Gryphon hockey men skate into West final
TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons are back in the OUA men’s hockey league’s West Division final.
The Gryphs scored four consecutive goals in a span of just less than six minutes in the second period and the rode that spree to a 4-3 win over the Ryerson Rams Sunday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
It was Guelph’s fourth win of the season at the arena formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens.
Sunday, Ryerson had scored the lone goal of the first period and added a pair of goals in the second after the Gryphon outburst.
Gryphon captain Scott Simmonds, playing in his first game in the series after picking up a two-game suspension in the final game of the first-round win over the Windsor Lancers, had two goals for Guelph while Ryan Valentini and Nick Boyer added single goals. Connor Bramwell and Mikkel Aagaard each had two assists and Cody Thompson and Reilly O’Connor had one apiece.
Mathew Santos, Patrick Fellows and Matt Mistele scored the goals for Ryerson. Gregory DiTomaso assisted on all three goals while Devon Paliani had two and Steven Harland had one.
Andrew Masters made 24 saves for the win in the Guelph net while Taylor Dupuis made 29 saves for Ryerson.
Masters was helped in the opening period by defenceman Matt Timms who scooped the puck away from the net just as the puck was about to cross the line.
The Gryphs also withstood late pressure by the Rams in the final minute and a half after the Rams pulled Dupuis in favour of an extra skater.
Both teams went 1-for-2 on their power play.
The Gryphs, who finished fourth in the West Division at 13-11-4, advance to face the Western Mustangs in the divisional final.
Western finished third in the division at 15-12-1. The Mustangs wrapped up the other West semifinal with a 7-1 win over the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines Sunday night.
Ryerson had finished atop the division at 20-5-3 while Brock was second at 19-5-4.
The Gryphs and Western split their regular-season meetings, both winning at home. Western won 4-1 Jan. 4 and the Gryphs won 7-1 Jan. 19.
Western will get home-ice advantage in the best-of-three West final due to finishing one point ahead of the Gryphs.
All four divisional semifinals went their three-game limits. Dates for the West final have not been announced, but the Gryphs are expected to play at home Saturday night.
The Queen’s Gaels and Carleton Ravens are to meet in the East final. Queen’s scored three goals in just under two and a half minutes midway through the third period Sunday to edge the Ottawa Gee-Gees 6-5 while Carleton scored in overtime to nip the McGill Redmen 4-3.
Gryphons 4 Rams 3
1. Ryerson, Santos (DiTomaso, Paliani), 13:08
Penalties: Saban Gue (hooking), 0:10; McCool Rye (cross checking), 16:35.
2. Guelph, Simmonds (Bramwell), 4:17
3. Guelph, Simmonds (Aagaard, Bramwell), 7:32 pp
4. Guelph, Valentini (Aagaard, Thompson), 9:50
5. Guelph, Boyer (O’Connor), 10:15
6. Ryerson, Fellows (Harland, DiTomaso), 11:36
7. Ryerson, Mistele (DiTomaso, Paliani), 15:29 pp
Penalties: Ma.Stevens Gue (roughing after the whistle), Santos Rye (slashing), 2:33; Nosella Rye (cross checking), 6:47; Ma.Stevens Gue (cross checking), 15:12.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Masters (W, 27 shots-24 saves), Guelph; Dupuis (L, 33 shots-29 saves), Ryerson.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-2; Ryerson 1-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal