Gryphon hockey men stung by Concordia after second-period fade
MONTREAL — Five goals in the second half of the second period gave the Concordia Stingers a 6-3 victory over the Guelph Gryphons in OUA men’s hockey league play Saturday.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before the hosts grabbed control of the game with five goals in a span of eight minutes and 22 seconds in the second period. The Gryphs responded with two goals in the third period, the last one with two seconds to play.
The six goals against equalled the season high as the Gryphs had also yielded that amount in a 6-4 loss to the Western Mustangs at Western Oct. 28.
Marc Stevens had two goals for the Gryphs while Seth Swenson had the other one. Assists were awarded to Josh McFadden, Michael Stevens, Max McCutcheon, Manny Gialedakis, Cody Thompson and Rob Lepine.
Philippe Sanche had two goals and an assist for Concordia while Anthony Beauregard had a goal and two assists. Also scoring for the Stingers were Anthony De Luca, Scott Oke and Raphael Lafontaine.
The Gryphs outshot Concordia 34-32. Keith Hamilton took the loss in the Gryphon net while Philippe Cadorette picked up the win for the Stingers.
The loss combined with an overtime win by the Laurier Golden Hawks over the Ryerson Rams left the Gryphs fourth in the West Division at 15-10-1. Despite the loss, Ryerson clinched first place in the division. The Rams are at 20-4-2 and are followed by the York Lions (17-6-4), Laurier, the Gryphs (15-10-1), Windsor Lancers (12-12-2), Brock Badgers (12-13-1), Waterloo Warriors (11-12-3), Lakehead Thunderwolves (11-13-2), Western Mustangs (8-16-2) and Toronto Varsity Blues (5-19-2).
The top eight have secured the division’s playoff berths and the Gryphs will finish either third or fourth. That will mean home-ice advantage in a best-of-three divisional quarter-final series against one of the four teams immediately behind them in the standings.
While Ryerson will finish first and York second, none of the other teams that have secured playoff berths are locked into their finishing spot in the standings.
The Gryphs have two games against Ryerson left on their regular-season schedule. The teams are to battle Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Complex and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
- Guelph Sports Journal