Gryphon hockey men jump ahead early, but fall to Waterloo
WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons grabbed a two-goal lead in the first period, but couldn’t hold on as they were edged 3-2 in a shootout by the Waterloo Warriors in OUA men’s hockey play Friday night at Waterloo’s Columbia Ice Fields.
The Gryphs struck for a pair of power-play goals in the opening period and held onto the lead until the third when Waterloo responded with a pair of special teams’ goals – one shorthanded and the other on a power play – to force overtime. The extra time solved nothing and a shootout was required to get a winner, Waterloo’s Jacob Cascagnette netting the lone goal of the shootout.
Waterloo 3 Guelph Gryphons 2 (SO)
Lucas Chiodo and Luke Bignell scored for the Gryphs while Matt Timms assisted on both goals and Zach Roberts also had an assist.
Chase Campbell and Cascagnette scored for Waterloo in the third while assists were awarded to Jack Phibbs, Dave Comeau and Markson Bechtold.
Tanner Wickware was charged with the shootout loss in the Gryphon net. He stopped seven of eight shots he faced after taking over from starter Gabe Mollot-Hill at 15:05 of the third. Mollot-Hill had stopped 31 of the 32 shots sent his way.
The Gryphs fired 34 shots on the net guarded by Waterloo’s winning netminder Dan Murphy who stopped 32 of those shots.
Waterloo outshot the Gryphs 41-34, including an 18-9 advantage in the third period after being outshot 13-6 in the first.
The game saw a total of 40 minutes in penalties called, all minors, with 22 going to Guelph.
The Gryphs went 2-for-9 on their power play while Waterloo went 1-for-11.
The result leaves Waterloo at 1-1-0 and the Gryphs at 0-1-1.
The Gryphs are to play the Windsor Lancers (1-0-0) at Windsor’s Captri Pizzeria Recreation Centre Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal