Gryphon hockey men drop pair to NCAA opponents

Gryphon hockey men drop pair to NCAA opponents

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Guelph Gryphons suffered a pair of 6-4 losses to NCAA teams in exhibition university men’s hockey play on the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Gryphs lost to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineers Sunday at Troy, N.Y., and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers Monday at Rochester.

Details from Sunday’s loss to RPI were not available.

Monday, RIT scored three times in the third period for the win. RIT led 2-1 at the end of the first before the Gryphs battled back to tie it in the second period.

Jonah De Simone had a pair of goals for the Gryphs while Duncan Penman and Hunter Brazier added single goals. Nathan Allensen and Tristan De Jong had two assists apiece while Griffin Wilson had one assist.

Carter Wilkie fired in two goals for RIT while Gianfranco Cassaro, Grady Hobbs, Xavier Lapointe and Christian Catalano each had a goal. Aiden Hansen-Bukata collected three assists while Elijah Gonsalves and Tanner Andrew each had two assists and Philippe Jacques, Simon Isabelle and Cassaro had one apiece.

RIT outshot the Gryphs 52-15 and went 2-for-9 on their power play while the Gryphs were 1-for-3 on their power play. The Gryphs were whistled for 31 minutes in penalties while RIT was assessed eight minutes.

Tanner Wickware had 46 saves in the Guelph net while Tommy Scarfone (5 saves) and Luke Lush (6 saves) each played about half the game in net for RIT.

The Gryphs have played six games this season – one in the regular season and five preseason or exhibition games – with none of the games being played in Guelph.

They’re to play their home opener Thursday against the Brock Badgers (2-0-0-0) at the Gryphon Centre. That game is the first of four consecutive home games for the Gryphs as they’re to host the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-1-0-0) Saturday, RMC Paladins (0-1-0-0) Oct. 20 and Queen’s Gaels (2-0-0-0) Oct. 21. Game time for all four games is 7:30 p.m.


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