Shootout loss

Women's hockey falls to Guelph at home

Gaels forward Taryn Pilon controls the puck during her team’s shootout loss to Guelph at the Memorial Centre on Saturday.
Gaels forward Taryn Pilon controls the puck during her team’s shootout loss to Guelph at the Memorial Centre on Saturday.
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The women’s hockey team no longer has a perfect home record. The team fell 4-3 to the Guelph Gryphons in a shootout last Saturday at the Memorial Centre.

Forward Shawna Griffin said it was her team’s most consistent effort so far this season.

“We’ve played a lot of one-period, two-period games,” she said. “But this was one where we had a lot of spark in all three periods.”

The Gaels entered the second period down 1-0, but responded with two quick goals. Winger Brittany McHaffie scored her seventh goal of the season and centre Kristin Smith scored on a breakaway just over a minute later. The Gryphons added another goal to tie the game before heading into the third period.

Both teams added goals in the third, leaving the game tied 3-3 at the end of regulation.

After a scoreless extra period, Gryphons forward Jessica Pinkerton scored the only goal in the shootout.

“Guelph is a good team and [Savage] stood in there,” head coach Matthew Holmberg said. “[But] that was a heck of a move in the shootout.”

The loss bumps the Gaels’ record to 8-3-2, tied for third place in the OUA.

“The girls played well enough to deserve a win,” he said. “You can never be too happy with a loss, but […] there were stretches of that game where we outplayed them.”

With only one win in their last four games, the Gaels will look to head into winter break on a positive note this weekend.

They play the 10th-place University of Ontario Institute of Techology Ridgebacks and fifth-place York Lions this Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Centre. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

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