Gryphon hockey women nipped by Toronto in shootout
TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons would like to forget about the 10th minute of the third period as they yielded a pair of goals 25 seconds apart that helped the Toronto Varsity Blues rally for an eventual 3-2 win in a shootout in OUA women’s hockey play Friday night at Toronto’s Varsity Arena.
The Gryphs had grabbed the early lead with a pair of first-period goals. Lauren Ianni and Karli Shell scored just under five minutes apart. Nicole MacKinnon and Madison Melo collected assists.
Those goals stood as the game’s only goals until Natasha Athanasakos and Adrianna Noble connected for the hosts. Assists went to Cristine Chao, Breanna Berndsen, Laura Ellis and Avery Henry.
Stephanie Ayres hit for the game-winner in the shootout. She was the 12th shooter of the shootout and the only one to score.
The Blues outshot the Gryphs 29-24 and neither team scored on its power play, the Varsity Blues on three power plays and the Gryphs on four.
Aurore Beaulieu had 26 saves in the Gryphon net while Erica Fryer had 22 saves for Toronto.
The win keeps Toronto unbeaten and atop the league standings with a 5-0-0 record. The Gryphs are seventh in the 13-team league at 3-2-1.
The Gryphs have a pair of home games next weekend as they’re to host the Laurentian Voyageurs (1-2-1) Nov. 9 and Nipissing Lakers (4-0-0) Nov. 10. Both games carry 2 p.m. game times at the Gryphon Centre.
Varsity Blues 3 Gryphons 2
- Guelph Sports Journal