Gryphon hockey women oust Rams for national tourney berth

TORONTO – Claire Merrick’s power-play goal in the opening minute of the second period was all the goals the Guelph Gryphons needed to dispose of the Ryerson Rams, nail down a spot in the U Sports national tournament and get to host the OUA McCaw Cup women’s hockey championship game.

The Gryphs edged Ryerson on that goal, making it twice in a week that a Ryerson hockey team’s season came to an end on their own Mattamy Athletic Centre ice courtesy of the Guelph Gryphons. The Gryphon men finished off Ryerson in the OUA West semifinals last weekend.

Kaitlin Lowy and Karli Shell drew assists on Merrick’s goal while Valerie Lamenta stopped all 28 shots she faced for the shutout, her third in four playoff games this season. She had two playoff shutouts before this season including one in the 2016 national tournament.

Fanny Vigeant had 26 saves for Ryerson.

Guelph also went 1-for-6 on its power play while the Rams were scoreless on three power plays.

The Gryphs advance to host the McCaw Cup game against the winner of the other semifinal between the Western Mustangs and Toronto Varsity Blues. Western won 3-1 Friday night at Varsity Arena in Toronto to tie the best-of-three series 1-1. Game 3 is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Western’s Thompson Arena.

The McCaw Cup is to go next Saturday at the Gryphon Centre. Game time is 2 p.m.


Gryphons 1 Rams 0
Guelph       0-1-0–1
Ryerson     0-0-0–0
First Period
No scoring
Penalties: Tait Ry (tripping), 5:29; Giardetti Ry (slashing), 10:49; Mikkelsen Gue (body checking), 11:00; Ball Ry (tripping), 19:01.
Second Period
1. Guelph, Merrick (Lowy, Shell), 0:21 pp
Penalties: Smyth Gue (tripping), 7:05; Crouse Ry (body checking), 11:11.
Third Period
No scoring
Penalties: Green Ry (cross checking), 8:06; Farren Ry (delay of game), 9:45; Crossman Gue (hooking), 13:27.
Shots on Goal
Guelph         7-13-7–27
Ryerson     10-6-12–28
Goalies: Lamenta (W, 28 shots-28 saves), Guelph; Vigeant (L, 27 shots-26 saves), Ryerson.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-6; Ryerson 0-3.


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