Gryphon hockey men stay atop West standings

WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons continued to hold a single-point lead on the Ryerson Rams atop the OUA men’s hockey league’s West Division after posting a 5-2 victory over the Waterloo Warriors Thursday night at Waterloo’s Columbia Icefields arena.

The win, Guelph’s third in a row, put the Gryphs back in first place in the West with a 14-4-1 record and 29 points, one point ahead of Ryerson (13-4-2). Ryerson outlasted the Toronto Varsity Blues 7-5 Thursday.

First in the division could be decided early next month when the Gryphs and Rams meet twice in a week. They’re to play at the Gryphon Centre Feb. 3 and at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre Feb. 9.

Thursday, the Gryphs started in a hurry with a pair of goals before the game was four minutes old. However, Waterloo pulled even with a goal later in the period and another one about six minutes into the second. Guelph fired in the winner with less than two minutes to go in the second and added two more in the first 10 minutes of the third to complete the scoring.

Trevor Morbeck connected for two goals and an assist to lead the Gryphs while single goals were added by Seth Swenson, Tryg Strand and Scott Simmonds. Cody Thompson assisted on two of the goals while Michael Stevens, Andres Kopstals, Manny Gialedakis, Mathieu Henderson, Marc Stevens and Stephen Hiff each had one assist.

Connor Cole and Keigan Goetz scored for Waterloo while assists went to Cam Nicoll, Eric Cimino, Ryan Hanes and Daniel Perigo.

The Gryphs outshot Waterloo 42-35 and neither team scored on its power play, the Gryphs having seven of them and Waterloo six.

Andrew Masters picked up the win in net for the Gryphs while Trevor Martin was tagged with the loss.

The Gryphs are to host the Lakehead Thunderwolves (8-8-1) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.

Guelph’s Frosty Mug Game against the Laurier Golden Hawks (11-5-2) is slated for Thursday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.


Gryphs 5 Warriors 2
First Period
1. Guelph, Swenson (Mi.Stevens), 2:47
2. Guelph, Strand (Morbeck, Kopstals), 3:15
3. Waterloo, Cole (Nicoll, Cimino), 14:55
Penalties: J.McFadden Gue (interference), 4:18; Kopstals Gue (slashing), 4:56; Goetz Wat (high sticking), 8:26; Henderson Gue (interference), 15:26.
Second Period
4. Waterloo, Goetz (Hanes, Perigo), 5:54
5. Guelph, Morbeck (Thompson, Gialedakis), 18:24
Penalties: Simmonds Gue (slashing), 8:41; Perigo Wat (holding), 11:31; Dower Wat (high sticking), 14:38.
Third Period
6. Guelph, Morbeck (Henderson, Thompson), 4:37
7. Guelph, Simmonds (Ma.Stevens, Hiff), 9:45
Penalties: Siddall Wat (goaltender interference), 3:20; Goetz Wat (high sticking), 5:05; Cimino Wat (boarding), 7:27; Morgan Wat (high sticking), 12:27; Ma.Stevens Gue (goaltender interference), 13:40; McCutcheon Gue (slashing), 15:05.
Shots on Goal
Guelph        12-16-14–42
Waterloo     10-13-12–35
Goalies: Masters (W, 35 shots-33 saves), Guelph; Martin (L, 42 shots-37 saves), Waterloo.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-7; Waterloo 0-6.
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