Gryphon hockey men edged by NCAA’s New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. – The Guelph Gryphons surrendered a pair of goals less than four minutes apart early in the third period as they were edged 4-3 by the NCAA’s New Hampshire Wildcats in exhibition university men’s hockey play Sunday at the Whittemore Center.

The Gryphs never led in the game as New Hampshire scored the lone goal of the first period and the teams were tied 2-2 after the second.

Ryan Valentini, Marc Stevens and Mikkel Aagaard each had a goal for the Gryphs while assists were awarded to Stevens, Justin Lemcke, Braydon Munn, Giordano Finoro and Stephen Templeton.

Angus Crookshank and Liam Blackburn scored twice apiece for New Hampshire with Blackburn’s goals being the third-period markers. Getting one assist apiece were Charlie Kelleher, Kalle Eriksson, Jackson Pierson, Matt Dawson, Robby Griffin, Benton Maass, Will MacKinnon and Crookshank.

New Hampshire outshot the Gryphs 37-23 and went 2-for-3 on the power play. The Gryphs were scoreless on five power plays.

Andrew Masters turned aside 33 shots in the Guelph net while Mike Robinson and Ty Taylor split the goaltending chores for New Hampshire, each playing about half the game. Robinson had 14 saves and Taylor had six.

The Gryphs (0-1-0-0) are to return to OUA play with a game against the Ryerson Rams (0-0-0) Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletics Centre. They’re also to host the York Lions (0-1-0) in their home opener Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.


Wildcats 4 Gryphons 3
Guelph                     0-2-1–3
New Hampshire     1-1-2–4
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