Gryphs withstand penalties to take home opener from York

GUELPH – It wasn’t just because the Guelph Gryphons played the York Lions a lot earlier in the season, but the Gryphs picked up their first home win of the OUA men’s hockey league season when they defeated York 3-1 in their home opener Saturday night at the Gryphon Centre.

“It’s a lot sooner,” Gryphon coach Shawn Camp said. “We had a good start tonight and we competed hard. We killed off a whole bunch of penalties – some of that was our own doing, but we got it done. And we found a way on some chances to score. All in all we’re very pleased with the week.”

Last season’s first home victory didn’t come until Nov. 22 when they defeated York 5-2. That came after they’d lost seven previous home games.

Saturday’s win had a lot to do with the play of goaltender Andrew Masters. The only shot of the 27 that York took that found its way into the Guelph net was one by Nik Coric with less than six minutes to go in the third period with the visiting Lions on a power play.

“Andrew was outstanding,” Camp said. “He’s had a great year so far. He’s off to a great start. Tonight was a great example of him holding the fort for us throughout the penalties. He made some great saves for us 5-on-5 as well, so he’s off to a great start again this year and we’re so pleased for him.”

While the Gryphs were pleased with the win, the penalties had to be a concern. They included two 10-minute misconducts and two unsportsmanlike conduct minors.

“That’s something that we have to clean up for sure,” Camp said. “Discipline is something that we can control. We’ll control what we can control and that’s one of the things that we can certainly look after. We’ll be more disciplined heading into next week because we’re playing three teams next week that are all very good on the power play and very disciplined themselves.”

Gio Finoro of the Gryphs netted the lone goal of the first period when he tallied on a power play with less than two minutes to go in the period. After a scoreless second period, Mikkel Aagaard scored twice in the third for the hosts. The York goal was sandwiched between those two goals.

Todd Winder had two assists for the Gryphs while Ryan Valentini, Justin Lemcke and Ryan Da Silva each had one.

Justin Bean and Sal Filice had assists for York.

Former Guelph Storm goaltender Cole Ceci stopped 37 of the 40 shots that the Gryphons had in the game.

While the Gryphs went 1-for-4 on their power play, the Lions went 1-for-8.

The result leaves the Gryphs at 2-1-0 and York at 1-2-0.

The Gryphs are to host the Ryerson Rams (1-1-0) Wednesday at the Gryphon Centre at 7:30 p.m. before travelling to Ottawa to play the Carleton Ravens (4-0-0) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Carleton Ice House and Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-0-0) Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Minto Sports Complex.


Gryphons 3 Lions 1
York          0-0-1–1
Guelph     1-0-2–3
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