Penalty-prone Gryphons edged by Ryerson Rams

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons, the most penalized team in the OYA men’s hockey league, surrendered a power-play goal late in the second period that gave the Ryerson Rams a 6-5 victory in a see-saw battle Thursday night at the Gryphon Centre.

The Gryphs scored early in each of the first two periods to grab leads they would squander later in the period. The third period was scoreless.

The hosts scored the first two goals of the game, but the score was tied 3-3 at the end of the first while all of the scoring in the game was done by the end of the second in Guelph’s annual Aggies Night game that attracted a crowd of 759.

The Gryphs added to their league-leading penalty-minute total with 28 in the game while Ryerson was assessed four minutes and both minor penalties were coincidental minors so the Gryphs never had a power play in the game.

The visiting Rams had the man advantage seven times and the Gryphs killed off six of the penalties, but the other one resulted in the eventual game-winning goal by Mathew Santos with 4:40 to go in the second.

The Gryphs have been whistled for 306 penalty minutes this season, an average of just under 22 penalty minutes per game. Carleton Ravens have the second-highest total of 259 and the Gryphs and Ravens are two of the seven teams in the 20-team league that have amassed more than 200 minutes in penalties.

Despite all the practise killing penalties, the Gryphs are tied for 13th with the Brock Badgers for success in that department as both have killed off 80 per cent of their penalties. Best rate is 89.7 per cent by the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Todd Winder had a hat trick for the Gryphs to jump to the top of the league’s scoring race with 24 points. Hie 10 goals are second to teammate Mikkel Aagaard’s 12. Marc Stevens and Gio Finoro added the other goals while Ryan Valentini had four assists. Jesse Saban collected two assists while Aagaard and Ryan O’Bonsawin each had one.

Guelph’s trio of Winder, Aagaard and Valentini are each in the top four in scoring in the league as Winder leads while Aagaard is second at 22 points and Valentini fourth at 19.

Ryerson’s Santos – fifth in scoring with 18 points – collected two goals and two assists while Cavin Leth also scored twice and Matt Mistele and Hayden McCool added single goals. Mistele also had five assists while Devon Paliani and Zachary Shankar had two each and Gregory DiTomaso had one.

Neither starting goalie lasted the entire game. Ryerson’s Garrett Forrest was lifted midway through the first period after allowing three goals on six shots. Troy Timpano took over and picked up the win as he stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced.

Guelph’s Andrew Masters sat out the third period and was charged with the loss as he yielded the six goals on 28 shots. Brendan Cregan stopped all 11 of Ryerson’s shots in the final period.

The Rams outshot the Gryphs 39-28 and they held their hosts to less than 10 shots in each of the final two periods.

The loss drops the Gryphs to 7-4-3-0 while Ryerson improves to 9-3-1-1. Guelph is tied for fourth in the West Division with the Brock Badgers (8-4-1-0) while Ryerson is third. Toronto Varsity Blues lead at 11-2-0-0 while Windsor is second at 10-2-0-1.

The game was the final home game of the 2019 portion of the schedule for the Gryphs. They have road games left against the Western Mustangs (seventh in West at 5-4-2-0) at London Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. and against the Windsor Lancers at Windsor Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.


Rams 6 Gryphons 5
Ryerson     3-3-0–6
Guelph       3-2-0–5
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