Gryphons, Western to meet in Sunday night’s deciding game
LONDON – The Guelph Gryphons and Western Mustangs are to meet Sunday at the Gryphon Centre to decide the OUA West Division men’s hockey champion and the league’s second berth in the U Sports national tournament set for later this month at Halifax.
The best-of-three OUA semifinal between the Gryphons and Mustangs was forced to its three-game limit Saturday afternoon when Western scored a 4-3 win at Thompson arena on the Western campus.
The teams scored a goal apiece in the first period before Western shot ahead with three goals in the first nine minutes of the second. The Gryphs started a comeback with a goal later in the second and closed to within a goal 62 seconds into the third. However, the locals couldn’t net the equalizer.
Stephen Templton, Gio Finoro and Andrew Dodson scored the goals for the Gryphs while Bobby Dow and Ted Nichol had assists.
Anthony Stefano, Kyle Pettit, Austin Osmanski and Rylan Bechtel had unassisted goals for Western.
Brendan Cregan had 15 saves for the Gryphs while Andrew Masters, who came in after Western’s fourth goal, stopped all 18 shots fired his way.
Luke Peresinni had 41 saves for Western. The Gryphs outshot the Mustangs 44-37.
Western went 1-for-6 on its power play while the Gryphs went 1-for-5.
The series is following the same path of Western’s previous two playoff series as the eighth-place Mustangs (11-13-4-0) ousted the first-place Toronto Varsity Blues (21-5-2-0) and second-place Ryerson Rams (20-5-2-1), winning both best-of-three series 2-1 after dropping the first game on the road and winning the second at home.
The Gryphs won the opener 2-1 in overtime at the Gryphon Centre Thursday night.
Winner of Sunday’s game will gain a berth in the U Sports national tournament and play the Ottawa Gee-Gees in next weekend’s OUA Queen’s Cup final. If Guelph wins Sunday, the OUA final will be at the Gryphon Centre. If Western wins, the OUA final will be in Ottawa.
The Gee-Gees swept the Concordia Stingers 2-0 in the East Division final. Both Ottawa and Concordia were already assured of berths in the national tournament as Concordia will play as the Quebec representatives and Ottawa will play as one of the two OUA representatives.
Sunday’s game at the Gryphon Centre is to start at 7:30 p.m.
Mustangs 4 Gryphons 3
- Guelph Sports Journal