Photo by Christian Bender

Red-hot Rams flex offensive muscle against Voyageurs

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - Cold temperatures couldn’t put a stop to the Ryerson Rams’ red-hot offensive efforts on Saturday evening, as the Rams took a 3-1 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs at Downsview Park.

The Voyageurs held the Rams scoreless through the majority of the first half, but Ryerson captain Abdallah El-Chanti (Toronto, Ont.) opened up the scoring in the 29th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead.

El-Chanti’s first-half goal marked his 11th of the season.

“Nate [Tambakis] did a great job of getting the ball into the box,” says El-Chanti, recounting his goal. “I got a foot on it after that. It was a goal, and that’s all that matters.”

Just one minute later, Rams freshman Kai Martin (Toronto, Ont.) capitalized on a rebound in front of the net to extend Ryerson’s lead to two.

It wasn’t until the 53rd minute that Laurentian would get on the board.  Voyageurs forward Zef Kraja (Toronto, Ont.) tucked a shot past Rams goalkeeper Ali Ghazanfari (Stouffville, Ont.) to cut Ryerson’s lead in half with 37 minutes remaining in the game.

Ryerson’s Raheem Rose (Toronto, Ont.) earned the final marker of the game in injury time, and the Rams walked away with a 3-1 win over the Voyageurs.  The Rams would outshoot the Voyageurs 13-5.

Ryerson head coach Filip Prostran says he’s happy with the consistency shown by his team today, but his sights are set on refining their game before the postseason.

“It’s always a tight game with Laurentian,” says Prostran. “At this point, we’re just polishing off our game before the postseason.”

The Rams will return to Downsview Park tomorrow, October 21, for their final regular season game of the year. The Rams will celebrate the careers of their graduating seniors as they hit the field for their final game with the team — kickoff is set for 5:30 PM.

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