Inside, Outside - Hockey and XC
Tuesday, October 25, 20050 Comments
The Gryphons second game of the year had all the makings of a thriller form
the start. Guelph started the game tentative and did not really get the
flow going until the third period. Down 2-0 going into the third, Guelph
came out inspired. Carried by their first line of Adam Roth(Guelph),
Jesse Pyatt(Thunder Bay) and Matt Willoughby(Winnipeg). The Gryphons scored
three third period goals and nearly potted the winner with seconds left.
Goals scorers were rookies Mike Nelson(Stratford), Adam Roth(Guelph) with
their first goals in the OUA and Jesse Pyatt(Thunder Bay) rounded out the
The Gryphons travel to Kingston next weekend for two games against RMC and
GUELPH EARNS TIE ON THE ROAD 2-2 AGAINST YORK (by Chuck Wight)
Arden Sullivan (London, ON) scored two power play goals for the Gryphons. Sarah Long (Toronto, ON) was in nets making 30 saves. Guelph took control of the game in the second and continued to pour it on through the third. A total of four posts were hit by the Gryphons while two other goals were waved of by the official. Guelph out shot York 18-8 in the third and overtime, but only managed the one goal. Guelph had 30 total shots for the game. Guelph was 2 for 6 on the power play and killed off all 3 short handed situations.
Up next Guelph is off to Varsity Arena to play the University of Toronto on Sunday Oct. 23rd. Game time is 5 PM.
CROSS COUNTRY AT BROCK OPEN (by David Scott Thomas)
The art of peaking, and it's corollary, the art of stress management, is
handled in many different ways through the season. The majority of the time
we associate it with getting the eagles ready for our big meets, and
certainly we have spent a large portion of this season finessing the Cleve
Thorsons and Laura Moultons of the team for the shoot-outs that are
approaching now that championship season is here.
For the majority of athletes on a team, the approach comes in a different
shape. There are those that are growing through our program and for whom the
ultimate test of the season came this week-end at the Brock Open in St.
Catharine's. For them, it was a chance to see how far they have come since
we ran the same 4km and 6km race distances in our time trial on September
5th. Then there is that pool of athletes for whom continuing on is a very
real possibility. That was the nugget of the week-end. The strategic
planning for OU's has changed in the past few years. In the past, coaches
had to declare their top seven athletes on the Monday before the
Championship Meet. Then that was changed to allow an entry list of 10 with
seven declared and up to three alternates listed. On the Friday before the
meet, coaches had to name who was getting in the line. In it's current
incarnation, we are allowed to enter ten athletes on Monday and then simply
have any seven of them take off when the gun fires on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to this week-end, we had internally declared five women and five men
to the championship squad. We were realistically looking at six women and
four men for the last two spots on each team, but decided to not race the
men and to make the decision for them based on work-outs. For the women, we
asked them to toe the line and show us what they had....which goes back to
the art of peaking and stress management. Bidding for the right to extend
your season for three weeks and take a shot at bringing home a title is a
powerful motivator and the staff was interested not only in what the final
numbers were but how each runner got there: did they react when challenged;
how do we extrapolate form 4km up to 5km; who was supportive of team-mates;
were all questions that we were looking for answers to. Essentially we
wanted to see how much fight was in the dog.
Amongst all those elements was nature's own - the weather. For the first
time this season we encountered rain, and it was a healthy down-pour. With
spikes taped and legs lubed with vaseline (keeps the water off and thus
limits heat loss due to conduction) the teams contended with the extra
weight of soggy shoes, the narrow muddy trails on the ridge of the Niagara
Escarpment, and the exposed finish that saw everyone soaked to the bone and
cold. Strategically, judgment and description of the race must be limited as
we will not reveal decisions of our final team until later in the week.
Suffice it to say that despite holding out our top runners, the Gryphs
pounded the field, taking home both the men's and women's titles and with
Derek Snider grabbing his first individual win in OUA competition. Later
this week we will issue a pre-OUA report with details of the meet, and, dare
we risk it, some sense of our team and predictions.
#9 GUELPH GOES TO #7 TORONTO & NETS A 4-0 VICTORY (by Chuck Wight)
Guelph traveled to historic Varsity Arena to play the Varsity Blues, and led
by the stellar play of Aleisha Lusk (Mitchell, ON) and Arden Sullivan
(London, ON) came away with a solid 4-0 win. Lusk, stopped all 27 Toronto
shots for her second shut-out of the season, and lowered her goals against
average to 0.75, and raised her save percentage to 97.8%. Sullivan notched
another two goals on the powerplay, and now has 5 on the season. Also
scoring for Guelph was Elaine Dumas (Waterloo, ON) and Bianca Kitts (Nepean,
ON). Guelph's "Brat Pack" line of Sullivan, Dumas, and Nicole Latreille
(Nepean, ON) had a combined 7 points for the game, and now has 24 points for
Guelph, continues to dominate the opposition on special teams, and has now
outscored their opponents by a 6 goal margin (Powerplay goals less
shorthanded goals). Guelph in the last three games has scored 6 powerplay
goals and also has scored 1 shorthanded, while not giving up a shorthanded
goal. Guelph's excellent penalty kill situations are being led by Laura
Mills, (Guelph, ON), Carrie Tokarcyzk (St. Thomas, ON), Jodi MacFarlane
(London, ON), Hayley Anso (Toronto, ON) and Ari Jevnikar (London, ON).
Up next for the Gryphons are two home games. York comes to Guelph on
Thursday October 27th at 7:30, and on Sunday October 30th, Guelph will host
Western at 2:00 PM. Both games are at the Gryphon Centre.