CIS women's hockey Thursday roundup: Gryphons' comeback falls short, Windsor takes 1-0 series lead
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GUELPH, Ont. - Thursday night’s OUA quarter final matchup between the Guelph Gryphon’s and the Windsor Lancers saw both teams play strong defence throughout, and with Windsor taking an early lead and holding on for the hard-fought 3-2 victory. Windsor now takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three matchup, with the next game taking place this Saturday in Windsor.
Leading the Lancers in scoring was Jane Gaffney, who netted two goals on the evening, with Ally Strickland tallying the third. Candace Rapchak, Manon Davis, Candice Chevalier, and Kayla Dodson were all credited with an assist on the night.
Jessica Pinkerton led the Gryphons with two goals, with Jacky Sollis, Erin Small, and Kristen Nixon all picking up helpers in the game. For the game, the Gryphon’s outshot the Lancers 30-29, holding a 13-5 advantage in the final period. The Gryphons power play, usually a powerful weapon for their offence, was held mostly in check, with just one goal in five opportunities.
The first period opened with both teams getting early scoring chances, with Windsor getting a quick goal from Strickland, with assists going to Chevalier and Dodson. The Gryphon’s got an early chance to show off their top ranked penalty, but were unable to put the puck in the net, with their best chance trickling just wide. Guelph was able to hold Windsor in check most of the period, but were undone by some costly turnovers. Windsor maintained their 1-0 advantage heading into the break thanks to an 11-6 shot advantage.
In the second, Windsor again got out to a fast start, coming inches away from extending their lead in the opening minutes. A turnover in the Gryphon end turned into a two on one for the Lancers, and after some nifty moves behind the net, Rapchak found Gaffney in the slot to extend the Lancers to lead 2-0.
The 2-0 deficit seemed to spark the Gryphon squad as they took to the power play, although they were unable to capitalize on the man advantage. The Gryphon’s continued to push the tempo and get more shots on net, with Pinkerton showing some nice moves in the crease to dangle past the goaltender to put the Gryphon’s on the scoreboard, with Small and Nixon earning assists on the play. The Gryphon’s continued to force shots on net to close out the period trailing 2-1.
Both teams came out of the third playing strong defence, with scoring opportunities coming at a premium. Windsor scored their third goal of the game after a costly Guelph turnover led to a great individual effort by Windsor’s Davis, which was finished by Gaffney jamming home her second of the game.
The Gryphon’s got a number of opportunities thanks to some untimely penalties from the Lancers, but were unable to get quality shots on net thanks to solid defence from the Lancers. Pinkerton jammed home her second of the game with just over a minute remaining to make it a one goal game, but Guelph was unable to get the equalizer as time expired.
Guelph will look to even the series at 1-1 when they hit the road to take on Windsor Saturday, February 18th. The puck is set to drop at 4:10.
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