 (May 19 at Victoria Road arena) and 12-2 (May 31 at Hagersville) wins over the Regals.
Saturday, the Regals led Point Edward 3-2 at the end of the first period and the teams were tied 7-7 after the second and 8-8 after regulation time.
It was the fourth time the Regals were taken to overtime this season. They lost two of those games and tied the other two. It was also Guelph’s eighth loss by three goals or less this season.
Marcus Keleher and Mitch Taylor scored twice each for the Regals while single goals were added by Forrester Bristol, Liam Holwell, Carter McGrath, Ethan Harkins and Joel Stevens. Holwell assisted on four of the goals while Keleher had two assists and David Pavlinich, Bristol, Carter TenEycke, Marco Middaugh, Taylor and Harkins had one apiece.
Jakob Knowles struck for four goals and five assists for the Pacers who also received a goal apiece from Bert Thorpe, Jack McAuley, A.J. Mara, Logan Scott, Nate Armstrong and Isaac Doxtator. McAuley collected three assists while Thorpe and Brett Vince had two each and Ethan Parkhouse, Nolan Cadieux, Brennan McKegan and Armstrong had one apiece.
Point Edward outshot the Regals 58-52 and went 1-for-2 on its power play while the Regals went 2-for-6.
Brady Wilson was charged with the loss in the Guelph net although he made 48 saves. Elijah Trudeau had 43 saves for the hosts.
The Pacers won’t qualify for the playoffs. They’re at with a Sunday afternoon home game against the London Blue Devils (4-15-0) left on their schedule.
The Regals will be making their first playoff appearance since 2016 when they were swept in four games by the Niagara Thunderhawks. Niagara won one of those games by two goals while the other three were each decided by a single goal.
No dates have been announced for the playoff series with Six Nations.
Six Nations Rebels 19-1-0
Elora Mohawks 15-3-1
Hamilton Bengals 14-4-1
Windsor Clippers 13-4-2
Niagara Thunderhawks 12-6-1
Owen Sound North Stars 11-8-1
St. Catharines Spartans 9-10-1
Guelph Regals 6-12-2
Point Edward Pacers 5-14-0
London Blue Devils 4-15-0
Wallaceburg Red Devils 3-15-1
Welland Generals 0-19-0
Pacers 10 Regals 9 (OT)
Point Edward 2-5-1-2–10
- Guelph Sports Journal