OUA M-HOCKEY ROUNDUP: GOLDEN HAWKS TRUMP GRYPHONS IN SHOOTOUT

WATERLOO, Ont. – Paul Bradley (Calgary) scored the shootout winner as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (4-0-1) defeated the Guelph Gryphons 4-3 at home in OUA men's hockey on Thursday night.

The purple and gold got on the scoreboard first in the match courtesy of Craig Voakes (St. Thomas, Ont.). The third-year winger got behind the Guelph defence and roofed a backhander.

A rough hit early in the game ignited the Hawks and big hits were handed out by both teams. The Gryphons would come back midway through the second with a goal from Derek Knowles (Vanderhoof, Ont.). Mitchell Good (Wellesley, Ont.) scored his first goal as a Golden Hawks and Jason Bergeron (Ancaster, Ont.) gave the home team a 3-1 lead by the end of two periods.

The Gryphons (1-2-1) would surge out of the gate for the third period. After having a goal disallowed due to goalie interference, the visitors came right back and beat Jeff MacDougald (Shallow Lake, Ont.) stick side. Jon Thomas MacDonald (Niagara Falls, Ont.) scored at the midway point of the third to even the game. Neither team was able to capitalize in the remaining time or in the extra five minute frame.

Guelph shot first in the shootout and Hawk netminder MacDougald turned aside all three shooters for the win. Laurier's first two players missed, but Bradley shot the puck over the glove of Gryphon goalie Scott VanBommel (Norwich, Ont.).

Laurier went 0-6 on the power play while Guelph went 0-8.

MacDougald earned his third win of the season by making 27 saves on 30 shots. VanBommel turned aside 31 of 34 in 65 minutes of work.

YORK 5, UOIT 4

At York, Jeremy Whelan of the UOIT Ridgebacks (1-5-0) extended his league-high goal scoring streak to five games. In the end, it wasn't enough as the Lions (2-3-0) skated to a 5-4 victory over the Ridgebacks.

Whelan (Pickering, Ont.) has been on an offensive tear to start the 2009-10 season, scoring five goals and three assists in the Ridgebacks first six games. Whelan currently leads the OUA in both points (8) and goals (5) to start off this young season.

Six minutes into the first period on Thursday night, Whelan recorded his fifth goal in as many games as he beat York goaltender David Davenport to open up the scoring.

York would tie things up later in the first period and break things wide open in the second, scoring four goals to take a 5-1 lead. Jesse Grespan, Matthew Bahen, Nathaniel Brooks, Chris Jones and Jesse Messier all scored for York.

Playing with a "refuse to lose" attitude, the Ridgebacks would climb back into the game with goals from Mike Noyes (Lucan, Ont.) and a pair from Josh Vatri (Barrie, Ont.), to cut the York lead to just one. Brent Varty (Oshawa, Ont.) picked up a pair of assists on the goals to bring his season point total to six this year.

The Ridgebacks looked for the equalizer in the late stages of the game, but came up just short of the miracle comeback as the Lions came out with the 5-4 win.

Grespan and Tyler Harrison each had three-point nights in the Lions victory.

WESTERN 4, WINDSOR 1

At Western, Kevin Baker (Georgetown, Ont.) scored two goals and goaltender Anthony Grieco (Brampton, Ont.) made 39 saves for the win as the Western Mustangs (3-2-0) defeated the Windsor Lancers (0-5-0) by a 4-1 score on Thursday night at Thompson Arena.

The remaining two Mustangs goals were scored by Geoff Killing (Embro, Ont.) and Yashar Farmanara (West Vancouver, B.C.). Brett Oliphant (Woodslee, Ont.) netted the only Lancer goal.

Grieco's eight period shutout streak was broken after Oliphant's power play goal.

RMC 3, RYERSON 2

At RMC, the Paladins (2-1-0) came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Ryerson Rams (1-3-0) at home by a 3-2 score.

Paul Whalen gave RMC an early 1-0 lead in the first period, but Ryerson responded before the end of the period on the power play as Marcus Booth scored his first of the season.

Kevin Day gave the Rams a brief one-goal lead in the second period, but 15 seconds later, Shawn Cox netted the equalizer for RMC.

Justin Lacey scored the game-winner in the third period.

Source: Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, UOIT Ridgebacks, Western Mustangs with files from OUA Communications

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