GRYPHONS WIN 2009 STEEL BLADE MEN'S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons are the Steel Blade Tournament champions after beating the host Brock Badgers 4-1 on Wednesday evening. 

The Gryphons showed no signs of fatigue coming off their win over the Western Mustangs the night before and skated away from the Badgers in a fast paced and entertaining affair. 

Brock opened the scoring on a power play in the first period by Derek Brochu but the Gryphons tied the game in the last minute of the opening period on a great individual effort by hometown rookie Mike Kusy.

Guelph managed the only goal of the second period when Pat Campbell (Sauble Beach, Ont.) intercepted a clearing pass in the Brock zone and fired a laser over the glove of Jordan Bent to give the Gryphons a 2-1 lead at the end of two.  Guelph dominated the period and outshot the Badgers 12-1.

Thomas Kiriakou (Richmond Hill, Ont.) settled the issue in the third period with his eighth point of the tournament with the insurance marker to put the Gryphons up 3-1 and Geoff Guimond (Mississauga, Ont.) added an empty netter with just over a minute left in the final.

Scott Van Bommel recorded the win and the Gryphons outshot the Badgers 37-24 on the evening. 

This is the first Championship for the Gryphons at the Steel Blade Tournament.

The Gryphons return to action on Jan. 2 in Buffalo, N.Y. when they face the Canisius Golden Gryphons. Guelph is currently on an eight game road swing before returning home Jan. 14 when they host the Waterloo Warriors in league action.

Source: Guelph Gryphons

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