Gryphon hockey men unload on Nipissing Lakers

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons found their scoring touch Saturday as they downed the Nipissing Lakers 9-4 in OUA men’s hockey league play during their Hockey Day in Gryphonville celebrations Saturday at the Gryphon Centre.

The Gryphs opened the scoring with three goals in a span of two minutes and 18 seconds and they scored five in a row in 9:49 in the second period, a stretch that started after Nipissing narrowed the gap to 3-2. Guelph’s final goal of the game came in the opening minute of the third period.

The win put an end to a three-game losing streak for the Gryphs and the nine goals were their largest single-game output since a 9-5 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs at home Nov. 25, 2017.

Nine players scored for the Gryphs Saturday as Zach McFadden, Justin Lemcke, Marc Stevens, Ryan Da Silva, Zach Poirier, Mikkel Aagaard, Ryan O’Bonsawin, Ted Nichol and Ryan Valentini each netted a goal. Gio Finoro, Valentini, Stephen Templeton and Todd Winder each collected two assists while Jesse Saban, Zach Roberts, Matt Kenney, Cole Cameron, Poirier, Da Silva and Aagaard each had one assist.

Danny Desrochers, Jacob Collins, Harrison Harper and Drake Lindsay had a goal apiece for Nipissing while Collins and Cam Moore each had two assists and Lindsay, Kylor Wall, Alseny Bangoura and Brett Jeffries each had one.

The Gryphs outshot Nipissing 48-38 and went 1-for-3 on their power play while the Lakers went 1-for-4 in front of a crowd of 550.

Andrew Masters had 34 saves for the Gryphs to get the win while Nipissing starter Brent Moran made 23 saves in the first two periods and Francis Asselin had 16 in the third.

The win lifts the Gryphs (5-2-2-0) into a tie for second in the West Division with the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-2-0-0). They trail the Windsor Lancers (7-1-0-1).

Nipissing is in a four-way tie for fifth in the East Division at 4-4-0-1.

The game was the first of three consecutive home games at the Gryphon Centre for the Gryphs. They’re to host the Western Mustangs (3-3-2-0) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Brock Badgers (5-3-1-0) Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Gryphons 9 Lakers 4
Nipissing     1-2-1–4
Guelph        3-5-1–9
 
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