Slow start costly for Guelph Regals
THOROLD – The Guelph Regals fell too far behind to recover as they dropped a 10-7 decision to the St. Catharines Spartans in Ontario junior B lacrosse league play Sunday at the Thorold Community Arena.
The Regals trailed 7-0 after the opening minute of the second period and they were behind 10-2 a minute into the third period before getting five goals in six minutes and 45 seconds to complete the scoring.
Ethan Keleher had a hat trick for the Regals while single goals were added by Tyler Beecraft, Grant Patterson, Shane Halliwell and Aiden Marroni. Marcus Keleher and Halliwell each had four assists and Ethan Keleher, Patterson and Beecraft had one apiece.
Sam LeClair scored four times for St. Catharines while Blair Pachereva netted a pair of goals. Connor Aquanno, Mitchell Geoffroy, Alex Gaston and Jacob McMillan completed the scoring with single goals while Aquanno had four assists, Gaston and Pachereva had three each, LeClair had two and Carter Geoffroy, goalkeeper Austin Paddy, Nick Gicante and Nathan Sneath each had one.
The Spartans outshot the Regals 56-48 and went 4-for-10 on their power play while the Regals were 4-for-9 on their power play.
Brady Wilson was charged with the loss although he made 46 saves. Paddy had 41 saves for St. Catharines.
The Regals finish their opening week of the regular season at 0-2-1 while St. Catharines improves to 2-1-0.
The Regals have three games this week, too, as they’re to play the Owen Sound North Stars (1-3-1) at Owen Sound Wednesday at 8 p.m., host the Welland Generals (0-4-0) Friday at 8 p.m. and the Windsor Clippers (3-1-1) Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Victoria Road arena.
Spartans 10 Regals 7
St. Catharines 6-3-1–10
1. St. Catharines, Sam LeClair (Connor Aquanno, Alex Gaston), 0:46
2. St. Catharines, Connor Aquanno (Blair Pachereva), 5:52 pp
3. St. Catharines, Blair Pachereva (Sam LeClair, Carter Geoffroy), 12:45
4. St. Catharines, Blair Pachereva (Connor Aquanno, Austin Paddy), 16:05 pp
5. St. Catharines, Mitchell Geoffroy (Sam LeClair, Alex Gaston), 16:27 pp
6. St. Catharines, Sam LeClair (Alex Gaston, Blair Pachereva), 18:58
Penalties: Michael Blaymires Gue (interference), 4:48; MacGregor Allen StC (high sticking), 13:23; Sebastian Reynolds Gue (checking from behind double minor), 15:36.
7. St. Catharines, Sam LeClair (Blair Pachereva, Connor Aquanno), 0:25 pp
8. Guelph, Ethan Keleher (Marcus Keleher, Shane Halliwell), 2:23 pp
9. Guelph, Tyler Beecraft (Shane Halliwell), 5:15
10. St. Catharines, Alex Gaston (Connor Aquanno, Nick Gicante), 10:16
11. St. Catharines, Jacob McMillan (Nathan Sneath), 16:36
Penalties: Gavin Lang Gue (slashing), 0:06; Connor Aquanno StC (delay of game), 0:58; Gavin Lang Gue (holding), 2:57; Jake Orr StC (holding), 11:11; Forrester Bristol Gue (high sticking, slashing), 16:57; Connor Aquanno StC (interference), 17:28; Aiden Marroni Gue (checking from behind double minor), Bench Penalties Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor, unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 17:56.
12. St. Catharines, Sam LeClair (unassisted), 0:46
13. Guelph, Ethan Keleher (Shane Halliwell), 2:08
14. Guelph, Grant Patterson (Ethan Keleher, Marcus Keleher), 5:04 pp
15. Guelph, Ethan Keleher (Marcus Keleher), 5:19 pp
16. Guelph, Shane Halliwell (Grant Patterson, Marcus Keleher), 7:10 pp
17. Guelph, Aiden Marroni (Shane Halliwell, Tyler Beecraft), 8:53
Penalties: Carter Geoffroy StC (holding), 2:08; Jake Orr StC (roughing), Carter Geoffroy StC (checking from behind double minor), 4:38; Mitchell Geoffroy StC (holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), Forrester Bristol Gue (holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:08; Reid Edmands StC (high sticking), 8:53; Sam LeClair StC (unsportsmanlike conduct), Jack Carter Gue (high sticking), 9:33.
Shots on Goal
St. Catharines 20-20-16–56
Goalies: Brady Wilson (L, 56 shots-46 saves), Guelph; Austin Paddy (W, 48 shots-41 saves), St. Catharines.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 4-9; St. Catharines 4-10.
- Guelph Sports Journal