Rams claim victory over defending OUA champs
GUELPH, Ont. - As the Ryerson Rams traveled to Guelph to take on the league’s defending champions, they came out of the game finding champions in themselves.
Ryerson won Thursday’s game against the Guelph Gryphons by a final score of 4-3, and the Rams now hold a perfect 2-0 record to open up the season.
The entire game was packed with action. The Gryphons opened the scoring early in the game, as Guelph forward Kaitlin Lowy (Toronto, Ont.) tallied a goal on the team’s first shot of the match, just 1:46 into the first period. The Gryphons scored another goal, again in the first, this one coming from Guelph forward Kelly Gribbons (Port Elgin, Ont.) on the man-advantage.
The Rams fought back just before the period ended, as captain Ailish Forfar (Sharon, Ont.) scored with just 35 seconds remaining in the first. The back-and-forth play continued in the second, as Ryerson and Guelph each tallied a goal. Ryerson’s second goal of the game came off a beautiful shot from Kryshanda Green (Brampton, Ont.), who netted her 3rd goal of the season. The Rams headed into the dressing room at the end of the second period trailing Guelph by a score of 3-2, and came out ready to play in the third.
Green tallied her second goal of the game on the powerplay with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Goaltender Rachel Seeley had a strong showing throughout the game, making some of her best saves midway through the third during a 5-on-3 penalty kill.
Alex Rodriguez (Toronto, Ont.) completed the comeback for Ryerson. As the Rams took to their second powerplay of the game, it was Rodriguez’s shot from the point that put the Rams up 4-3 with just three minutes left to play in the game.
Ryerson’s special teams play was, yet again, the story of the game. The Rams went 2-for-2 on the powerplay, and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. The Rams saw another strong performance from Seeley who, in her second game of the season, has helped lead the team to a perfect record.
Ryerson returns home on Sunday for their home opener against the Laurier Golden Hawks. Puck drop is at 2:15 pm and as always, the game will be broadcast live on OUA.tv.