Gryphon hockey women top Voyageurs in OT
SUDBURY – A day after clinching a first-place finish in the OUA women’s hockey league, the Guelph Gryphons needed a goal with six seconds to go in overtime to edge the Laurentian Voyageurs Saturday at Sudbury’s Countryside Arena.
After a scoreless first period, the teams scored once apiece in the second with Laurentian opening the scoring with just over eight minutes to go in the frame. Guelph tied it 3:47 later.
The third period was scoreless and that set the stage for Stephanie Gava’s winning goal that was set up by Karli Shell.
Lauren Ianni had scored in the second for the Gryphs with help from Madison Melo and Cyan Roepcke.
Morgan McCann hit for the goal for Laurentian while Myla McCormick and Brynn O’Dwyer picked up assists.
Laurentian outshot the Gryphs 31-27, but was scoreless on five power plays while the Gryphs didn’t score on their lone power play.
Aurore Beaulieu stopped 30 shots to pick up the win in net for Guelph while Shanna Dolighan had 25 saves for Laurentian.
The Gryphs, ranked seventh in U Sports women’s hockey, lead the OUA at 16-2-2-3 while Laurentian is 11th at 6-11-1-4 and will not qualify for the playoffs.
The Guelph squad is to complete its regular season when it hosts the Toronto Varsity Blues (12-6-2-2) Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
The Gryphs will have home-ice advantage in every series they play in during the OUA playoffs.
Gryphons 2 Voyageurs 1 (OT)
Penalties: Lantz Gue (cross checking), 15:47; Jex Laurent (hooking), 18:09.
1. Laurentian, McCann (McCormick, O’Dwyer), 11:40
2. Guelph, Lauren Ianni (Melo, Roepcke), 15:27
Penalties: Smyth Gue (slashing), 7:00; Lowy Gue (bodychecking), 17:35; Bench Gue (too many men served by Davison), 19:28.
Penalties: Mikkelson Gue (high sticking), McCann Laurent (high sticking), 18:26; Crowdis Gue (high sticking), 19:56.
3. Guelph, Gava (Shell), 4:54
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Beaulieu (W, 31 shots-30 saves), Guelph; Dolighan (L, 27 shots-25 saves), Laurentian.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-1; Laurentian 0-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal