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Improved special teams helps Rams capture victory over Lancers

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - Anchored by three first-period goals, the Ryerson Rams claimed their first regulation shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Windsor Lancers on Saturday afternoon.

Madison Lalonde (Blenheim, Ont.) would tally Ryerson’s first goal of 2018, scoring on an unassisted play just four minutes into the game to put the Rams up 1-0 in the first.  

Ryerson’s second goal of the game came off a point shot from Alex Rodriguez (Toronto, Ont.) and a tip in front from Brooklyn Gemmill (Brampton, Ont.), putting the Rams up 2-0 off a power play goal midway through the first period.  The Ryerson power play would strike again just five minutes later as Rodriguez would score off a shot from the blueline, increasing Ryerson’s lead to 3-0 after 17 minutes of play.  

Ryerson’s first power play unit, consisting of Alex Rodriguez and Teagan Gartley (Kitchener, Ont.) on the point with Brooklyn Gemmill in front of the net, saw a lot of success today - the trio would combine for a total of six points in the game as the Rams power play went 2/4 in the matchup.  Rodriguez noted the team’s shift in PP strategy and says the change worked out well today.

“It felt long overdue to get some points on the power play,” said Rodriguez after the game. “We just switched up our power play, specifically the formation.  Windsor is a really gritty team and to have [the system] work down low, it helped open some spots up high.”

The Lancers would make a goalie swap after the first period, sending Molly Jenkins (St. Thomas, Ont.) to the bench in exchange for backup goaltender Morgan Farrow (Bedford, NS.).  Farrow went on to stop 23 of 23 Ryerson shots through two periods of play.

The team finished the matchup with a 3-0 victory with all three goals coming within the first 17 minutes of play.  Head coach Lisa Haley said that looking ahead, the team will be focusing on putting together a full 60 minutes.   

“We liked our start today,” said Haley. “We want to keep adding to that and making sure that we play the full 60 minutes. We just didn’t play to the same level through all three periods. “

The Rams will travel to Waterloo to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks on Sunday evening at 7:07 pm.  Tune in to OUA.tv at puck drop to watch the game live, or follow along with us on Twitter, @RyersonRams, using the hashtag #weRrams.  

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