Gryphon hockey women start season with win in overtime
GUELPH – Captain Lauren Ianni’s goal in overtime lifted the Guelph Gryphons to a 3-2 victory over the Western Mustangs in their OUA women’s hockey season opener Wednesday night at the Gryphon Centre.
The Gryphs had taken the early lead when they scored a pair of goals 81 seconds apart in the first period while Western pulled even with two goals in the second.
Guelph Gryphons 3 Western 2 (OT)
Rylee Davison opened the scoring for the Gryphs on a power play at 12:27 of the first period on Guelph’s second shot of the game. The first had come earlier in the same power play as the hosts had been kept away from the Western net for the most part earlier in the period and their long shots had either been blocked or off target.
Chihiro Suzuki quickly extended Guelph’s lead with the second goal for the hosts.
Nicole MacKinnon, Ianni, Hannah Tait and Teghan MacRae were awarded single assists in the game.
Madi Desrosier at 5:57 of the second and Janneke Watt one second shy of eight minutes later tallied for Western. Manson Beishuizen had the lone assist given to a Western player in the game.
The Gryphs went 1-for-4 on their power play and held the Mustangs scoreless on their three power plays.
While the Gryphs were outshot 10-6 in the first period, they outshot the Mustangs 17-12 the rest of the way for an overall 23-22 advantage.
Kathryn Raymond picked up the win in net for the Gryphs while Western goalie Kaitlyn Booth took the loss.
Of the 20 players suited up for the Gryphons in the game, 10 were not on the roster for the previous OUA season, the 2019-20 campaign. The 2020-21 season was cancelled due to the pandemic.
This season, the 12-team league has been divided into two six-team divisions and the regular season will be strictly a divisional affair with each team playing 20 games.
The Gryphs and Mustangs are to meet again at Western’s Thompson Arena in London Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal