Rams tally historic victory over Nipissing
TORONTO - It was an historic night on several fronts for the Ryerson Rams as the team secured a victory for the first time in program history over the Nipissing Lakers, winning by a final score of 2-0.
Team captain Ailish Forfar (Sharon, Ont.) netted a goal and an assist in the matchup, officially taking over as the second-highest scorer in the OUA. With her two points tonight, Forfar broke the program record for the most points (22) and goals (11) in a single season, both records previously held by Kryshanda Green (Brampton, Ont.) and former Ram Kyla Thurston.
“I wasn’t aware of that record coming into the game,” said Forfar after the game. “It’s a blessing to come out and hear that. I’m pretty honoured. I’ve had some great linemates this year and I couldn’t do it without them. There’s so much more hockey to play so I’m really excited to keep pushing that record.”
Forfar would score the first goal of the game, tapping the puck in after Ryerson’s Brooklyn Gemmill (Cambridge, Ont.) fired a shot off a breakaway opportunity. The goal, scored just 39 seconds into the second period, would be the only goal of the game until Ryerson’s Sarah McGilvray (Stouffville, Ont.) would add an empty netter to increase the Rams’ lead to two. Forfar and Olivia Giardetti (Whitby, Ont.) would add assists on McGilvray’s third period goal.
Rachel Seeley (Ottawa, Ont.), Ryerson’s goaltender, stopped 21 of 21 shots faced on the matchup. Head coach Lisa Haley said she was thrilled with her team’s performance today.
“I liked the way we competed defensively today,” noted Haley. “If you look at Nipissing, they’re one of the highest scoring teams in our league, especially since the break. To be able to pitch a shutout against a team that’s so offensive, that’s something to be proud of.”
Looking ahead, the Rams will take on the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday evening at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at 7:15 pm.
“Coming into tomorrow’s game against Laurentian,” continued Forfar, “they’ll be tired - they’ve had a long way to travel. I hope we can just sweep the weekend and get those big three points we need.”