Gryphon hockey men win again at Mattamy Centre
TORONTO – The Mattamy Athletics Centre has suited the Guelph Gryphons just fine in 2019.
The Gryphs scored three goals in the third period to hand the Ryerson Rams a 4-1 setback in the opening game of their best-of-three OUA men’s hockey league West Division semifinal there Thursday night.
The Guelph squad had won at the former Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens in regular-season play in January as they triumphed 6-2 Jan. 5 and 4-3 in a shootout Jan. 17.
Thursday, the Gryphs opened the scoring late in the first period before a scoreless second. A power-play goal by Todd Winder in the opening minute of the third period proved to be the winner.
Steve Harland cut the gap to a single goal when he scored for Ryerson with 4:01 to go. However, Ryan Valentini restored Guelph’s two-goal margin 26 seconds later and Mikkel Aagaard picked up his second goal of the game when he scored into an empty net for the Gryphs with five seconds to play.
Winder, Jesse Saban, Matt Timms, goaltender Andrew Masters, Marc Stevens and Cody Thompson each had an assist for Guelph.
Getting assists for Ryerson were Patrick Fellows and Alex Basso.
Masters had 23 saves to get the win while Ryerson’s Tyler Dupuis made 28 saves in the loss.
Both teams had four power plays with the Gryphs scoring the game’s only power-play goal.
Second game of the series is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
If Ryerson wins that game, the third and final game of the series is to be played Sunday at the Mattamy Athletics Centre. Game time is 7:15 p.m.
Winner of the series advances to play the winner of a series between the Western Mustangs and Brock Badgers in the West final. Western leads that series 1-0 after a 3-2 win at St. Catharines Wednesday night.
Gryphons 4 Rams 1
1. Guelph, Aagaard (Winder, Saban), 17:32
Penalties: Santos Ry (elbowing), 13:14; Winder Gue (hooking), 14:40.
Penalties: Raycroft Gue (cross checking), 7:06; Dupuis Ry (delay of game), 10:00; Raycroft Gue (tripping), 18:13; Bench Ry (too many men), 19:27.
2. Guelph, Winder (Timms, Masters), 0:48 pp
3. Ryerson, Harland (Fellows, Basso), 15:59
4. Guelph, Valentini (Ma.Stevens, Thompson), 16:25
5. Guelph, Aagaard (unassisted), 19:55 en
Penalties: Kopstals Gue (slashing), 5:35; Carpino Ry (holding), 8:14.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Masters (W, 24 shots-23 saves), Guelph; Dupuis (L, 31 shots-28 saves), Ryerson.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-4; Ryerson 0-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal