Gryphons continue to look for their scoring touch

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons are about to send out a search party to locate their missing scoring touch.

“We were built to score and produce chances,” Gryphon coach Shawn Camp said after the Gryphs suffered their third consecutive 3-1 loss in OUA men’s hockey play when they were defeated by the Lakehead Thunderwolves Thursday night at the Gryphon Centre. “We’re creating shots, but we’re not getting secondary chances and we’re not finishing at all right now.

“We have a lot of guys that are not producing. In the past we had one or two or maybe three even that were off a little bit, but it’s an epidemic on the group right now, offensively.”

All three of the 3-1 losses have been on home ice where the Gryphons have not won this season. They have two wins and a shootout loss on the road and five losses at home, one in a shootout.

“We’re losing at home which is something that we’ve never ever ever ever done before,” Camp said. “That’s a disappointment.”

Thursday, the Gryphs surrendered a goal 24 seconds into the game and never caught up. That was the only goal of the first period and Lakehead led 2-1 at the end of the second.

Matt Kenney scored for the Gryphs with just less than two minutes to go in the second on a play set up by Michael Stevens.

Getting one goal apiece for Lakehead were Patrick Murphy, Jordan Larson and Dylan Butler while Sam Schutt and Aaron Wesley-Chisel each had one assist.

The Gryphs outshot Lakehead 43-30 including a 14-6 margin in the third period.

Nic Renyard made 42 saves in the Lakehead net for the win while Andrew Masters had 27 saves for Guelph.

The Gryphs were scoreless on their lone power play while Lakehead didn’t score on either of its power plays.

The loss drops the Gryphs to 2-4-2-2, good for a tie for sixth in the West Division. Lakehead moves into a tie for third at 5-2-0-0.

For the Gryphs, they appear to have fallen into the trend early this decade when they’d have a mediocre first half of the season and then turn it on for a strong second half.

“We want to make sure that when we start to win, we’re playing the right way,” Camp said. “Until we do that, we’re going to struggle until we find our game.”

The Gryphs are to complete their four-game homestand Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against the Brock Badgers (5-3-0-0) on Hockey Day in Gryphonville.

After that the Gryphs get two games in Waterloo as they’re to play the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-6-0-0) at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Nov. 8 at 7:07 p.m. and the Waterloo Warriors (2-4-2-2) at the Columbia Ice Fields arena Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

 

Thunderwolves 3 Gryphons 1
Lakehead     1-1-1–3
Guelph          0-1-0–1
First Period
1. Lakehead, Murphy (unassisted), 0:24
Penalties: Kenney Gue (holding), 2:12; Fryer Lake (boarding), 16:23.
Second Period
2. Lakehead, Larson (unassisted), 7:41
3. Guelph, Kenney (Mi.Stevens), 18:09
Penalties: none.
Third Period
4. Lakehead, Butler (Schutt, Wesley-Chisel), 2:21
Penalties: McCutcheon Gue (interference), 4:36; Simmonds Gue (misconduct), 12:37.
Shots on Goal
Lakehead     12-12-6–30
Guelph       13-16-14–43
Goalies: Renyard (W, 43 shots-42 saves), Lakehead; Masters (L, 30 shots-27 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Lakehead 0-2; Guelph 0-1.
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