Regals win to force their playoff series to the limit

Regals win to force their playoff series to the limit

GUELPH – The Guelph Regals get a shot at franchise history Sunday night in St. Catharines after holding on to slip by the St. Catharines Athletics 11-9 in Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League Western Conference quarter-final playoff action Saturday afternoon at the Victoria Road arena.

The win by the Regals tied the best-of-five series at two wins apiece. The fifth and deciding game is to go Sunday night in St. Catharines.


Guelph Regals 11 St. Catharines 9

In their 30 years of existence, the Regals have never won a tier 1 playoff series. Tier 1 series are all that exist now, but 25 years ago the bottom teams in the league battled in tier 2 series, a consolation series and the Regals did win in the tier 2 series, winning the tier 2 crown one season.

The Regals built an early lead Saturday, scoring seven times in just less than eight minutes in the opening period to shoot ahead 8-1. However, the Athletics scored the first four goals of the second period and cut the gap to two goals (9-7) at the end of the period.

The Regals, though, gave themselves some breathing room early in the third with a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the frame. St. Catharines scored twice late in the period to leave the final gap at two goals.

It was the first time in the series the game was decided by more than a goal and the first time one of the teams hit double digits in scoring in a game.

Marcus Keleher led the Regals with three goals and four assists while Jack MacAlpine also had a hat trick. Single goals were added by Dylan Goddard, Marcus Visentin, Ethan Keleher, Owen Orpana and Joel Stevens. Orpana also had four assists while Nick Nigro, Cam Wheeldon and Stevens each had one.

Trent Mooradian recorded a hat trick for St. Catharines while Christian Lefeuvre and Ian Kohut scored twice apiece. Levi Roest and Ethan Williams rounded out the scoring with single goals.

The Regals outshot the Athletics 65-56 and went 3-for-8 on their power play while St. Catharines went 2-for-7.

Dante Mancini had 47 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while St. Catharines netminder Connor Waller had 54 saves.

This will be the third time the Regals have gone to a fifth game in the opening round of the playoffs. The other two times were also against St. Catharines in 1999 and 2006 when they were known as the Spartan Warriors. They changed their name to Athletics this season.

Sunday’s game at the Canada Games arena on the Brock University campus is to start at 7 p.m.

Winner of the game will play the Elora Mohawks in the conference semifinals.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Regals win to force their playoff series to the limit

GUELPH – The Guelph Regals get a shot at franchise history Sunday night in St. Catharines after holding on to slip by the St. Catharines Athletics 11-9 in Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League Western Conference quarter-final playoff action Saturday afternoon at the Victoria Road arena.

The win by the Regals tied the best-of-five series at two wins apiece. The fifth and deciding game is to go Sunday night in St. Catharines.


Guelph Regals 11
St. Catharines 9

In their 30 years of existence, the Regals have never won a tier 1 playoff series. Tier 1 series are all that exist now, but 25 years ago the bottom teams in the league battled in tier 2 series, a consolation series and the Regals did win in the tier 2 series, winning the tier 2 crown one season.

The Regals built an early lead Saturday, scoring seven times in just less than eight minutes in the opening period to shoot ahead 8-1. However, the Athletics scored the first four goals of the second period and cut the gap to two goals (9-7) at the end of the period.

The Regals, though, gave themselves some breathing room early in the third with a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the frame. St. Catharines scored twice late in the period to leave the final gap at two goals.

It was the first time in the series the game was decided by more than a goal and the first time one of the teams hit double digits in scoring in a game.

Marcus Keleher led the Regals with three goals and four assists while Jack MacAlpine also had a hat trick. Single goals were added by Dylan Goddard, Marcus Visentin, Ethan Keleher, Owen Orpana and Joel Stevens. Orpana also had four assists while Nick Nigro, Cam Wheeldon and Stevens each had one.

Trent Mooradian recorded a hat trick for St. Catharines while Christian Lefeuvre and Ian Kohut scored twice apiece. Levi Roest and Ethan Williams rounded out the scoring with single goals.

The Regals outshot the Athletics 65-56 and went 3-for-8 on their power play while St. Catharines went 2-for-7.

Dante Mancini had 47 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while St. Catharines netminder Connor Waller had 54 saves.

This will be the third time the Regals have gone to a fifth game in the opening round of the playoffs. The other two times were also against St. Catharines in 1999 and 2006 when they were known as the Spartan Warriors. They changed their name to Athletics this season.

Sunday’s game at the Canada Games arena on the Brock University campus is to start at 7 p.m.

Winner of the game will play the Elora Mohawks in the conference semifinals.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal