Gryphon hockey women get a point in shootout setback
NORTH BAY – The Guelph Gryphons’ playoff hopes took a bit of a hit Friday night at the North Bay Memorial Gardens when they suffered a 3-2 loss in a shootout to the Nipissing Lakers.
The Gryphs are eighth at 10-8-1-4 and are a point ahead of the Western Mustangs (9-9-3-2). Top eight qualify for the playoffs.
Guelph never led in the game, but never trailed by more than a goal. Nipissing scored the lone goal of the first period and the Gryphs tied it with the only goal of the second. The Lakers went ahead early in the third before the Gryphs pulled even just over 12 minutes later.
Maria Dominico, Nipissing’s third shooter, was the lone player to score in the shootout.
Molley Crossman and Gabby Smyth had a goal each for the Gryphs while Hannah Tait, Madison Melo, Stephanie Gava and Karli Shell each had an assist.
Katelyn Heppner and Allison Hayhurst scored the regulation-time goals for Nipissing while assists went to Maggie McKee, Jetta Derenoski, Stacey Henshaw and Teagan Feltz.
The Lakers outshot the Gryphs 36-34 and there weren’t any power-play goals in the game. Nipissing had a single power play and the Gryphs had three.
Alexandrea Davidson, making her first appearance in the Guelph net since Nov. 30, had 33 saves, but took the loss. Nipissing’s Danika Ranger had 32 saves.
The point by the Gryphs knocked the Laurentian Voyageurs out of the playoff race.
The Gryphs are to complete their regular season Saturday in Sudbury with a game against Laurentian. Game time is 4 p.m.
Lakers 3 Gryphons 2 (SO)
- Guelph Sports Journal