Five-goal third lifts Gryphon hockey men to victory
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons struck for five goals in the third period to hand the Toronto Varsity Blues a 7-4 setback in OUA men’s hockey play Thursday night at the Gryphon Centre.
The comeback in the first Business Cup Game sent the host’s fans in the sold-out crowd of 1,200 home happy and stopped eighth-ranked Toronto’s five-game win streak.
The Gryphs trailed 3-1 midway through the game before they started their comeback with five consecutive goals, the first one coming 11 seconds after Toronto scored its third goal.
The teams scored a goal apiece in the final minute of the game.
Seven players scored for the Gryphs — Luke Kutkevicius, Anthony Tabak, Nathan Allensen, Duncan Penman, Nolan Forster, Jacob Winterton and Griffin Wilson. Winterton, Forster, Liam Ham, Giordano Biondi and Tabak each had two assists while Allensen, Ian Ferguson and Zev Podolski had one each.
Billy Moskal had a goal and two assists for Toronto while Nicholas Wong, Graham Dickerson and Mason Reeves also scored a goal apiece. Nick Grima had two assists while Cole Purboo and Owen Robinson each had one assist.
The Gryphs outshot the Blues 29-25 and went 2-for-7 on their power play while Toronto went 1-for-5.
Tanner Wickware had 21 saves for the Gryphs while Jett Alexander had 23 for Toronto.
Brock Badgers lead the OUA West at 11-1-0 and are followed by the Blues (9-4-0), Toronto Metropolitan Bold (8-3-0), the Gryphs (7-5-0), Lakehead Thunderwolves (6-4-1), Windsor Lancers (5-5-0), Laurier Golden Hawks (3-7-2), York Lions and Waterloo Warriors (both 3-9-0) and Western Mustangs (1-10-0).
The Gryphs are to play fifth-ranked Brock at the Canada Games arena in St. Catharines Friday at 6 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal