THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, September 29, 2019 (LSN) Despite two late power-play goals in the third period, the Lakehead Thunderwolves couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 4-3 to the Guelph Gryphons Saturday night at the Fort William Gardens.
“I was happy with how our guys responded after being down 4-1,” said Andrew Wilkins, head coach of the Lakehead hockey team.
“Regardless of the outcome, we still have a lot to work on.”
Freshman goaltender Brock Aiken shined in the first period, making multiple big saves to keep the Gryphons' off the scoreboard.
Senior defenseman Patrick Murphy put the Wolves’ on the score clock with a rebound goal with just over 20 seconds left in the first.
Unfortunately for the Lakehead team, the Gryphons started the second period with a four-minute penalty and they made sure to capitalize.
Just 32 seconds into the period Guelph defenseman Ryan Da Silva would see to it that the puck made it into the back of the Thunderwolves net and not too long after Todd Winder would score his first of two goals. to put the Gryphons up 2-1. He would get his second before the end of that period.
The Thunderwolves would find more success late in the third as freshman defenseman Kyle Auger scored a power-play goal, his first as a Thunderwolf.
“Kyle’s a smart player and he’s a good skater,” said Wilkins.
“He’s been put into a situation to play some heavy minutes and I think he’s handled himself quite well.”
Thunderwolves forward Josh Laframboise gave the 1772 fans in attendance hope when he scored Lakehead’s third and final goal on the power play, bringing the game within one.
“Obviously the preseason realistically doesn’t matter, but for us, we hate losing,” said Laframboise.
“I think we’re going to take a few things back from this weekend... We know yesterday when we were on our structure we were all over them, and then we had a couple of mental lapses and the puck was in our net. I think we gotta learn how to play a full 60 and work on our structure a little bit more.”
The Thunderwolves will kick off the OUA regular season Thursday, Oct. 3 on the road against the Waterloo Warriors.
The Molson Three Stars of the Game were:
Colour By Forneri
Our Lakehead Thunder wolves came out with no fear end to end battle like pound hockey some exciting hits early in the game Lakehead Thunder wolves goaltender made some amazing saves from a few breakaways in the dying seconds of the 1st Lakehead scored a goal and a ugly 4 min penalty
1st Lakehead 1 Guelph Gryphons 0 shots 13 11
Guelph came out on the power play score two fast goals Guelph kept it going in the 2nd score a dandyish goal and made it 3 1 Lakehead having trouble to find the answers to claw back into the game Guelph kept on Lakehead all through the 2nd Lakehead had some opportunities to score on a few power plays but the Guelph penalty kill had something to say about that
2nd 3 1Guelph shots in favour 30 28
3rd. Lakehead Thunder wolves took some unnecessary penalty’s in the 3rd lots of action from both clubs Lakehead got a hit of the game and save of the game very Entertaining third. The last 4 mins of the 3rd Lakehead kept the pressure on Guelph and Lakehead wasn’t backing down from anything a mini line brawl happen Guelph was playing some gusty mind game Lakehead woke up the home side with a Beautiful power-play goal to get one goal closer it was a wild finish Lakehead fell short to come back to win it the home side was sent in Frenzy of the dying seconds of the3rd almost had the game in its hands for the home side the fans were kept on heart stoping moments of the finale
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