Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams take early lead and run away against Ridgebacks

By Luke Bellus

OSHAWA, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team opened up their two-game road trip with a 5-1 win over the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks on Saturday afternoon.  

The Rams came out flying and before you could blink Ryerson was up 2-0 with goals from Lauren Nicholson and Karli Nummikoski just a few minutes into the game.

Ryerson took that early push through the first half of the period, and when they were given a chance to extend their lead with a power play they didn’t fail.

A Mariah Hinds shot from the point was deflected by Brooklyn Gemmill and just like that Ryerson had a three-goal lead.

But with just under two minutes to play UOIT got a goal on a defection of their own cutting the lead to two and giving the Rams a 3-1 score after 20 minutes.

For the second period in a row Ryerson got on the score sheet early in the period. This time it was the captain, Kryshanda Green, reclaiming the three-goal lead while getting her first of the season.  

With Ryerson losing a few of their top scores from last season production from Green will be important as the season goes on. We will have to see if this first goal of the season can spark her goal scoring.

Ryerson would be tested right after the Green goal. The Rams would take two quick penalties and be faced with the task of killing off a five-on-three UOIT advantage. Thanks to blocked shots and filling up the passing lanes the Rams did just that, side stepping the Ridgebacks offence.

From there Ryerson would add to their total once again when Avery Horlock scored her first OUA goal, giving the Rams a 5-1 lead.

Try as they might the Ridgebacks were unable to get a late period marker this time and Ryerson had a four-goal lead after 40 minutes.   

With a four-goal lead and just 20 minutes left to the play the Rams' third period was all about defence, and they managed to hold UOIT to just two shots the entire period.

Natalie Thompson recorded her first win as a Ram, making 19 saves on 20 shots faced.

Ryerson will be back in action Sunday afternoon when they play the Queen's Gaels in Kingston at 2:30 p.m.

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