Rams get much needed win to end weekend
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team picked up a win Saturday night, ending a three-game losing skid by taking down the UOIT Ridgebacks 4-0 in a commanding win.
This is Ryerson’s first win of the new year and the slow start has seen them pick up just four of a possible 12 points in 2019.
With the standings as tight as they are and Ryerson fighting for playoff seeding a game like this was very important.
Head coach Lisa Haley said, “The standings have been tight all year and we want to get points in any game that we can. I think we got caught up too much in what the standings looked like coming into the semester.”
Haley mentioned that the team had a meeting today about managing the team’s focus and shifting everything towards “winning the day.”
Haley said, “It’s always tough to manage the break [between semesters] and we were just a little slow out of the gate to start this year.”
But Ryerson put their slow start to rest in this game and one component of their game that has struggled all season was a key factor in the win.
The power play has been an issue for the Rams all season coming into this game operating at below 10 per cent.
But Ryerson wouldn’t let their chances go to waste today and the Rams capitalized on not one but two of their power play opportunities.
Haley said, “I think we’ve had lots of good looks this year and we just haven’t gotten the bounces, but lately we’ve been getting those chances to go in.”
Already up 1-0 the Rams went to the power play looking to extend their lead. Getting Ryerson’s first power play marker on the night was Lauren Nicholson. Nicholson has a shot that not many players in the league can compete with. This goal gives her goals in two straight games.
After the game Nicholson gave a very modest assessment of her recent success, “My line mates have been doing a great job of giving me the puck in good spots and I’ve been lucky to see the puck go in the net a few times.”
On the other side of the ice Ryerson put their foot down, holding UOIT to zero shots in the final period, and gave up just seven shots on net all game just one night after giving up 26 to Queen’s.
Nicholson said, “I looked up at the scoreboard and noticed that they only had seven shots in the third and it just showed that our defence was really good today and it was a total team win.”
The 4-0 result gives goalie Natalie Thompson her first OUA shutout and her fourth win in five starts. Haley said, “What we needed was just a steady hand back there today. She’s just so calm in the net and she brings a great leadership presence even though she’s a first-year.”
The Rams will be back in action next Friday, January 18 when they host the Laurentian Voyageurs for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.