Big first period powers Marlboros past Gryphons
After six goals on Tuesday, the Toronto Marlboros potted five more to defeat the Guelph Gryphons 5-3 and improved to 2-0 in the round robin.
Riley Piercey (2, 3) scored twice while McKay Hayes (1), Will Cuylle (2) and Jamie Drysdale (2) also found the scoresheet as the Marlboros dictated the play and cashed in on their opportunities.
“I think we got the jitters out in the first game,” said Piercey, referring to the 6-5 win over Elite Hockey Group on Tuesday. “Today we took advantage of the early lead and played with confidence so it was good.”
The Marlboros struck for four goals in the first period as both Reid Valade and Lleyton Moore had two assists.
Logan Morrison (2), Owen O’Donnell (1) and Brody Waters (3) provided Guelph goals while defenceman Jack Harper earned Player of the Game honours with an assist.
Toronto outshot Guelph 25-18 to improve to 2-0-0 while Guelph sits at 1-1-0.
Guelph returns to action at 9:00am Thursday morning when they take on the Cambridge Hawks. The Marlies are off until Friday morning when they face Cambridge.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Marlboros – Will Cuylle (1G, 1A)
Guelph – Jack Harper (1A)
Riley Piercey blasts home one of his two goals for the Marlboros.