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Rams keep win streak alive knocking off the Golden Hawks

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team picked up their fourth straight win in a 2-1 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks. 

For Ryerson, their success in recent games has been fast starts, they were unable to jump out to a lead in the opening minutes of this game but limited any chance Laurier had on offence. 

Head coach Lisa Haley said, “We’ve been able to prove that we’re ready to go [at the start of games] which is great and that gives us some momentum to carry on through.” 

The Rams best chance of the opening 10 minutes came just before the halfway mark in the period. Avery Horlock was tripped up in behind all of the Golden Hawks players and the ref awarded her a penalty shot. 

Horlock would capitalize on her chance by riffling a snapshot past the glove of the Laurier goalie giving Ryerson a 1-0 lead. 

At this point of the game Ryerson had more goals than the Golden Hawks had shots on goal. 

Laurier wouldn’t get their first shot on net until the 7:00 mark of the period. They would add on another six shots before the end of the period but Ryerson goalie Natalie Thompson turned them all aside and the Rams carried their 1-0 lead into the second.

The second period saw Laurier come out flying as they doubled their total in shots in the opening three minutes of the period. But just like their first set of seven shots Thompson was there to stop them all once again.

“I thought [Thompson] was our best player today, from the second period and on she was in the zone and it didn’t matter what they sent her way she was one step ahead of them.” 

After weathering the early storm the Rams doubled their lead thanks to Lauren Nicholson. Nicholson was on the receiving end a cross ice pass fromKeelin Farren and in all alone on a breakaway, made a move to her backhand, fooling the Golden Hawks goalie and she slid it home. 

Ryerson was able to limit the Golden Hawks after the opening flurry of chances, and held the Laurier to just another four shots in the rest of the period, while also keeping them off the board. 

Ryerson had a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. 

A big moment in the third period came when Ryerson took two penalties within two minutes of each other, Laurier had a few grade A chances but were unable to find the back of the net and Ryerson maintained their two-goal lead. 

With four minutes left and Laurier once again on a power play the Golden Hawks pulled their goalie with hopes of cutting the Rams lead in half.   

Although they were unsuccessful in in capitalizing on the six on four, Laurier was able to get a goal late spoiling Ryerson from back to back shutouts. 

The win for Ryerson keeps them on pace with the two other top teams in the OUA and with a third of the season now behind them Haley talked about the team and their season so far. 

“I think we’ve been true to colour, we have lots of skill, a little bit of youth mixed in, our leadership group is new and learning things.” Haley added, “Nobody is perfect yet and we certainty know that we haven’t arrived, there is still lots of work to get done.” 

Ryerson will be back in action next week when they take on a tough team in the Guelph Gryphons.  

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