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Gryphon hockey men finish season as spoilers

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons knew they wouldn’t be playoff participants in OUA men’s hockey prior to their final game of the season Saturday night, but they got to play spoilers with a 3-2 victory over the York Lions at York’s Canlan Ice Sports facility.

A win by York would’ve put the Lions in the playoffs, but the loss keeps them on the outside looking in along with the Gryphons, Western Mustangs and Waterloo Warriors in the West Division.


Guelph Gryphons 3 York Lions 2 (OT)

While the Gryphs, Laurier Golden Hawks and Western tied for the sixth and final playoff spot with 27 points apiece, the first tiebreaker of most wins decided things as Laurier gets in with 13 wins. Western had 11 and the Gryphs had 10.

This season the league switched to six playoff teams for each of the two divisions rather than the usual eight. If eight teams qualified this season, the Gryphon-York game would’ve decided the final playoff qualifier in the division.

The Gryphs never trailed in Saturday’s game. After a scoreless first period, the locals scored the lone goal of the second and then added another goal early in the third. York forced the overtime with a pair of goals 2:19 apart midway through the period.

Zachary Poirier scored a pair of goals for the Gryphs including the winner at 5:29 of overtime. Ethan Doyle scored the other goal while Anthony Tabak had a pair of assists while Jacob Winterton, Doyle, Ted Nichol and Nathan Allensen each had one assist.

Brendan Browne and Benjamin Evanish tallied for York while Xavier Pouliot, Klim Georgiev and Browne collected single assists.

The Gryphs outshot the Lions 40-29.

Colton Incze picked up his fourth consecutive win in net for the Gryphs with 27 saves. Incze’s run of victories included two over York.

Former Guelph Storm goalie Cole Ceci had 37 saves for York.

Guelph went 1-for-3 on their power play while York went 1-for-4.

The Gryphs haven’t qualified for the playoffs since winning the league title in 2019-20.

It’s the first time the Gryphs haven’t qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. The 2007-08 season was the first for head coach Shawn Camp.

Lakehead Thunderwolves (18-6-2-1), Windsor Lancers (18-6-3-0), Brock Badgers (17-9-0-1), Toronto Metropolitan Bold (16-9-2-0), Toronto Varsity Blues (14-10-3-0) and Laurier (13-13-1-0) qualify for the playoffs in the West Division.

East Division qualifiers are the defending champion UQTR Patriotes (21-4-1-0), Concordia Stingers (19-7-0-0), McGill Redbirds (14-8-3-1), Carleton Ravens (14-9-2-1), Ontario Tech Ridgebacks (13-10-3-0) and Ottawa Gee-Gees qualify from the East Division.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Gryphon hockey men finish season as spoilers

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons knew they wouldn’t be playoff participants in OUA men’s hockey prior to their final game of the season Saturday night, but they got to play spoilers with a 3-2 victory over the York Lions at York’s Canlan Ice Sports facility.

A win by York would’ve put the Lions in the playoffs, but the loss keeps them on the outside looking in along with the Gryphons, Western Mustangs and Waterloo Warriors in the West Division.


Guelph Gryphons 3
York Lions 2 (OT)

While the Gryphs, Laurier Golden Hawks and Western tied for the sixth and final playoff spot with 27 points apiece, the first tiebreaker of most wins decided things as Laurier gets in with 13 wins. Western had 11 and the Gryphs had 10.

This season the league switched to six playoff teams for each of the two divisions rather than the usual eight. If eight teams qualified this season, the Gryphon-York game would’ve decided the final playoff qualifier in the division.

The Gryphs never trailed in Saturday’s game. After a scoreless first period, the locals scored the lone goal of the second and then added another goal early in the third. York forced the overtime with a pair of goals 2:19 apart midway through the period.

Zachary Poirier scored a pair of goals for the Gryphs including the winner at 5:29 of overtime. Ethan Doyle scored the other goal while Anthony Tabak had a pair of assists while Jacob Winterton, Doyle, Ted Nichol and Nathan Allensen each had one assist.

Brendan Browne and Benjamin Evanish tallied for York while Xavier Pouliot, Klim Georgiev and Browne collected single assists.

The Gryphs outshot the Lions 40-29.

Colton Incze picked up his fourth consecutive win in net for the Gryphs with 27 saves. Incze’s run of victories included two over York.

Former Guelph Storm goalie Cole Ceci had 37 saves for York.

Guelph went 1-for-3 on their power play while York went 1-for-4.

The Gryphs haven’t qualified for the playoffs since winning the league title in 2019-20.

It’s the first time the Gryphs haven’t qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. The 2007-08 season was the first for head coach Shawn Camp.

Lakehead Thunderwolves (18-6-2-1), Windsor Lancers (18-6-3-0), Brock Badgers (17-9-0-1), Toronto Metropolitan Bold (16-9-2-0), Toronto Varsity Blues (14-10-3-0) and Laurier (13-13-1-0) qualify for the playoffs in the West Division.

East Division qualifiers are the defending champion UQTR Patriotes (21-4-1-0), Concordia Stingers (19-7-0-0), McGill Redbirds (14-8-3-1), Carleton Ravens (14-9-2-1), Ontario Tech Ridgebacks (13-10-3-0) and Ottawa Gee-Gees qualify from the East Division.

 

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