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Rams fall to Badgers in final game of 2018

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams found themselves unable to match the offensive output of the Brock Badgers in the teams’ second meeting of the season, as the Rams dropped a 4-1 game to the visiting Badgers on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The loss to Brock marked Ryerson’s second-straight regulation loss of the season, the Rams’ longest losing streak thus far in 2018-19.

The Badgers came out strong against the Rams, scoring their first goal just one minute into the game. Brock’s Brody Silk (Iroquois Falls, Ont.) tipped in a shot from the point, screening Rams goaltender Taylor Dupuis (New Liskeard, Ont.) and tallying the Badgers’ first goal of the night.

Brock would add two more in the period to head into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.

Ryerson’s first and only goal of the game was scored just 30 seconds into the second period. Rams forward Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) cleanly entered the Badgers’ defensive zone, toe-dragging around the sprawling Brock defender and setting up Mathew Santos (Toronto, Ont.) for his 13th goal of the year.

Adding the secondary assist on the play was Rams captain, Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.), who surpassed Ryerson’s all-time assist record in the second period against Brock with his 84th career helper.

The Badgers would add another goal with four minutes left in the second; Brock defender Ethan Spaxman (Brantford, Ont.) wired the puck across the offensive zone to teammate Ryan Burton (Thunder Bay, Ont.), who tapped in the easy goal to give his team a 4-1 lead.

An uneventful third period came and went, and the Badgers eventually took a 4-1 win over the no. 4 Rams in Toronto.

Ryerson’s Dupuis stopped 30 of 34 shots in the loss.

“Unfortunately for us, we had a bad start tonight,” says Dupuis. “We got back into it after the first period and it was a 1-1 game after that.”

The Rams close out first semester ranked no. 4 in the country, boasting a 12-3-1 record and sitting first in the OUA West. The team will be back in action in January, facing off against the Badgers on Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catherines.

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