Rams drop third straight to Toronto
TORONTO – The Rams extended their losing skid to three games on Saturday night, as they fell 4-3 to the University of Toronto in a thrilling match-up.
Throughout the first period of play it seemed as though the Varsity Blues had learned from their mistakes from the past two match-ups against Ryerson. Bunkering down defensively, the Rams were seldom able to make it past Toronto’s blue line, as evident by Ryerson’s four shots on goal in the first, compared to Toronto’s ten.
Unfortunately for the Rams, Toronto possessed the offensive capacity to back up their defensive capabilities. Just two minutes into the first period, Blues defenseman Corey Jackson (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) tapped in his third goal of the season to give his team a 1-0 edge early in the game.
Coming back onto the ice for the second period, the Blues were able to carry the momentum they acquired in the first period forward, as they jumped out to 2-0 lead just one minute into the second frame, thanks to forward Matt Campagna (Mississauga, Ont.).
However, in spite of this deficit, the second period would firmly belong to Ryerson as they forced themselves right back into the game. Seven minutes into the frame, Rams forward Erick DeLaurentis (Markham, Ont.) would tally his eighth goal of the season to put his team on the scoreboard for the first time on the night. The goal by DeLaurentis would be followed shortly thereafter by contributions from Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.) and Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.) who would combine to put the Rams up 3-2 with just five minutes left to play in the second.
Toronto, however, would have a response to this Rams surge, as Blues forward Hunter Atchison (Victoria, B.C.) would tap in his tenth goal of the season to tie the game back up in the dying minutes of the second frame.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the Blues were not done scoring on the evening, as Toronto forward Ryan Kirkup (Scarborough, Ont.) would tap in the game deciding goal seven minutes into the third period, to provide the University of Toronto with their first win over Ryerson in nearly five years.
The Rams will be back in action on Thursday, January 25 as they take on the Brock Badgers at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharines.