Gryphon hockey women blank Brock with shootout goal
GUELPH – If it’s working, why do something different?
The Guelph Gryphons completed the 2021 portion of their OUA women’s hockey league season with a 1-0 victory in a shootout over the Brock Badgers Saturday afternoon at the Gryphon Centre.
Guelph Gryphons 1 Brock 0 (OT)
The result means the Gryphons didn’t post a single regulation-time victory at home in the first portion of their season. All five of their home games needed more than regulation time as four were decided in overtime and one in a shootout and the Gryphs won four of those games – 3-2 in OT over Western Nov. 3, 1-0 in OT over Windsor Nov. 19 and 2-1 in OT over Windsor Nov. 20. They lost 3-2 in OT to Waterloo Nov. 10.
The Gryphs have two wins in three road games, all three decided in regulation time.
Saturday, Guelph’s Jaime Magoffin was the lone player to score in the shootout.
Both teams went 0-for-3 on their power plays and the Gryphs outshot Brock 31-21.
Martina Fedel picked up the shutout, her second against the Badgers this week as the Gryphs had prevailed 1-0 in regulation time in St. Catharines Thursday.
Saturday, Fedel had 21 saves for the shutout and also stopped three shots in the shootout. Aline Hironaka had 31 saves for Brock in the shootout loss.
Fedel just returned from playing for Italy at the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Germany. She was in goal for two of Italy’s three games. However, Italy lost all three of its games and failed to gain a berth in the 10-team field for February’s Beijing Olympics.
The Gryphs (2-1-4-1) lead the West Division with 15 points, one more than Waterloo (4-1-0-1) and Brock (3-2-2-1) while Windsor (2-1-0-3) has nine, Western Mustangs (1-3-0-2) five and Laurier Golden Hawks (1-5-0-0) three. Teams earn three points for a win in regulation time, two for a win in overtime or a shootout and one for a loss in overtime or a shootout.
Guelph is to start league play in 2022 with back-to-back games against Laurier as they’re to play the Golden Hawks Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sun Life Financial Arena in the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
- Guelph Sports Journal