Gryphon hockey men turn on power to nip Waterloo
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons struck for three power-play goals as they edged the Waterloo Warriors 5-4 in OUA men’s hockey play Saturday night at the Gryphon Centre.
It was only the third time the Gryphs have scored at home on their power play this season. They had scored a power-play goal midway through the first period in their home opener Oct. 11 and then added two power-play goals in last weekend’s win over the Western Mustangs.
Saturday, Waterloo scored the only goal of the first period before the Gryphs came back with their three power-play goals in the second to lead 4-3 at the end of the period.
Justin Lemcke had a hat trick for the Gryphs and Ryan Valentini assisted on all three of those goals. Marc Stevens and Scott Simmonds added single goals while Stephen Hiff, Todd Winder and Cody Thompson each had one assist.
Nick Halagian, Cam Nicoll, Michael Morgan and Connor Cole scored for Waterloo and Halagian also had two assists. Getting one assist apiece were Nick Chyzowski and Mike Moffat.
The Gryphs outshot Waterloo 44-28 and went 3-for-7 on their power play while holding Waterloo scoreless on two power plays.
Andrew Masters picked up the win in the Guelph net. He had 24 saves while Trevor Martin had 39 saves for Waterloo.
The win lifts the Gryphs into fifth in the West Division at 10-10-4 while Waterloo falls to 8-12-5.
The Gryphs have four games left in their regular season. They’re to be in Thunder Bay next weekend for a pair of games against the Lakehead Thunderwolves (10-13-1). They’re to play both Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Fort William Gardens.
After that they’re to return for a pair of home games at the Gryphon Centre. They’re to host the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-12-4) Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and the Windsor Lancers (11-13-0) Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Gryphons 5 Warriors 4
1. Waterloo, Halagian (unassisted), 10:05
2. Guelph, Lemcke (Valentini), 6:48 pp
3. Waterloo, Nicoll (Halagian), 9:48
4. Guelph, Lemcke (Valentini), 13:10
5. Guelph, Lemcke (Valentini), 16:23 pp
6. Waterloo, Morgan (Chyzowski), 17:28
7. Guelph, Ma.Stevens (Hiff), 19:22 pp
Penalties: Cascagnette Wat (hooking), 4:56; Halagian Wat (boarding), 5:56; Lemcke Gue (goaltender interference), 7:36; Lovie Wat (tripping), 11:00; Bechtold Wat (cross checking), 15:07; Nicoll Wat (high sticking double minor), Halagian Wat (roughing), Lemcke Gue (roughing), 17:40.
8. Guelph, Simmonds (Winder, Thompson), 8:34
9. Waterloo, Cole (Moffat, Halagian), 9:33
Penalties: Winder Gue (interference), 2:23; Cordssen-David Wat (roughing), Mi.Stevens Gue (roughing), 3:45; Murphy Wat (roughing), Bechtold Wat (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), Ma.Stevens Gue (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), Raycroft Gue (roughing), 12:31; Cordssen-David Wat (head contact, 10-minute misconduct), 17:00.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Martin (L, 44 shots-39 saves), Waterloo; Masters (W, 28 shots-24 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Waterloo 0-2; Guelph 3-7.
- Guelph Sports Journal