Gryphs settle for point in OT loss to Waterloo
GUELPH – At least they got a point for their effort.
“We knew it was going to be a battle and we know it’s going to be a battle all year with this team and I think we brought a really good effort today,” coach Rachel Flanagan said after the Gryphs were edged 3-2 in overtime by the Waterloo Warriors in OUA women’s hockey play Wednesday night at the Gryphon Centre. “It could’ve gone either way. We hit a couple of posts and had a couple of good scoring chances that we just didn’t quite capitalize on. I’m not happy with the loss, but we got a point so I think that’s good and when we go down there on Saturday it’s probably going to be a similar game.”
Waterloo 3 Guelph Gryphons 2 (OT)
Leah Herrfort’s goal at 2:51 of overtime gave Waterloo the win.
Adter a scoreless first period, the Gryphs scored the lone goal of the second. However, Waterloo came on in the third to take the lead with a pair of goals in the first half of the period, the second one coming with the Warriors on the penalty kill. Two and a half minutes later the Gryphs tallied to even it up again and eventually send it to extra time.
“I thought we were better in the second and we had some moments in the third, too, but they made a few adjustments that caught us a little bit by surprise maybe and we had to adjust back on the bench,” Flanagan said. “They’ve got some really talented fast forwards that we were just trying to manage. We knew that about them and we just have to be able to skate with them and manage their speed and when they’re dumping pucks in behind us, we have to be really decisive on our breakouts.
“We’re pretty young on our back end and these are really good opportunities for them to learn and to play under pressure. There’s no one coming up the pipe really that’s going to take their place so they’ve got a couple of years to learn and get better and play in those high pressure situations.”
Hannah Tait and Madison Melo scored the goals for Guelph while assists went to Jaime Magoffin, Tori Verbeek and Meaghan Chittick.
Herrfort’s winning goal was her second goal of the game while Madison Pritchard also scored. Keiara Raitt and Lyndsy Acheson each had two assists while single helpers went to Carley Olivier and Krystin Lawrence.
Neither team scored on its power play, Waterloo having two power plays and the Gryphs having three.
Guelph outshot Waterloo 31-30. Mikayla Schnarr had the win with 29 saves for the Warriors while Alexandrea Davidson had 27 saves in the overtime loss for the Gryphs.
The result leaves Waterloo atop the West Division at 3-0-0 while the Gryphs are second at 2-0-1.
This season the league has split into two divisions and all play will be divisional with the teams playing each other four times during the regular season in two sets of back-to-back games. Last week the Gryphs played the Western Mustangs and this week it’s Waterloo.
“I kind of like it,” Flanagan said of the schedule. “It presents different challenges because coaches can make pretty big adjustments and you don’t know what’s coming. You can’t watch video of their last game and see what they’re doing or look for trends because you’re playing them back to back, but I like that a lot. I like that coaches can make changes and set their team up a little bit differently and also move on from a big rink to a small rink, so there are always changes made that way.”
The Gryphs and Warriors are to meet again Saturday at Waterloo”s Columbia Ice Fields arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal