Rams overwhelm Laurier in first game of 2018
WATERLOO, Ont. – It was a night of across the board offensive contributions from the Rams players as they came away with a huge 7-1 win against the Laurier Golden Hawks on Friday night in Waterloo.
In their first game of 2018, it took just twelve minutes for the Rams offense to pick up right where they had left off in 2017. Potting his fifth goal of the season, Devon Paliani (LaSalle, Ont.) gave the Rams the early lead midway through the first period. Just four short minutes later however, Laurier’s Anthony Sorrentino (Woodbridge, Ont.) would tie the game up off of a power play goal with just one minute left to play in the period, contributing Laurier’s only goal on the night.
Heading into the locker room with the score tied up at one goal a piece, the Rams came back onto the ice determined to put this game away in the second. Just eight minutes into the second period of play, Rams forward Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) would tap in a loose puck to give the Rams a one goal advantage. In doing so, Mistele put himself atop the OUA’s leaderboard in goals, having scored fourteen thus far this season.
To close out the second period, teammate Vince Figliomeni (Bolton, Ont.) would contribute his third goal of the season to put the Rams up 3-1 heading into the second intermission.
As the two teams headed back onto the ice for the final period of action, the Golden Hawks appeared to be a shell of their former selves. The physicality they had played with in the first and second periods in an effort to save the game had all but disappeared in the third, as the Rams would have no problem unleashing an onslaught of goals in the final twenty minutes of play.
To begin the scoring streak came Rams freshman defenseman Gregory Di Tomaso (Etobicoke, Ont.) who contributed his first goal as a Ram just five minutes into the final frame. He would quickly be followed by fellow defenseman Matt Nosella (Etobicoke, Ont.) who would, similarly, net his first goal of the season. The Rams then saw offensive contributions from Lucas Froese (Grunthal, Man.) and Erick DeLaurentis (Markham, Ont.) to round out the period.
In what appears to be a streak in games of late, the Rams are starting to see unfamiliar names pop on the score sheet. In just this game alone, six of the seven offensive contributions came from players who have recorded five or less goals thus far this season. This kind of offensive breadth in the Rams line-up has made the team even more difficult for opposing teams to handle, as evident by the overwhelming victory this evening.
The Rams will be back in action Saturday, January 6 at 7:15 pm at the Mattamy Athletic Centre as they take on the Western Mustangs for the second time this season. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Rams, but for those who cannot make it, the action will be streamed live on OUA.tv.