Early goals start Gryphon hockey men on way to win

TORONTO – Two goals 53 seconds apart in the first three minutes of the game started the Guelph Gryphons on their way to a 6-3 victory over the York Lions in OUA men’s hockey play Saturday at York’s Canlan Ice Centre.

The Gryphs never trailed in the game and were up 2-1 at the end of the first period before scoring the only goal of the second. After the Lions cut the gap to a single goal midway through the third, the Gryphs responded with three goals in just under two and a half minutes to cement the victory.

Mikkel Aagaard tallied twice for the Gryphs while singletons were netted by Ryan O’Bonsawin, Chris Brill-Morgan, Ryan Valentini and Zach Roberts. Getting one assist apiece were Matt Kenney, Andrew Dodson, Gio Finoro, Stephen Templeton, Ryan Da Silva, Valentini, Todd Winder and Cole Cameron.

Jeremy Lucchini scored all three goals for York. Assists went to Brendan Browne, Scott Feser, David Sherman and Ben Verrall.

The Gryphs outshot the Lions 36-29, but were scoreless on three power plays. They also got away with their penalties as the Lions went 1-for-9 on their power play. The Gryphs took the final five penalties of the match as York wasn’t penalized after the first period.

Andrew Masters had 26 saves for the win in net for Guelph. York starter Mack Shields was pulled after Guelph’s opening two goals. He was replaced by Cole Ceci who took the loss despite making 27 saves.

The Gryphs are tied for fourth in the West Division with the Brock Badgers. Guelph’s at 7-3-3-0 while Brock’s at 8-4-1-0.

The Gryphs are to host the Ryerson Rams (third in the West at 8-3-1-1) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in their final home game before the exam and Christmas break.


Gryphons 6 Lions 3
Guelph     2-1-3–6
York          1-0-2–3
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