Gryphon hockey men share top spot in West
TORONTO – The red-hot Guelph Gryphons moved into a tie for first place in the OUA men’s hockey league’s West Division with a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues Friday night at Varsity Arena.
The Gryphs had to come from behind to record their ninth consecutive win.
The teams were tied 3-3 at the end of the first period after the host Blues scored with one second to go in the period. Toronto followed that goal with another one four and a half minutes into the second to grab the lead for the first and only time in the game.
That lead lasted a little over two and a half minutes until Max McCutcheon pulled Guelph even with a shorthanded goal. The Gryphs took the lead for good midway through the period on a goal by Reilly O’Connor and they completed the scoring with the only goal of the third.
Todd Winder scored twice for the Gryphs while single goals were added by Seth Swenson, J.P. Villeneuve, McCutcheon and O’Connor. Tryg Strand assisted on three of the goals with Manny Gialedakis, Trevor Morbeck, McCutcheon, O’Connor, Andres Kopstals and Scott Simmonds each getting one assist.
Phil Chadder, Max Lindsay, Willy Paul and Curtis Harvey tallied for Toronto. Dean Klomp assisted on two of the goals while single assists were awarded to Justin Brand, Connor Bebb and Jared Leslie.
Guelph outshot Toronto 33-27 and neither team scored a power-play goal. The Gryphs had five power plays during the game while Toronto had six.
Jason Da Silva was in net for the win for Guelph while Frederic Foulem was charged with the loss for the Blues.
The Gryphs improve to 11-3-1 to grab a share of the lead in the West with York (11-4-1). Guelph has a game in hand and is a point ahead of the Laurier Golden Hawks (10-4-2) and two up on the Ryerson Rams (10-4-1).
Guelph is to complete the 2017 portion of its schedule Saturday with a game against the Windsor Lancers (5-6-4) at Windsor starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Gryphs are to return from the exam and Christmas break with another match against the Varsity Blues (4-10-1) Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
Gryphons 6 Varsity Blues 4
1. Guelph, Winder (unassisted), 5:38
2. Guelph, Swenson (Gialedakis, Morbeck), 9:38
3. Toronto, Chadder (Klomp), 10:16
4. Guelph, Villeneuve (McCutcheon, Strand), 11:07
5. Toronto, Lindsay (unassisted), 14:39
6. Toronto, Paul (Brand, Bebb), 19:59
7. Toronto, Harvey (Klomp, Leslie), 4:35
8. Guelph, McCutcheon (O’Connor, Strand), 7:10 sh
9. Guelph, O’Connor (Kopstals, Strand), 10:04
Penalties: Wallace Tor (hooking), 0:40; Raycroft Gue (tripping), 5:32; Z.McFadden Gue (interference), 18:47.
10. Guelph, Winder (Simmonds), 5:24
Penalties: Villeneuve Gue (tripping), 9:35; Z.McFadden Gue (cross checking), 11:31; Brand Tor (tripping), 12:15; Hanson Tor (high sticking), 17:06; Heffernan Tor (roughing), Ma.Stevens Gue (cross checking, roughing), 17:21; Paul Tor (goaltender interference), 18:42; Klomp Tor (roughing), 19:40.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Da Silva (W, 27 shots-24 saves), Guelph; Foulem (L, 33 shots-27 saves), Toronto.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-5; Toronto 0-6.
- Guelph Sports Journal