Gryphons gift Ryerson victory in OT
GUELPH – The Ryerson Rams must’ve wondered what the occasion was to receive such fine gifts from the Guelph Gryphons Saturday night at the Gryphon Centre.
Aided by a pair of goals on giveaways, including the winner in overtime, Ryerson edged the Gryphs 6-5 to tie their best-of-three OUA men’s hockey league West Division semifinal at a win apiece.
“We played so well for the last two or three weeks and then we have a game where we’re just – we chased the game all night and we didn’t do the things that we’ve done so well to get us into a chance to win a series,” Gryphon coach Shawn Camp said. “We gave the game away, plain and simple.”
The Gryphs opened the scoring early in the first period and that was to be their only lead of the game. Ryerson tied it just over two minutes later for the only other goal of the first.
Two power-play goals in the second put Ryerson up by two, but the Gryphs got them back before the end of the period.
Then Jesse Barwell scored two in a row, the first one on a giveaway, to restore Ryerson’s two goal advantage with just over six minutes to go in regulation. A late surge by the Gryphs when they looked like the team they should be sent it to overtime.
“When we play the right way, we’re really a good team,” Camp said. “We saw that in chunks of the game. But when we’re cute and we don’t make simple plays, we get exposed. And we’re playing a team that scored the most goals in the conference and there’s a reason for that. They are very skilled offensively. If you give them chances like we did tonight in bundles, then that’s going to happen.”
Ryerson controlled play in the extra period and eventually scored the winner on a giveaway at 6:46.
“That just can’t happen,” Camp said of the giveaways.
Stephen Templeton, Seth Swenson, Todd Winder, Ryan Valentini and Connor Bramwell each had a goal for the Gryphs while Mikkel Aagaard had two assists and Tryg Strand, Andres Kopstals, Michael Stevens, Nick Boyer, Bramwell, Jesse Saban, Justin Lemcke and Winder had one apiece.
Matt Mistele and Barwell each had two goals and an assist for Ryerson and Patrick Fellows and Devon Paliani added single goals. Assists were also awarded to Steven Harland, Hayden McCool, Paliani, Alex Basso and Cavin Leth.
The Gryphs were outshot 41-27 by the Rams who had all four shots taken in overtime. Ryerson also went 2-for-3 on its power play while the Gryphs were scoreless on both of their power plays.
Andrew Masters stopped 35 shots in the loss for Guelph while Taylor Dupuis picked up the win with 22 saves including three off his mask.
The Gryphs got a little marked up in the contest as both Winder and Strand wore bandages on their faces after the first period from incidents that weren’t deemed worthy of a penalty.
The result means the Gryphons and Rams are to meet in a winner-take-all match Sunday at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletics Centre where the Gryphs have a four-game winning streak. Their last loss at the facility formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens was Feb. 7, 2017, when the Rams won 5-2 in a regular-season match.
The last time the Gryphs and Rams met in the playoffs was in the West semifinal in 2016 when the Gryphs won in three. However, the Gryphs had home-ice advantage in that series.
Ryerson has never participated in a division final.
Game time Sunday is 7:15 p.m.
“We’ll have to be better,” Camp said of Game 3. “We have to turn it around immediately. There’s no choice. We have to be better for sure.”
Rams 6 Gryphons 5 (OT)
1. Guelph, Templeton (Strand, Kopstals), 3:03
2. Ryerson, Fellows (Barwell, Harland), 5:06
Penalties: Strand Gue (head contact, head contact misconduct), 20:00.
3. Ryerson, Mistele (McCool, Paliani), 1:38 pp
4. Ryerson, Paliani (Mistele, Basso), 9:10 pp
5. Guelph, Swenson (Mi.Stevens, Boyer), 11:23
6. Guelph, Winder (Bramwell, Aagaard), 19:24
Penalties: Carpino Ry (roughing), Ma.Stevens Gue (roughing), O’Connor Gue (roughing), 7:46; Mistele Ry (hooking), 13:57; Mi.Stevens Gue (tripping), 16:43.
7. Ryerson, Barwell (unassisted), 11:42
8. Ryerson, Barwell (Leth), 13:56
9. Guelph, Valentini (Saban, Lemcke), 14:31
10. Guelph, Bramwell (Aagaard, Winder), 19:14
Penalty: Shoemaker Ry (hooking), 7:24
11. Ryerson, Matt Mistele (unassisted), 6:46
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Dupuis (W, 27 shots-22 saves), Ryerson; Masters (L, 41 shots-35 saves), Guelph
Power Plays (goals-chances): Ryerson 2-3; Guelph 0-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal