Junior Gryphs nipped, AAA minor midget series in deadlock
ST. CATHARINES – The Guelph Junior Gryphons and Niagara North Stars are all tied up in their South Central AAA minor midget semifinal playoff series after Niagara scored a 4-3 victory Thursday night at the Seymour-Hannah Sports Centre.
The Junior Gryphs and Niagara each have a win, loss and tie and are knotted 3-3 in the six-point series.
Winner of the series gains at least a play-in spot in the OHL Cup tournament.
Ty Anselmini, Dylan Hudon and Trent Poitras had the goals for Guelph while assists went to Justin Marmen, Hudon and Johnathon Mead.
Alex Nap was in net for the Junior Gryphs.
Niagara received goals from Owen Patterson, Nathan Kelly, Matteo Giampa and Parker Hendsbee. Getting one assist apiece were Connor Federkow, Liam Shwedyk, Trent Swick, Kelly, Luca McLaren and Hendsbee.
Ian Dunn picked up the win in net for Niagara.
Winner of the series advances to the OMHA championship tournament at Whitby March 1 to 3 and all five teams in that tournament will gain berths in the OHL Cup tournament – one as a play-in team and the other four with guaranteed spots.
The Whitby Wildcats are in the OMHA final tournament as hosts while the Halton Hurricanes swept the Southern Tier Admirals to gain one of the SCTA’s entries in the tournament.
The six-point semifinals in the Eastern AAA league has the York-Simcoe Express leading Whitby 4-2 and the Quinte Red Devils leading the North Central Predators 4-2.
If Whitby rallies to win its series with York-Simcoe, the Express and the loser of the Quinte-North Central series will play a single game to decide the fifth participant in the OMHA tournament.
The Junior Gryphs and Niagara are to tangle in the fourth game of their series Friday at 9 p.m. at the West End arena.
Fifth game is to go Sunday at St. Catharines. Game time is 2:30 p.m.
If a sixth game is needed, it’s to be played Monday at 8:45 p.m. at the West End arena.
- Guelph Sports Journal