Junior Gryphs AAA minor midgets keep eye on berth in semifinals
AYTON – The Guelph Junior Gryphons kept themselves in the running for a top-two position in their group of the South Central AAA minor midget hockey quarter-final playoffs with a win and a tie on the weekend.
The Junior Gryphs completed the weekend with a 4-4 tie with the Grey-Bruce Highlanders at the Normanby arena in Ayton Sunday.
The tie followed a 4-3 win over the Oakville Rangers at Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Sports Complex Saturday.
The Junior Gryphs also edged the Burlington Eagles 1-0 at the Gryphon Centre Thursday.
Madden Steen and Jake Karabela totaled two goals apiece in the three games while Liam Power, Luke Tokarz, Daniel McCuen, Rowan Aljoe and Luke Johnston each had one goal. Karabela had three assists while Steen and Power had two each and McCuen, Aljoe, Liam Stadnyk, Michael Fischer, Owen Orpana and Jayden Seguin each had one.
Richard Szajek was in net for all three games.
The Junior Gryphs are second in Group B at 4-1-1 while the Buffalo Regals lead at 5-1-0. The group consists of the teams that finished third to seventh at the end of the 10-team league’s regular season. The other teams are in Group A.
Top two teams in each division advance to the league’s best-of-three semifinals.
Oakville is third at 3-2-0 while Burlington is fourth at 2-5-0 and Grey-Bruce is fifth at 0-5-1. Burlington and Grey-Bruce are out of the running for a spot in the semifinals.
The top three remain in contention for a berth in the semifinals and all three can finish anywhere from first to third in the group. Buffalo and Guelph each have two games to go in the group round-robin quarter-finals while Oakville has three to play.
The Junior Gryphs are to host Oakville Thursday at 8:45 p.m. at the West End arena and play Buffalo at Cheektowaga’s Holiday Twin Rinks Saturday at 8 p.m.
Buffalo is to host Oakville Tuesday night while the Rangers are also to host Grey-Bruce Sunday afternoon.
Due to the schedules of the three teams, if the Junior Gryphs win one of their final two games they will qualify for the semifinals.
Three of the four teams in the semifinals will get berths in the OHL Cup tournament.
The Southern Tier Admirals lead the Group A standings at 4-0-1 and are followed by the Niagara North Stars at 3-1-2, Hamilton Junior Bulldogs at 2-1-2, Halton Hurricanes at 1-3-2 and Brampton 45s at 0-5-1.
- Guelph Sports Journal