Gryphons let another one slip away in loss to Waterloo
GUELPH – For the second time in four days, the Guelph Gryphons let a win slip away in the third period and they ultimately lost in overtime.
“That’s very disappointing that we had the lead late in the game and we didn’t finish the deal,” Gryphon coach Shawn Camp said.
The Waterloo Warriors scored with 1:45 to go in regulation time and then added a goal 77 seconds into overtime to edge the Gryphs 5-4 in OUA men’s hockey league play Wednesday night at the Gryphon Centre.
“We had a lot of shots and their goalie played well,” Camp said. “We had some looks, played from behind and got the lead, but we just didn’t hold it and gave it away in overtime. We got what we deserved.”
The Gryphs had led twice in a game they dominated territorialy for the first two periods. They were ahead 2-1 in the final minute of the first and 4-3 with 2:12 to go in the third. But Waterloo tied it with the goalie out for an extra skater then won it in the three-on-three OT.
“We hope that we learn as a young team,” Camp said. “We hope that we learn some lessons from this. In order for us to be the kind of team that we want to be, we have to compete more consistently throughout the game. We have ebbs and flows in our game that we’re real good in spots and real poor in others. We have to be more consistent in our effort.”
Mikkel Aagaard scored twice for the Gryphs while Marc Stevens and Todd Winder had the other goals. Single assists were awarded to Justin Lemcke, Ryan Valentini, Ryan Da Silva, Connor Bramwell, Stephen Templeton and Aagaard.
Jack Scanlan netted two goals for Waterloo while Chase Campbell, Nick Chyzowski and Markson Bechtold had one apiece. Cam Nicoll and Bechtold each had two assists while Michael Siddall, Cole Murphy, Scanlan, Alex Pawelcyzk, Zac Coulter and Andrew Cordssen-David each had one.
The Gryphs outshot Waterloo 44-31, including a 23-10 advantage in the opening period. Penalties were costly in the game as the hosts went 3-for-5 with a manpower advantage and Waterloo went 2-for-5.
Andrew Masters had 26 saves in net for the Gryphs while Julian Sime had 40 for Waterloo.
It was the second consecutive 5-4 loss in OT for the Gryphs as they had been beaten by that score by the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Ottawa Saturday night. The Gryphs led that game 4-2 with six and a half minutes to play in regulation time.
The loss to Ottawa came one night after the Gryphs had edged the previously unbeaten Carleton Ravens 3-2.
“It was a good weekend in terms of three out of four points,” Camp said. “But again we had a lead in a game that we gave away at Ottawa. We were up by a couple late and we’re a young team that hasn’t figured how to close games out yet the right way. We’re still a work in process for sure.”
The Gryphs lead the West Division at 4-1-2-0 while Waterloo is tied for third at 4-1-0-0.
The Gryphs are to play the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-3-2-0) Saturday at 7:07 p.m. at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
Warriors 5 Gryphons 4 (OT)
- Guelph Sports Journal