Gryphons done after another overtime loss to top-seed Toronto
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons surrendered a goal almost 13 minutes into overtime to suffer a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Varsity Blues in OUA women’s hockey playoff action Saturday at the Gryphon Centre.
The result brought an end to the Gryphons’ season as they were swept 2-0 by Toronto in the best-of-three quarter-final. The Varsity Blues won both games in overtime.
Saturday, Toronto took the early lead with the lone goal of the second period following a scoreless first. Natasha Athanasakos scored that goal while Taylor Trussler and Breanna Berndsen had assists on the play.
Rylee Davison pulled the Gryphs even at 12:12 of the third. Kristen Jay set up what would end up being Guelph’s final goal of the season.
Laura Ellis connected for the winning goal for Toronto just over a period later as she scored at 12:52 of overtime. Stephanie Ayres set up the goal.
The Varsity Blues outshot the Gryphs 39-27, although the teams were even in shots with 11 apiece in the third and overtime combined.
The Gryphs were scoreless on two power plays and they killed off five manpower-advantage situations for Toronto.
Aurore Beaulieu of the Gryphs was the busier of the goaltenders as she made 37 saves. Toronto’s Erica Fryer made 26.
The Gryphs finished the regular season in eighth place at 10-8-2-4 while Toronto was first at 17-4-1-2.
All three Toronto-based teams survived the quarter-finals and all four series ended in sweeps. The Ryerson Rams swept the Brock Badgers and the York Lions swept the Waterloo Warriors. The fourth team into the semifinals is the North Bay-based Nipissing Lakers who defeated the Queen’s Gaels.
First-place Toronto is to play fifth-place Ryerson in one semifinal while second-place Nipissing and third-place Queen’s are to clash in the other one. Both are best-of-three affairs.
The Gryphs finish the season with an overall record of 15-11-4-2.
Varsity Blues 2 Gryphons 1 (OT)
- Guelph Sports Journal