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Rams ace big test against the Brock Badgers

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson women’s hockey team was back on home ice Saturday afternoon beating the Brock Badgers 3-2 in a shootout.

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Ryerson came into the game after dropping their Thursday morning game to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in a one-sided affair.

Head coach Lisa Haley said, “It was a good reality check for us, when you lose like that you have to look in the mirror and see who we are as a team. We felt as a whole that we lacked character [against Toronto].”

The Rams character would be put to the test in this Saturday afternoon tilt, a test that the Rams would pass with flying colours.

For the second game in a row the Rams got out to an early lead, this time it was thanks to a Camryn Tait goal just seven minutes into the game.

Ryerson took a late period penalty and this is when the test would begin. Brock scored on the ensuing power play tying the game.

Brock would then break the tie just five minutes into the second and the Rams found themselves suddenly trailing.

The 2-1 score midway through the second period didn’t tell the whole story, with Ryerson holding a 21-8 shot advantage. But it was the Badgers who had made the most of their chances giving them the leg up 30 minutes into the game.

The last 10 minutes of the period were more even in the shot department, and with both teams taking penalties multiple opportunities were presented but neither side could convert and it was 2-1 after two periods.

The third period picked up right where the rest of the game had left off, with Ryerson heavily outshooting the Badgers, but failing to make good of their chances. The Rams outshooting the Badgers 6-1 in the opening 10 minutes of the frame, but the score remained the same.

But finally, with just under five minutes to play in the game Mariah Hinds found herself in behind the Badger defence, all alone with the goalie and she would not miss. The Rams 39th shot of the game gave them their second goal and it was tie game.

Overtime saw a number of chances and high tempo plays being made by both sides. The extra frame was highlighted by Fanny Vigeant when she stopped a Badger on a breakaway with under a minute to play.

Haley said, “You look at Fanny and she’s just so athletic, she’s been great for us back there. You can look at the shots and say that she wasn’t tested much, but if you look at the scoring chances they had you can see that she was big for us today.”

Erika Crouse was the lone goal scorer in the shootout as both goalies made big saves. The shootout win will have Ryerson feeling good during their week off, they’ll be back in action Satuday Nov. 10 when they travel to Oshawa to play the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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