Ontario’s Justin “Regs” Reguly was crowned champion of the NHL Gaming World Championship for the second time in three years, Wednesday, at the Bell Centre.
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The representative of the New York Islanders therefore got his hands on a sum of US$26,000 (approximately $33,700 CAD) as well as the very first NHL GWC championship belt.
For the third consecutive year, the final series of the Club Championship was played between Regs and his eternal rival Matthew “Gren” Grenier, who represented the Dallas Stars. “Gren” had also won the tournament last year, succeeding “Regs” who left with top honors in 2020. “Regs” therefore had the opportunity to regain his title while “Gren” could make people forget his defeat in the console final on PS5.
The first game of the final series set the tone for the final series and reminded everyone that “Regs” and “Gren” aren’t considered the top two players in North America for nothing. With just 7 seconds left in the third period, “Regs” managed to find the back of the net to level the score at 3-3 and force overtime. However, “Gren” retaliated immediately by taking the win in the opening moments of overtime to take a 1-0 series lead.
It was enough to wake up the brute in “Regs”, who simply dominated the second game by winning 4 to 1 to bring everyone back to square one and force an ultimate match.
Midway through the first period of the third and final game of the final series, “Regs” once again took the lead and “Gren” looked shaken. In the second period, five goals were scored, four of which came from the Islanders representative against only one for his Stars counterpart. The score was therefore 5-1 and “Regs” didn’t look back afterward and was eventually crowned the 2022 NHL GWC champion with a convincing 6-2 win to clinch the final series in three games.
On the European side, remember that the Finn Erik “Enceki” Tammenpää, who also represented the New York Islanders on his continent, was crowned champion of the NHL GWC for a second consecutive year at the beginning of June.
Note also that the NHL GWC had not been held face-to-face since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which hit the planet in 2020.
NHL GWC North American Final Rankings
3-4: Joe x 10
5-8: SAP Alien