Laurier: 1 OUA Quarter-Finals - Guelph (Game 3 of 3): 2
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WATERLOO, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons edged the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks for berth into the semifinals with 2-1 victory. The Hawks fell into a two goal hole and rallied for a third period comeback but could not find the equalizer.
The Gryphons Kris Belan (Florence, Ont.) netted his fifth of the playoffs at 15:27 of the first.
"We got off to a slow start tonight that put us behind the eight ball," said Laurier head coach GREG PUHALSKI
. "We kept working, it was a valiant effort by the team."
The Golden Hawks came out hitting in the second, but a Colin Williams
(Orangeville, Ont.) high-sticking penalty in the Laurier zone led to a power player marker for the Gryphons. Ken Peroff (North Bay, Ont.) crossed the blue line, stopped and fed Edward Gale (Keswick, Ont.) who beat Ryan Daniels
(Pickering, Ont.) low blocker side.
The Golden Hawks seemed to be unfazed by the two goal deficit as they crashed the net hard on the next shift. They couldn't score after a scramble in front. After a Kain Allicock
(Markham, Ont.) takeaway in the Guelph zone, he came out of the corner into free space and wristed the puck into the pads of Andrew Loverock (Elmvale, Ont.). Thomas Middup
(Richmond Hill, Ont.) could not bury the rebound. Loverock blocked 28 of 29 shots in the win.
The pressure by the Hawks led to power play after Thomas Middup
was held up behind the Gryphon net. They did not score and went 0-for-2 on the night.GREG PUHALSKI
remarked about Laurier's power play in the playoffs, "Our power play was a big reason we didn't win at home. The loss at home is not the result we wanted."Ryan Daniels
was busy at the beginning of the third, making a great toe save and got some help from the post. He made 23 saves on 25 shots. "We got one less bounce tonight," said Daniels, "I'm gracious for the opportunity from Greg and the guys for playing in front of me every night."
Laurier would cut the lead to one with five minutes left in the third. Mitchell Good
(Wellesley, Ont.) scored off a rebound that ignited his team. They pulled Ryan Daniels
with 45 seconds left.GREG PUHALSKI
took a timeout with 37 second on the clock to organize his team's offence.The extra man didn't help and the Hawks lost 2-1. They out shot Guelph 12-1 in the final frame.
"We couldn't get enough offence to force overtime," said GREG PUHALSKI
. "Now, we will focus on recruiting. We are going to lose four of our top guys, but we have a good young core. We want a championship. We want to hang a banner for Laurier."
The loss concludes the playoffs for the Golden Hawks who will focus on next year after a second place finish in the regular season.