Gryphon hockey men edge Lakehead in OT
THUNDER BAY – The Guelph Gryphons rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge the Lakehead Thunderwolves 3-2 in overtime in OUA men’s hockey exhibition play Thursday night at the Fort William Gardens.
The game was part of a two-game set in Thunder Bay designed to allow both teams to regain their skating legs in time for the 2018 portion of league play. The Gryphs had been off since having a nine-game win streak end with a 4-1 loss to the Windsor Lancers at Windsor Dec. 4. It was the first game for the Thunderwolves since a 3-1 loss to the UOIT Ridgebacks at Oshawa Nov. 25.
Thursday, Lakehead scored single goals in the first and second periods before the Gryphs scored a pair of power-play goals in the first eight minutes of the third to tie it up.
Todd Winder connected for the winner on an unassisted effort 46 seconds into overtime.
Seth Swenson and Marc Stevens had scored in the third for Guelph while Manny Gialedakis and Michael Stevens each had one assist.
Matt Alexander and Brennen Dubchak had the goals for Lakehead while assists were awarded to Dylan Butler, Scott Gall, Tyler Anton and goaltender Nic Renyard.
Andrew Masters made 41 saves in the Guelph net for the win while Renyard had 37 saves for Lakehead.
This is the second time in three years that the Gryphs and Thunderwolves have played exhibition games in Thunder Bay right after Christmas.
The teams are to play another exhibition match Friday at the Fort William Gardens. Game time is 7 p.m.
Guelph is in a three-way tie with the Ryerson Rams and York Lions for first in the OUA league’s West Division. The Gryphs and Ryerson have identical 11-4-1 records while York is at 11-5-1. The Laurier Golden Hawks are fourth at 10-4-2. Lakehead is seventh at 6-8-1.
The Gryphs are to return to league play with a game against the West’s 10th-place Toronto Varsity Blues (4-11-1) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
Gryphons 3 Thunderwolves 2 (OT)
1. Lakehead, Alexander (Butler, Gall), 12:01
Penalties: Leitch Lake (boarding), 1:51; Z.McFadden Gue (roughing), 4:18; Gall Lake (tripping), 6:21; Henderson Gue (high sticking), 7:03; Winder Gue (tripping), 7:22; Henderson Gue (slashing), 9:44; Wesley-Chisel Lake (cross checking), 15:00; Mi.Stevens Gue (interference), 15:26.
2. Lakehead, Dubchak (Anton, Renyard), 19:23
Penalties: Dubchak Lake (slashing), 0:43; Kenney Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), Anton Lake (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:53; McCutcheon Gue (tripping), 11:10; Bench Gue (too many men), 12:38.
3. Guelph, Swenson (Gialedakis), 3:50 pp
4. Guelph, Ma.Stevens (Mi.Stevens), 7:10 pp
Penalties: Wesley-Chisel Lake (tripping), 3:03; Brill-Morgan Gue (tripping), 4:20; Valiquette Lake (slashing), 6:49; Del Paggio Lake (high sticking), 15:36.
5. Guelph, Winder (unassisted), 0:46
Shots on Goal
Guelph 40; Lakehead 43.
Goalies: Masters (W, 43 shots-41 saves), Guelph; Renyard (L, 40 shots-37 saves), Lakehead.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Lakehead 0-7; Guelph 2-7.
- Guelph Sports Journal