Rams fall to undefeated York Lions
TORONTO – It was a disappointing Saturday evening for the Ryerson Rams as they fell 4-1 to the York Lions at Canlan Ice Sports, in what proved to be first game of the season in which the Rams were consistently overwhelmed by the opposing team.
From the initial puck drop, the hosting York Lions seemed to have no difficulty in preventing any meaningful offensive attempts from the visiting Rams. Through a combination of effective zone defensive coverage, and an emphasis on a quick transition into their defensive zone, the Lions were able to both easily able to pick off neutral zone offensive rushes from the Rams and stop the Rams from getting virtually any shots on goal.
The scoring, on the other hand, got underway early for the York Lions, as forward Colton Vannucci (High River, Alta.), rocketed a howitzer of a point shot past Rams netminder Mario Culina (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) twelve minutes into the first period. For the remainder of the first period of play, the Lions would continue to overwhelm the Rams offensively, taking advantage of a defensive effort that has needed some attention since the beginning of the season.
The second period would take on a very similar tone to that of the first, with the exception of the Rams offensive effort beginning to penetrate an otherwise impregnable Lions defense. In spite of these efforts, however, the Lions would again find themselves on the scoreboard, thanks to the unassisted effort of Stefano Pezzetta (North York, Ont.) in the tenth minute of play.
The early minutes of the third period would mark the end of the Rams attempts to get back in to the game. Just twenty seconds into the opening minute of the final period of play, York forward Alex Mowbray (Calgary, Alta.) capitalized on a lucky bounce to give the Lions a 3-0 lead over the Rams. While the third may have also marked the Rams greatest offensive push, during which Alex Leader (Aurora, Ont.) would provide the Rams lone goal of the match, it was all too little too late. In the dying seconds of the match, York’s Trevor Petersen (Thornhill, Ont.) would force in a goal on an open Ryerson net to give the Lions their 4-1 victory.
With their record now down to 4-2, the Rams will be looking to put this game behind them as they head to Columbia Ice Field to take on the Waterloo Warriors on Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm. Fans can catch all of the action by watching the match-up on OUA.tv, or by following the Rams on twitter @ryersonrams.