Gryphon hockey men hold off Thunderwolves

THUNDER BAY – The Guelph Gryphons scored three times in the second period and withstood a third-period comeback attempt by the host Lakehead Thunderwolves to post a 5-4 victory in OUA men’s hockey play Friday night at the Fort William Gardens.

The Storm never trailed in the game. A pair of goals 12 seconds apart before the game was two minutes old helped the Gryphs to a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period. They were up 5-2 after the second and Lakehead narrowed the gap with two goals in the third – one midway through the period and the other with 1:07 to go.

Getting goals for Guelph were Todd Winder, Connor Bramwell, Andres Kopstals, Seth Swenson and Stephen Templeton. Assists went to Cody Thompson, Michael Stevens, Braydon Munn, Swenson, Bramwell and Nick Boyer.

Josh Laframboise had a hat trick for Lakehead while Cooper Leitch scored the other goal. Tomas Soustal collected three assists while Dexter Kuczek, Matt Alexander, Brett Wolframe and Patrick Murphy each had one assist.

With a 14-3 advantage in shot on net in the third period, Lakehead outshot the Gryphs 39-33. Neither managed to net a power-play goal. Lakehead had five power plays and the Gryphs had three.

Andrew Masters made 35 saves to get the win in the Gryphon net. Devin Green took the loss although he allowed only a single goal in the second half of the game. Nic Renyard was replaced midway through the second period after Guelph’s fourth goal. Renyard had 17 saves and Green had 11.

The Gryphs are tied with the York Lions for fourth in the West Division with three games to go in the regular season. The Gryphs are at 11-10-4 while York’s at 12-11-2. Lakehead is 10th in the conference at 10-14-1.

The Gryphs and Thunderwolves are to play each other Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Fort William Gardens.

After that game the Gryphs have two home games left on their regular-season schedule. They’re to host the ninth-place Toronto Varsity Blues (9-12-4) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre and the sixth-place Windsor Lancers (12-13-0) Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.


Gryphons 5 Thunderwolves 4
Guelph          2-3-0–5
Lakehead      1-1-2–4
First Period
1. Guelph, Winder (Thompson), 1:31
2. Guelph, Bramwell (Mi.Stevens, Munn), 1:43
3. Lakehead, Laframboise (Kuczek, Soustal), 3:21
Penalties: Gall Lake (high sticking), 9:04; Ma.Stevens Gue (boarding), 11:04; Saban Gue (roughing), Leitch Lake (roughing), 14:26
Second Period
4. Guelph, Kopstals (Swenson), 7:27
5. Guelph, Swenson (unassisted)8:55
6. Lakehead, Laframboise (Soustal), 11:47
7. Guelph, Templeton (Bramwell, Boyer), 15:56
Penalties: Soustal Lake (tripping), 1:31; Lemcke Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), Masters Lake (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:42; O’Connor Gue (interference), 16:50.
Third Period
8. Lakehead, Leitch (Alexander, Wolframe), 9:32
9. Lakehead, Laframboise (Soustal, Murphy), 18:53
Penalties: Kopstals Gue (elbowing), 3:58; Saban Gue (tripping), 10:49; Boyer Gue (holding), 16:31; Soustal Lake (slashing), 19:48.
Shots on Goal
Guelph             14-16-3–33
Lakehead      13-12-14–39
Goalies: Masters (W, 39 shots-35 saves), Guelph; Renyard (28:55, 21 shots-17 saves), Green (L, 29:22, 12 shots-11 saves), Lakehead.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-3; Lakehead 0-5.


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