Guelph Gryphons boot win to curb in third period
GUELPH – After fighting their way back into their OUA men’s hockey game with the Western Mustangs Thursday night at the Gryphon Centre, the Gryphons threw it away in the third period.
After trailing 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Gryphs turned in a strong second period as they fought back to tie it 3-3 by the end of the second. Then they gave the win away in the third when they were assessed 19 minutes in penalties, their total for the game.
Western outshot the Gryphs 16-6 in the period and scored two power-play goals in the period, the second one with 2:04 to play gave the Mustangs a 5-4 victory. The first of Western’s power-play goals came after Guelph’s Ryan O’Bonsawin was assessed a five-minute major for slashing and a game misconduct. The second one, the game-winner, came with Guelph’s Jesse Saban off serving a minor for holding and a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct he earned for complaining about the holding penalty.
The Gryphs had started quickly in both the first and second periods as Ted Nichol scored 20 seconds into the game and Mikkel Aagaard connected 45 seconds into the second period. Marc Stevens and Nichol with his second goal of the game accounted for the other goals for the Gryphs. Todd Winder assisted on two of the goals while Justin Lemcke, Nichol, Saban, Ryan Valentini and Aagaard each had one assist.
Reed Morison, Kenny Huether, Kyle Langdon, Sean Montgomery and Ethan Szypula had a goal apiece for the Mustangs. Franco Sproviero assisted on three of the goals while Szypula had two assists and Matt Watson, Theo Lewis and Alex Di Carlo each had one.
The teams took 33 shots apiece while the Gryphs were scoreless on four power plays and Western went 2-for-3.
Andrew Masters had 28 saves in the Guelph net while Luke Peresinni had 29 in the Western net.
Guelph is fifth in the West Division at 5-3-2 while Western is sixth at 4-3-2.
The Gryphs are to host the Brock Badgers (6-3-1) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Centre.
Mustangs 5 Gryphons 4
- Guelph Sports Journal