Rams end road trip with win over Carleton
OTTAWA, Ont. – The Rams were able to finish off their Ottawa road trip with three of a possible four points, as they took down the Carleton Ravens 5-3 at the Carleton Ice House on Saturday night.
Unlike the contest against the University of Ottawa on Friday night, this game was dominated by the Rams right from the get go. The Rams outshot the Ravens 8-5 throughout the first period of play, and the team’s defensive effort was of its best this season. All this combined to force the home team to play a game of catch-up throughout the evening.
Six minutes into the contest, Rams all-star Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) would rocket home his 12th goal of the season to give Ryerson a 1-0 lead early on in the first. For the next 10 minutes of the period, the Rams would combine consistent offensive pressure and some expert goalkeeping from netminder Taylor Dupuis (New Liskeard, Ont.), to keep the usually collected Ravens from evening up the score. The effort would payoff, as Rams forward David Miller (Burlington, Ont.) would tuck in his first goal of the season to give Ryerson a 2-0 advantage in the final moments of the first.
Unfortunately for the Rams, however, the Ravens were not prepared to head scoreless into the locker room. Just 12 seconds after the goal by Miller, Ravens freshman forward Jared Steege (Cobden, Ont.) would provide his 11th goal of the season to put Carleton on the scoreboard heading into the first intermission.
Heading back into the action, the Rams were seeking to put this contest away before the third period. Ryerson swarmed the Carleton line-up offensively, outshooting the Ravens 14-6 throughout the second period, and maintained a rather solid defense to try and keep the home team at bay.
Seven minutes into the period, veteran Carleton forward Alexandre Boivin (Ottawa, Ont.) would tie up the scoreboard on a shorthanded goal. However, captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) was able to capitalize upon an opening in the Ravens zone formation to acquire his fifth goal of the season, and put the Rams up 3-2 heading into the final period of action.
In the third, Ravens forward Evan de Haan (Ottawa, Ont.) fired a shot from centre ice, catching Dupuis off-guard, putting home Carleton’s third goal of the night.
It was at this point for the Ravens, unfortunately, that their luck would run out. The Rams re-took control of the pace-of-play for the game, and occupied the Ravens zone for long stretches of the final eight minutes of play. The fate of the home team was eventually sealed when Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) forced in an empty-netter to provide his second goal of the contest, making the final 5-3.
The Rams will be back in action on Thursday, November 30, as they take on the Western Mustangs at Thompson Arena in London, at 7:00 pm. Fans will be able to catch all the action by tuning in to the game, live, on OUA.tv and by following the Ryerson Rams on twitter @ryersonrams, for in-game updates.