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Da Beauty League: Guentzel adds five more points


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Jake Guentzel. -- TEMO PHOTO

Jake Guentzel and the Islanders' Brock Nelson have shown great chemistry in Da Beauty League this summer, and that chemistry continued on the sixth night of games on Wednesday.

Guentzel (eight goals and 13 assists in six games) and Nelson (12 goals and six assists in five games) rank first and third respectively in league scoring this summer, mainly as a result of setting each other up all season.

Guentzel's Team Jack Links defeated Team TRIA 9-5 on Wednesday, improving Jack Links' record to 4-2. Six of the nine goals scored by Jack Links were either scored by or assisted by Guentzel or Nelson.

Nelson opened the scoring in the game, with Penguins defense prospect Clayton Phillips earning the lone assist. It was Phillips' first point since recording a goal and an assist on opening night.

Canadiens defenseman Mike Reilly extended Jack Links' lead to 2-0, and Guentzel added another goal, assisted by Nelson and the Flyers' Nate Prosser.

Nelson scored the opening goal of the second period off of a feed from Guentzel:

Reilly scored his second goal of the game just over a minute later to give Jack Links a 5-0 lead. Toledo Walleye defenseman Matt Register scored TRIA's first goal of the game, and Jack Links responded with a goal from Prosser set up by Guentzel.

Leafs forward Matt Read scored another goal for Team TRIA, and Boston University forward Patrick Curry answered for Jack Links.

TRIA scored three more goals to close out the period, and Nelson scored twice for Jack Links, with Guentzel earning the secondary assist on both goals.

Nelson (four goals, one assist) and Guentzel (one goal, four assists) each finished with five points to lead the team. It was Guentzel's second five-point night of the season, after previously scoring two goals and three assists in a 7-6 win over Team Tradition last week.

Nick Bjugstad sat out on Wednesday night, and his Team Walser fell 9-8 to Team BIC in his absence. Bjugstad ranks eighth in league scoring with five goals and five assists in five games. Team Walser is now on a three-game losing streak, with a 3-3 record this season.

Teddy Blueger also sat out after previously missing Monday's game as well. Blueger's Team RBC defeated Team Tradition 11-8 on Wednesday, extending their win streak to three games and giving them a 3-3 record this season.

The game between RBC and Tradition had some pretty great highlights. Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei scored this backhander:

Hershey Bears forward Shane Gersich had this great move:

Capitals forward Travis Boyd scored off of a nice feed from the Coyotes' Alex Goligoski:

Two games remain for each team in the regular season. The league will be back in action on Monday, Aug. 12, and the regular season will wrap up on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The playoffs will take place on Aug. 19 and Aug. 21.

Da Beauty League, established in 2015, is a summer league based in Minnesota for professional and college hockey players. Six teams play an eight-game regular season schedule and a two-game postseason schedule, competing for the John Scott Cup.

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