Gryphon hockey men rally to top Toronto
TORONTO – Seth Swenson’s goal with just over three minutes to go in the second period proved to be the winner as the Guelph Storm edged the Toronto Varsity Blues 5-4 in OUA men’s hockey play Friday night at Varsity Arena.
The Gryphs led 3-2 and at the end of the first period all the scoring was completed by the end of the second, although the local side had to rebound from a 4-3 deficit for the win.
Swenson opened and closed the scoring for the Gryphs while Max McCutcheon, Trevor Morbeck and Josh McFadden also scored. Michael Stevens and Cody Thompson each had two assists while McCutcheon, Scott Simmonds, McFadden, Andres Kopstals, Marc Stevens and J.P. Villeneuve had one apiece.
Scott Kirton, Matt Campagna, Hunter Atchison and Curtis Harvey scored once each for Toronto. Assists were awarded to Charlie Connell, Kirton, Justin Brand, Atchison and Ryan Kirkup.
The Blues outshot the Gryphs 32-26 and went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Gryphs went 1-for-2.
Jason Da Silva started in net for the Gryphs and was replaced by Andrew Masters after Toronto’s fourth goal at 10:38 of the second period. Masters picked up the win as he stopped all 17 shots he faced. Frederic Foulem took the loss for Toronto.
The win kept the Gryphs atop the West Division as they improved to 17-5-1. They’re four points ahead of the runner-up York Lions and have a game in hand. Toronto, tied for ninth in the division, fell to 7-12-3.
The Gryphs are to play the fourth-place Laurier Golden Hawks (13-7-3) at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Guelph has five games left on its regular season as they also have two games against York and two against the third-place Ryerson Rams (14-7-2) left to go. Winning three of their final five games will clinch first in the division for the Gryphs, their first division title since the 1998-99 season when they finished atop the Mid-East Division for the sixth consecutive time.
The Gryphs have already clinched a playoff berth for the 10th consecutive season.
Gryphons 5 Varsity Blues 4
1. Guelph, Swenson (Mi.Stevens, McCutcheon), 3:04
2. Guelph, McCutcheon (Simmonds, Thompson), 6:24
3. Toronto, Kirton (Connell), 8:22
4. Guelph, Morbeck (J.McFadden, Kopstals), 12:25
5. Toronto, Campagna (unassisted), 13:47
Penalty: Z.McFadden Gue (slashing), NA.
6. Toronto, Atchison (Kirton, Brand), 0:56
7. Toronto, Harvey (Atchison, Kirkup), 10:38 pp
8. Guelph, J.McFadden (Ma.Stevens, Thompson), 13:55 pp
9. Guelph, Swenson (Villeneuve, Mi.Stevens), 16:59
Penalties: Henderson Gue (roughing), Harvey Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:34; J.McFadden Gue (cross checking), 8:46; Klomp Tor (head contact), 12:35; Klomp Tor (10-minute misconduct), 13:55; Strand Gue (cross checking), 17:24; Wallace Tor (cross checking), 18:43.
Penalties: Raycroft Gue (interference), 9:28; Z.McFadden Gue (high sticking), NA; Z.McFadden Gue (high sticking), 19:39.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Da Silva (30:38, 15 shots-11 saves), Masters (W, 29:22, 17 shots-17 saves), Guelph; Foulem (L, 26 shots-21 saves), Toronto.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-2; Toronto 1-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal