Gryphon hockey men turn on power play to double Nipissing
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons recovered from a slow start by scoring five consecutive goals to record a 6-3 victory over the Nipissing Lakers in OUA men’s hockey preseason play Monday afternoon at the Gryphon Centre.
The Gryphs trailed 3-1 at the end of the first period after allowing a pair of goals 72 seconds apart in the final three and a half minutes of the period, but responded with three goals of their own in the second period to shoot ahead for good.
Guelph Gryphons 6 Nipissing 3
The power play and the line of Ted McGeen, Lucas Chiodo and Connor Bramwell were clicking for the Gryphs, McGeen scoring three times with the man advantage as the hosts went 3-for-5 on their power play. Nipissing went 1-for-2.
McGeen, Chiodo and Bramwell each collected five points for the Gryphs as McGeen finished with four goals and an assist, Chiodo had two goals and three assists and Bramwell had five assists. Defenceman Matt Timms was the only other Gryphon to get points – he had three assists.
The Gryphs outshot the Lakers 36-31 and Gabe Mollot-Hill picked up the win with 28 saves for Guelph. Brock Baier and Brett Epp shared the goaltending chores for Nipissing and each had 15 saves with Epp taking the loss.
It was Guelph’s second 6-3 victory of the preseason and leaves them with a 2-0-0-1 record with one more preseason game to play. They’re to tangle with the Ryerson Rams Thursday in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletics Centre starting at 7 p.m. The Rams are 2-1-0-0 in the preseason.
The Gryphs are to begin their regular season at the Gryphon Centre Nov. 4 with a game against the Laurier Golden Hawks. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Laurier is 2-1-0-0 in the preseason.
- Guelph Sports Journal