The Trent Excalibur faced the Guelph Gryphons in the first game of the 2012 Baggataway Cup, their first appearance back in since 2009.
Guelph came out firing early and led 4-1 after the first. Lack of playoff experience showed as the Excalibur took two offside penalties early in the first to give Guelph's potent man-up a couple opportunities.
Guelph would increase their lead to 8-2 after two and 11-4 after three.
"They made less mistakes than us and capitalized on more on their chances,” said Trent head coach Geoff McKinley, assisted by Dan Carey, Josh Wasson-McQuigge and player/coach Mike Temple. “They were aggressive and had a lot of shots. It was tough. We showed a lot of perseverance and kept playing right to the buzzer."
Guelph would take the final 15-7, marking the third time that the Excalibur have been ousted from the playoffs by the Gryphons, the other two coming in the 2007 wildcard playoff and the 2008 Baggataway Cup Semi Final.
Kalvin Thomas (Peterborough, ON) played well in net and made many saves as well as being dominate in clearing the ball. Tyler Tanguay (Welland, ON) and Jordan HIll (Peterborough, ON) led the charge with 3 goals a piece and Brock McGillis (Peterborough, ON) had one.
For Guelph Jordan Daradick (Welland, ON), Connor Deuchars, Mike Burke (Brampton, ON) and Curtis Knight (Oshawa, ON) scored three each, Joel Wasson-McQuigge (Peterborough, ON), Taylor Brown (Peterborough, ON), and Jordan Critch (Orangeville, ON) had one each .
Guelph will advance to play McGill in the semi-finals 1 pm Saturday and Brock defeated Bishops to advance to take on first seed from the West Western at 3pm.