Gryphs keep looking for first home win of season

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons continue to search for goals and their first win at home in OUA men’s hockey play this season as they were blanked 3-0 by the Lakehead Thunderwolves Thursday night at the Gryphon Centre.

“We have over 40 shots again at home, which we’ve been doing on a regular basis, and unfortunately not scoring,” Gryphon coach Shawn Camp said. “That’s been the challenge for us this year. We’ve had so many games where we’re not scoring or one goal a game. Until we can remedy that, giving up two or three a game won’t matter until we start scoring ourselves.”

Lakehead scored all three of its goals in the first period for the win.

For the Gryphs, it was their seventh loss at home this season and left them tied for seventh in the 10-team West Division at 3-7-2-2. Lakehead is tied for second at 8-4-0-0.

Nic Renyard made 42 saves for the shutout for Lakehead.

“There weren’t a lot of second and third opportunities,” Camp said of Guelph’s shots. “That’s our challenge as well, making sure that we’re outworking teams to get those chances. When we do, we’re a real good team and we’ll find a way. When we don’t, this is kind of the result we get.”

Andrew Masters stopped all 21 shots he faced in the Guelph net. He took over in net at the beginning of the second period after Evan Cormier had allowed three goals on 15 shots in the first.

Dylan Butler, Daniel Del Paggio and Sam Schutt each had a goal for Lakehead while Caleb Boman and Tomas Soustal each had two assists and Scott Gall had one.

Last season the Gryphs had three losses at the Gryphon Centre in the regular season and they outscored their guests 63-39. This season they’ve been outscored 24-12 at home.

“We’ve gone from being a top-scoring team in the conference last year to a team that’s struggling to score,” Camp said. “That’s clearly the problem and it’s at home, too, that we’ve really struggled to score. It’s our challenge. We have some guys out of the lineup, still the guys that are there are getting lots of opportunities, but we’re not finishing. We have to bear down a little bit and get those second and third chances off the initial shot. When we start doing that, then we’ll start to score and we’ll start getting the result we want.”

The Gryphs are to play the Toronto Varsity Blues (2-6-3-3) at Toronto’s Varsity Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.


Thunderwolves 3 Gryphons 0
Lakehead     3-0-0–3
Guelph          0-0-0–0
First Period
1. Lakehead, Butler (Boman, Soustal), 8:09 pp
2. Lakehead, Del Paggio (Gall), 10:32
3. Lakehead, Schutt (Soustal, Boman), 19:17
Penalties: Masters Lake (hooking), 2:32; Templeton Gue (hooking), 6:35.
Period 2
No scoring
Penalties: Laframboise Lake (slashing, 10-minute misconduct), McCutcheon Gue (roughing), Saban Gue (roughing), 4:23; Gall Lake (high sticking), 8:21; Wesley-Chisel Lake (slashing), 13:10.
Period 3
No scoring
Penalties: Kuczek Lake (hooking), 3:34; McDonald Lake (high sticking), Ma.Stevens Gue (slashing), 9:56; McCutcheon Gue (roughing), Boman Lake (roughing), 15:47; Templeton Gue (holding), 17:15; Donnelly Lake (cross checking), 17:36; Simmonds Gue (tripping), 18:52.
Shots on Goal
Lakehead      15-13-8–36
Guelph          8-16-18–42
Goalies: Renyard (W, 42 shots-42 saves), Lakehead; Cormier (L, 20:00, 15 shots-12 saves), Masters (40:00, 21 shots-21 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Lakehead 1-4; Guelph 0-5.
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