Gryphon hockey men oust Brock in overtime

ST. CATHARINES – Josh McFadden’s goal less than two minutes into overtime lifted the Guelph Gryphons to a 4-3 victory over the Brock Badgers Friday night and a berth in the OUA men’s hockey league’s West Division semifinals.

The win gives Guelph a two-game sweep of the best-of-three West Division quarter-final series.

The Gryphs never trailed in the game, but never led by more than a goal. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of the first period and the Gryphs led 3-2 at the end of the second.

Andrew Radjenovic completed a hat trick for Brock with less than five minutes to go in regulation time to force the overtime.

The winning goal was McFadden’s second goal of the game as he had opened the scoring at 5:28 of the first period.

Cody Thompson and Marc Stevens scored the other goals for Guelph. Getting one assist each were Stevens, Scott Simmonds, Mac Nichol, Rob Lepine and Thompson.

Scott Stajcer picked up the win in net for the Gryphs while Clint Windsor took the loss.

Guelph outshot Brock 54-37 and went 1-for-3 on the power play while Brock was scoreless on four power plays.

The Gryphs will wait for a West semifinal opponent. The other divisional quarter-finals will wrap up this weekend.

The York Lions lead the Lakehead Thunderwolves 1-0 with Game 2 Saturday night at York. If Game 3 is needed, it’s set for Sunday afternoon at York.

The Ryerson Rams and Waterloo Warriors are tied 1-1 in their series with Game 3 set for Saturday night at Toronto.

The Laurier Golden Hawks and Windsor Lancers are also tied 1-1 in their series. Game 3 is to go Saturday afternoon at Waterloo.

Two of the three teams that finished above Guelph at the end of the regular season – Ryerson, York and Laurier – have to lose their divisional quarter-final series for the Gryphs to get home-ice advantage in the West semifinal.

  • Guelph Sports Journal