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Gryphons come away with Bronze at OUA hockey championships

Sunday, March 5, 2006

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Written by Chuck Wight

In the first game of the OUA Championships, the Gryphons played the heavily favoured #2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, and with a berth in the CIS Championships on the line, Laurier got past Guelph by a score of 2-1. The game was an extremely hard fought battle, as both teams had numerous scoring chances throughout the game but could only muster three goals in total. Scoring for Guelph was Elysia Desmier (Nepean, ON) on the power play mid way through the first period. Brittany Roberts (Markdale, ON) picked up an assist on the play. Laurier tied the score with fewer than two minutes to go in the first. The game winning goal was scored in the second period with under one minute to play. The third period Guelph had the better scoring chances, but just couldn’t find the back of the net to tie the game. With time winding down, Guelph put out an extra attacker, and had two in close chances only to be denied. In goal for Guelph was Aleisha Lusk (Mitchell, ON) who stopped 30 of 32 shots. Morgan Wielgosz stopped 28 fo 29 shots for the victory. The game star for Guelph was Bianca Kitts (Nepean, ON).

In the Bronze medal game Guelph faced the Queens Golden Gaels, who lost the previous night to Toronto 2-1 in the other semi-final game. Guelph came out slow in the first part of the period, and found themselves down 2-0 after eight minutes of the first period. In the latter part of the first, Guelph tied the score with goals from Elaine Dumas (Waterloo, ON) and with her first career OUA goal, Cassie Wilson (Kemptville, ON). The game remained tied through the second period, and well into the third period. With 2:13 left in the third, Brittany Roberts scored to give Guelph a 3-2 lead which would be the final score. Picking up assists were Elysia Desmier with three, Dumas with two and Roberts with one. Aleisha Lusk stopped 26 shots for the victory. Melissa John stopped 25 shots for Queens. Game star for Guelph was Elaine Dumas.

Guelph finished the season with a combined 11-9-6-1 record (regular and playoff season)

Up next for the Gryphons is the Athletic Banquet, which will be held on Friday March 31, 2006. The final Gryphon Update will follow the week after with the announcement of the team awards, and final statistics.

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