Rams overcome tough first period to claim overtime win
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team fought back from a two-goal deficit to knock off the Waterloo Warriors 3-2 in overtime on Friday.
The win gives Ryerson four straight and keeps them in their third-place spot in the OUA.
Ryerson won the game when Lauren Nicholson walked into the Warriors end and snapped a shot for her eleventh goal of the year, securing two big points for the Rams.
The opening period didn’t start how Ryerson would have hoped. Waterloo opened the scoring just two minutes into the game on a weird bounce that even goalie Fanny Vigeant didn’t get a good look at.
Vigeant said, “Honestly I didn’t really see much I just felt the puck bounce off my helmet, I turned my back and it was in the net.”
Head coach Lisa Haley mentioned that the team came out strong to start but the weird bounce put a hold on their chance at early momentum.
“It’s tough because you come out fast and you’re getting good looks and then they get a weird one and now that’s the time to be resilient.”
The Rams had a number of chances as the period went on but weren’t able to convert on any of them and although they had 11 shots after 20 minutes they had nothing to show for it.
Things got worse for Ryerson when Waterloo pushed their lead to two in the final minutes of the period.
Haley said, “We talked about it in the room after the period, we know that in games we’re not always going to score first. The past few games we’ve gotten those early leads and the game has come a bit easier to us.”
Hockey can be a game of bounces and this game was no different. After being on the wrong side of a bad bounce in the first period Ryerson got one of their own half way through the second.
Coming at the end of a power play, Mariah Hinds fired a slap shot from the point, a shot that would deflect off of a Warriors player's stick and find its way past Waterloo's goalie.
The goal for Ryerson not only cut the lead to one but put them in control, and the Rams pressed Waterloo for the remaining of the period. That pressure came to a boiling point went Olivia Giardetti got a stretch pass and was in on a two-on-one.
She held the puck and wired a shot right by the goalie tying the game 2-2, a score that would hold after 40 minutes.
Giardetti said, “I feel like me and my line mates have been waiting a while for a goal and working very hard for one, I’ve been grinding extra hard lately so to get the goal to tie things up I knew that it was going to be a great boost for our goal scores.”
The third period was scoreless as both teams had their chances but couldn’t break the deadlock.
Waterloo had a great chance at the end of the period when they were granted a power play, but Ryerson didn’t budge and they sent the game to overtime.
The win for Ryerson comes on the front half of their two-game weekend; on Saturday they will travel to Brock to take on the Badgers.
Haley said about the upcoming game, “I think every time you win you feel a little better about yourself and your game. But that being said I think the teams coming off a loss are always a very prepared, but hopefully with the win what we’re able to do is keep that momentum going and keep our confidence down the stretch.”
Puck drop for Saturday in St. Catharines is set for 7:15 p.m.