Gryphons dropped in home opener by Waterloo Warriors
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons should have figured things weren’t going to go well in their home opener at the Gryphon Centre Saturday when their U Sports women’s hockey championship banner they won last season didn’t unfurl during the special pregame ceremony.
The Gryphs did get a goal in the first period, 29 seconds after the Waterloo Warriors opened the scoring on their first shot of the game. That, though, was to be the lone goal for the Gryphs as Waterloo claimed a 5-1 victory.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period and Waterloo collected the only goal of the second. The Warriors extended their lead in the third, scoring three goals including a pair of power-play goals 1:11 apart.
Lauren Ianni had an unassisted goal for the Gryphs.
Brooklyn Cole had a pair of goals for Waterloo while Courtney Simpson, Emma Pye and Cynthia Cavanagh added single goals. Taytum Clairmont assisted on three of the goals while Mikayla Schnarr, Elizabeth Lenardon, Jessie Fennell, Hannah Street and Madison Pritchard each had one assist.
Waterloo outshot the Gryphs 33-20 as the Warriors held their hosts to seven shots after the first period and two in the third period. They also held Guelph scoreless on four power plays while scoring twice on their four power plays.
Aurore Beaulieu was tagged with the loss in the Gryphon net. She had 28 saves while Waterloo goalie Mikayla Schnarr had 19 saves.
The result leaves the Gryphs at 1-0-1-0 and Waterloo at 1-1-0-0.
Next up for the Gryphs is their inaugural Fall Classic game at the Sleeman Centre Thursday when they’re to tangle with the Western Mustangs (1-0-0-0). The Gryphs hope to turn it into an annual affair. Game time is 7 p.m.
Warriors 5 Gryphons 1
- Guelph Sports Journal