Gryphon hockey men edge Toronto to finish regular season
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons completed their OUA men’s hockey league’s regular season with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues Friday night at the Gryphon Centre.
A goal by Luke Kutkevicius midway through the third period gave Guelph the lead in the see-saw battle.
Toronto scored first, but the Gryphs led 2-1 at the end of the first period. They extended the lead to two goals just over a period later before the Varsity Blues cut the gap back to a single goal with a power-play goal exactly a minute after Guelph’s third goal. Toronto tied it in the first two minutes of the third to set the scene for the winning goal for the hosts.
Gio Finoro, Ryan Valentini, Mikkel Aagaard and Kutkevicius scored the goals for the Gryphs while Marc Stevens had two assists and Valentini, Cole Cameron, Todd Winder, Justin Lemcke and Matt Timms had one apiece.
Kyle Potts, Brendan Bornstein and Chase Olsen each had a goal for Toronto while assists went to Justin Brand, David Thomson, Kevin Lavoie and Ross Krieger.
The Gryphs outshot the Varsity Blues 30-26 and were scoreless on two power plays while Toronto went 1-for-4 on its power play.
Brendan Cregan had 23 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Alex Bishop took the loss in the Toronto net. He had 26 saves.
The win completes the regular season for the Gryphs. They’ll finish third in the West Division at 17-6-4-1. Toronto is to finish its regular season Saturday. The Varsity Blues are at 21-5-2-0 and have already clinched first place in the division.
Guelph’s playoff divisional quarter-final opponent is to be decided this weekend. The Gryphs will enter the playoffs on a two-game winning streak and they’ve also won six of their last seven games.
The Gryphs are expected to start their playoffs at home Thursday night.
Gryphons 4 Varsity Blues 3
- Guelph Sports Journal