Gryphon hockey men best in West, slip by York Lions

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons will finish atop the OUA men’s hockey league’s West Division standings.

That was assured Friday night after the Gryphs squeezed by the York Lions 3-2 at the Canlan Ice Centre, scoring the winning goal with two seconds to go in regulation time. That win took both York and the Ryerson Rams out of the reckoning for best in the West.

Guelph leads the West Division at 19-5-1 while York (16-9-1) and Ryerson (15-7-3) are tied for second. While the Gryphs and Rams could tie for top spot, the Gryphs would win the tie-breaker by virtue of more wins. Ryerson has three games to go and if it won all three, it would be tied with Guelph if the Gryphs lost all three of their remaining games. However, Guelph would have 19 wins, one more than Ryerson.

Friday, Manny Gialedakis potted the winning goal with help from J.P. Villeneuve and Patrick Kudla.

The Gryphs never trailed in the game, but never led by more than a goal.

Andres Kopstals had opened the scoring for Guelph with the lone goal of the first period. Tryg Strand and Trevor Morbeck drew assists.

Scott Feser pulled York even 20 seconds into the second period before Mathieu Henderson gave the lead back to the Gryphs with a power-play goal just less than six and a half minutes later. Assists on that goal went to Villeneuve and Gialedakis.

York tied it up again just over six minutes later on a goal by Morgan Messenger. Assists in the game for the hosts went to Josh LaFrance, Reid Jackman, Alex Mowbray and Shayne Rover.

The Gryphs went 1-for-6 on their power play while York didn’t score on its only power play. The Lions were whistled for 36 of the 40 minutes in penalties awarded in the game and their total included two 10-minute misconducts for checking from behind.

Guelph outshot York 40-29 and Andrew Masters picked up his 11th win of the season and eighth win in nine outings in 2018. York’s Mack Shields was charged with the loss.

Saturday’s game at the Gryphon Centre is to start at 7:30 p.m.

The Gryphs are to wrap up their season next week with games against the Lions at home Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Ryerson at Toronto Friday at 7:15 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.


Gryphons 3 Lions 2
First Period
1. Guelph, Kopstals (Strand, Morbeck), 7:07
Penalties: Feser York (cross checking), 8:10; Jackman York (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:40.
Second Period
2. York, Feser (LaFrance, Jackman), 0:20
3. Guelph, Henderson (Villeneuve, Gialedakis), 6:47 pp
4. York, Messenger (Mowbray, Rover), 12:51
Penalties: Bench York (too many men), 3:18; Thompson Gue (holding), Jackman York (holding), Sheppard York (roughing after the whistle), 4:45; Campbell York (checking from behind, checking from behind misconduct), 5:59; Henderson Gue (holding), 18:36.
Third Period
5. Guelph, Gialedakis (Villeneuve, Kudla), 19:58
Penalties: LaFrance York (checking from behind, checking from behind misconduct), 6:50; Sheppard York (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal
Guelph      12-16-12–40
York               7-8-14–29
Goalies: Masters (W, 29 shots-27 saves), Guelph; Shields (40 shots-37 saves), York.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-6; York 0-1.
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