Rams hold off Guelph, push win streak to five
GUELPH, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey held off the comeback efforts of the Guelph Gryphons Wednesday night, beating them 3-2.
The win gives Ryerson their fifth straight and eighth of the season and puts them alone on top of the OUA standings with 22 points.
Although these two teams have already played once this season – with Guelph winning 3-1 – the opening 10 minutes of the game felt like a feel out process between the teams. With neither side taking any big risks, chances and shots were limited, but as the period went on the teams would capitalize on those limited opportunities.
The scoring was opened with eight minutes left in the first period when Claire Merrick found a loose puck and fired it past Ryerson goalie Fanny Vigeant.
Ryerson would answer quickly with two goals of their own in the following three minutes. Mariah Hinds tied the game for Ryerson and then Erika Crouse gave the Rams the lead with a goal of her own.
Ryerson had their lead and made sure to take it into the second period; after 20 minutes it was a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard and a 10-5 lead in the shot department for the Rams.
If the first period was a good display of how good the Rams can be on defence then the second period was an even better one. Ryerson controlled the play the entire period and held the Gryphons to just three shots. Vigeant turned aside those three shots.
Ryerson also added to their lead thanks to Lauren Nicholson, who wired a shot bar-down off of a pass from Madison Lalonde giving Ryerson a two-goal lead after 40 minutes.
The third period was a different story for the Rams defence. Guelph owned most of the ice and the scoring chances. Vigeant would be heavily tested in the period facing 16 shots after facing just eight all game.
Things got interesting with three minutes left in the period when one of those 16 shots found the back of the net cutting the Rams lead to one.
From that point on it was all hands-on deck to protect the advantage. The effort was capped off with a Nicholson blocked shot with only eight seconds left in the game. Ryerson then cleared the puck and the game was over.
The first place Rams will be back in action Saturday afternoon on home ice when they host the No. 6 nationally ranked Western Mustangs at 4:15 p.m.