Feb 07, 2015
Photo credit Guelph Athletics
Source: Guelph Sports Info
Guelph, ON – In a matchup of the two top teams in OUA women’s hockey, it would be the No. 3 Western Mustangs who would come out on top of a 3-1 score against the No. 6 Guelph Gryphons on Saturday afternoon at the Gryphon Centre. The Gryphons led 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, but three goals in the final period would allow the Mustangs to improve to 17-1-3 while the Gryphons fall to 15-3-3. 12676
In the opening ten minutes of the game, chances were few and far between as the top two teams in the conference were getting a feel for the flow of the game and their opponent. A penalty taken by Western’s Megan Taylor would allow Guelph to record the first shot of the game seven minutes into the period. The Gryphons would add four more shots on net during the power play but were unable to find the back of the net as Western goalie Kelly Campbell (St.Thomas, ON) stood tall. With seven minutes remaining in the period, converted winger Leigh Shilton (Belleville, ON) would break the dead lock with her fifth goal of the season on a great individual effort. In what was a one-on-three single-man rush, Shilton was still able to get off a shot that would fool Campbell and give the Gryphons a 1-0 lead. With four minutes remaining in the opening period, the Mustangs would get a great chance to tie the game on the power play. After some nice passing from the Mustangs, it appeared the game was going to be knotted at 1-1, but Gryphon goalie Steph Nehring (Oshawa, ON) would make a huge save, going post-to-post to keep Guelph’s 1-0 lead intact heading to the second period.
In the second period, the Gryphons had several chances to extend their lead, but finding a way past Western goalie Kelly Campbell would prove to be a difficult task, as it usual is for OUA opponents. Six minutes into the period, Katie Mora (Guelph, ON) found herself with the puck in the slot and ripped a shot, but Campbell was able to get down and get a blocker on it to steer it to the corner. With eight minutes to go, the Gryphons would get another couple of chances, as Kelly Gribbons (Port Elgin, ON) would shoot twice from the slot but was denied both times. Campbell would keep the Mustangs in the game, as she made several big saves while the Gryphons pressured Western’s defence. When the horn sounded after 40 minutes of play, the Gryphons had out-shot the Mustangs 26-10, but still just had a 1-0 lead to show for it. 12679
Four and half minutes into the final period, the Mustangs would finally get to Nehring as a shot from the point by Anthea Lasis (Toronto, ON) would squeak by the screened Gryphons netminder to tie the game at 1-1. Moments later Rebecca Daniel (Vaughan, ON) would take a boarding penalty sending the Mustangs to the power play. They would make quick work of their opportunity, as Kendra Broad (Petrolia, ON) would give Western the lead with their second goal in less than three minutes. With under 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Mustangs would strike for a third time. A beautiful saucer pass by Kendra Broad on a two-on-one found the stick of Ali Beres (Lion’s Bay, BC) who would increase the Mustangs lead to 3-1.
The Gryphons out-shot the Mustangs 32-17 on the day but suffer just their third regulation loss of the season. The Gryphons will not have any time to dwell on the loss as they are back in action in less than 24 hours. The Gryphs will play in their final home regular season home game of the 2014-2015 season schedule on Sunday afternoon at 2pm versus the Windsor Lancers (13-4-4). That game also marks the 2nd Annual “Fight For Kevin” Charity Game played in honour of Gryphon alum Brooke Siddall’s late brother Kevin.
Note: Prior to the game, the Gryphons honoured a pair of seniors in Captain Katie Mora and fourth year defenceman Gina Murray.
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