Wild first period as Gryphon hockey men double Ryerson

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons struck for four goals in the opening period as they doubled the Ryerson Rams 6-3 in OUA men’s hockey play Wednesday night at the Gryphon Centre.

That four-goal outburst, started by Todd Winder’s goal seven minutes into the game, helped push the Gryphs to a 5-3 lead by the end of the period. Such was the scoring in the first period that the longest scoreless stretch was the 3:57 that separated Guelph’s fourth and fifth goals.

However, after that offensive display in the opening period, the second was scoreless.

Mikkel Aagaard struck for two goals and two assists for the Gryphs while Winder finished with two goals and one assist. Connor Bramwell and Matt Kenney each scored once while single assists were awarded to Ryan Da Silva, Ted Nichol, Stephen Templeton, Bramwell, Zach McFadden and Marc Stevens.

David Miller, Cavin Leth and Holden Cook had a goal apiece for Ryerson while Devon Paliani, Leth, Patrick Fellows and Mathew Santos each picked up one assist.

The Gryphs outshot Ryerson 34-32 and they took 12 of the 14 minutes of penalties issued in the game. Guelph scored on its lone power play while Ryerson went 1-for-6. The Gryphs also had a shorthanded goal.

Andrew Masters had 29 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Garrett Forrest started and took the loss for Ryerson. He had 25 saves and yielded five goals before giving way to Troy Timpano at 11:37 of the third. Timpano made three saves.

The win lifts the Gryphs to 3-1-0. They’re tied for the lead in the West Division with the Lakehead Thunderwolves (3-2-0), but have a game in hand.

Ryerson falls to 1-2-0.

The game was the start of a busy four-day stretch for the Gryphs as they’re to play the Carleton Ravens (4-0-0) at the Carleton Ice House in Ottawa Friday at 7 p.m. and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-0-0) at Ottawa’s Minto Sports Complex Saturday at 7 p.m.


Gryphons 6 Rams 3
Ryerson     3-0-0–3
Guelph       5-0-1–6
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