Gryphon hockey men advance by blanking Windsor
WINDSOR – The Guelph Gryphons earned themselves a Sunday night off when they pushed the Windsor Lancers out of the OUA men’s hockey playoffs with a 4-0 victory Saturday night at the Windsor Arena.
That win gave the Gryphs a 2-0 win in the best-of-three Western Division quarter-final series. The third game was scheduled for Sunday night at the Gryphon Centre if it was needed.
Windsor killer Todd Winder, who had a hat trick in Thursday’s opening-game overtime victory, connected for the eventual game-winner 21 seconds into Saturday’s game. Ryan Valentini, Andres Kopstals and Mikkel Aagaard scored the other goals for the Gryphs while Connor Bramwell had two assists and Winder, Scott Simmonds, Aagaard and Tryg Strand had one apiece.
Andrew Masters made 15 saves for the shutout win in the Gryphon net. His teammates fired 25 shots at the Windsor net guarded by Jonathan Reinhart.
The Gryphs scored twice in the first period and once each in the second and third periods while neither team netted a power-play goal. Windsor had five power plays, one more than Guelph.
The top four teams in the division all finished with two-game sweeps of their divisional quarter-final series as the first-place Ryerson Rams defeated the eighth-place Toronto Varsity Blues, second-place Brock Badgers ousted the seventh-place York Lions and the third-place Western Mustangs eliminated the sixth-place Laurier Golden Hawks.
The Gryphs, 13-11-4 in the regular season, will play Ryerson (20-5-3) in the divisional semifinals.
Guelph and Ryerson met three times during the regular season with the Gryphs winning two of the games. The Rams won 4-3 in the season opener Oct. 11 at the Gryphon Centre while the Gryphs scored their two wins at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre winning 6-2 Jan. 5 and 4-3 in overtime Jan. 17.
Dates for the best-of-three divisional semifinal have not been announced.
Gryphons 4 Lancers 0
1. Guelph, Winder (Simmonds, Bramwell), 0:21
2. Guelph, Valentini (Aagaard), 8:45
Penalties: Hope Wsr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:38; Aagaard Gue (roughing after the whistle), Slegers Wsr (roughing after the whistle), 17:45; Saban Gue (hooking), 19:07.
3. Guelph, Kopstals (Strand), 8:55 sh
Penalties: Ruddy Wsr (hooking), 6:45; Saban Gue (holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:41; Hope Wsr (cross checking), 10:35; Saban Gue (roughing after the whistle), Ruddy Wsr (roughing after the whistle), 13:05; Fox Wsr (roughing), Burnett Wsr (roughing), Saban Gue (roughing), Simmonds Gue (head contact major, head contact game misconduct), 19:05; Templeton Gue (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
4. Guelph, Aagaard (Winder, Bramwell), 9:46
Penalties: Burnett Wsr (slashing), 6:45; Gagnon Wsr (10-minute misconduct), 9:15; Bench Wsr (bench minor), 16:55.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Masters (W, 15 shots-15 saves), Guelph; Reinhart (L, 25 shots-21 saves), Windsor.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-4; Windsor 0-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal