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Special teams lead Rams past Laurentian

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - Friday night the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey picked up a much-needed win, beating the Laurentian Voyageurs 5-2.

The win for Ryerson comes on the front half of a back-to-back and sets them up for a successful weekend.

Head coach Lisa Haley said, “You’d like to think it helps us build some momentum. We’d like to keep this streak going, but we don’t want to let complacency and comfort sink in.”

In recent games the Rams special teams having been trending in the right direction, putting their power play woes to rest.

For most of the season, the penalty kill has been there for the Rams when they have needed it but it has been the power play that has let them down.

Both units have flourished lately and today was a part of that upward trend. “It was our main focus coming out of the break. What we have [on the power play] right now seems to be working. Right now, the Green unit seems to be getting the job done.”

Special teams were the story of the first period for Ryerson; after 20 minutes the Rams had killed off three penalties and capitalized on a power play of their own.

The 1-0 lead came when Brooklyn Gemmill found the back of the net, a goal that Kryshanda Green set up when she kept the puck in on the power play and fed it to her putting Ryerson up with just a few minutes left in the period.

In the second period the Rams would extend their lead when Cassie Rich found herself on the right side of a Laurentian miscue and picked up her first OUA goal.

Rich said, “It’s something I’ve been waiting for a long time and it feels amazing to get it today and help contribute to the win.”

The Rams were in firm control of the game by the end of the period and that was part to Green getting a goal of her own this time.

Through 40 minutes it was a three-goal lead for the Rams, and that was a lead that they would expand on in the early minutes of the third thanks to yet another goal from Green.

Green’s second goal gave Ryerson a 5-1 lead, and although the Voyaguers would add a goal of their own late in the period, Ryerson had no issues putting them away and earning the three points.

Haley said, “The win pulls us even with Nipissing and gives us a chance to jump ahead of them with a win tomorrow which could be the difference in home ice come the playoffs.”

Ryerson will take on those Nipissing Lakers Saturday night at 7:15 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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