Junior Gryphs get in OMHA bantam AAA tourney
OAKVILLE – The Guelph Junior Gryphons claimed their spot in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s bantam AAA championship tournament Saturday by dumping the Oakville Rangers 10-0 at Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.
That win gave the Junior Gryphs a 6-2 victory in the six-point series.
Oakville won the opening game of the series 3-1 in Guelph before the Junior Gryphs responded with three consecutive wins – 4-3 at Oakville and 2-1 in Guelph being the other wins.
The Junior Gryphs join four other teams for the OMHA championship tournament hosted by the York-Simcoe Express at St. Andrews College next weekend.
Round-robin play is slated for Friday and Saturday with the medal games to go Sunday – gold at 12:30 p.m. and bronze at 10 a.m.
Other teams in the tournament are the Ajax-Pickering Raiders, Quinte Red Devils, Southern Tier Admirals and host York-Simcoe.
Ajax-Pickering defeated Kingston Junior Frontenacs 6-2 in their qualifying series while Quinte swept Richmond Hill Coyotes 6-0 and Southern Tier swept Hamilton Junior Bulldogs 6-0.
Minor Bantam AA
The Junior Gryphons opened the final with a 4-0 blanking of the Barrie Colts Saturday at Barrie.
Game 2 is slated for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the West End arena.
The Junior Gryphs disposed of the Kent Cobras 7-3 in the semifinals and Burlington Eagles Gold 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
Barrie swept the Whitby Wildcats 6-0 in the semifinals and defeated the Richmond Hill Stars 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
The Junior Gryphons battled the Barrie Colts to a 4-4 standoff Saturday in Barrie in the second game of the championship series.
Barrie had won the opener 2-0 Friday night at the West End arena.
Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at 7:15 p.m. at the West End arena.
The Junior Gryphs gained their berth in the final with 6-0 sweeps of the New Hamburg Huskies in the semifinals and Milton Winterhawks in the quarter-finals.
Barrie also swept its way into the final, beating the North Durham Warriors 6-0 in the semifinals and the Georgina Blaze 6-0 in the quarter-finals.
- Guelph Sports Journal