Two Rams break records in shootout loss to Toronto
TORONTO — The No. 9 Ryerson Rams found themselves unable to complete the comeback against the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, dropping a 5-4 contest in the shootout in their final home game of the regular season.
Two Rams would break program single-season records in the game: Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) overtook the single-season points record, while Mathew Santos (Toronto, Ont.) hijacked the goals and power-play goals record.
Toronto would get on the board midway through the first period, carrying their 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Varsity Blues would add another one in the second period before John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) would tap in a pass from Cavin Leth (Taber, Alta.) to cut Toronto’s lead in half.
Toronto would go on a three-goal run through the remainder of the second period and into the third. Hayden McCool (Whitby, Ont.) kicked off the comeback for Ryerson with nine minutes left in the third, ripping a shot on the two-man advantage to bring the Rams within two.
With his assist on McCool’s goal, Mistele recorded his 47th point of the season, officially overtaking the single-season points record. He would go on to add another assist later in the period.
Santos then netted his 23rd goal of the season, this time on the power play, with just three minutes remaining in regulation.
Captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) ripped a shot from the faceoff circle that would tie this game at four with two minutes left in the third.
The rest of regulation played out and the two teams would head into sudden death overtime. No one could capitalize in the extra period, and the Rams and Varsity Blues headed straight into the shootout.
Back-to-back Toronto shootout goals and two missed opportunities for the Rams would seal the deal for the Varsity Blues, as they emerged with a 5-4 victory over Ryerson.
Though the end result wasn’t ideal, Rams coach Nathaniel Brooks says he was proud of the resilience shown by his team.
“You need to be resilient if you want to see success in the playoffs,” says Brooks. “We learned a valuable lesson today — you can’t let your guard down at any time and give up leads like that.”
The game also marked Senior Night for the men’s hockey team. The Rams sent off four graduating seniors in Carpino, captain Basso, and assistant captains Vince Figliomeni (Bolton, Ont.) and Daniel Poliziani (Burlington, Ont.). Each of the four players contributed significantly over their time at Ryerson, and they will each be missed in their own right.
Ryerson's regular season concludes next week when they visit the Brock Badgers on February 8 and the York Lions on February 10.