Photo by Christian Bender

Rams shutout Queen's in statement win

By Luke Bellus

KINGSTON, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team was back in action Sunday afternoon, beating the Queen’s Gaels, 3-0.

Queen’s was the number one team in the OUA coming into the contest, with 18 points in their first eight games. They held a one point edge on second place Guelph Gryphons and five points clear on the Rams who sat in fourth.

Fast starts have been the Rams calling card in recent games and it was Brooklyn Gemmill who opened the scoring just five minutes into the game on Sunday.

The Ryerson defence did a great job of limiting the Gaels in the early stage of the first period, with Queen’s not getting a good scoring chance until 12 minutes had already passed.

The Rams locked up on the defensive end and took a 1-0 lead into the second period.

The early stages of the second period saw both teams limiting each other's chances on offence. It was going to take a big effort for either team to change the score.

Then with just under seven minutes to play in the period Kryshanda Green put a shot on net, grabbed her rebound and gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.

The goal for Green was her second in as many days and gave the Rams some insurance against this top Gaels team.

An important part of the game came with just under two minutes to play in the second period. Ryerson was down two skaters and their penalty kill stepped up killing it off.

Usually, the team’s best penalty killer is their goalie, and this was true for Ryerson today. In net for the Rams was Fanny Vigeant, who brought a 2-0 record and a 2.37 goals against average into the game.

Vigeant made the best of her opportunity on Sunday, picking up her third win in as many starts. Each and every one of her 24 saves were important and her stable presence in the net, on penalty kills especially, helped the Rams.

The third period was Ryerson dominating the game and putting the cherry on top of a near perfect road game. A game of this caliber is impressive but with it coming on the road against the top team in the OUA makes this easily the Rams best win of the season to this point.

The Rams got their third goal of the game thanks to Erika Crouse. Her goal came with about 10 minutes to play and it was more than enough to get past Queen’s on this Sunday afternoon.

The win will move Ryerson up the standings and might see them draw some consideration in the upcoming U SPORTS Top 10 voting.

Ryerson will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 15 in their School Day game against the Laurier Golden Hawks.

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