The Guelph Gryphons men's hockey team's playoff hopes are alive and very well after a dominating 6-3 win against the Mid West Division leading York Lions at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday night.
The win leaves the Gryphons (12-12-2) three points behind York (13-10-3) with each team having two games to play.
Guelph is at Brock and at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology next weekend.
York, meanwhile, hosts the same two teams next weekend.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of scoreboard watching from both rinks.
Guelph can make the playoffs by either winning the division or finishing with more points than Windsor, which has 25 points and is last in the Far West Division with three games to go (at Waterloo, Laurier at home and Waterloo at home).
I'll have more on Saturday's game and player reaction to the playoff push in Monday's Mercury but know this: It was Guelph's most complete game from start to finish. The Gryphons didn't just win, they dominated — outshooting York 45-26.
Guelph goalie Adam Jennings called it the easiest game he's played all season.
Meanwhile, the buzz around the locker room after the win was that the first game held off campus since the Gryphons used to play at old Memorial Gardens was a success.
Attendance wasn't announced, nor does it appear on the game sheet. But, there was a sizeable crowd. It may have been bigger if the Gryphons didn't drop the puck in promoting the event to Storm fans. Word is, Storm fans could buy tickets for 50 per cent off by using a coupon. Why not give every Storm season ticket holder a free ticket with the promises that a) every TV in the place would be tuned to the Storm game and b) updates from Eerie would be announced three times per period?
Guelph assistant coach Jim Clancy told me the team is floating the idea of hockey double-headers with OUA schools which also have OHL teams in their city. For example, Queen's comes to Guelph the same night the Frontenacs do to play the Storm. The OUA game is played first, the OHL game second — or vice versa. If you're the OUA, it's something worth working on.
Speaking of joining forces, the Guelph Gryphons will practice with the Guelph Storm on Monday at 3:45 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
— posted by Greg Layson
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For the rest of Guelph's Saturday result, click below:
Women's hockey team puts on a show against York.