Rams bested by Lakers powerful offence in game two
TORONTO - The Nipissing Lakers offense came alive in game two of the first round of the McCaw Cup playoffs, as the Ryerson Rams would ultimately fall to the Lakers 3-0 at home on Friday night.
With the win on Friday, the Lakers officially tied the playoff series 1-1.
Nipissing would capitalize on a two-on-one opportunity late in the first period, where forward Hunter Mosher (Chetwynd, BC.) would tap the puck past Rams goaltender Rachel Seeley (Ottawa, Ont.) to give Nipissing a 1-0 lead.
With four minutes left to play in the second period, the Lakers would capitalize on a shorthanded opportunity as Sam Strassburger (Schreiber, Ont.) gave her team a 2-0 edge.
Nipissing’s second goal was the only shorthanded goal the Rams have allowed this season.
Ryerson would almost score what they thought was - and what they celebrated as - a goal, but the referee would wave it off immediately.
“The referee explained it, she thought the puck was covered and maybe we had knocked the goalie’s glove loose and it went in that way,” explained head coach Lisa Haley. “She was in a great position to make the call so that’s what she saw, that’s the way it is.”
Debatable calls aside, the Rams struggled to create offense throughout the entire game. The Lakers would add another goal coming off a two-on-one opportunity and the game would end in a 3-0 Nipissing victory.
The Lakers would outshoot the Rams 24-21 on the matchup.
Special teams, as always, were a factor in this game. A total of 17 infractions were called in the matchup, but neither team would capitalize on any of their power play opportunities.
Looking ahead to game three, Haley says the team will be looking to improve on the offensive side of their play.
“We will certainly have to find ways to score [on Sunday],” says Haley. “That’ll be our focus - trying to find ways to score five-on-five and tidying up all the odd-man rushes we gave up.”
With the series tied at one game apiece, the Rams will travel to North Bay on Sunday to take on the Lakers in a decisive third game. The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the OUA semifinals - be sure to catch all the action on OUA.tv at 7:30 pm.