Bieman of Guelph scores to topple Gryphons

GUELPH – Guelph native Louie Bieman had the game’s only goal and it allowed the Toronto Varsity Blues to clinch a third-place finish with their 1-0 win over the Guelph Gryphons in OUA women’s hockey league play Saturday at the Gryphon Centre.

A St. James graduate, Bieman gave Toronto the win with a power-play goal late in the second period. Lauren Straatman and Gabrielle De Serres assisted on Bieman’s fifth goal of the season and 12th in her two seasons with the Blues.

Erica Fryer stopped 16 shots for her fourth shutout of the season for Toronto.

The game was the Gryphs’ annual Seniors Day Game when they celebrate the careers of their graduating seniors and there are nine of them this season.

Valerie Lamenta had 19 saves for the Gryphs who had already clinched first place in the league.

Both teams had three power plays in the match.

The Gryphs finish atop the league at 16-3-2-3 and have eight wins in their last 10 games. The other playoff qualifiers are the Western Mustangs (14-5-1-4), Toronto (13-6-2-3), Queen’s Gaels (14-9-1-0), Ryerson Rams (11-7-4-2), Nipissing Lakers (9-7-5-3), Waterloo Warriors (10-7-2-5) and Brock Badgers (8-8-6-2).

The Gryphs will have home-ice advantage in any series they play in during the OUA playoffs.

Their first test will be against Brock and the teams split their regular-season games with Guelph winning 6-1 at St. Catharines Nov. 29 and Brock winning 4-3 in a shootout at the Gryphon Centre Jan. 9.

The series is expected to start Wednesday night at the Gryphon Centre.


Varsity Blues 1 Gryphons 0
Toronto     0-1-0–1
Guelph     0-0-0–0
First Period
No scoring
Penalties: MacKinnon Gue (tripping), 2:46; Roache Tor (kneeing), 13:45; Mikkelsen Gue (body checking), 17:23; Headrick Tor (hooking), 19:13.
Second Period
1. Toronto, Bieman (Straatman, De Serres), 16:50 pp
Penalty: Gava Gue (tripping), 16:29.
Third Period
No scoring
Penalty: Straatman Tor (tripping), 8:41.
Shots on Goal
Toronto     9-6-5–20
Guelph      4-7-5–16
Goalies: Fryer (W, 16 shots-16 saves), Toronto; Lamenta (L, 20 shots-19 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Toronto 1-3; Guelph 0-3.


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