Third-period goals lift Gryphon hockey men to win
TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons completed their OUA men’s hockey league regular season Friday night with a 6-2 victory over the Ryerson Rams at the Mattamy Athletics Centre.
While the Gryphs received a pair of goals from Cody Thompson in the first two minutes of the game, they needed four third-period goals to claim the victory after Ryerson tied it with two goals later in the first period.
The second period was a scoreless affair.
Thompson and Todd Winder connected for two goals apiece for the Gryphs while Trevor Morbeck and Scott Simmonds added single goals. Josh McFadden and Simmonds each had two assists while single assists were gathered by goaltender Winder, Andrew Masters, Thompson and Patrick Kudla.
John Carpino and Cavin Leth scored for Ryerson while Austin Clapham, Steven Harland and Aaron Armstrong had assists.
Guelph outshot Ryerson 33-30 and went 1-for-2 on the power play while the Rams were scoreless on five power plays.
Masters was the winning goalie for the Gryphs as he stopped 28 shots while Taylor Dupuis took the loss for Ryerson.
The Gryphs will finish first in the West Division and will have home-ice advantage in every playoff series they compete in. They’ll also host the OUA championship Queen’s Cup game if they qualify to play in it. While the McGill Redmen of Montreal finished atop the East Division with a better record (22-4-2) than the Gryphs (21-6-1), league rules state that the OUA final will be played in Ontario.
The divisional quarter-finals are to be played next week and the Gryphs are to play either the Windsor Lancers (9-11-7) or Toronto Varsity Blues (11-15-1). If the Lancers and Varsity Blues end up tied for the final playoff position, Toronto will win a tie-breaker by virtue of having more wins than Windsor.
The divisional quarter-final playoff series is expected to start at the Gryphon Centre either Wednesday or Thursday night.
Gryphons 6 Rams 2
1. Guelph, Thompson (Winder, Simmonds), 0:38
2. Guelph, Thompson (Simmonds), 1:39
3. Ryerson, Carpino (Clapham), 6:21
4. Ryerson, Leth (Harland, Armstrong), 12:16
Penalties: Z.McFadden Gue (slashing), Leth Ry (high sticking), 8:02; J.McFadden Gue (high sticking), 13:27.
Penalties: Gialedakis Gue (roughing), 2:08; Mi.Stevens Gue (cross checking), 8:57; Harland Ry (tripping), 10:05; Winder Gue (high sticking), 11:33.
5. Guelph, Winder (J.McFadden, Masters), 2:09 pp
6. Guelph, Morbeck (Thompson, Kudla), 7:15
7. Guelph, Winder (J.McFadden), 8:02
8. Guelph, Simmonds (unassisted) 13:41
Penalties: Nosella Ry (interference), 1:23; J.McFadden Gue (cross checking), 12:46.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Masters (W, 30 shots-27 saves), Guelph; Dupuis (L, 53:41, 31 shots-25 saves), Barrick (6:18, 2 shots-2 saves), Ryerson.
- Guelph Sports Journal