OT win gives Gryphon hockey women their 10th consecutive win

ST. CATHARINES – Claire Merrick’s goal in the second overtime period lifted the Guelph Gryphons to a 2-1 victory over the Brock Badgers in OUA women’s hockey play Saturday.

The win was the 10th consecutive victory in league play for the Gryphs.

After a scoreless first period, Lisa Buratynski scored a power-play goal midway through the second for Brock.

Guelph tied it on Sophie Contant’s unassisted goal early in the third.

Karli Shell assisted on the winning goal.

Valerie Lamenta picked up the win in net for the Gryphs in her first game with the team since she won a silver medal with the Canadian team at the Winter Universiade at Almaty, Kazakhstan earlier in the week.

Other Gryphons on the national university team were defenceman Katherine Bailey, forward Kelly Gribbons and head coach Rachel Flanagan. All were back for Saturday’s game.

Brock outshot Guelph 40-31 and went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Gryphs were scoreless on four power plays.

The win assured the Gryphs, who are 14-4-2-1 on the season, of a top-two finish. Brock is battling to get into the playoffs. The Badgers are ninth at 8-3-9-2 and top eight qualify for the playoffs. They’re two points behind a three-team stalemate for sixth with two games to go.

The Gryphs have three games to go in their regular season. They’re to play the Waterloo Warriors (10-2-7-2) at Waterloo Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and host the Windsor Lancers (10-1-9-2) Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. and Nipissing Lakers (13-3-3-3) Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal