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Varsity Blues capitalize on chances to beat Rams

By Cara Gilhula
TORONTO - The Rams hosted cross town rival the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Thursday evening and fell 5-4.

Ryerson’s Cavin Leth (Taber, Alta.) opened the scoring for the game. On a quick break out from Patrick Fellows (Mississauga, Ont.) and Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.), Leth was able to score top shelf to give the Rams a 1-0 lead at 8:10. 

At 9:35, John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) and Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) challenged the Varsity Blues defence. Devon Paliani (LaSalle, Ont.) was there to pick up the rebound on the backhand to advance the Rams 2-0. 

Not even a minute later, Paliani made a pass to Mistele to return the favour, and Mistele scored his 14th of the season to make it 3-0 for the Rams at 10:28. 

“We got up quick on those three goals. But then we sat back a little bit and Toronto kept going harder. So it was just a learning lesson, and hopefully that’ll help us be better down the road,” says Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.). 

At 14:18 the Varsity Blues took advantage of their power play and scored on Ryerson’s Garrett Forrest (Ashburn, Va.) to make it 3-1. Little did the Blues know, that this would be the start of their five goal comeback. 

Again, Forrest was left without a chance as the Varsity Blues moved in quickly with three quick tape to tape passes to make it 3-2 at 16:38. 

The first period saw 12 shots for the Rams and 10 for the Varsity Blues. 

Into the second period at 5:09 the Varsity Blues saw a shorthanded breakaway goal to tie the Rams 3-3. 

Then, the Rams saw a mixup in their defensive zone and it wasn’t long before the Varsity Blues pushed the bouncing puck into the back of the net to take the lead over the Rams 4-3. The Rams continued to put up a fight, but were unable to follow through. 

The Varsity Blues made way again in the latter half of the second period with a goal to advance over the Rams 5-3. 

The Rams made the substitution of Forrest for Taylor Dupuis (New Liskeard, Ont.) to take on the third period. They needed a change of pace to come back against the Blues.

The Rams didn’t waste any time in the third period. On the power play, Harland and Mistele made quick passes in the Blues zone. Carpino caught a hold of the open door and scored off the rebound to close the gap at 5-4. Unfortunately, the Rams were unable to get another one past the Varsity Blues and suffered the 5-4 defeat.

“Obviously we’re going to have some up and downs this season,” says Mistele. “We made some mistakes and needed to play more defense. The guys that played tonight did well, and my line was on for our goals. It’s just unfortunate that Toronto was able to capitalize on the second period, and we were chasing the game after that.”

This season the Rams are now at a 12-2-1 record.

“We’re not the most physical team, some guys can really lay the body, and we have a lot of skill. We just have to keep going and everyone do their job,” says Harland.

The Rams will welcome the Brock Badgers on December 1st at 7:15 p.m. for their last home game of the year at the Mattamy Home Ice. Stay tuned for live updates on Twitter and OUA.tv.

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