Jr. Gryphons minor bantam AAAs split at OMHA tourney
FORT ERIE – The Guelph Junior Gryphons split their games on the opening day of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s minor bantam AAA championship tournament Friday at the Fort Erie Leisureplex.
The Junior Gryphs were handed a 3-1 setback by the Central Ontario Wolves in the opening game of the tournament before they bounced back to blank the host Buffalo Regals 2-0.
In other games in the tournament, the Whitby Wildcats edged the Oakville Rangers 2-1 and tied Central Ontario 2-2 while Buffalo and Oakville tied 1-1.
The Junior Gryphs are to complete the round-robin portion of the tournament with a pair of games Saturday as they’re to play Whitby at 10 a.m. and Oakville at 4:30 p.m.
The teams that finish first and second in the round robin are to meet in the championship gold-medal game Sunday at 12:30 p.m. after the third- and fourth-place finishers battle in the bronze-medal match at 10 a.m.
The Junior Gryphs got their berths in the tournament by winning a six-point South Central Triple A semifinal 6-0 over Halton while Oakville edged Southern Tier 6-4 in the other SCTA semifinal.
Whitby and Central Ontario advanced by winning Eastern Triple A semifinal series. Whitby swept York-Simcoe 6-0 and Central Ontario defeated North Central 6-2.
Buffalo is in the tournament as hosts.
The Junior Gryphs and Aurora Tigers are to meet in Game 3 of their six-point Central AA championship series Saturday at the West End arena.
Aurora took the opening game of the series there 3-1 last Saturday while the Junior Gryphs won Game 2 by a 2-1 score last Sunday at the Aurora Community Centre.
Game 4 is set for Sunday at Aurora at 2:15 p.m.
If a fifth game is needed, it’s to be played next Friday at 6:45 p.m. at the West End arena.
The Junior Gryphs opened the playoffs by finishing second in a five-team Tri-County round robin group with the Flamborough Sabres, Oakville Rangers, Garden City Falcons and Stoney Creek Warriors. Flamborough finished first and also advanced.
The Halton Hills Thunder and Milton Winterhawks advanced out of a second five-team Tri-County round-robin preliminary series.
The Junior Gryphs then swept Halton Hills 6-0 in the quarter-finals and defeated Flamborough 7-1 in the semifinals.
Aurora advanced out of the York-Simcoe league to gain its berth in the final by defeating the Richmond Hill Stars 6-0 in the preliminaries, Newmarket Redmen 6-0 in the quarter-finals and Barrie Colts 6-4 in the semifinals.
The Junior Gryphons opened their Tri-County league championship series with a 4-1 win over the Halton Hills Thunder at Georgetown’s Mold-Masters SportsPlex Wednesday
Game 2 is slated for Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at the West End arena.
The remainder of the schedule has the third game at Georgetown Monday at 8 p.m., the fourth game at Georgetown Tuesday at 9 p.m. and the fifth game at the West End arena at 6:45 p.m. The fourth and fifth games will be played only if they’re needed.
Centre Wellington Fusion
The Fusion can claim the OMHA Central A championship with a win Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Central Wellington Sportsplex.
Centre Wellington leads the six-point final with the Barrie Colts 4-0 after winning 3-0 at Fergus last Saturday and 5-1 at Barrie last Sunday.
If Barrie wins Saturday or the teams tie, Game 4 is slated for Sunday at Barrie’s East Bayfield arena starting at 1 p.m.
The Fusion gained its berth in the final by edging the Guelph Junior Gryphons 6-4 in one semifinal while Barrie downed the Orillia Terriers 7-1 in the other.
Centre Wellington had swept a quarter-final series with the Hespeler Shamrocks 6-0 after winning a round-robin group with the Halton Hills Thunder and Ancaster Avalanche.
The Defenders captured the OMHA peewee DD-D title by sweeping the Muskoka Rock in the six-point final that wrapped up Tuesday with a 4-2 win for Drayton at the Port Carlin arena.
Drayton had won the earlier games 2-1 at Port Carling and 7-1 at home.
The Defenders had outlasted the Dresden Junior Kings 6-4 in the semifinals while Muskoka swept the Norwood Hornets 6-0.
Earlier, Drayton swept a quarter-final with the Bruce Peninsula Northstars 6-0 and preliminary series 6-0 over the Zurich Thunder and 6-2 with the Arthur Vipers.
Minto Mad Dogs
The Mad Dogs pulled even with the Lucan Irish in their six-point OMHA midget C championship series 2-2 with a 2-1 victory Friday night at the Lucan arena.
Lucan had taken the opening game of the series 6-2 at the Harriston arena last Sunday.
Game 3 is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Palmerston arena.
Minto had advanced to the final with a 6-0 sweep of the Mariposa Lightning in the semifinals while Lucan disposed of the St. George Generals 6-0 in the other semifinal.
The Mad Dogs had also swept the Seaforth Stars 6-0 in the quarter-finals and the Shelburne Wolves and West Grey Warriors 6-0 in preliminary series.
The Vipers remained alive in the six-point OMHA juvenile DD-D final with a 5-1 victory over the Honeywood Hurricanes Friday night at the North Dufferin Community Centre.
That result puts the series at 4-2 in Honeywood’s favour.
Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Arthur arena.
Honeywood had won the first two games of the series by 5-3 and 2-0 scores.
Arthur gained its berth in the final with a 7-5 victory over the Wainfleet Wild in the semifinals while Honeywood defeated the Douro Dukes 6-2 in the other semifinal.
The Vipers also defeated the Port Stanley Junior Sailors 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
- Guelph Sports Journal