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Rams win OT thriller over Brock

By Ryan Bacic

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – It was a night of celebration for the Rams in St. Catharines, as they snapped a three-game losing streak against the Brock Badgers on Thursday night, picking up their first win of the season against them in the process.

Heading into Thursday night’s contest, the Rams had dropped their first two games to the Badgers, marking the first time the Ryerson program had lost to Brock since the 2014-15 season.  

However, at the beginning of the first period, it appeared as though the Rams were prepared to turn things around.  Nearly matching the Badgers in shots throughout the first twenty minutes of action, the Rams were relentless offensively, pressuring Brock on every inch of the ice.

This effort eventually paid off, as Ryerson would be first on the board as defenseman Greg DiTomaso (Etobicoke, Ont.) would tap in an unassisted goal, his second of the season, to put the Rams up 1-0 late in the first period.

Heading into the second period the Badgers seemed determined to sweep the regular season series against Ryerson, increasing the physicality and intensity in their playing style.  

This change in strategy seemed to provide dividends for Brock, as they took full control of the second period from start to finish.  Six minutes into the second frame, Brock defenseman Dexter Weber (New Dundee, Ont.) put home his third goal of the season on the power play to tie up the scoreboard at one goal apiece.  With less than five minutes to play in the second period, Brock would take the lead as freshman forward Cosimo Fontana (Toronto, Ont.) would put his team ahead with a break-away goal.  Fontana’s contribution would quickly be followed up by teammate Josh Timpano (Orillia, Ont.), who would record his third goal of the season to put the Badgers up 3-1 heading into the final frame.

If the second period belonged to the Badgers however, the third period belong to one man: Ryerson’s Erick DeLaurentis.  With two big goals in the third period the man from Markham tied up the game for the Rams in a thrilling fashion and with the team’s defensemen holding the line, the Rams were able to send this contest with Brock into overtime.

The team subsequently capitalized upon their tremendous third period in the extra frame, as senior forward Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.) would tap in the game winning goal just one minute in to give the Rams a much-needed victory.

The win marks the first time the Rams have beaten the Badgers this season, as they gain two valuable points on the road.

The Rams will be back in action on Saturday, January 27 as they take on the University of Toronto at the Varsity Arena for the fourth and final time this season.

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