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Gryphon women take opening game of playoffs in overtime

Claire Merrick ends it 5:07 into overtime against the Laurentian Voyageurs

Claire Merrick scored at 5:07 of the first overtime to lift the University of Guelph Gryphon women to a 2-1 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs in the opening game of the OUA playoffs Wednesday in Sudbury.

Laurentian led 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal by Emma Leger.

After a scoreless second frame, Christine Grant tied it at 3:45 of the third period.

Valerie Lamenta made 26 saves in the Guelph net to earn the win.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series goes Saturday at the Gryphon Centre at 2 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will go Sunday, also at the Gryphon Centre at 2 p.m.