Gryphon hockey women to play for a medal

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Guelph Gryphons will play for a medal at the U Sports national university women’s hockey championship tournament Sunday.

The third-seed Gryphs gained a berth in Saturday’s semifinals by slipping by the sixth-seed and defending national champion Manitoba Bisons 3-2 in quarter-final play Thursday. Semifinal winners will play in the gold-medal match while semifinal losers will meet in the bronze-medal match.

An unassisted goal by Nicole MacKinnon almost six minutes into the third period broke a deadlock and gave the Gryphs the win.

Guelph had led 2-0 before the game was two minutes old, but Manitoba came back to square the score 62 seconds into the second period.

Kaitlin Lowy and Sydney Davison scored the early goals for the Gryphs while assists were awarded to Claire Merrick, Katie Mikkelsen and Ashlee Lawrence.

Alanna Sharman scored both goals for Manitoba – the first with 35 seconds to go in the opening period and the second with 1:02 gone in the second. Picking up one assist apiece were Erin Kucheravy, Megan Neduzak, Sheridan Oswald and Lauren Warkentin.

Manitoba outshot the Gryphs 23-21 and neither team managed a power-play goal, Guelph on one power play and Manitoba on two.

Valerie Lamenta had 21 saves to get the win in net for the Gryphs while Lauren Taraschuk had 18 saves for Manitoba.

The Gryphs will play in a semifinal Saturday at 3 p.m.

Sunday’s bronze-medal game is slated for 1:30 p.m. while the gold-medal game is to follow at 5 p.m.


Gryphons 3 Bisons 2
Guelph         2-0-1–3
Manitoba      1-1-0–2
First Period
1. Guelph, Lowy (Merrick, Mikkelsen), 0:36
2. Guelph, Davison (Lawrence), 1:53
3. Manitoba, Sharman (Kucheravy, Neduzak), 19:25.
Penalties: none.
Second Period
4. Manitoba, Sharman (Oswald, Warkentin), 1:02
Penalties: Melo Gue (body checking), 2:28; Bench Gue (too many players on ice), 4:53;
Rieder Man (tripping), 19:47.
Third Period
5. Guelph, MacKinnon (unassisted), 5:53
Penalties: none.
Shots on Goal
Guelph           9-6-6–21
Manitoba     11-10-2–23
Goalies: Lamenta (W, 23 shots-21 saves), Guelph; Taraschuk (L, 21 shots-18 saves), Manitoba.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-1; Manitoba 0-2.


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