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Rams to host Game 3 after loss in London

By Ryan Bacic

LONDON, Ont. – It would appear as though this best-of-three playoff series will require a third game to decide a victor, as the Ryerson Rams fell 5-1 to the Western Mustangs on Friday night at the Thompson Arena.

From the first period to the final frame, the contest had seldom swung in Ryerson’s favour as, although they nearly matched the Mustangs shot for shot throughout the game, almost every goal in the contest came from a Western team that wasn’t willing to give up their chances in the playoffs just yet.

Scoring on the evening would begin five minutes into the opening frame, as Trevor Warnaar (Brampton, Ont.) would contribute his first goal of the playoffs to give his team the one goal advantage.  Warnaar would quickly be followed by fellow Mustang Cordell James (Powassan, Ont.), who would provide Western with an imposing two goal lead before ten minutes had even passed in the opening frame.

With the Rams unable to find an answer to the previous two Western goals, the Mustangs would take full advantage of a confounded Ryerson line-up in the second frame, as Cordell and Warnaar would again team up to provide two more goals for the hosting Mustangs.

With Ryerson racking up penalty after penalty throughout the second and third frame, totaling 18 minutes of infractions, it became rather difficult for the Rams players on the ice to gain an advantage when they were forced to spend great stretches of the game defending their own zone.

With the troubles of the Rams compounding throughout the game, to go along with a Trevor Warnaar hattrick after a third goal in the final frame, the Rams were finally able to tack one on the board as John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) put away his first goal of the playoffs to prevent a shutout loss.

The Rams will play host to the Mustangs in the third and final game of the series on Sunday, February 18 at 7:15 pm at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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