Messages sent and received by Gryphs, Ryerson

GUELPH – It was all about sending a message and both teams did so Saturday night at the Gryphon Centre.

Four goals in the second period helped give the Ryerson Rams a 5-4 victory over the Guelph Gryphons in OUA men’s hockey league play. The Rams showed they can be a threat in the upcoming playoffs and the Gryphs showed they can’t be counted out of any game as they dominated play in the third period, but only had a goal to show for it.

“There are some positives that we take away from the weekend,” Gryphon coach Shawn Camp said. “We clinched first place for the year, which is great, so we have home ice and that’s what we need through the divisional playoffs. Making the playoffs this year gives us 10 straight years of being in the playoffs and we believe we’re the only OUA West Division team to do that.”

J.P. Villeneuve, Manny Gialedakis and Marc Stevens each had a goal and two assists for the Gryphs while Zach McFadden scored the other goal and Mark Raycroft and Mathieu Henderson each had an assist.

John Carpino scored twice for Ryerson while Aaron Armstrong, Steven Harland and Alex Basso netted single goals. Gregory DiTomaso collected two assists while Basso, Armstrong, Lucas Froese, Erick DeLaurentis, Harland and Alex Leader each had one.

The Rams, who scored the only goal of the first period, never trailed in the game. While the Gryphs tied the score three times in the second period, Ryerson regained the lead shortly after. Ryerson led 5-3 at the end of the second and Guelph hit for a single goal in the third despite outshooting their guests 17-3 in the third.

“We had a terrific third period,” Camp said. “We just were not very good in the first two and ultimately that cost us playing catch-up against a really good team like this. They hung on at the end and their goalie made a couple of great saves.”

Andrew Masters was charged with the loss for the Gryphs as he allowed five goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Jason Da Silva at 17:26 of the third period. Da Silva stopped the three shots he faced the rest of the way.

Taylor Dupuis stopped 42 shots in the Ryerson net to get the win.

The game meant nothing for the Gryphs in terms of their finishing position in the West Division as they had already clinched first place with their win over the York Lions Friday night at York. While Ryerson can finish in a tie with the Gryphs for top spot, the Gryphs will win the tie-breaker as they already have 19 wins, one more than the Rams will have if they win their final two games of the regular season.

“The first tie-breaker is wins,” Camp said. “It should be that way, too. The team that wins more games ultimately deserves it. We’ve been on the other end of it for a position in the playoffs.”

The Gryphs will complete their regular season with games against the same two teams they played this week, two teams they could face after the opening round of the playoffs should they advance.

“That’s a terrific thing,” Camp said. “We could not have asked for a better schedule to prepare ourselves for the real deal in the playoffs. This is a really good thing for us so hopefully we learned a lesson tonight.

“We have to go the same hard way because there’s so little time to recover if your habits aren’t good going into the playoffs. We can’t just turn it on and hope that we’re going to get it done. We have to be good all the time.”

The Gryphs (19-6-1) are to host York (16-9-1) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and play Ryerson (16-7-3) in Toronto Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Rams 5 Gryphons 4
First Period
1. Ryerson, Armstrong (DiTomaso, Basso), 13:23 pp
Penalties: Swenson Gue (slashing), 2:29; Mi.Stevens Gue (goaltender interference), 11:59.
Second Period
2. Guelph, Villeneuve (Gialedakis, Ma.Stevens), 1:02
3. Ryerson, Harland (Armstrong, DiTomaso), 1:54
4. Guelph, Z.McFadden (Villeneuve, Gialedakis), 2:37
5. Ryerson, Carpino (Froese, DeLaurentis), 4:25
6. Guelph, Gialedakis (Ma.Stevens, Raycroft), 11:43
7. Ryerson, Carpino (Harland), 17:00 pp
8. Ryerson, Basso (Leader), 17:26
Penalty: J.McFadden Gue (interference), 15:06.
Third Period
9. Guelph, Ma.Stevens (Henderson, Villeneuve), 9:22
Penalties: DiTomaso Ry (high sticking), 2:20; Z.McFadden Gue (checking from behind, checking from behind misconduct), 6:14.
Shots on Goal
Ryerson        11-7-3–21
Guelph      11-18-17–46
Goalies: Dupuis (W, 46 shots-42 saves), Ryerson; Masters (L, 37:26, 18 shots-13 saves), Da Silva (21:26, 3 shots-3 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Ryerson 2-4; Guelph 0-1.
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