Jr. Gryphs intermediate As provincial bronze medalists

TORONTO – The Guelph Junior Gryphons finished as bronze medalists in the intermediate A category of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association’s championship tournament.

The Junior Gryphs had two wins and a loss in preliminary pool play as they blanked the Durham West Lightning 4-0 and Clearview Icecats 2-0 and lost 5-1 to the St. Catharines Brock Junior Badgers.

That record gave the Guelph side a berth in the quarter-finals where they shut out the Peterborough Ice Kats 3-0. However, a 2-1 loss to the eventual champion Saugeen-Maitland Lightning in the semifinals put the Junior Gryphs in the bronze-medal match that they won 2-0 over the Brampton Canadettes.

A total of seven other Junior Gryphons teams were in the provincial tournament.

In novice B, the Junior Gryphs reached the quarter-finals before their tournament came to an end with a 4-0 loss to the Markham-Stouffville Stars. In pool play the locals defeated the Ilderton Jets 3-0 and Scarborough Sharks 4-1 and lost 5-2 to the Peterborough Ice Kats.

In atom A, an 8-1 loss to the Nepean Wildcats in the quarter-finals put the Junior Gryphs out of the provincial tournament. They had two wins and a tie in pool play as they defeated the Ancaster Avalanche 4-2 and Kingston Ice Wolves 3-0 and tied the Wilmot Wolverines 1-1.

The Junior Gryphs reached the quarter-finals in peewee A where they were ousted following a 2-0 loss to eventual silver medalist Toronto Leaside Wildcats. The Junior Gryphs had two wins and a tie in pool play as they downed Bluewater Hawks 1-0 and North Bay Ice Boltz 4-0 and tied Leaside 2-2.

In bantam BB, the Junior Gryphs had a win and two losses in pool play. The locals edged the Orillia Hawks 2-1 and lost 1-0 to the Woodstock Wildcats and 3-1 to the Ancaster Avalanche.

The Junior Gryphs suffered three losses in bantam B pool play as they were defeated 3-0 by the Sudbury Lady Wolves, 9-1 by the Ennismore Eagles and 3-2 by the Whitby Wolves.

The Junior Gryphs had three ties in midget AA pool play as they skated to stalemates with the Thunder Bay Queens (1-1), Barrie Sharks (1-1) and Whitby Wolves (0-0).

A 1-0 loss to the Stoney Creek Sabres put the Junior Gryphs out of midget A play. The locals had two wins and a tie in pool play as they edged the St. Catharines Brock Junior Badgers 2-1 and North Bay Ice Boltz 1-0 and tied the Brampton Canadettes 1-1.

The Junior Gryphs suffered three losses in midget BB pool play as they were beaten 1-0 by the Nepean Wildcats, 3-1 by Kingston Ice Wolves and 3-1 by Lakeshore Lightning.

The provincial tournament attracted three teams from the Grand River Mustangs.

In atom BB, the Mustangs had a win, loss and tie in pool play. They defeated the Oshawa Lady Generals 2-0, tied the Mississauga Chiefs 1-1 and lost 1-0 to the Scarborough Sharks.

The Mustangs also had a win loss and tie in pool play in peewee B. Grand River defeated Etobicoke Dolphins 5-0, tied Whitby Wolves 1-1 and lost 4-1 to Nepean Wildcats.

Grand River had a loss and two ties in bantam A pool play as they battled the Chatham Outlaws and Thunder Bay Queens to scoreless deadlocks after falling 2-0 to the Mississauga Chiefs.

The Mount Forest Rams also had three teams in the provincial tournament.

The Rams were silver medalists in midget B. The Rams had three wins in pool play as they dropped the Kapuskasing Jaguars 4-0, Wilmot Wolverines 5-1 and Durham West Lightning 6-0. They edged the Sarnia Lady Sting 1-0 before slipping by the Bancroft Jets 1-0 in the quarter-finals and Cambridge Roadrunners 3-2 in the semifinals. They lost 3-0 to Kapuskasing in the gold-medal match.

In atom C, the Rams had a win and two losses in pool play as they defeated the Timmins Falcons 3-1 and lost 5-2 to Ottawa Valley Thunder and 2-0 to Mooretown Lady Flags.

The Rams were knocked out of peewee C play following a 2-0 loss to the Walkerton Capitals. That was Mount Forest’s first loss of the tournament as they had swept their pool play games, beating the Saugeen Shores Storm 3-2, Lucknow 6-2 and Nepean Wildcats 2-1.

In bantam C, the Rams were ousted following a 2-1 loss to the Otonabee Wolverines in the quarter-finals. The Rams had two wins and a tie in pool play as they downed the Bluewater Hawks 3-1 and Brockville Angels 4-2 and tied the Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats 1-1.

  • Guelph Sports Journal