Gryphon hockey men pull away in third in win over UQTR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — The Guelph Gryphons might have caught the UQTR Patriotes at the right time.

The Gryphs scored three goals in the third period, including two in the final two minutes, to secure a 5-1 win in OUA men’s hockey play Friday night.

While the Gryphs are playing without their captain, forward Scott Simmonds, who is with the Canadian team competing in the Winter Universiade at Kazakhstan, UQTR has six players on that team — forwards Guillaume Asselin, Thomas Giroux and Pierre-Olivier Morin, defencemen Charles-David Beaudoin and Martin Lefebvre and goaltender Sébastien Auger.

Friday, the Gryphs scored the lone goal of the first period and the teams scored one goal apiece in the second. Guelph added three goals in the third with Trevor Morbeck and Andres Kopstals connecting 44 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the game.

Michael Stevens, Cody Thompson and Seth Swenson also scored for Guelph while Rob Lepine had two assists and Marc Stevens, Manny Gialedakis, Josh McFadden, Mac Nichol, Ryan Migliaccio, Trevor Morbeck and Reilly O’Connor had one apiece.

Pierre-Maxime Poudrier scored for UQTR at 11:10 of the second period.

The Patriotes outshot the Gryphs 40-34. Scott Stajcer picked up the win in the Guelph net while Alexandre Belanger was charged with the loss.

The Gryphs went 1-for-4 on their power play and held UQTR scoreless on five power plays.

The win secured home-ice advantage for the Gryphs in the West Division quarter-finals, the opening round of the playoffs.

The Gryphs (15-9-1) will finish either third or fourth in the West and will play either the sixth- or fifth-place team in the best-of-three quarter-finals. With just over a week left in the regular season, Guelph’s list of potential playoff opponents include the Laurier Golden Hawks (13-9-4), Windsor Lancers (12-12-2), Brock Badgers (12-12-1), Lakehead Thunderwolves (11-12-2) and Waterloo Warriors (10-12-3).

The Ryerson Rams (20-4-1) have clinched first place in the West while the York Lions (17-6-3) will finish second. Guelph, Laurier, Windsor and Brock have secured playoff berths while the other two playoff combatants will come from the trio of Lakehead, Waterloo and the Western Mustangs (8-15-2). The Toronto Varsity Blues (5-19-2) have been eliminated from the playoff race.

The Gryphs have three games to go in their regular season as they’re to play the Concordia Stingers (17-7-2) at Montreal Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Ryerson Rams (20-4-1) at Toronto Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. and Ryerson at the Gryphon Centre Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal