Junior Gryphons claim OMHA minor bantam AA title
GUELPH – The Guelph Junior Gryphons celebrated on the Gryphon Centre ice Sunday after capturing the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s bantam AAA championship.
The Junior Gryphs scored twice in the first period on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Barrie Junior Colts. That win gave the hosts a 6-2 victory in the six-point series.
Barrie had two goals disallowed in the game – one because the whistle had gone before the puck entered the net and the other due to the puck being hit by a high stick.
The championship was the first for a Guelph Minor Hockey Association in the category.
The Junior Gryphons completed the championship tournament as the fourth-place finishers after they were edged 2-1 by the Ajax-Pickering Raiders in the bronze-medal match.
All the scoring in the game was limited to the third period.
Jake Karabela opened the scoring for the Junior Gryphs in the opening minute of the third. Luke Johnston assisted on the goal.
However, Ajax-Pickering responded with a pair of goals later in the period, the eventual game-winner coming midway through the period.
Ryan Johnstone and Owen Steenson scored for Ajax-Pickering.
Guelph, Ajax-Pickering and the Southern Tier Admirals had finished round-robin play tied for second with 1-1-2 records. The tie was broken using the results of the games involving the deadlocked teams. That put Southern Tier second, Guelph third and Ajax-Pickering fourth.
Southern Tier advanced to play first-place Quinte Red Devils (2-1-1) in the gold-medal game and Quinte won 4-1.
The Junior Gryphons and Barrie Junior Colts battled to a scoreless tie Sunday at Barrie’s Allandale Recreation Complex and that was all Barrie needed to claim the OMHA title.
The tie gave the Junior Colts a 6-2 win in the six-point series.
Both games in the series that were played in Barrie ended in stalemates as the teams had also tied 4-4 March 16.
Barrie took both games played at the West End arena, winning 2-0 March 15 and 2-1 Friday night.
The championship win was Barrie’s fourth consecutive in the class and eighth in 14 years while it was the first time a Guelph team had reached the final.
- Guelph Sports Journal