Junior Gryphons to battle for bantam AAA bronze
AURORA – The Guelph Junior Gryphons are to play for bronze Sunday at the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s bantam AAA championship tournament at St. Andrew’s College.
The Junior Gryphs finished round-robin play in a three-way tie for second with the Southern Tier Admirals and Ajax-Pickering Raiders with 1-1-2 records. The tie-breaking format left Southern Tier second, Guelph third and Ajax-Pickering fourth.
Quinte Red Devils finished atop the group at 2-1-1 and host York-Simcoe Express was fifth at 1-2-1.
Top four move on to Sunday’s medal game with Quinte and Southern Tier to play for gold and the Junior Gryphs and Ajax-Pickering to battle for bronze.
In round-robin play, the locals tied Ajax-Pickering 2-2, defeated York-Simcoe 5-2, lost 8-2 to Quinte and tied Southern Tier 1-1.
Jayden Seguin and Ethan Lewis scored for the Junior Gryphs in the tie with Ajax-Pickering while Jake Karabela had an assist.
The Junior Gryphs received goals from Kyle Kussmann, Karabela, Christopher Walters, Lewis and Liam Power in the win over York-Simcoe. Rowan Aljoe collected three assists while Seguin had two and Luke Johnston and Daniel McCuen had one apiece.
Karabela and Madden Steen hit for a goal apiece in the loss to Quinte. Assists went to Johnston and Steen.
Karabela had an unassisted goal in the tie with Southern Tier.
Minor Bantam AA
The Junior Gryphs can claim the OMHA title Sunday afternoon with a win over the Barrie Junior Colts at the Gryphon Centre.
Guelph grabbed a 4-2 lead in the six-point final with a 2-1 victory Saturday at Barrie’s Allandale Recreation Centre.
All three games played in the series so far have been won by the visiting squad as Guelph won 4-0 at Barrie’s Holly Recreation Centre March 16 and Barrie won 3-2 at the West End arena March 17.
The Junior Gryphs are looking for their first title win in the category as this is the first time a Guelph Minor Hockey Association team has reached the minor bantam AA final. Barrie has won it five times, including back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016.
The Junior Colts won the OMHA peewee AA championship last year.
Game time Sunday is 3:30 p.m.
The Junior Gryphs and Barrie are to play the fourth game of their championship series Sunday at Barrie’s Allandale complex.
Barrie leads the six-point series 5-1.
Barrie won the series opener 2-0 at the West End arena March 15 while the teams tied 4-4 at Barrie’s Holly complex March 16. Barrie extended its lead with a 2-1 win at the West End arena Friday night.
If the Junior Gryphs win Sunday’s game, the teams are to meet in Game 5 March 30 at 5 p.m. at the West End arena.
- Guelph Sports Journal