Gryphon hockey women to shoot for gold
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Guelph Gryphons are to play for gold Sunday at the U Sports national university women’s hockey championship tournament.
The third-seed Gryphs earned their berth in the championship match with a 5-0 victory over the second-seed Montreal Carabins in the first of the tournament’s semifinal games Saturday afternoon.
The Gryphs struck for all five of their goals in the first period, starting with the first goal 34 seconds into the game. The fifth came with 2:18 to go in the period.
No Guelph player had more than a point in the game while goaltender Valerie Lamenta turned aside 31 shots for the shutout. Her teammates had 23 shots on goal with 12 coming after the first period.
Mallory Young, Claire Merrick, Ashlee Lawrence, Molly Crossman and Madison Melo each scored a goal for the Gryphs while assists went to Laura Crowdis, Kaitlin Lowy, Gabrielle Smyth, Sydney Davison, Nicole MacKinnon, Cyan Roepcke, Karli Shell and Kristen Jay.
The Gryphs killed off all three Montreal power plays, all in the second period, and were also scoreless on their lone power play.
Guelph will play the winner of the Saturday night semifinal between the top-seed Alberta Golden Bears and fifth-seed McGill Martlets.
The Gryphs are guaranteed of collecting their first ever national medal in women’s hockey. They’ve finished fourth twice – in the first tournament in 1998 and also in 2016.
Sunday’s gold-medal match is slated for 5 p.m.
Gryphons 5 Carabins 0
1. Guelph, Young (Crowdis, Lowy), 0:34
2. Guelph, Merrick (Smyth), 6:15
3. Guelph, Lawrence (Davison), 7:51
4. Guelph, Crossman (MacKinnon, Roepcke), 11:31
5. Guelph, Melo (Shell, Jay), 17:42
Penalties: Smyth Gue (hooking), 2:53; Shell Gue (tripping), 9:12; Melo Gue (hooking), 12:00.
Penalty: Lavallée Mtl (holding the stick), 17:47.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Lamenta (W, 31 shots-31 saves), Guelph; Racine (L, 57:42, 22 shots-17 saves), Lussier (2:18, 1 shot-1 save), Montreal.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-1; Montreal 0-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal