Gryphon hockey women near first-place finish
WINDSOR – The Guelph Gryphons are a win away from securing a first-place finish in the OUA women’s hockey league standings.
Sunday, Karli Shell scored on a backhander with just over two minutes to go in regulation time to lift the Gryphs to a 2-1 victory over the winless Windsor Lancers at Windsor’s Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex.
After a scoreless first period, Miranda Lantz put the Gryphs ahead midway through the second.
Hayley Douglas pulled the hosts even midway through the third.
Kristen Jay, Stephanie Gava, Sydney Davison and Nicole MacKinnon each had an assist for the Gryphs while Samantha Spagnol and Dana Morvan had assists for Windsor.
The teams each took 33 shots on goal and both were scoreless on three power plays.
Aurore Beaulieu collected the win in the Gryphon net and Jaydlin Spooner was charged with the loss for Windsor.
The Gryphs lead the 13-team league at 15-2-1-3 and will finish no lower than second in the final standings.
Windsor is 13th at 0-18-2-2 and the Lancers are already locked in the basement as they can’t catch any of their league rivals.
The game was the second of four consecutive road games for the Gryphs. They’re to play the Nipissing Lakers (9-6-5-2) at North Bay’s Memorial Gardens Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Laurentian Voyageurs (6-11-1-3) at Sudbury’s Countryside Arena Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Gryphs are to close out the regular season by hosting the Toronto Varsity Blues (11-6-2-2) Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
Gryphons 2 Lancers 1
Penalties: Lawrence Gue (tripping), 4:41; Young Gue (interference), 9:39.
1. Guelph, Lantz (Jay, Gava), 10:47
Penalties: Chantler Wsr (tripping), 11:29; Contratto Wsr (slashing), 18:41.
2. Windsor, Douglas (Spagnol, Morvan), 9:06
3. Guelph, Shell (Davison, MacKinnon), 17:51
Penalties: Melo Gue (interference), 3:30; Contratto Wsr (cross checking), 9:50.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Beaulieu (W, 33 shots-32 saves), Guelph; Spooner (L, 33 shots-31 saves), Windsor.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-3; Windsor 0-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal