Photo by Gar FitzGerald

Rams take down No. 6 Gryphons in Guelph

By Ryan Bacic

TORONTO – It was another victorious evening for the Ryerson Rams, as they took down the No. 6 Guelph Gryphons 5-4 at the Gryphon Centre Arena on Saturday night, as they continue their roll into the playoffs.

While the final statistics would indicate Guelph domination throughout the contest, with the Gryphons positioning 46 shots on net compared to the Rams 21, the match was very much back-and-forth throughout all three periods of play.

However, it was Ryerson that opened up the scoring on the night, in spite of a consistent Gryphons presence in their zone throughout the first period.  Thirteen minutes into the opening frame, Rams forward Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.), the hero of Ryerson’s last game against the Gryphons, would get the scoring started and put the Rams up 1-0 early on.

Unlike the relatively normal pace of the first period, the second frame would prove to be a scoring frenzy with seven goals being scored across twenty minutes of action.  Guelph forward J.P. Villeneuve (Georgetown, Ont.) would kick off the scoring, tying up the scoreboard just one minute into the second frame.  

The Rams would have quick response, as freshman forward Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.) would give Ryerson another one goal edge, just fifty-seconds after the goal by Villeneuve.

Unfortunately, the Rams were given only forty-seconds of breathing room before the Gryphons would tie up the scoreboard once more, this time thanks to third-year defenseman Zach McFadden (Guelph, Ont.).

The Rams, however, were not prepared to give this one away, as forward John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) would once again provide the Rams with a one goal lead, four minutes into the second frame.

As if four goals in a single period simple wasn’t enough, Gryphons forward Manny Gialedakis (Woodbridge, Ont.) would once again tie up the scoreboard, eleven minutes into the period.

However, the Rams were determined to put this one away before the Gryphons could even recuperate.  With less than three minutes to play in this hectic second period, John Carpino and captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.), would fire home a pair of goals less than thirty-seconds apart from one another to give the Rams a commanding 5-3 lead heading into the final period of action.

This lead would eventually prove to be enough to hold off Guelph, as a late contribution from Gryphons centre Michael Stevens (Turkey Point, Ont.) simply wasn’t enough, as the Rams came away with a 5-4 victory to take their second encounter with Guelph this season.

The Rams will be back in action on February 9, as the Gryphons storm the Mattamy to prevent a Rams regular season sweep.

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