Gryphons get on a roll with third-period outburst
GUELPH – It took a couple of weeks, but the Guelph Gryphons appear to be doing the usual in the second half of the OUA men’s hockey season.
The Gryphon way is to struggle in the first half of the season as they break in their rookies, then they hit full stride in the second half, usually pulling themselves into the playoffs in the process.
This season has followed that pattern, but the struggles continued into the second half of the season as they lost three of their first four games in 2019. However, there is a bit of a difference this season in that the Gryphs added three players to the playing roster during the exam and Christmas break and they also lost goaltender Evan Cormier who went to the American Hockey League to play for the Binghamton Devils.
Saturday, though, they scored five times in the third period to drop the Western Mustangs 7-1 and record their second consecutive victory.
The Gryphs had scored the lone goal of the first period and led 2-1 after the second. Four of the five third-period goals came in a span of four minutes and 46 seconds and included two power-play goals just over a minute apart. Those power-play goals were the first on home ice for the Gryphs since midway through the opening period of the season on Oct. 11.
Marc Stevens had a pair of goals for the Gryphs while single markers were netted by Justin Lemcke, Michael Stevens, Cody Thompson, Seth Swenson and Jesse Saban. Scott Simmonds assisted on three of the goals while Swenson had two assists and goalie Andrew Masters, Nick Boyer, Todd Winder, Connor Bramwell, Saban, Stephen Templeton, Ryan Valentini, Stephen Hiff and Andres Kopstals had one apiece.
Kenny Huether scored on a power play with 1:07 to go in the second period for Western. Anthony Stefano and Trevor Warnaar drew assists on the play.
The Gryphs outshot the Mustangs 45-40 and went 2-for-5 on their power play while Western went 1-for-5. Masters was the winning netminder while David Ovsjannikov took the loss.
The win puts the Gryphs into a tie for fifth in the West Division with the Lakehead Thunderwolves and Laurier Golden Hawks. The Gryphs are at 9-10-3-3 while both Lakehead and Laurier are at 10-11-1-1.
Next up for the Gryphs is their annual Frosty Mug game Thursday when they’re to play Laurier at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.
Gryphons 7 Mustangs 1
1. Guelph, Lemcke (Swenson, Masters), 12:04
Penalty: Templeton Gue (hooking), 18:48.
2. Guelph, Mi.Stevens (Boyer, Swenson), 16:44
3. Western, Huether (Stefano, Warnaar), 18:53 pp
Penalties: Watson West (roughing), Eccles West (roughing), Lemcke Gue (roughing), Thompson Gue (high sticking, roughing), 4:56; Ouellette West (charging), Lemcke Gue (10-minute misconduct), 8:40; Ouellette West (slashing, 10-minute misconduct, game misconduct), 13:43; O’Connor Gue (hooking), 16:57.
4. Guelph, Thompson (Simmonds, Winder), 2:36
5. Guelph, Ma.Stevens (Bramwell, Simmonds), 9:05 pp
6. Guelph, Ma.Stevens (Saban, Simmonds), 12:12 pp
7. Guelph, Swenson (Templeton, Valentini), 13:24 pp
8. Guelph, Saban (Hiff, Kopstals), 13:51
Penalties: Mi.Stevens Gue (tripping), 4:31; Fitzmorris West (tripping), 7:00; O’Connor Gue (roughing), Watson West (slashing), Brooks West (roughing), 10:46; Desrocher West (tripping), 13:17; O’Connor Gue (interference), 14:57.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Ovsjannikov (L, 45 shots-38 saves), Western; Masters (W, 40 shots-39 assists), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): London 1-5; Guelph 2-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal