Tuesday, October 4, 2005


Written by Karen Zuccala

On September 30, Guelph traveled to Antigonish N.S. to play the defending AUC Champions St. Francis Xavier X-Woman and came out on the short end of the score 2-0. Aleisha Lusk (Mitchell, ON), stopped 37 shots in the contest, and made some quality saves to keep the game close going into the third period with the score tied 0-0. During even strength situations Guelph carried the play, but was denied on some good scoring chances. Guelph's inability to adjust to the refereeing in the conference was their downfall, and had to kill off 13 short handed situations, (26 penalty minutes). Included in that total were four situations where Guelph was shorthanded by two players. Guelph killed off 12 of the 13 penalties, and was 0 for 9 on the powerplay.

On October 1, Guelph then traveled to Halifax to play the Dalhousie Tigers. Guelph dominated the play at both ends of the rink and out shot the Tigers by a 39-19 margin. Guelph was only able to solve the Dalhousie goaltender for one goal, and came away with a 2-1 defeat. Scoring Guelph's lone goal was Elaine Dumas (Waterloo, ON) off a rebound shot by Elysia Desmier(Ottawa, ON) Guelph again ran into some penalty trouble and was 6 for 7 while shorthanded and was 0 for 5 on the powerplay. Splitting goaltending duties for Guelph was Maeghan Kirkley (Markham, ON) who stopped 5 of 6 shots in the first period. Sarah Long (Scarborough, ON) played the final 40 minutes and stopped 12 of 13 shots.

The final contest was against Saint Mary's Huskies on October 2. Guelph finally found their scoring touch and erupted for a 4-3 overtime victory. Desmier lead the way with two goals (one of which was on the powerplay), and singles went to Becky Simpson (Corbyville, ON) and with the overtime winner was Dumas. The Dumas goal came with 6 seconds to play in the overtime frame off a partial breakaway which started with a great pass from Carrie Tokarcyzk (St. Thomas, ON after Laura Mills (Guelph, ON) won the draw. In goal for Guelph was Lusk, who stopped 22 of 25 shots and several were key saves in overtime while Guelph was shorthanded. Guelph had 29 shots on net. Guelph killed off all 4 shorthanded situations, and was 2 for 7 on the powerplay.

Up next for the Gryphons is their league and home opener against the Queen's Golden Gaels. Guelph will be out to avenge last seasons early departure form the playoffs at the hands of Queen's. Game time is 4pm on October 8th at the Gryphon Centre.

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